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Game 23: Magic vs. Bulls GameThread

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In their 23rd game of the season, the Magic welcome....da Bulls #Synergy

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Who: Chicago Bulls (8-12) at Orlando Magic (8-14)
When: Friday, February 5th, 7:00 PM EST
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
TV: Fox Sports Florida
Line: Chicago -2.5
Injuries: Chicago - Carter Jr. (OUT - quad), Porter Jr. (DOUBTFUL - back); Orlando - Aminu (OUT - knee), Carter-Williams (OUT - foot), Fultz (OUT - knee), Isaac (OUT - knee), Gordon (OUT - ankle)

Chicago Bulls Orlando Magic
110.6 (17th) ORtg 105.5 (27th)
112.9 (24th) DRtg 112.3 (20th)
103.2 (3rd) Pace 98.9 (21st)
Projected Starting Lineups
Coby White G Cole Anthony
Zach LaVine G Evan Fournier
Patrick Williams F James Ennis
Lauri Markkanen F Gary Clark
Daniel Gafford C Nikola Vucevic


Quotes from Cliff


“He’s got the right attitude. You can tell that he’s been around, he understands how this works. He’s diligent, he’s trying to get up to speed. We’ll have a limited menu for him to deal with when he’s on the floor (obviously). I’ve talked to people that have coached him - he’s a tough-minded guy, he’s a pro player.”
Clifford on newly acquired point guard Frank Mason III


“It starts with his range shooting. He’s over forty percent at over eight attempts per game. But, he’s also a very clever player. The flair game (that’s where he gets a lot of his three’s), but also he has a roll game. And if you switch smaller players onto him, he’s good at sealing, rolling, and getting to the basket. He knows how to create action for his teammates to give them space, and he knows how to get into open areas.”
Clifford on Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen


For perspective from our opponent tonight, check out the work of our friends at Blog a Bull.

Need a reason to vote to send Nikola Vucevic to the All-Star Game? You shouldn’t, but our Mike Cali provided 50 reasons anyway - it’s a great read.

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