Lopez, Markkanen power Bulls to easy win over Hawks
Lauri Markkanen wasn’t feeling his 3-point shot against Atlanta’s perimeter defense, so the Bulls’ big man decided to attack inside.
That was their game plan, but I can do much more than just shoot from the outside, he said. I missed I don’t know how many 3s, but that wasn’t going for me tonight. I had to figure out something else.
Robin Lopez scored 20 points, Markkanen added 19 and Chicago easily beat the Hawks 113-97 on Saturday night.
I know I can’t just shoot 3s, Markkanen said. I’ve got to get to the rim. Eventually that’s going to open a lot more space for 3-pointers and stuff like that. I just try to mix it up.
Bulls: Hoiberg said G Kris Dunn, in the NBA’s concussion protocol, will not join the team Monday in New Orleans. Dunn is still suffering headaches, dizziness and soreness from losing two front teeth after his face hit the floor. … Chicago is 7-16 on the road but has won four of its last six away from the United Center. … The Bulls have hit at least 10 3s in 10 straight games.
I’ll be back in GoDaddy green, driving the No. 7 Chevrolet with Tony Jr. in my ear again, Patrick said in a news release. It all makes my last NASCAR race just that much sweeter. Eury has spent the past few years building race car chassis.
Patrick announced Thursday that she had sponsorship from GoDaddy for the final two races of her career — the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. The 35-year-old owns the highest finish for a woman in both events — an eighth in the Daytona 500 (2013) and a third in the Indianapolis 500 (2009).
Although she has some funding, securing it so close to the Daytona 500 — qualifying is set for Feb. 11 — likely kept her from potentially landing with one of the consistently stronger NASCAR Cup organizations. Premium Motorsports was 34th in the team owner standings in 2017, but Michael Waltrip drove its Daytona 500 car to an eighth-place finish a year ago.
Patrick has not announced an Indy 500 team yet but has indicated that she felt good about her prospects in both races.