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Three Things to Watch: Bulls battle Kemba and the Hornets

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls battle Kemba and the Hornets

Hey there! The Bulls are back in action Tuesday night against the Hornets, and we've got you covered with coverage throughout the night. It all begins at 5:30 with Bulls Pregame Live followed by tip-off! Here are three things to watch for during the game.

1. Zach LaVine returns

After getting a maintenance night off in Brooklyn, the Bulls' leading scorer will be back in action. LaVine had scored 23 and 21 points in two games since the All-Star Break, while getting to the free-throw line 15 times. We'll see if fresh legs allow him to continue that aggressiveness against a Hornets defense that has some pretty solid wing defenders in Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

2. Cristiano Felicio will have his hands full

The Bulls' Brazillian big has really struggled since being given extended minutes by Fred Hoiberg and the Bulls, and things don't get any easier tonight. He'll be facing off against Dwight Howard, who is enjoying a completely rejuvenated year in Charlotte. Howard is averaging 15.7 points on 54 percent shooting, 12.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in nearly 31 minutes per game. Felicio still has time to turn things around before season's end, but it'll be a tall order for that turnaround to start against Howard and the Hornets.

3. Lauri Legend still looking for his shot

It was a step in the right direction on Monday, with Lauri Markkanen scoring 19 points on 8-for-18 shooting. He went 1-for-3 from deep and looked comfortable with his jumper, which has really failed him all of February. Back in early December he had 24 points and 12 rebounds at Charlotte, so we'll see if he can add a little more of that and get the Bulls going in the right direction.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Why Ja Morant would be a perfect fit

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Why Ja Morant would be a perfect fit

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kelly Crull react to the Bulls loss to the Jazz and the mounting injuries.

0:45 Kelly on making the transition to covering the Cubs

1:20 On Bulls limping to the finish line

2:35 On Paxson addressing the media before the Jazz game

4:15 Kendall on Chandler Hutchison

6:20 On Wendell Carter Jr and his leadership and expectations for next season

8:40 Kendall on next season, and his conversation with Robin Lopez

12:40 Kendall makes an analogy on Bulls needing a veteran to elephants

13:45 On Otto Porter Jr and his status for the last few weeks

14:50 On NCAA Tournament and NBA draft prospects; Ja Morant

20:20 Kendall on being recruited by Depaul when he was in high school

22:30 On what LaVine and Markkanen need to improve on during offseason

23:45 Other players biggest improvements

24:55 More on Kendall’s interview with Robin Lopez

25:40 On Sweet Sixteen

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Reaction to Jazz loss; message for the Blazers Outsiders

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Reaction to Jazz loss; message for the Blazers Outsiders

On this edition of Bulls Outsiders, Matt Peck, Dave Watson, and John Sabine react to the Bulls 114-83 loss to the Jazz.

0:30       Reaction to the blowout loss

2:20       Matt’s headwear becomes a topic

5:30       On Markkanen’s night and aggressive play

6:50       Should Bulls sit LaVine and Porter Jr. out the rest of the season?

10:05    Viewer comments on resting starters

11:15    Viewer comment on Ja Morant and if he’s worth trading up for if Bulls don’t get 2nd pick

13:30    We found a John Sabine KFC commercial and critique his acting skills

18:30    Viewer comments about chicken places

21:00    We now have beef with the Blazers Outsiders