The Bulls had the day off but attended the Bulls Bowling Party as the players had a chance to relax and unwind after a flurry of road games. Chandler Hutchison captured his second straight title edging out Luke Kornet.
Since returning two games ago from a hamstring injury that sidelined him since the offseason, Hutchison has been a huge addition to the Bulls rotation supplying a heavy dose of toughness and versatility.
Lauri Markkanen is coming off one of his better games drilling a season-high four three-point field goals, scoring 17 points against the Hawks.
Tomas Satoransky continues to make strides in a transition period having left the Wizards for a greater role with the Bulls. "Sato" is a low maintenance type player. He's always ready and willing to do anything to help the team. He has tallied six or more assists in five straight games. The 6-7 guard scored a career-high 27 points against the Hawks Wednesday.
The Bulls sent Denzel Valentine and Daniel Gafford to the Windy City Bulls to maintain their conditioning and skill set.
The Bulls return to the practice floor today.
After 25 seasons of and more than 1-thousand games, Tommy Edwards will retire tomorrow night as public address announcer of the Bulls. Here's wishing Tommy and his family all the best as he relocates to California to be with his children and grandchildren.
24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:
Miami 124, Phoenix 108: Jimmy Butler scored 30 of his 34 points in the first half. Justice Winslow of the Heat has been placed in the NBA concussion protocol. The Heat play the Lakers tonight in LA.
Los Angeles Clippers 107, Portland 101: Career win number 900 for Head Coach Doc Rivers.
Boston 108, Charlotte 87: The Celtics ran their record to 6-1 as Kemba Walker returns to Charlotte for the first time after signing with the Celtics in the off-season. Walker finished with 14 points and six assists. Former Celtic Terry Rozier went 1-11 from the field. Rookie PJ Washington blocked five shots for the Hornets.
San Antonio 121, Oklahoma City 112: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 39 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists.
The NBA fined the Clippers 50-thousand dollars for statements that were inconsistent with Kawhi Leonard's health. Leonard missed Wednesday's game to rest an injured left knee. Leonard said it was shocking the NBA disclosed details of his injury.
Blake Griffin has been cleared by the Pistons to resume all basketball-related activities and is listed day-to-day. Derrick Rose (hamstring) is day-to-day.
Always a pleasure.