Bulls' LaVine set to make season debut Saturday

Chicago Bulls guard Zach La Vine warms up before a Dec. 4 game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at United Center

Chicago Bulls guard Zach La Vine warms up before a Dec. 4 game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at United Center

The United Center had an extra buzz when the Bulls took the court for their game against the Pistons on Saturday night. Detroit missed a chance at a one-point lead when Bradley misfired on a 3-pointer and missed a chance to tie the game at the buzzer when Reggie Bullock missed a layup while absorbing heavy contact following a Chicago turnover. I was exhausted, but it wasn't that fast. The lead changed hands six times in the last five minutes.

Chicago then survived four late shot attempts by Detroit, including a missed layup by Drummond with 38 seconds left. With LaVine on the bench, the Bulls were able to close out the Pistons. The Pistons also finished the first half in playoff position and have a favorable schedule, getting 23 of their final 41 games at home including 11 of the next 13. "All around he's a great player and he's going to bring a lot to the team".

LaVine averaged 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 47 games with the Timberwolves last season, which marked his third year in the league.

LaVine made his first shot, a 27-footer from the right of the key, before he assisted Robin Lopez's basket inside.

Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg plans to limit LaVine's playing time to about 20 minutes against the Knicks. Very similar to when we got Bobby back and we got Niko back.

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Pistons: Forward Stanley Johnson sat out with a sore right hip flexor after missing practice on Friday. "Problem's moving in one direction". I don't know if it's necessarily a pain thing. "It's his ability, in his mind, at least, to move".

Bradley led Detroit with 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting, including six 3-pointers.

Before Markkanen gave Chicago the lead for good, Portis hit a 3-pointer for a 100-95 lead with 5:56 remaining after Drummond's putback dunk.

LaVine on his return: "Not really butterflies, just anxious". "I met with all the different players this will affect in the rotation".

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