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The Orlando Magic were able to hold off the Chicago Bulls, 97-91

The Orlando Magic were able to hold off the Chicago Bulls, 97-91

The Chicago Bulls have been going through a lot of drama on and off the court lately.  Not only was Fred Hoiberg relieved of his head coaching duties over a week ago, but the Chicago Bulls recently suffered their worst loss in franchise history against the Boston Celtics, 133-77.

Having a new head coach didn’t seem to make matters better as there have been reports that he would have players go through a two-and-a-half hour practice, which most of the players are against.  The Chicago Bulls would look avoid a third straight loss and a ninth straight road defeat as they battle the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.  The Magic, on the other hand, are trying to get away from a fourth straight loss.

The Chicago Bulls and the Orlando Magic have seen each other a total of 116 times in the past as the Bulls won 64 games while the Magic ended up winning only 52 of those matchups.  This game will mark the first of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up during this season.  Last season, the Bulls swept the Magic in their regular-season series, 4-0.


Chicago Bulls:

-Denzel Valentine (ankle)
-Antonio Blakeney (coach’s decision; 9.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.5 APG, 42.6 FG%, 44.8 3P%, 65.7 FT%)
-Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 56.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 73.7 FT%)
-Cameron Payne (coach’s decision; 6.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.8 APG, 40.3 FG%, 27.3 3P%, 88.0 FT%)
-Tyler Ulis (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Chandler Hutchison (illness; 4.2 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 42.6 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 55.6 FT%)
-Rawle Alkins (G-League)

Orlando Magic:

-Timofey Mozgov (knee)
-Khem Birch (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 58.8 FG%, 100.0 FT%)
-Isaiah Briscoe (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 42.1 FG%, 100.0 3P%, 40.0 FT%)
-Wesley Iwundu (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 37.5 FG%, 31.8 3P%, 77.8 FT%)
-Jarell Martin (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 35.4 FG%, 21.1 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Troy Caupain (G-League)
-Amile Jefferson (G-League)
-Melvin Frazier (0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)


Both the Orlando Magic and the Chicago Bulls would put up a good fight in this game as they each shot in the high 40 percents in the first half.  Nikola Vucevic scored 13 points for the Magic while hitting a three-pointer late in the second quarter.  Former Nuggets player Evan Fournier was kept to just 6 points but was able to get off two assists in the 15 minutes that he played.

D.J. Augustin also had six points but he would collect his from beyond the arc.  Aaron Gordon was only able to score three points which came from the charity stripe.  He finished the game with a total of 8 points.  Terrence Ross played the most minutes off the bench but only scored six points, hitting a trey early in the second quarter.

On the other end of the court, the 2014-2015 All-Rookie selection Zach LaVine got hot for 14 points as he shot 67 percent from the floor.  He earned three of those points from behind the arc while recording 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.  Rookie Wendell Carter helped out with six points while Kris Dunn had five points and three rebounds off the bench.  Lauri Markkanen ended up with four points, three from distance and one from the free-throw line.  Robin Lopez played 15 minutes off the bench as he had five points but it was the home team that went into the locker room with a 51-46 lead.

Both teams continued to fight in the second half but the Bulls showed more accuracy as they completed 52 percent of their shots, holding the Florida team to 35 percent shooting.  Justin Holiday, who is averaging 13 points a game this season, lit the floor up with 16 points, drilling 4 three-pointers in the process.  LaVine would cool down as he only had nine points and four turnovers.

The Orlando Magic, however, found a way to continue to pull away as Vucevic dropped 13 more points, leading the Magic to a 97 to 91 victory over the Bulls.  This victory would bring a halt to the Magic’s three-game skid.  Nikola Vucevic finished the game with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Zach LaVine settled for 23 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will travel over to Texas to meet up with DeMar DeRozan (24.1 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 6.2 APG, 48.0 FG%, 17.1 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (14-14) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This will be the second and final game between these two teams this season.  Last time they saw each other was on November 26 when the San Antonio Spurs snuck away from the Bulls, 108-107.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, and dished off 5 assists while Zach LaVine had 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists.

The Orlando Magic will host Donovan Mitchell (20.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.2 APG, 42.8 FG%, 30.3 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (14-15) on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the first of two meetings between these ball clubs during this season.  The Magic ended up getting swept in the regular-season series against the Jazz last season, 0-2.

The Boston Celtics cruise past Rondo-less Chicago Bulls team to win Game 3, making the series 2-1

The Boston Celtics cruise past Rondo-less Chicago Bulls team to win Game 3, making the series 2-1

Tonight marked the third game between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls in their playoff series.  Things have not been looking great for the number one seed Celtics as they suffered losses in both of the first two games.  The first game was a victory for the Bulls as they slip away with a 106 to 102 win.  Jimmy Butler scored thirty points, grabbed nine rebounds and gave out three assists.  Isaiah Thomas finished with thirty-three points, six rebounds and six assists.  The Chicago team would win the second matchup as well, 111-97.  Jimmy Butler finished with twenty-two points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  Dwyane Wade would ended up with twenty-two points, four rebounds and two assists.  Isaiah Thomas earned twenty points, four rebounds and two assists.  The Celtics would look to take advantage of the Rondo-less Chicago Bulls as they try to make the series 2-1 in Illinois tonight.

The Boston Celtics would get off on the right foot as they shoot 57% from the field in the first quarter, limiting the home team to 32% from the field.  Former Mavericks player, Jae Crowder, would chalk up ten points which included two 3-pointers.  Avery Bradley would earn eight points, six of those coming from beyond the arc and Al Horford would connect for two 3-pointers, chalking up six points.  On the other end, Dwyane Wade would drop six points, shooting 40% from the field.  Jimmy Butler plays throughout the entire quarter but is only limited to two points as the Celtics enter the second period with a huge 33 to 15 advantage.  Chicago would go on a 26 to 11 run in the second quarter as three-time champion, Dwyane Wade, shoots 60% from the field and collects eight points.  Paul Zipser would come off the bench to hit one 3-pointer and knock down two free throws, which would give him five points for the quarter.  Jimmy Butler would play six minutes, only to be held scoreless.  Former Kings player, Isaiah Thomas, would settle for four points as his team would go to the locker room at halftime with a close 44-41 lead.

Horford would come out of the locker room to chalk up eight points in the third quarter, along with five rebounds and three assists.  Thomas would throw up eight points, which would contain two 3-pointers.  Crowder would contribute with four points and three rebounds as Gerald Green would come off the bench to make a 3-pointer.  As for the Chicago Bulls, Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic and Robin Lopez would each score six points but Butler would collect three of his from beyond the 3-point line.  Former Suns player, Robin Lopez, would crash the boards for four rebounds but it was the Boston team that  would enter the last quarter holding onto a 76-63 lead.  The Celtics would close things out in the fourth as the first-round pick in the 2015 draft, Terry Rozier, comes off the bench to drop eight points, which held two 3-pointer.  Former Pistons player, Jonas Jerebko, would also come off the bench to score six points as the Boston Celtics cruise past the Chicago Bulls to grab a 104 to 87 win, making the series 2-1.  Al Horford finished with eighteen points, eight rebounds and six assists.  Dwyane Wade ended up with eighteen points, one rebound and three assists.

The Chicago Bulls defeat the Boston Celtics in Game 2, taking a 2-0 lead in series

The Chicago Bulls defeat the Boston Celtics in Game 2, taking a 2-0 lead in series

Last night marked the second game between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls in their Playoff series.  The first game was a victory for the Chicago team as they won, 106-102.  In that game, Jimmy Butler would score thirty points, grab nine rebounds and dish out three assists.  Isaiah Thomas would finish with thirty-three points, five rebounds and six assists.  Celtics looked to tie the series last night in Boston.

The game started off right for the visiting team as Nikola Mirotic dropped ten points, which included two 3-pointers.  He also crashed the boards to get four rebounds, which would help the team out.  Former Celtics player, Rajon Rondo, would chalk up six points and dish out six assists.  Jimmy Butler was limited to five points in that quarter, shooting only 25% from the field.  On the other end, Isaiah Thomas dropped seven points, including one 3-pointer.  Avery Bradley would chalk up five points which contained one 3-pointer but it was the Chicago team that ended the first period with a 31-26 lead.  In the second quarter, Robin Lopez would shoot 75% from the field, earning himself six points.  The second-round pick in the 2016 draft, Paul Zipser, would come off the Bulls bench to shoot 75% from the field and collect six points, as well.  Jae Crowder would drop seven points for the Boston team, which included one 3-pointer.  Thomas would only be limited to four points, which all came from the free-throw line.  Marcus Smart would come off the bench to drop four points but it was the visitors would went into halftime holding onto a 54-46 advantage.  Things would not get easier for the home team as Butler comes out of the locker room to score ten points in the third quarter, which would contain one 3-pointer.  Lopez would knock down three of his four shots and hit two free-throws to earn himself eight points.  Isaiah Thomas would try to keep his team in the game as he throws up seven points but the Chicago Bulls would walk into the fourth quarter with a 86 to 75 lead.  The Illnois team would close things out in the last period as former Heat star, Dwyane Wade, lights the floor up with eleven points, containing two 3-pointers.  Toronto-native Kelly Olynyk would come off the Celtics bench to drop six points but it was the Chicago Bulls who defeat the Boston Celtics with a 111-97 win, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  Jimmy Butler finished with twenty-two points, eight rebounds and eight assists (his new Playoff career-high).  Dwyane Wade would score twenty-two points, pull down four rebounds and throw out two assists.  Isaiah Thomas ended up with twenty points, four rebounds and two assists.

Dywane Wade’s return is spoiled as Nets sneak away with a victory against the Bulls

Dywane Wade’s return is spoiled as Nets sneak away with a victory against the Bulls

With Dywane Wade (18.6 PPG) returning back to the lineup after missing the last eleven games due to a sprain in his right elbow, the 39-40 Chicago Bulls would look to defeat the 19-60 Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn tonight.  This matchup would mark the third of four times that these two teams will meet up.  The first time was on October 31 in New York where the visiting team would win huge, 118-88.  In that game, Jimmy Butler scored twenty-two points, grabbed six rebounds and earned two assists.  On the other end, Bojan Bogdanovic scored fifteen points, pulled down three rebounds and dished off one assist.  In the second game, which took place on December 28 in Chicago, the Bulls would pull away with a 101 to 99 win.  Jimmy Butler would end that game with forty points, ten rebounds and four assists.  Brook Lopez ended with thirty-three points, three rebounds and four assists.  The Chicago Bulls would look to take a 3-0 lead in this regular season series tonight.

In the first quarter, Jimmy Butler would start off hot by scoring ten points, including two 3-pointers.  Robin Lopez would also put up four points but that wouldn’t help much when his brother, Brook Lopez, scored six points of his own and giving the Nets a 32-25 lead in the first.  During the second period, former Knicks player, Jerian Grant, would knock down three of his four buckets to earn himself seven points.  On the other end, another former Knicks player, Jeremy Lin went for five points, as well as Archie Goodwin.  The home team would head into the locker room with a 51 to 45 advantage.  The third quarter belonged to the Bulls with the help from Butler going off for eleven points, along with Lopez’s and Grant’s eight points as the visitors would end the third period on a 82-75 run.  Wade would come alive though, as he scores six points, along with Butler collecting an additional nine points.  Things would come close late in the fourth as former Pistons player, Spencer Dinwiddie, scores a three-pointer to tie the score at 101 with 1 minute and 23 seconds to play.  After Rondae Hollis-Jefferson knocked down two free throws, Butler would score on a jump shot to tie the game again at 103.  But the Nets would seal the deal after Wade fouls Hollis-Jefferson, who would make all two of his free throws.  Jimmy Butler ended the game with thirty-three points, seven rebounds and four assists.  Caris LeVert would finish with nineteen points, five rebounds and one assist.  Dwyane Wade would score fourteen points, grab seven rebounds and dish off two assists in his return back to the basketball court.  The fourth and final game will be played on April 12 in Chicago, Illinois.