Two days after getting heated with his players didn't work, Sacramento coach Dave Joerger tried a softer, gentler approach and got the results he wanted.
Averaging 15.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, Markkanen, a 7-footer with a sweet 3-point shooting touch, has given the Bulls hope in an otherwise rebuilding season.
It looked grim early, as they went up 28-9 after the first quarter and led by 21 at the start of the second. "So I was trying to be very positive".
LaVine scored 34.6 FanDuel points on Monday, making it three straight games he's scored at least 34.0 FanDuel points.
It's insane to think that it wasn't that long ago that the Bulls guard had missed 11 games due to an ACL injury he suffered last season, as during this play, he showed no sign of being hindered by it. Markkanen was scheduled to join the Bulls in Sacramento but his flight was canceled due to weather in Chicago.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, associate head coach Jim Boylan, assistant coach Randy Brown and a team security official had to plead with an angry Lopez to depart from the court. "But then they ramped up the pressure on us in the second half and really bothered us". An arguably deserved shot considering Lopez's attempt at property damage in the Kings' new home venue.
Robin Lopez was ejected from Monday night's Bulls game after he was given a second technical foul.
On his way to the Bulls locker room, Lopez grabbed a chair and angrily tossed it. "I'm not sure the reason behind the technical, but I suppose the officials are absolute and who am I to discredit that?" Lopez said. "I was a little bit surprised, in my mind, such a subdued response".