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In the Loop: Jimmy Butler not in discussion for MVP quite yet

In the Loop: Jimmy Butler not in discussion for MVP quite yet

Jimmy Butler may be the NBA's hottest player, but is he a legitimate contender for the MVP award? 

Not yet, according to Vincent Goodwill (CSNChicago.com's Bulls Insider) and Mark Schanowski (Bulls Pregame/Postgame Live host). On In the Loop, the two analysts ranked their top five MVP candidates and the Bulls' star was nowhere to be found. 

"To me, it's a two-man race going down the stretch between [Russell] Westbrook and [James] Harden," Schanowski said. 

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Jimmy G. Buckets has put together a dominant three-game stretch that has included a 52-point performance and clutch 42-point showing. His strong play has translated to three straight wins for the Bulls, who now sit one game above .500. 

See which players Goodwill and Schanowski picked over Butler in the video above, and be sure to let them know if you agree or disagree on Twitter (@vgoodwill, @MarkSchanowski). 

 

 

 

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen continues to impress.

The 20-year-old rookie had a career-high 26 points in the Bulls' 113-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. He also picked up 13 rebounds.

After the game, in which the Bulls fell to 3-11 on the season, coach Fred Hoiberg had high praise for the Finnish.

"I thought Lauri was phenomenal," Hoiberg said. "But when he is open, we gotta get him the ball. When he's got it rolling like he did tonight, guys were switching and we had him a couple of times with the point guard buried in his back and we didn't get him the ball."

Watch what Hoiberg had to say about the Bulls' tight loss in the video above.

Road Ahead: Bulls prep for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

Road Ahead: Bulls prep for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

The Bulls have a busy week ahead of them.

It will kick off on Tuesday when Fred Hoiberg & Co. take on Lonzo Ball and the Lakers in Los Angeles.

After that, the Bulls will head to Utah and face the Jazz on Wednesday, followed by the defending champ Golden State Warriors on Friday. Both games — against the Jazz and Warriors — will be on NBC Sports Chicago, and streaming live on the NBC Sports app.

See what Mark Schanowski, Vincent Goodwill, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue had to say about the upcoming week in the latest Honda Road Ahead.