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3 takeaways from the Bulls' 115-106 win over the Wizards, including Zach LaVine making his All-Star case


The halftime show at the United Center during the Bulls’ 115-106 victory over the Wizards featured a performance to popular Disney songs and it left behind several red streamers hanging from the new scoreboard as the two teams prepared to take the court for the second half.


A 22-6 run to begin the third quarter helped the Bulls come away with the victory for just the second time in the past nine games — streamers might be present at every halftime show at the United Center for the rest of the season — but the win was also clouded by more trouble with the injury bug.


The small lineup for the Bulls could include more time with Lauri Markkanen starting at center while Thaddeus Young, who came off the bench with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting, matching a season high, slides in at the four.


The Bulls are already short on players in their rotation and their schedule this month is unforgiving with back-to-back games on the horizon this weekend, Friday in Philadelphia and at home Saturday against the Cavs, so they can hardly afford more extended absences.


The Bulls announced Gafford, who has been starting at center in place of Wendell Carter Jr., was diagnosed with a dislocated right thumb with a cut and is expected to be sidelined for two to four weeks.


But the Bulls were struck by the injury bug once again — Chandler Hutchison also aggravated his injured right shoulder landing awkwardly on a dunk attempt and will be re-evaluated Thursday — dealing another blow to their already thin frontcourt depth with Carter out for at least a month with a right ankle sprain.






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