The Chicago Bulls tried all sorts of defensive coverages on Damian Lillard. Just not enough to hold down Zach LaVine and company. LaVine scored 36 points, DeMar DeRozan had 27 and the Bulls topped Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers 129-121 on Saturday night. Nikola Vucevic added 23 points and 11 rebounds as Chicago won for the third time in four games, erasing a 17-point deficit in the second half.
Bulls coach Billy Donovan has no idea what the trade deadline will look like for the team come Thursday. What Donovan did share was he and executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas were on the same page as far as where the team was, and if they did have a difference of opinion, Karnisovas had the final say. The Sun-Times reported last week that the Bulls had given no indication to the rest of the league that they're sellers, let alone that they're blowing up the roster. With a second consecutive victory — a 129-121 decision against the Trail Blazers — the immediate plan remained: They'd get help if it was available; otherwise, they might make a few tweaks.
A new mock trade has the Philadelphia 76ers acquiring Tony Bradley back from the Chicago Bulls.