CHICAGO — The Portland trailblazers got a feelgood moment before the game when they face-timed together with Jusuf Nurkic and followed up with a simple success. Considering the conditions, it was definitely not a terrible night.
Still shaken by Nurkic’s grisly leg trauma two nights earlier in the day in a double-overtime success over Brooklyn that ensured their sixth straight playoff appearance, the Blazers made it look easy against a short handed team.
Seeing Nurkic gave them the lift they wanted, even though there had been some audio issues.
“It was cool,” Curry explained. “It was a little embarrassing. Regrettably , we couldn’t listen. The volume was not working so we couldn’t hear what he was saying. Nevertheless, it was good to tell him we were considering him until we headed on the market. That pregame huddle was a fantastic moment for everyone.”
However, with mostly reservations at the lineup, the Bulls lost for the eighth time in 10 games.
Chicago announced afterward forward Lauri Markkanen will overlook the remainder of the growing season after having a rapid pulse and fatigue.
Markkanen remained over night in Toronto after exiting Tuesday night’s loss to the Raptors. He was assessed in the practice room by the Bulls’ medical team along with Toronto’s team physician and underwent more tests in a hospital. He was examined Wednesday in Chicago and will overlook the rest games.
“(It is ) very demanding, because you got any of the heart guys that’s out today,” Harrison explained. “But it’s the NBA. And the next guy is the reason these guys are about a roster, yet the reason I’m on a roster. Because when your time is called, it is the right time to step up. And you also can’t really complain about keep it forwards and attempt to find some wins.”
Third in the Western Conference behind Golden State and Denver, the Trail Blazers directed 27-14 following the first quarter. They went to a 13-3 run to turn a 12-9 lead into a 25-12 advantage, together with Hood capping it with a 16-footer along with 3pointer.
It was the lowest-scoring very first quarter for the Bulls, and things did not improve after that.
Curry and Kanter forced 3s to get Portland within an 8-0 run to start the second quarter, and the Blazers chose a 59-41 lead to the locker room.
“Obviously, Chicago is undermanned,” coach Terry Stotts said. “That’s a game we should have won and did.”
Trail-blazers: The trailblazers completed a two-game sweep and have won 13 of their past 16 against Chicago. … Portland held Phoenix to eight things in the first quarter on Dec. 6.
Bulls: Coach Jim Boylen said Markkanen was in his office at two p.m. and wanted to play against Portland. … The Bulls’ previous low for things in the first quarter was 16 against Orlando on Jan. 2. Their low for almost any quarter has been seven against Houston on Nov. 3.
Trail-blazers: In Atlanta on Friday night.
Bulls: Host Toronto on Saturday night.