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Paul Zipser has surgery to repair broken left foot

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Paul Zipser has surgery to repair broken left foot

On Friday, the Bulls announced that Paul Zipser had surgery to repair a broken left foot.

Zipser's procedure took place in Germany on Wednesday. The Bulls didn't give any information on his recovery timeline.

Zipser has two years remaining on his rookie contract, but neither year is guaranteed. He is due to make just over $1.5 million next season if he returns to the Bulls.

The 24-year-old forward averaged 4 points per game in 15.2 minutes this past season. In two years with the Bulls he had played in 98 games and made 30 starts.

NBA Power Rankings: Golden State vs The Field

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NBA Power Rankings: Golden State vs The Field

 

The 2018-19 NBA season truly feels like the first one in quite some time where it doesn't feel absolutely ridiculous to pick the field over Golden State in terms on NBA Championship odds. The Warriors have dealt with the ongoing Kevin Durant vs Draymond Green beef in swift Warriors fashion, yet something still feels off. Steph Curry's absence magnifies the problems with Golden State's roster and they have lost three games in a row averaging a miserable 95.6 points per game over that stretch.

LeBron James and the Lakers have went the opposite direction, starting to right the ship with some tremendous work from James. Over his last 10 games he is averaging just under 30 points (29.6 ppg) with 6 rebounds, 6 assists and over a steal and a block per game. The defense is still a work in progress, but they high-paced offense of the Lakers is able to make for a lack of shooting with James and co. having one of the being so dominant scoring in the paint.

In the Eastern Conference, the Sixers Jimmy Butler acquisition makes things tighter at the top, where the Raptors, Bucks and Pacers are all separated at most by 2.5 games. Toronto and Milwaukee still seem head-and-shoulders above the rest due to their clear understanding of roles. As Philadelphia slowly integrates Butler, their defense will get better, and the offense will too as long as Ben Simmons still gets a fair amount of touches.

Both conferences have the 1 through 8 seed separated by 5 or less games, and the inspired play of some of the league's smaller market stars indicate that more blockbuster trades could be on the way as franchises solidify what direction they are going in.

As we head into Thanksgiving, let's take some time to be thankful for this great 2018-19 NBA season, and review how the hierarchy of the league shakes out here.

Bulls vs. Suns: Start time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Bulls vs. Suns: Start time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns square off on the night before Thanksgiving, which happens to be 90s night at the United Center with Coolio performing at halftime.

The Suns come to Chicago on a two-game losing streak and in last place in the Western Conference. The Bulls have one more win than the Suns, but sit in 12th in the conference. The Bulls came into the season hoping to contend for a playoff spot but injuries to core players have derailed those efforts and Zach LaVine has shouldered the load offensively.

This game is a must win for the Bulls, particularly if the team hopes to have a shot at a playoff push once players like Lauri Markkanen return from injury. It also presents the Bulls an opportunity to end a four-game skid.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch the showdown between the Bulls and the Suns.

HOW TO WATCH

ON TV: NBC Sports Chicago

Desktop/Laptop: NBCSportsChicago.com

Mobile/Tablet: MyTeams App by NBC Sports

TV SCHEDULE

6:30 PM: Chicago Bulls Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Phoenix Suns vs. Chicago Bulls
9:30 PM: Chicago Bulls Postgame Live
10:00 PM: Bulls Outsiders

ANALYSIS AND REACTION

BEFORE THE GAME: At 6:30 p.m., Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light gets you ready for the game with Mark Schanowski in studio with Kendall Gill and Will Perdue, with reports from Kelly Crull. Watch NBC Sports Chicago or click here for the livestream.

AT HALFTIME: Tune in to watch Mark, Kendall and Will breakdown the first two quarters. Watch NBC Sports Chicago or click here for the livestream.

AFTER THE GAME: As soon as the game ends, stick around for Bulls Postgame Live presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois for analysis, commentary and player reaction. Then stick around for Bulls Outsiders, hosted by three, die-hard Bulls fans bringing the hottest takes, insightful analysis, and spirited commentary, all from the fans' perspective. Bulls Outsiders will also stream live on Facebook, where fans can ask questions and interact with the crew. Watch NBC Sports Chicago or click here for the livestream.

DURING THE GAME, FOLLOW US

Bulls Talk: @NBCSBulls
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Bulls Outsders: Matt Peck (@Bulls_Peck)|John Sabine (@jsabine214)| David Watson (@bawlsports)

INJURIES

Name POS Status Date Injury Returns
Bobby Portis F Sidelined Oct 24 Knee Out indefinitely
Kris Dunn G Sidelined Oct 23 Knee Targeting December
Lauri Markkanen F Sidelined Sep 28 Elbow Targeting December
Denzel Valentine G/F Sidelined Apr 3 Ankle Out 4-6  months

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