THE FLATS – Thaddeus Young remains in Chicago as the Bulls make two deadline trades … Derrick Favors and the Jazz have frightening experience on takeoff … Josh Okogie sideline under virus protocols … more in this week’s #ProJackets Report.
BULLS MAKE DEADLINE DEALS, BUT YOUNG STAYS
The Chicago Bulls made two deadline trades that netted them center Nikola Vucevic from Orlando and Troy Brown and Mo Wagner from Washington, and kept Thaddeus Young in the fold. (See trade details in this 6-day-old story from Fansided)
The Bulls have lost their last five games but remain in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Young has remained steady, averaging 12.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists while scoring in double digits in four of the five games.
Young returned to the starting five for Chicago’s last two games against Phoenix (19 pts, 10 reb, 4 ast, 28 min) and Golden State 10 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast, 24 min) while Lauri Markkanen took on a depth role and the Bulls work different rotations around Vucevic. He had come off the bench last Saturday (10 pts, 6 reb, 9 ast in 22 min vs. San Antonio), but Young has averaged 10.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 23.6 minutes per game across his past five appearances.
OKOGIE SIDELINED UNDER NBA HEALTH PROTOCOLS
Josh Okogie (COVID-19 protocols) has missed Minnesota’s last five games due to the league’s health and safety protocols, but he may be able to return soon. The former Georgia Tech star has not played since March 22 against Oklahoma City and was thought to have been re-discovering the best parts of his game under the Timberwolves new coaching staff. He had averaged more than 25 minutes over his last five games.
JAZZ RECOUNT HARROWING MINUTES ABOARD WOUNDED PLANE
As the Utah Jazz were taking off Tuesday afternoon to fly to Memphis for Wednesday night’s game, their chartered plane had struck a flock of birds, shredding the jet’s left engine and spawning a sense of helpless dread as many on board wondered if they were about to die.
Conley recalled how he, Clarkson, Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors, and Miye Oni were all situated between the two wings when “all of a sudden it felt like there was an explosion.”
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— CGTN Sports Scene (@CGTNSportsScene) April 1, 2021
I owe you an apology Derrick Favors. You are getting it DONE tonight and I’ll always love you anyway 👏 BUT It’s great to see!
— Bandwagon Jazz Fan #8734 (@jazzazzin) March 28, 2021
Jordan Clarkson on Derrick Favors “We’re not getting the best passes to him…but he’s got hands like Julio Jones and he’s just grabbing them.”
— Sarah Todd (@NBASarah) March 27, 2021
Another development that could prove integral: Derrick Favors has looked really good the past several outings. Active defensively, rebounding, nice secondary passing. He’ll be important…
— David J. Smith (@davidjsmith1232) March 25, 2021
To my brothers moving to new homes I wish you all the best of luck and hope you all get the best opportunities possible. Good luck the rest of the way! All love and respect OP, Hutch, Wendell, and DG! ✊🏾✊🏾🤝🏾🤝🏾💯💯
— Thad Young (@yungsmoove21) March 25, 2021
— KENNY BEECHAM (@KOT4Q) March 26, 2021
This is what policing should be more about 🙏🏽❤️ https://t.co/844XXd8mgK
— Josh Okogie (@CallMe_NonStop) March 30, 2021
— Dennis 3D Scott (@Dennis3DScott) March 27, 2021