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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Nikola Mirotic, the Bulls’ best offensive weapon, sat the final 12:34 of Chicago’s overtime loss.
LaVine has shed his knee brace as he nears his season debut.
Led by Mirotic, the Bulls have gone 10-2 in the last three weeks.
“We believe in each other, and that’s what it’s all about,” Lauri Markkanen says.
LaVine could first return to game action with the Windy City Bulls before playing NBA games again.
“We’re one of the better teams in the East,” Denzel Valentine says of the 13th-place Bulls.
Felder’s exit opens up a full-time roster spot for Antonio Blakeney, who’s dominating in the G League.
The Bulls are 6-0 since the return of Mirotic, who says he’s at long last having fun again.
“Niko has brought a confidence to this team,” Fred Hoiberg says.
“I’ve been having great confidence in myself so far,” Mirotic said after the Bulls improved to 3-0 with him healthy.
Niko Mirotic will start in his place.
Fred Hoiberg rued an inattention to defense after the Bulls lost their ninth straight Monday night.
Mirotic has missed the first 21 games with facial fractures that he suffered from a punch from teammate Bobby Portis.
“Nobody cares about a losing team,” Denzel Valentine says.
“If I’m here, it means that my team needs me and I need my team too,” Mirotic said in his first public comments since the Oct. 17 incident.
Markkanen is 17-of-67 from the field in his past five games.
Dunn scored a career-high 22 points and added a season-high seven assists as the Bulls outlasted the Hornets.
Dunn is among the league leaders in turnovers per 48 minutes.
“Fred’s got them playing really hard,” Reinsdorf says of the Bulls. “It’s not going unnoticed.”
Keep it simple,” Fred Hoiberg says of what he expects out of Portis. “Focus on defending and rebounding.”