With the recent injury of forward Bobby Portis for 4-6 weeks, the Chicago Bulls are put in a tough spot. During Wednesday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets, Portis suffered a MCL sprain to his knee.

Now, the Chicago Bulls are without Bobby Portis, Kris Dunn, and Lauri Markkanen. Three injuries to the starting lineup to begin the 2018 season was not what the team had imagined. Coming off a .500 season, the Bulls had sneaked their way into the playoffs. Sitting at 1-3 to start off this year, the Bulls are looking for answers. Head coach Fred Holberg, who has been with the team since 2015, is facing a lot of questions. Holberg had a short stint with the Bulls as a player from 1999-2003.  Having said that, Holberg is familiar with the Bulls organization and would like to continue the championship mindset going forward.

What’s next for a team that had high hopes going into 2018? With the addition of Jabari Parker during the off-season, the Bulls were in the conversation to compete with the elite teams in the NBA. Parker suffered a gruesome ACL tear in February of 2017 that resulted in a season ending injury. For Parker, this was his second ACL inury in his career. Can Parker be the star the Bulls are looking for if he can stay healthy? Coming off an incredible college career at Duke, Parker was thought to be another elite player in the NBA. Now, for the next month, the Bulls are putting full trust into Jabari Parker and Zach LaVine. Last year, LaVine proved to the NBA that he is a dominant force on offense, however, critics have doubted his defending skills. Without question, LaVine is one of the more entertaining players to watch in the NBA.

On the bright side for the Bulls, it is very early in the season. For the past 5 years, the Western Conference has been more dominant than the East. Once their injured players are healthy, the Bulls can be a dominant force in the NBA.

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