Eastern and Western Conference counterparts aim to avoid extending losing skids on Monday when the Memphis Grizzlies host the Chicago Bulls. Both teams enter Monday's contest having dropped two in a row to reside in one of the play-in spots of their respective conferences. Memphis trailed theentire night on Sunday in a 132-125 loss to Indiana, marking the Grizzlies' second defeat to the Pacers this season in which they never led.
The Bulls can always pivot to a trade in a few years if things don’t work out. Given LaVine is close to untouchable and entering his prime, it would take quite the haul for the Bulls to consider a trade assuming he wants to stay, and it should still take a lot even if he asks out. The Bulls would probably ask for Ja Morant to start, but I’m guessing that’s a non-starter.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 12 rebounds, D’Angelo Russell scored 27 and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Chicago Bulls 121-117 on Sunday night. Ricky Rubio connected on five of his six 3-point attempts and scored 17 points. Rookie Anthony Edwards added 15 points for Minnesota, which held on a game after allowing Boston to come back from 17 down in the second half in an overtime loss on Friday.