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Three Things to Watch: Bulls host Giannis, Bucks

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls host Giannis, Bucks

The Bulls are looking to break a losing skid Sunday afternoon at home against the Bucks on NBC Sports Chicago presented by Motorola. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo. Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine are fun, but the main reason you're tuning in Sunday afternoon is for the Greek Freak. We'll let his numbers do the talking: 28.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.3 steals and 55 percent shooting on 18 FGA per game. Yeah, he's really good, and he just dropped 41 on the Nets on Friday.

2. Jerian Grant: The Bulls really need a bounceback performance from Grant. Yes, he had eight assists and no turnovers on Friday, but has shot 4-for-12 in his last two games and isn't quite getting the offense going like Kris Dunn has. With Dun out Sunday and potentially into next week Grant needs to be better.

3. Zach LaVine: We will see Zach LaVine play better because, frankly, it can't get worse. LaVine shot 3-for-17 in Friday's loss to the Lakers and disappeared down the stretch. He's not worried, and neither should we. He was playing great basketball before that one and, most importantly, he looks healthy out there. Giannis vs. LaVine will be a fun Central Division matchup for years to come.

Nick Nurse passes Steve Kerr to become winningest head coach in NBA history

Nick Nurse passes Steve Kerr to become winningest head coach in NBA history

The Bulls and the city of Chicago have their fingerprints all over the list of winningest head coaches (by win-loss percentage) in NBA history but a new name is atop the list as of Friday night.

Chicago-native Doc Rivers is currently 41st on the list with a W-L percentage just under 58%. Former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is 33rd on the list with a 58.9% W-L percentage, and of course, Bulls Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson has long held a firm place within the top-5.

Jackson is currently 3rd on the list of winningest coaches in league history as he has since been passed by Nurse and another former Bull, current Warriors coach Steve Kerr. But on Friday Nurse officially passed Kerr and became the winningest head coach in league history.

The Raptors took down the Phoenix Suns on Friday night behind a 37-point performance from Pascal Siakam and a great all-around defensive effort to lift Toronto's record to 41-15 on the season. Nurse has done an excellent job of leading the Raptors to a great post-NBA title-winning season despite a ton of adversity.

Nurse, an avid Cubs fan, has the Raptors playing some of the best basketball in the league, sitting at No. 2 in the Eastern Conference despite having lost 2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard in free agency and missing almost every player on their roster to injury at some point this season. 

Nick Nurse enters Saturday morning with an NBA head coaching record of 99-38 over 138 games. 

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Offseason changes looming for the Bulls' front office?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Offseason changes looming for the Bulls' front office?

David Schuster, Charlie Roumeliotis, and Chris Kuc join Leila on the panel.

0:00 - The Blackhawks are back on the ice but the trade deadline is looming. Which goalie is most likely to be dealt before Monday? And could a member of the Cup-winning core be traded?

12:00 - The shorthanded Bulls lose their 7th straight but all of the focus is on the front office. The guys discuss the possible changes that we could see this offseason.

18:00 - Jamal Mayers joins Leila and Charlie to talk about his new children's book "Hockey Is For Me" and how he hopes to inspire more kids to play the game he loves.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

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