LaVine, Theis and Harris play against Nets
A multitude of injuries will hit the headlines when the Chicago Bulls face the star-studded Brooklyn Nets and head coach Steve Nash for the second time in five days on the early afternoon of May 15. The Bulls will only face the Nets before the off-season starts at the Barclays Center to kick off the weekend.
On a difficult weekend that saw head coach Billy Donovan and the Bulls miss the postseason for the fourth straight year in their first year, they face both the Nets and division rivals Milwaukee Bucks. That’s not an easy way to end the regular season, but it doesn’t really matter at this point as they were eliminated from the postseason on May 14th.
When the Washington Wizards defeated the Central Division’s enemy, Cleveland Cavaliers, on the night of May 14, the Bulls were officially excluded from postseason competition. This means that the off-season drought in the Windy City will last almost half a decade.
The last time the Bulls made it into the postseason was back when Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler formed their top trio in 2017. And they were ousted by the Boston Celtics in the first round of that year’s playoffs.
When the Bulls face a potential NBA title contender on May 15th, they will do so without some of their top players. Even the nets have some notable injury problems. It looks like the Nets will do without Superstar Guardian James Harden for their second face-to-face meeting with the cops.
More serious injuries for the Chicago Bulls and Nets
It had been known since the afternoon of May 14th that the Cops would be able to do without the duo of center Daniel Theis and shooter / little striker Troy Brown Jr. against the nets on the street. But both combo guard Tomas Satoransky and star shooting guard Zach LaVine will now face the nets.
Billy Donovan said Zach LaVine and Tomas Satoransky were against Nets.
– KC Johnson (@KCJHoop) May 15, 2021
The cops will now have four effective absences against the nets due to injuries. At least this may be a real opportunity for some of the underutilized Bulls players in the rotation to get more playing time against a top opponent.
There are key absences throughout the rotation, including Brown Jr. missing on the wing, Theis missing from the forecourt, and LaVine and Sato leaving a void in the back seat. Maybe now we could see more like shooter Adam Mokoka, rookie point guard Devon Dotson, veteran striker Al-Farouq Aminu, shooter Javonte Green, etc. in this game.
Correction: Joe Harris will miss the Bulls game this afternoon with a left gluteus strain. It’s the second game in a row that he has missed. Last game, the team said it was a sore left hip.
– Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) May 15, 2021
On the net side, Nash will miss an important part of his guard / wing rotation against the cops. Sniper / little striker Joe Harris has reportedly (confirmed by Malika Andrews on Twitter on the morning of May 15) eliminated the Bulls as he deals with a lower body injury.
Harris was solid for the nets by eight points in his win over the Bulls at the United Center earlier this week. However, he is expected to be back for the nets by the time of the postseason.
The start time between the cops and the nets is set at 12:00 noon on May 15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This will be the last meeting between the Bulls and the Nets this season, and it is a game before the regular season finale in Chicago.