Watch as the Bulls take on the Charlotte Hornets tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.
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FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
1. The point guard drama continues. Rajon Rondo was a healthy scratch in Saturday's loss to the Bucks after being benched for the final three quarters in Indiana. It’s likely Rondo won’t see the court on Monday, meaning Michael Carter-Williams and Jerian Grant will be running the show. Carter-Williams has been solid since coming back from his wrist injury, and Grant has shown flashes in extended minutes. It’s one thing for the Bulls to bench Rondo, but they’re going to need production at the position to justify it.
2. Kemba Walker’s All-Star campaign. Meanwhile, in the other locker room, Kemba Walker is putting together a career year. He’s averaging 22.7 points on 46 percent shooting and should be named to his first All-Star Game in January. He wasn’t great in last month’s game against the Bulls, scoring 20 points on 6-for-16 shooting. But he’s also coming off a 37-point effort against the Cavaliers. Michael Carter-Williams will have his hands full.
3. Playoff positioning. Seriously. As much as the Bulls have struggled this season, the Eastern Conference has gifted them an opportunity at the postseason. For whatever that’s worth, the Bulls are still just one-half game out of the No. 8 seed in the East. The Bulls begin perhaps their most difficult stretch of the season, so finding a way to top the Hornets would go a long way to staying in the playoff hunt. Again, for what that’s worth.
4. Jimmy Butler continues to carry the Bulls. It’s going to be a bullet point every time the Bulls take the floor, that Jimmy Butler has taken the reins as the Bulls’ lead dog. Though the Bulls are just 1-2 in the span, Butler has averaged 30.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in more than 38 minutes per game. The Bulls are going to need every minute of him on Monday.
5. Niko and Doug. The final score showed a 20-point loss to the Bucks, but there was some good to come from it. Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott went 5-for-8 from deep, totaling 23 points on 15 shots. It’s really the same story each night for the Bulls, that the second unit will go as far as the reserves take them after Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade do their parts.
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