In a season that has featured a dramatic amount of twists and turns for the Chicago Bulls, Monday night’s 115-109 win over the Charlotte Hornets provided another series of intriguing subplots as the Bulls snapped a five-game losing streak. Rajon Rondo, who hadn’t started a game since Dec. 30, was reinserted in the starting lineup and rattled off a season-high 20 points with seven rebounds and six assists.
Rondo, who has been outspoken about the fact that he thought the reasoning for his benching earlier this season was “bulls—,” made the most of his opportunity playing alongside Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade again. “That’s what I came here for,” Rondo said. “But like I said, it’s a process I went through. It didn’t kill me. It’s decisions people made that’s out of my league.”
Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN
Kawhi Leonard Probable for Tuesday Debut
The Spurs listed forward Kawhi Leonard as probable for Tuesday’s road matchup at Dallas, which means it’s likely that the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year will make his season debut against the Mavericks.
The club originally targeted Saturday’s game at Phoenix as a potential debut for Leonard, but sources on Friday said the forward wanted “a couple more days” to recover from the right quadriceps tendinopathy that has kept him out of all 27 of the Spurs’ games thus far this season.
Source: Michael C. Wright of ESPN
Sources: Hornets’ Cody Zeller Undergoes Surgery, to Miss 6 Weeks
Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He’s expected to miss six weeks.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Clips’ Danilo Gallinari Suffers New Glute Injury
On the same night the LA Clippers will welcome back one starter, another starter re-exits the lineup due to injury.
Power forward Danilo Gallinari, who missed 13 games with a glute injury and returned to action this past Wednesday, will miss Monday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors due to what coach Doc Rivers says is a new glute injury suffered in Gallinari’s second game back Saturday against the Washington Wizards.
Source: Lawrence Murray of ESPN