A sports editor for CBSChicago.com and 670TheScore.com, Cody Westerlund also covers the Bulls. Prior to coming on board in January 2014, he previously had covered college and high school sports in the Champaign, Ill., and Ames, Iowa areas. Westerlund graduated from the University of Illinois in 2010 and lives in the Lakeview neighborhood.
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Valentine’s turnover with eight seconds left cost the Bulls in a 116-115 loss to the 76ers.
As the Bulls evaluate youngsters, Lopez and other veterans will sit for an extended time.
After finding more rhythm on the floor, Dunn is turning his attention to something more as well.
LaVine’s runout dunk with 12 seconds left lifted the Bulls to a win against the Magic on Monday.
“In what basketball world does it say ‘Just let a man go lay the ball up’?” Portis says.
LaVine had a season-high 35 points, including the Bulls’ final 11 as they rallied to beat the Wolves.
“This direction that we’re headed and the pieces we have in place now, we’re really happy,” John Paxson says.
“Now it’s about getting him reconditioned,” coach Fred Hoiberg says.
The Bulls received a first-round pick from the Pelicans, one that’s likely to convey this summer.
The Bulls are taking on bad money to receive the first-round pick they so desired.
With an ugly 110-96 loss to the Bucks on Sunday, the Bulls fell to 1-4 without Dunn in this most recent stretch.
LaVine shot just 3-of-17 in the Bulls’ 108-103 loss to the Lakers on Friday.
Markkanen, 20, is fourth among rookies in scoring at 15.5 points per game.
The Bulls continue to hold trade discussions involving Mirotic ahead of the Feb. 8 deadline.
After a nasty face-first fall Wednesday, Dunn won’t travel with the team to Atlanta for Saturday’s game.
In an entertaining contest the Warriors won 119-112, the Bulls were reminded of the costs of any lack of focus.
“Hopefully, they’re going to keep me a few more games, at least,” Mirotic says as a trade possibility looms.
Playing in a game for the first time in 344 days, LaVine looked smooth and had 14 points in 19 minutes.
Mirotic is eligible to be traded Monday and has found himself amid intense speculation.
LaVine will initially be limited to 20 minutes per game.