There will be 25 games left after the break and it would mean Jackson would miss 24 games if he's able to return for the February 23 game with Boston coming out of the break.
Tobias Harris and Andre Drummond versus Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez. After all, LaVine is just 22, and is just a year removed from averaging a career-high 18.9 points on 45.9 field goal shooting percentage to go with 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. That and a quiet night from leading scorer Tobias Harris, who finished with just seven points on 3 of 14 shooting, put them in position to get beat. It was also a milestone in the Bulls rebuild that began when he, Dunn and Lauri Markkanen were acquired in a draft-night deal from Minnesota for Jimmy Butler. The fourth-year guard followed with an easy 15-footer at the 8:12 mark in the first quarter to give Chicago an early 12-11 lead.
As expected, the Bulls were conservative with LaVine, who's on a 20-minute limit to start. Markkanen missed a 3-pointer with 1:12 left, but Chicago grabbed the rebound and Kris Dunn found Markkanen, whose shot represented the 23rd lead change. Bobby Portis had 15 points off the bench and Nikola Mirotic 16.
Pistons: Forward Stanley Johnson sat out with a sore right hip flexor after missing practice on Friday. "For him to finally get out there, to get this behind him I know it's very important". Chicago made its first six tries from beyond the arc, including all three by Markkanen, to equal the previous stretch from March 21-April 2, 2017.
"Robin (Lopez) set a great screen to get him open", Hoiberg said. "I met with all the different players this will affect in the rotation".