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Three Things to Watch: Bulls host Raptors

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls host Raptors

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Bulls take on the Toronto Raptors tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.

1. DeMar DeRozan: To say DeMar DeRozan is entering Wednesday's contest on a hot streak would be putting it lightly. He just set the franchise record with 52 points in an overtime win over the Bucks and is averaging 29 points on 50 percent shooting in his last 10 games. The Bulls will have their hands full.

2. Another test for Kris Dunn: it may sound repetitive because of how point guard-heavy the NBA is, but Kris Dunn gets another challenge tonight. This time it comes in the form of Kyle Lowry, arguably a top-5 two-way floor general. Dunn has been good, and his confidence continues to rise, but this will be a difficult one.

3. Lauri Markkanen: The Bulls rookie hasn't slowed down since that 32-point outing against the Pacers, as he's shot 54 percent from the field in his last three games. Offense is always going to be there for the 7-footer, but it'll be interesting to see how he fares against Serge Ibaka on the other end. Ibaka can stretch it to the 3-point line, but he's also still a fierce bruiser inside. Markkanen is going to put his weights and conditioning to the test.

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Kris Dunn, Robin Lopez get into shouting match at Bulls practice

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Kris Dunn, Robin Lopez get into shouting match at Bulls practice

The Bulls have had plenty off the court drama this season and Monday added another incident to that list.

Kris Dunn and Robin Lopez got into it at practice, with the two yelling at each other and Lopez being told to "cool off," according to Teddy Greenstein at the Chicago Tribune. Lopez did not speak to media about the incident, but Dunn said they "just practiced hard."

"We had a very, very competitive practice," Boylen said in an ESPN story by Malika Andrews. "I felt like we had some guys who are sick of not winning games."

Boylen explained to reporters that there were no punches thrown and that everyone "treated each other with respect" when they came back. He also said that Lopez has been frustrated that he is seeing his minutes cut this season.

This isn't high on the list of dramatic incidents for the Bulls this season. This one is fairly tame, but it still is noteworthy.

Lopez may not be with the Bulls for much longer anyway. The Bulls are looking for a trade partner to send Lopez to instead of buying him out of his contract. This may not endear him to potential suitors, but probably isn't significant to scare them away either.

 

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