Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions


The Chicago Bulls (17-10) play against the Miami Heat (11-11) at FTX Arena

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Saturday December 11, 2021

Chicago Bulls 92, Miami Heat 118 (Final )

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Schedule eases up for Bulls after this one. And it needs to. They play only two games over next seven days. – 10:19 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Winderman’s view: Lowry shows what leadership looks like, plus other Heat-Bulls thoughts. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…10:19 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
🚨New Piece🚨
Five Takeaways from Heat’s Win Over Bulls
Lowry, Robinson, Dedmon lead Heat
@5ReasonsSportsfivereasonssports.com/news/five-take…10:19 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Final: Heat 118, Bulls 92
LaVine: 33 pts (8th 30-point game), 7 reb, 4 ast
Vucevic: 10 pts, 3-15 FG
Shorthanded Bulls lose second straight in a rout, fall to 17-10
Heat, sans Butler and Bam, were banged up tonight too – 10:19 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Final: Heat 118, Bulls 92.
Just a bad night all around for the Bulls in Miami. They’re trying to stay afloat while navigating seven players in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
The Bulls fall to 17-10. – 10:18 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Heat 118, Bulls 92
LaVine 33 pts, 7 rebs; 7-11 from 3
Vucevic 3-15 FGs
Robinson 26 pts
Lowry 16 pts, 14 assists
Dedmon 20 pts, 12 rebs – 10:18 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Heat improve to 5-1 against the current top 3 seeds in the East – 10:17 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
On nights like this, if Kyle Lowry plays like he did early, he won’t need to play the 4th
Feels like that is clicking – 10:13 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Final numbers of the Vooch – 3-for-15 8 rebounds 10 points. – 10:12 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
The Heat have beaten the Bucks and Bulls in back-to-back games without Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.
Kyle Lowry in those 2 games:
— 22 PTS, 13 AST, 4 3PT
— 16 PTS, 14 AST, 4 3PT (in 3 quarters) pic.twitter.com/Pm7wTzkVBE10:10 PM

Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Well, Coby White reached 10 days in protocols today, Javonte Green will get there Mon. So it’s conceivable #Bulls could have some players back by the time they host Detroit on Tue, but too soon to tell. – 10:10 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Gonna be watching this Max slam over and over and over and over pic.twitter.com/NWMRag06ZP10:09 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Zach has tied a season high 7 made 3s…Miami up 104-81 4:44 left 4th. – 10:07 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Bulls want no part of Heat come playoffs – Print it! – 10:06 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
LaVine’s 8th 30 point game ( 33)- Bulls down 102-81. 5:34 left 4th. – 10:04 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
MAX SLAM IS COMING – 10:03 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
This is LaVine’s 8th 30-point game – 10:01 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Nope, he’s running LaVine, the Vooch and Lonzo back out there down 24 with 7:15 left. – 9:59 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Timeout Bulls – Billy like: “Marko, get your ass up … it’s time!” – 9:58 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Heat have scored 22 points off Bulls’ TOs. – 9:56 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Caruso is not moving like his normal self at all. Get him out too! – 9:54 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Vooch just shook Tucker’s hand. – 9:54 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
If Miami ends up getting in two fights with a guy named Nikola… – 9:52 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Reviewing that. Heat Culture is into paybacks! Get the bus started and start loading the boys up! – 9:52 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Vucevic missed another point-blank look and is now 3-14. Looked offf balance as he shot. – 9:52 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Vooch tackled Tucker and hurt Tucker’s knee. Not good. – 9:51 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Tyler Herro’s sixth 3-point attempt tied him with Daequan Cook for 17th on the Heat all-time list. – 9:51 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Let’s end this homestand right. pic.twitter.com/ASQ5uOkKP39:48 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
I’d give Zach and Lonzo about 5 minutes to put a dent in this or pull them. – 9:47 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Twelve minutes to go on the road.
LaVine: 28pts/5reb/3ast
Ball: 15pts/5reb/3ast pic.twitter.com/9YvmyL0lb39:46 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
This is the second game in a row where Herro isn’t having the best offensive game on the ball, but does just enough to be a positive player on the floor
That’s more intriguing then most of his big time scoring games – 9:45 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat 86, Bulls 70 going into fourth. Robinson with 26 points. Lowry with 16 points, 14 assists. Dedmon with 16 points, 10 rebounds. – 9:44 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Dewayne Dedmon outplaying Nikola Vucevic can’t happen when the Bulls are this shorthanded. – 9:40 PM
Joe Gabriele @CavsJoeG
#Cavs haven’t trailed since the 2:47 mark of the first quarter vs. CHI on Wednesday. – 9:39 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Damn Vooch! – 9:39 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
This might end up being one of the most important games of the season for Miami
Duncan Robinson needed this
And Jimmy Butler ends up resting from Monday to Monday after getting injured, and Miami could walk away 2-0 against the 2 and 3 seeds in the East – 9:36 PM
NBA Kicks @NBAKicks
WTT!
PJ Tucker, the sneaker king! #NBAKicks pic.twitter.com/Ylw4FBH67A9:35 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Dewayne Dedmon now with a double-double. – 9:32 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Duncan up to five 3s and 22 points tonight 👌 pic.twitter.com/IsUObrTJvS9:28 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
HEAT CHECK @markushoward11 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/HdlUybMhtz9:26 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Lowry up to 14 assists. His career-high is 19. – 9:25 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Last game, Miami was headlined by Max Strus, Caleb Martin, and PJ Tucker
Tonight, Miami’s headlined by Dewayne Dedmon, Kyle Lowry, and Duncan Robinson
Flashes of a very good team – 9:24 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Dewayne Dedmon . . . scoring machine. Up to 16 points, 7 rebounds in 19 minutes. – 9:23 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
LaVine now 6-for-7 from three tonight. – 9:22 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Some great offensive control from Gabe Vincent right there – 9:22 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Even the little Vooch hook has betrayed him tonight. – 9:22 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Patrick Williams out there rebounding for teammates. Kid definitely has lost some of the upper body mass even with that smedium t-shirt on. – 9:14 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
First Bull out of locker room to work on his shot? Lonzo Ball, who went 4-for-11 in the first half. – 9:11 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
…from the field for Miami and 13-for-23 from three – 56.5%. – 9:05 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
It seems logical that Vooch will snap out of this shooting rut at some point, but man is it hurting the Bulls amid all these absences. Just 5 points on 1-for-5 shooting in the first half.
Zach LaVine scores 21 in the first to keep the Bulls within reach of the Heat. – 9:03 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
#Bulls trail 65-52 at halftime. LaVine with 21 points, Vucevic (5 pts) still trying to get going.
Kyle Lowry has 12 assists at half, so Scott Skiles can go on low-key alert – 9:03 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Halftime: Heat 65, Bulls 52
LaVine: 21 pts, 8-12 FG (5-6 3P)
Lonzo: 12 pts, 3 3s
Vucevic: 5 pts, 1-5 FG
For Miami, Duncan Robinson had 18 pts, Dewayne Dedmon has 14 and Tyler Herro has 10 off the bench. 13-23 from 3P as a team – 9:03 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Bulls down 13 at the half. Zach LaVine doing his best to keep Gotham safe, but Miami is 15-for-25 from three – that’s 60% for you mathematically challenged. – 9:03 PM
Ethan J. Skolnick @EthanJSkolnick
Kyle Lowry has 12 assists at halftime, just eight from breaking Tim Hardaway’s record set in 1996
@5ReasonsSports9:02 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Who plays first tonight – Marko Simonovic or Udonis Haslem? – 9:01 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Heat 65, Bulls 52 at half
LaVine 21 points; 8-12 FGs
Ball 12 pts, 3 assists
Vucevic 1-5 FGs
Robinson 18 pts
Dedmon 14 pts, 7 rebs
Lowry 9 pts, 12 assists – 9:01 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat push lead to 17 in second period take 65-52 lead over Bulls into half. Robinson with 18 points (4 of 6 on 3s). Lowry with 12 assists, nine points. LaVine 21 points for Bulls. – 9:00 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
The way Dewayne Dedmon has performed stepping into the starting lineup should not go unnoticed
Not just tonight, but even on nights they’ve struggled, Dedmon has done his job
Such a solid player – 9:00 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Why does it feel like Vooch is getting the Carlos Boozer treatment by the fan base? – 9:00 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Alex Caruso nearly concusses himself on the scorers table trying to save a loose ball, a typical level of hustle from the Bulls’ defensive specialist – 9:00 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Updated Bulls story on 7 men out, as well as are the players looking to tap out because of all the cases?
Read it:
chicago.suntimes.com/2021/12/11/228…8:58 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
#Bulls are +16 with LaVine on floor in 2ndQ, -10 when he took a rest – 8:56 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
One of the biggest parts about losing Jimmy and Bam was the void in mid-post insertions
It’s been rough offense since
But these last two games, they’re using Lowry and PJ as wing three post insertions to play make and get guys into spots
It changes things majorly – 8:54 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Y’all know the drill 📞
🗣WE GOT SHOOTERS! pic.twitter.com/MKp1vNIRFA8:52 PM

Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Brutal start for Nikola Vucevic. Has missed first four shots — three of them good looks — and had a costly turnover during that 10-0 Heat run (which began when Zach LaVine checked out) – 8:50 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Duncan Robinson shooting well tonight must be due to some tips from Dewayne Dedmon with two days off – 8:48 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Zach takes a seat and Heat goes on 10-0 run to go back ahead by 15. The perils of playing shorthanded. #Bulls8:48 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
I would say: Remember when Nikola Vucevic couldn’t miss against the Heat? (But I won’t, since I wouldn’t want to jinx anything.) – 8:47 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Zach LaVine has taken over this game. 15points. Bulls on an 11-2 run within 5. 7:42 left 2nd. – 8:43 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Heat’s 12 point lead when Duncan and Lowry exited now down to 5
Once again…different – 8:43 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
In just over four minutes, Bulls have trimmed 39-25 deficit to 43-38. Defense has picked up, and Zach LaVine has 15 points — 9 already in the second quarter – 8:43 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Zach LaVine has 15 points in 15 minutes. Bulls within 5. – 8:42 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Let’s be honest, we all knew that Tyler buzzer beater was going in. pic.twitter.com/LCEogDpzRA8:40 PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
We made nine 3s in the first quarter btw pic.twitter.com/Ff9YlMSjJu8:37 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Miami with 9-3s in the first quarter..up 39-25. Heat shooting 60%. Lowry 9-2-7 in the first quarter. Bulls: Ball with 9. LaVine 6. – 8:36 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Tyler Herro hits at the buzzer and Heat is 9-for-14 from 3 after 1stQ, lead #Bulls 39-25. Duncan Robinson leads all scorers with 13 – 8:36 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Nine 3-pointers for the Miami Heat in that opening quarter. The Bulls really battling to guard around the arc so far tonight. – 8:35 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Tyler buzzer beaters never get old 🥲 – 8:35 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat 39, Bulls 25 at end of one. Robinson with 13 points for Heat, Lowry with seven assists. Heat missing quality, Bulls missing quantity. Herro with a 3 at quarter buzzer. – 8:34 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Heat go 9-14 from 3 in opening quarter and drop 39 points on Bulls. – 8:34 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
22 points from Kyle Lowry and Duncan Robinson on 6 of 7 shooting from deep as they exit in the first is a new scene – 8:33 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Max Strus next off Heat bench. Only available players yet to see action: Yurtseven, Haslem, Garrett. – 8:32 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Lowry up to seven assists already. – 8:32 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Miami is 7-10-3s. Lonzo with 9. Heat up 29-20 2:35 left 1st. McKinnie with a 3 ball and a block. – 8:28 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Miami tied a franchise record with 22 3s in Wednesday’s win against the Bucks. They’re 7-for-10 from deep in first nine-and-a-half minutes vs. Bulls – 8:28 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Heat started the game 7-for-10 from 3-pt range. #Bulls are 5-for-10 and trail 29-20 late 1stQ – 8:27 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
First points as a Bull for Chicago’s own @Alfonzo McKinnie
@NBCSChicago | #BullsNation pic.twitter.com/sOLoAql24X8:26 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Duncan Robinson would usually swing that ball after a bad pass
He took it anyway
Showing a different Duncan mentally – 8:26 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat 7 of 10 on 3s. Sustainable? – 8:26 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Duncan Robinson 3 of 4 on 3s, 4 of 5 from field. Up to 11 points. – 8:25 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
10 seconds of great basketball 🤌 pic.twitter.com/mrQwcV3nqO8:25 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
KZ Okpala entering next. – 8:23 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Alfonzo McKinnie is Bulls’ 6th man. – 8:22 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Miami up 18-6 as Herro gets ready to enter
Rare
And look what happens when Duncan settles with a 2 to get him going – 8:22 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Duncan Robinson, when needed most. – 8:21 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Tyler Herro about to enter as Heat sixth man. – 8:21 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Bam Adebayo is on the Heat bench tonight, in sweats, with thumb splinted. – 8:20 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Extremely visible through the opening minutes how deeply both of these rosters have been decimated since they last met. Bulls and Heat both looking disjointed and out of rhythm to start. – 8:18 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Pump fake, 1 dribble pull up for Duncan Robinson
A formula I’ve been spamming for him forever – 8:17 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Rough offense from this starting lineup early on
Just spamming high post reps for Dedmon and Tucker
Lowry keeps saving them
Herro should be in soon – 8:16 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Not wasting any time tonight.
🗣 WE GOT SHOOTERS! pic.twitter.com/sRH3pHE3x58:15 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Dewayne Dedmon clinic in the first minute – 8:13 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Yes, a center opened the scoring with a 3-pointer. No not Vucevic, but rather Dedmon. – 8:12 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Said this on pregame show: Understand the craziness and emotional aspect of the COVID-19 situation engulfing Bulls. But Heat rotation is decimated by injury and now loses Caleb Martin to protocols. If they’re gonna play, might as well win. – 8:06 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Several Heat players warmed up in masks tonight. – 8:03 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
The prep is done. Time to play.
@Miami Heat // @therabody pic.twitter.com/4hu57cZ87u8:00 PM

Ethan J. Skolnick @EthanJSkolnick
Kyle Lowry wearing a mask in warmups pic.twitter.com/JnKYViWdTl7:57 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Tonight’s game game is the 174th consecutive regular-season appearance for Duncan Robinson, tying the Heat franchise record set by Glen Rice from 1992 to ’94. – 7:52 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
The foundation of HEAT Culture – Defense
@CoupNBA explains how Coach Spo has handled the recent stretch on that side of the ball without his defensive anchor Bam, Markieff Morris & Jimmy Butler – 7:50 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Bulls will test before getting out of Miami tonight, but still have to figure out how to get Ayo Dosunmu, Stanley Johnson and Big Bill Wennington out of Miami. – 7:48 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
PJ Tucker should definitely be guarding Zach LaVine to start with the Bulls small ball lineup
Gabe Vincent will get some reps on him too after holding him to 0 of 4 shooting last time around – 7:48 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Will our first bucket tonight be a two or a three? 👀
Answer right in the @ATT BullsIQ game found in the Bulls App and you could win Bulls tickets or a Vooch jersey! – 7:45 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
TONIGHT’S STARTERS:
Team : CHI (Visitor)
Ball, Lonzo
Brown Jr., Troy
Caruso, Alex
LaVine, Zach
Vucevic, Nikola
Team : MIA (Home)
Dedmon, Dewayne
Lowry, Kyle
Robinson, Duncan
Tucker, P.J.
Vincent, Gabe – 7:41 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Get well @34billy42 – the Chairman needs to get a private jet down here to Miami! @stephenbardo on TV duties tonight. – 7:40 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Gabe Vincent to start in place of Caleb Martin who had started in place of Jimmy Butler.
Other Heat starters tonight: Dedmon, Tucker, Robinson, Lowry.
Out for Heat: Butler, Adebayo, Martin, Oladipo, Morris. – 7:38 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Oh I’m surprised Miami chooses to start Vincent over Herro
Makes sense due to defensive reasons and for a viable LaVine defender
Shows how much they love this role for Tyler – 7:37 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
“It is a scary time.”
Updated story on the Chicago Bulls’ continued battle against COVID-19 as Ayo Dosunmu and Stanley Johnson bring the team’s tally of players in NBA health and safety protocol to seven: chicagotribune.com/sports/bulls/c…7:33 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Haven’t gave a prediction on here in a bit…
I think the Heat get this one behind the bench production of Max Strus and Gabe Vincent
They will be the players of the game – 7:30 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
AC & TBJ join the starting lineup tonight in Miami.
@FirstAlert | #BullsNation pic.twitter.com/FGUvP1FOr87:30 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Markieff Morris, for the third consecutive home game, shooting pregame on the main court. He has been out since Nov. 8 due to whiplash from his run-in that night with Denver’s Nikola Jokic. – 7:21 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls ball tonight. ⁦@Chicago Bulls⁩ ⁦@Miami Heat⁩ ⁦@670TheScore⁩ ⁦@Audacy⁩ ⁦@Chicago Bulls⁩ radio network pic.twitter.com/UfT8E4CBzZ7:08 PM

Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96
Wizards 10-game schedule to close out 2021 is absolutely brutal, will be quite the litmus test
vs Jazz
at Nuggets
at Kings
at Suns
at Jazz
at Nets
at Knicks
vs 76ers
at Heat
vs Cavs – 6:56 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Per Donovan, Derrick Jones Jr. is back isolating in Chicago. Since Dosunmu and Stanley Johnson are so recent with positive tests and, you know, Donovan has a game to prepare for, he’s unclear pregame what plan is for those players to get home. Team is scheduled to fly postgame. – 6:49 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Donovan said the players still going tonight should be excited to play an NBA game regardless of being shorthanded. The good news for the Bulls is they still have 3 of the top 5 players in this game. Win by attrition. – 6:48 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“He should be a household name”
@Brian Scalabrine & @Frank Isola love what they see in Zach LaVine pic.twitter.com/3kn8jaF7km6:48 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
According to Billy Donovan, Derrick Jones Jr. did get out on airplane yesterday, but they are still trying to figure out how Ayo and Stanley Johnson get out. – 6:47 PM
Chuck Garfien @ChuckGarfien
Great to be back in the studio tonight. Hosting Bulls Pre and Post for @Jason1Goff. Join me, @Will_Perdue32 and @KendallG13 at 6:30 on @NBCSChicago+. – 6:46 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Donovan talked about being front-court heavy, expects to use Alfonzo McKinnie tonight. Seems like there’s a good chance Devon Dotson beats his career-high in minutes played, which is 21. #Bulls6:46 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Donovan: “We’ve got some guys sitting at home with no symptoms.” He said some players are feeling mild symptoms. #Bulls6:42 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Donovan, via Zoom, saying this could speak to vaccination: “We’ve got a lot of guys sitting at home with no symptoms.”
Bulls are fully vaccinated. Boosters have been offered to all players and staff members. – 6:42 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Billy Donovan says that despite the COVID-19 outbreak, the Chicago Bulls players who have tested positive aren’t experiencing anything beyond mild symptoms: “We’ve got a lot of guys sitting at home with no symptoms right now.” – 6:41 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Derrick Jones Jr. is back in Chicago, per Billy Donovan. Believes he traveled by plane – 6:40 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Donovan, via Zoom from Miami, said he would completely understand if a player said he wasn’t comfortable playing in these circumstances. Said he hasn’t heard that but he’d understand. – 6:39 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Alex Caruso will probably play shorter stints than his typical 8-10 minutes per run in first game back from hamstring strain, Billy Donovan says. Also said they’ll likely keep Caruso under 36 min range even as shorthanded as they are – 6:38 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
“We need a hardship for a hardship right now” says Bulls coach Billy Donovan – 6:38 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Billy Donovan says Alex Caruso will be on a minutes restriction tonight. Looking at 5-7 minute rotations, but a lot will rely on his in-game feedback about how his hamstring is feeling. – 6:38 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Billy Donovan, speaking via Zoom from Miami, said “we need a hardship for a hardship right now” in regards to Stanley Johnson landing in protocols.
Caruso won’t play 8-10 minute stretches. – 6:37 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
“We need a hardship for a hardship right now.” — Bulls coach Billy Donovan – 6:37 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Donovan: “We need a hardship for a hardship now.” #Bulls6:37 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on tonight’s personnel whirlwind, “This is happening real time, so as soon as we finish this, I can get to work and come up with a plan.” – 6:36 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
So, for Heat, no:
Bam Adebayo (thumb)
Jimmy Butler (tailbone)
Markieff Morris (neck)
Victor Oladipo (knee)
Caleb Martin (protocols) – 6:33 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Caleb Martin out due to health and safety protocols
We’ve seen this team “spread” across the league lately
For one, this game should not be played tonight for either side
Secondly, the hope will be Caleb can return two negatives to return eventually – 6:26 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Bulls missing nearly half their roster. Heat missing Butler,Bam, Morris, Caleb Martin (health and safety protocols for Martin). Tipoff shortly after 8 – 6:26 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Erik Spoelstra indicates concern about Bulls’ situation and now losing Martin. It likely means increased testing for Heat. Martin likely now out at least 10 days, unless he can produce two negative tests. – 6:24 PM
Orlando Magic @OrlandoMagic
Franz Wagner today:
20 PTS
8-10 FG (80%)
2-2 3P
He became the first Magic rookie to score 20+ PTS & shoot 80% from the field on 10+ attempts since Victor Oladipo in 2014. pic.twitter.com/HN6Pxjyttc6:23 PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
#CHIvsMIA UPDATE: Jimmy Butler (tail bone), Markieff Morris (neck) & Caleb Martin (health and safety protocols) have all been ruled out of tonight’s game.
See who’s missing tonight on the Chicago side, plus a few other notes about tonight’s 8p matchup gohe.at/3EPjEa66:23 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Caleb Martin of the Heat has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols. – 6:22 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Duncan Robinson (quad contusion) is available for Heat. – 6:22 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat’s Caleb Martin out due to health and safety protocols. – 6:21 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Even with so many Bulls out, the reality is they arguably might have three of the five best players on court tonight when counting Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Zach LaVine, Lonzo Ball and Nikola Vucevic (with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo again out for the Heat). – 5:54 PM
Tim Cato @tim_cato
draymond green didn’t remember it. the miami heat were the bigger story. but doris burke (@heydb) knew what had happened. she hesitated to even leave the building.
the night in Madison Square Garden when Steph became Steph: sbnation.com/nba/2018/2/27/…5:48 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls have 11 players, including 3 starters and a top rotation player in Caruso (who could be on minutes limit) vs. Heat.
LaVine, Vucevic, Lonzo, Caruso, Troy Brown Jr., Bradley, Alize, Simonovic, Alfonzo McKinnie, Devon Dotson and Tyler Cook
Heat are banged up too. – 5:47 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Not only are Heat playing Bulls team with 7 in COVID protocols, but Heat’s G League affiliate in Chicago postponed against Bulls’ affiliate, “Due to positive tests within Windy City, the team does not have the league-required 8 available players to proceed.” – 5:45 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Alex Caruso is available to play tonight vs Miami. pic.twitter.com/XOFx78suOU5:44 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
This is not a cross-contamination issue with Bulls but speaks to the challenges of rising cases everywhere. Windy City Bulls postponed tonight and tomorrow as that franchise deals with its health issues. pic.twitter.com/qjclsVhhj85:41 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Just spoke with someone and league really wants to avoid postponing this game, hoping Bulls will get possibly three guys back this week and only have two games on the schedule. – 5:41 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Two more Chicago Bulls — Ayo Dosunmu and Stanley Johnson — entered the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols today, bringing their outbreak to seven players in less than two weeks.
The Bulls face the Heat with 10 players tonight: chicagotribune.com/sports/bulls/c…5:36 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
As reported yesterday, Caruso passed the ramped up activity and the hamstring wants to face the Heat. – 5:33 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Bulls up to 7 in the protocol with Ayo and Stanley Johnson. Windy City Bulls games cancelled next two days, BUT not because of any sort of cross contamination- it’s simply a shortage of players. – 5:30 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
With Duncan Robinson on track to tie a Heat record tonight, teammates explain why Robinson has found such a consistent role even when threes aren’t going in miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…5:07 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
I’ve seen enough, it’s time for the Bulls to break out the Vicks Vaporub – 4:52 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
More Bulls have landed in the health and safety protocols:
Ayo Dosunmu and Stanley Johnson.
That’s seven players now – 4:48 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Who’s available for #Bulls tonight? LaVine, Lonzo, Vuc, Caruso, Troy Brown, Alize Johnson, Tony Bradley, Devon Dotson, Tyler Cook, Alfonzo McKinnie, Marlo Simonovic — so 11 players, most likely – 4:47 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
With Ayo and Stanley Johnson, Bulls now have 7 players in health and safety protocols
As of now, 11 players available vs. Heat: LaVine, Vucevic, Lonzo, Caruso (upgraded today), Troy Brown Jr., Bradley, Alize, Simonovic, Alfonzo McKinnie, Devon Dotson and Tyler Cook – 4:47 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Rookie Ayo Dosunmu and Stanley Johnson join the list of Chicago Bulls in COVID-19 protocol. They’ll be out for tonight’s game in Miami.
Seven players have now entered protocol in under two weeks as a particularly persistent bout of the virus wracks the Bulls. – 4:39 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
#Bulls have also removed injury designation on Alex Caruso and are listing him as available tonight vs. Heat – 4:36 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
You may not believe this, but Ayo Dosunmu and newcomer Stanley Johnson have joined health and safety protocols, according to injury report. That makes 7 #Bulls in protocols and unavailable for Miami tonight – 4:35 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Ayo Dosunmu and Stanley Johnson have landed in league’s health protocols.
Alex Caruso is available. – 4:33 PM
Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
We know all of @Udonis Haslem‘s tattoos are 100% REAL… but there’s one in particular that’s his favorite – 4:00 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
ICYMI
Friday Donuts: The Secret to Caleb Martin’s Development, Spo’s Adjustments and ‘Succession’ Theories wesgoldberg.substack.com/p/miami-heat-c…3:31 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Ira Winderman: Heat eligible to trade half the roster starting Wednesday (but won’t). sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…3:19 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Tyler Herro crossing the line, so Heat coaches set boundaries; guard has stepped up, stepped out. A story about boundaries. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…3:17 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
ASK IRA: Are Heat getting a bang for their buck at backup center? sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…3:16 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 1961, the Cincinnati Royals’ Oscar Robertson had 32 points, 20 assists, and 15 rebounds in a 133-117 win over the Chicago Packers.
Robertson became the first (and still only) player in NBA history to record at least 30p/20a/15r in a game. pic.twitter.com/zLqsYt3f8L3:01 PM

Miami Heat @MiamiHEAT
Caleb’s shot has slightly changed since coming to Miami, and it’s made a big difference.
See which mechanics @Caleb Martin is working on and some video examples from last season in Charlotte and this season ⬇2:32 PM
Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
Esta noche, emisión especial del Partido de la semana: @Chicago Bulls en @Miami Heat, con @QuiqueGaray y @MemoSchutz. El @CoachCMorales y este servidor enviaremos notas y participaremos de la antesala, mediotiempo y resumen con Quique y Memo solo por NBA League Pass. Te espero. pic.twitter.com/GUFQzzT79N2:21 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Tyler Herro has scored in the single digits twice all season
The first was against Boston early in the season, where he followed it up with a 29 point night against Utah
The second time: last game against Milwaukee
Expect a bounce back tonight – 2:18 PM
Devon Dotson @d_dotson1
Move forward each day – 2:06 PM





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