The Chicago Bulls were up north to take on the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night, and they walked away with a 116-110 victory over the Dinosaurs. Led by Nikola Vucevic, the Bulls absolutely dominated the paint, outscoring the Raptors on the interior 74-50. Toronto held on until the final few moments, but that’s when Chicago pulled away.
It was a solid win for the Bulls, but the Raptors are in a state if disarray right now. They traded OG Anunoby to the New York Knicks earlier this year, and just the other day, they moved Pascal Siakam to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwora, Kira Lewis Jr., and three first-round picks.
After the game, Brown spoke about his Raptors debut, explaining his thought process while he was on the floor for his new team for the first time.
“I didn’t know the plays,” Brown said via ESPN. “I was just trying to be in the right spots.”
Brown finished the game with 15 points, seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal while shooting 7-of-10 from the field and 1-of-3 from behind the three-point line.
There’s still a chance that Brown gets flipped to a new team ahead of this year’s trade deadline, but for now, he’s in Toronto and will help their new-look core.
As for the Bulls, they could have some moves to make ahead of the trade deadline, too. Recent reports have indicated that the team would like to trade Zach LaVine, and past that, there’s still a chance more players could be on the move.