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Bring your own stuffing: Jazz swat Bulls on Thanksgiving Eve

Bring your own stuffing: Jazz swat Bulls on Thanksgiving Eve

On the second (turkey) leg of a back-to-back, the Bulls didn't bring much energy in a 110-80 loss to the Utah Jazz. 

Instead of diving into the nitty-gritty of the uninspiring effort, though, we decided to just serve you up a Thanksgiving meal of highlights. Here are the top blocks from Wednesday's game: 

5. Derrick Favors is no Rudy Gobert -- that we know -- but imitation is the highest form of flattery. 

4. Are Bobby Portis chase down blocks the new LeBron James chase down blocks? Let's not get carried away... yet. We'll chalk it up to just a real nice hustle play by Bobby. 

3 and 2. Speaking of hustle plays... Jonas Jerebko isn't exactly known as a dominant defender. He sure made it hard for the Bulls on what should of been an easy fast-break bucket in the third quarter, though. First, he silenced Kris Dunn's reverse. Then, he met Lauri Markkanen at the rim and sent the rookie packing. The Baby Bulls 2.0 can blame it on fatigue, but they just handed Jerebko a highlight tape for years to come.   

1. In fairness, Jerian Grant had to get up a shot as the quarter was coming to a close. It is as vicious as it looks, though.  

Three Things to Watch: Bulls square off against Rubio and the Jazz

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls square off against Rubio and the Jazz

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Bulls take on the Utah Jazz on Sunday on NBC Sports Chicago+ and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.

1. This is an entirely different team without Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert is the best post defender in the NBA, and he's the main reason Utah has one of the best defenses in the league every year. But a bone bruise in his right knee has kept him out since Nov. 11, and he was slated to miss four-to-six weeks when first diagnosed. The Jazz had the NBA's third best defense (100.2) at the time of the injury. Since then Utah's defense rating has skyrocketed to 106.9, good for 21st best in the NBA over the last two weeks. The Bulls have struggled on offense this season, but without Gobert they should be able to get inside more and score a few easy buckets.

2. Ricky Rubio dazzles every time out

It seems as though Ricky Rubio has been around forever, but he's still just 27 years old. And in his first season away from the Timberwolves he's enjoying one of his best seasons. He's up to 13.2 points per game with Utah, and while his assists are at a career-low (5.1) he's still leading a Jazz offense that has been top-10 since Gobert's injury. He's also one of the league's best defenders, so Kris Dunn and Jerian Grant will get all they can handle against him.

3. Great time to see them

The Jazz are without their leader in Gobert and are just coming off a four-game East Coast road trip in which they went 1-3. After a 5-3 start they have lost eight of their last 10 games and are just settling back in. If there was ever a perfect time for the Bulls to be seeing the Jazz it's now. Of course the Bulls will be playing on a back-to-back, but this is as close to best-case scenario as you're going to get against Utah.

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