While the Bulls are projected to come out ahead of the Sixers in the first round of the playoffs, their stats show they have another challenge to face during the postseason. Day games have proven to take a giant hit in Chicago's playing ability.
That brings us to Saturday's Game 1, taking place at noon at the United Center. Reigning MVP Derrick Rose continues to try to rediscover his rhythm, and without his top-notch athleticism, could the Bulls face some difficulties early on?
Here's a look at Chicago's day-time record during the regular season:
The Bears released their latest injury report this Wednesday, with some more notable names added to the list, including running back David Montgomery and tight end Trey Burton.
In a new development, David Montgomery had limited participation in Wednesday’s practice due to an ankle injury. The cause or severity of the injury is unknown at this time.
Trey Burton DNP in Wednesday’s practice due to a calf injury he suffered during Sunday’s matchup against the Lions. He was previously on the injured list in October due to a groin injury, becoming a full participant in practice during Week 10.
Danny Trevathan is still unable to participate in practice after leaving Week 10’s game during the first quarter due to a gruesome elbow injury. There has yet to be an official update from the Bears on the severity of Trevathan’s injury, but Nagy didn’t seem particularly optimistic on during Monday’s press conference following the game, admitting Trevathan could potentially join Akiem Hicks on IR depending on the results of his MRI.
Isaiah Irving also DNP due to a quad injury. He has been on the injured list since Week 9.
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Here’s your random, surprising and somewhat meaningless thing of the day: Kevin Durant wore a Bulls Toni Kukoc jersey in a gym.
This isn’t reason to start “KD to the Bulls” speculation, but it is a weird, cool thing that came out of nowhere.
Kukoc was 6-foot-11 and primarily made his living on the perimeter as a sharpshooter. He shot 40.3% from 3-point range during the Bulls’ 72-win season in 1995-96.
Durant, 31, would have been young and impressionable just as Kukoc was entering his prime with the Bulls during those years. He also has grown into having a similar profile as a big man playing on the perimeter. From that perspective, it’s reasonable to think Durant looked up to Kukoc from a young age. Durant will also wear No. 7, Kukoc's number with the Bulls, when he eventually comes back from injury and suits up for the Nets.
It’s still a bit jarring to see one of the best players in the NBA repping someone from a previous era who never made an All-Star team.
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