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2019 NBA Preview Show: How to watch online and on the MyTeams app

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2019 NBA Preview Show: How to watch online and on the MyTeams app

Basketball is back, and there is some actual excitement surrounding the Bulls and their young core.

The NBA season starts on Tuesday night and before tipoff, look ahead to the 2019-20 season by watching the NBA Preview Show, which will stream exclusively in the MyTeams App starting at 3 p.m. CT.

Fans can submit questions on social media using the hashtag #NBAtipoffNBC and we will get answers on the show.

Our own Bulls Insider K.C. Johnson national NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh to talk about the Bulls' outlook this season. Specifically, can the team make the jump to the playoffs? Will Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen break out as stars this year?

Here's how you can watch NBC Sports' NBA Season Preview Show online:

DATE: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
TIME: 3 p.m. CT
WHERE: MyTeams App

The Bulls open the season on Wednesday night, at 6 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Bulls easily on your device.

Zach LaVine puts on rare scoring display in Bulls' win over Atlanta Hawks

Zach LaVine puts on rare scoring display in Bulls' win over Atlanta Hawks

On some nights, basketball can be pretty simple. For the Bulls’ offense — a unit in desperate need of a breakout — tonight was one of those nights.

“I told him, whenever you get it, just shoot it. No matter where you at,” Coby White said of Zach LaVine (who else?) after the Bulls routed the Hawks 136-102. “It just seems like when he gets in a rhythm, he's impossible to stop.”

At present, that sentiment resonates strongly. LaVine scorched the Hawks Wednesday night to the tune of 35 points on 12-for-15 shooting, 7-for-7 from 3-point range. And he did it all in just 25 minutes, sitting the entire fourth quarter of a resounding victory that the Bulls, mercifully, polished off early.

“You know, I get it going. And I want it to stay that way,” LaVine said. “It finally got all put together… It feels good. You wanna have wins like that. It does good for the team and obviously for the body [resting the entire fourth quarter].”

Trouncing the Hawks simultaneously snaps a three-game losing streak for the team, and a shooting funk for LaVine. He shot only 33.3% from the field on 19 attempts per game in the three games that comprised that scheid — hard-fought losses to the Warriors, Heat and Raptors. The Bulls’ total margin of defeat from those three contests was eight points.

“That's what we've been trying to put together,” LaVine said of the Hawks game. “Even though we've had our losses, we’ve been competing every game, we've had stretches where we look really good, where we look like the better team. But we're coming out with the losses.”

Not so tonight. But of course, it’s facetious to call the type of display LaVine put on ‘simple’. Every NBA game, no matter what colors the competing teams sport, features the best basketball players in the world. There are no easy nights at the office in this profession.

Which makes just how easy he can make it look all the more astounding. And all the more worth appreciating.

“Zach's efficiency obviously is just unbelievable,” Jim Boylen said. “He wants to be great, and he's working, and his habits are good. So I'm happy for him.”

LaVine joins a list of only 13 players in NBA history to score 35 points in 25 minutes of play with this performance, including Ben Gordon and *drum roll* Michael Jordan. He is also now the 20th player in league history to shoot 100% on 3-pointers on seven or more attempts in a game. When he’s on, it’s a spectacle. Appointment television.

But, for LaVine, the focus remains on the team. And the future.

“I don't think every game's gonna be like this, obviously,” he said. “But we need to have more of them.”

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Thad Young delivers with trademark consistency in rout of Atlanta Hawks

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Thad Young delivers with trademark consistency in rout of Atlanta Hawks

Even after playing a season- and game-high 32 minutes, 47 seconds Wednesday night, Thad Young is averaging 21:38 this season. 

That’s the second-lowest average of Young’s consistently solid 13-season career. Only in Young’s rookie season with the 76ers way back in 2007-08 did he play less, at 21 minutes per game.

When Young signed a three-year, $43 million deal in free agency, $32 million of which is guaranteed, he knew he’d come off the bench behind Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. But he couldn’t have expected to play so little, particularly after averaging 30-32 minutes while starting 236 games for the Pacers over the last three seasons. 

“Things happen. You have to play through it and be a pro with the time you get. When I’m out there, it shows on the court,” Young said. “It’s definitely frustrating when you don’t get as many minutes as you’ve been getting. But you can’t let it bother you. You have to keep trying to stay in rhythm and come to the gym every day and keep working.

“I’ll always be there for my teammates, no matter if I don’t like the situation or it’s not going my way. You have to continue to play and let your teammates know you’re there for them. I’m not one of those guys who likes to cause a lot of commotion. I don’t want to be a distraction for the team. I want to play whatever minutes I get and when I’m out there, just be productive.”

That Young was in the Bulls’ 136-102 cakewalk over the Hawks. Young stuffed the box score with 15 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals.

“When he checked in, I thought the separation happened in the game,” coach Jim Boylen said. 

This wasn’t simply a matter of Young fattening his statistics against a listless Hawks team. He played close to 15 minutes in the first half before the game got out of hand, on pace to log 30 minutes for just the second time this season. 

That he ended up getting some run in the second-half blowout helped his staggering plus-33. But it also allowed him to contribute those plays that don’t always show up in the box score — finding Lauri Markkanen with a crosscourt pass for a 3-pointer, deflecting passes. 

“It’s always good when you get more opportunity. The longer I play, the more I get a chance to show what I can do. And not just scoring but filling up the stat sheet where I have assists, get rebounds, get steals, high intensity on the defensive end to get us extra possessions,” Young said. “Most importantly, it’s always good to get a win.”

Young said he’d be open to playing small forward if Boylen asks, a pregame topic that Boylen fielded a question on with Otto Porter Jr. out at least another month and Chandler Hutchison still not back. That didn’t happen against the Hawks. 

But extra playing time did. And Young delivered with the consistency that has defined his career.

“That’s how I built my career and how I’ve made the money I’ve made and how I’ve made the name I’ve made in this league and gained respect. I come with my hard hat every night. I’m ready to play and do whatever the team needs,” Young said. “If I’m not scoring, I’m rebounding. If I’m not rebounding or scoring, then I’m getting steals and creating havoc on the defensive end. I take pride in being there for my guys and being a warrior.”

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