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The rebuilding Bulls won't play on Christmas Day for the first time since 2009

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The rebuilding Bulls won't play on Christmas Day for the first time since 2009

You won't need to schedule Christmas Day mass or dinner around the Bulls this year.

For the first time since 2009 the Bulls won't play on Christmas, a stark reality that this year's team is in for a long season.

The Bulls are 13-8 all-time on Christmas Day, and had won three of their last four games on the holiday.

But an offseason that saw Jimmy Butler dealt to the Timberwolves and Rajon Rondo leave in free agency meant little room available on national TV, despite the Bulls touting the league's third biggest TV market. Here's a look back at the Bulls' history on Christmas Day.

It also, of course, means for now that Dwyane Wade won't be playing on Christmas. Wade ranks second on the all-time Christmas Day scoring list and had played on each of the last eight Christmases. If he isn't bought out (more likely) or traded (less likely), he'll have the day to himself for the first time since 2009.

Here's the complete Christmas Day schedule (central time):

76ers at Knicks
Cavalaiers at Warriors
Wizards at Celtics
Rockets at Thunder
Timberwolves at Lakers

Bulls Talk Podcast: Niko Mirotic fight affects Bulls now and in the future

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Niko Mirotic fight affects Bulls now and in the future

On an emergency edition of our Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, Will Perdue and Vincent Goodwill react to the Bobby Portis-Nikola Mirotic fight in practice.

Hear what Vincent’s sources are telling him what happened, plus the group discusses how the fight will likely impact the team now — and in the long-term. Will also shares his story on why Michael Jordan punched him during a practice.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

Bobby Portis punches Nikola Mirotic, breaking bones in Mirotic's face

Bobby Portis punches Nikola Mirotic, breaking bones in Mirotic's face

Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic were involved in an altercation that resulted in Mirotic suffering two broken bones in his face after Portis punched him, according to sources.

Mirotic, who’s out indefinitely, was evaluated for a concussion and taken to a hospital, where he was released but was apparently a bit out of it, according to a source. The altercation began with pushing and shoving between the two before Mirotic lunged forward at Portis and Portis hit Mirotic, sending him to the floor.

“I’ve seen worse,” a witness said.

Mirotic was taken to the training room and Portis went to the other side of the floor.

Apparently the two have had testy moments since Portis entered the league in 2015. The two play the same position and have battled for minutes, with Portis often getting the short end in the rotation.

Where this leaves Portis with the Bulls for the immediate future as far as a suspension is unknown.

But what was supposed to be a so-called nondescript season has suddenly put the spotlight on the players and the coaching staff, who’ll have to navigate the relationship between the two teammates.