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Wednesday on CSN: Bulls back at it against Magic

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Wednesday on CSN: Bulls back at it against Magic

Watch as the Bulls take on the Magic on Wednesday on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 5:30 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. Breaking out of that slump. After their best stretch of basketball all season long the Bulls, of course, have now lost three of four. They're back below .500 for the sixth time this season. With Houston and Boston awaiting them, they'll want to pick up a victory against the lowly Magic.

2. Terrence Ross heating up for the Magic. Since coming over from Toronto in the Serge Ibaka deal Ross hasn't been great, but he does have games of 20 and 24 points. It also came against solid competition in the Hawks and Wizards. He hasn't been consistent, but he can go off at a moment's notice. The Bulls will need to know where he is on the floor at all times.

3. Jimmy Butler back to his old self? He still isn't playing like the All-Star starter he was back in February, but Butler's performance against the Pistons - 27 points while going 12-for-13 from the line - was a sight for sore eyes. Yes, he's seeing more double teams, but the Bulls need him to stay aggressive as possible if they want a chance to win these games.

4. Playoff positioning...again. With the loss to the Pistons the Bulls are now in the No. 8 spot in the East, and that's just 1.5 games ahead of the surging Heat and Bucks. While the Bulls still have a 66.7 percent chance of making the playoffs, per basketball-reference, their March schedule is incredibly tough. Games like Wednesday against the Magic are really must-wins because of the steeper competition they'll face down the stretch.

5. The point guard carousel...again. Depending on how much Rajon Rondo plays, it could be another steady dose of both Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne. The former scored 7 points while Payne tallied 14 points but needed 14 shots to do it. Regardless of how the season plays out, the Bulls want to see what they have in these two young players. Their improvement is crucial as the Bulls look for a long-term answer at the point.

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Kobe Bryant to be inducted into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020

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Kobe Bryant to be inducted into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020 was already set up to be a special one, with some of the greatest names in the sport, names like Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, set to get in. But now that class takes on an even greater significance as Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that Kobe Bryant, who tragically died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, will be inducted into the  Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Basketball Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo stated that the 2020 class is expected to be one of the "most epic" classes in the history of the sport.

Along with Bryant, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020 is expected to include some of his fiercest rivals. The list of players that could be inducted in 2020 includes the aforementioned all-time great San Antonio Spurs forward Duncan (played a total of 30 playoff games against Bryant), Pistons legends Ben Wallace and Chauncey Billups (defeated Bryant and the Lakers in 2004 NBA Finals), and Shawn Marion, whose Suns teams were a huge threat to the Lakers dynasty throughout the 2000s.

The full Hall of Fame class will be revealed in April. In departing from the usual selection process, Colangelo maintained that "Kobe will be honored the way he should be."

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Dwyane Wade posts emotional video reacting to Kobe Bryant's death

Dwyane Wade posts emotional video reacting to Kobe Bryant's death

Former Bull and Chicagoland native Dwyane Wade posted an emotional video Sunday reacting to the death of Kobe Bryant.

"I came in the league and I chased him," Wade said. "That's who I chased. I wanted to be respected by him, and once I reached that level, I knew I did something.

"Kobe, thank you, man. Thank you for all the memories — we've got a lot of good ones. These tears that we cry, we're going to miss you. And it's not leaving today, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now. We'll forever, forever miss you, man.

"You're a legend, you're an icon, you're a father, you're a husband, you're a son, you're a brother, you're a friend. Thank you for being my friend. I love you, brother."

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