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Jim Boylen says Bulls are still looking for a guy who can get buckets late in games

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Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen says the team is still looking for a guy who can take over in the fourth quarter and get buckets in crunch time.

Shooting guard Zach LaVine and power forward Lauri Markkanen were supposed to be the two players the Bulls could count on to take charge in the fourth quarter this season, but both guys have struggled in that role.

“They have a guy that they can go to that can get them a bucket, which is what good teams have,” Boylen said, referring to the Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo, via K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. “I’ve been on those teams. We’re figuring out who that guy is and we’re learning to play that way. We’re not there yet.”

LaVine and Markkanen shot 6-for-28 on Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bulls went without a field goal in the final 6:22.

The Bulls are 4-10 on the season. They host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, a team they have already defeated once this year. It’s another opportunity for LaVine and Markkanen to snap out of their funk and establish themselves as the closers in Chicago.

Some fans in Chicago believe the Bulls need to fire Boylen. That’s not going to happen, though, as Boylen signed an extension with the team and has the full support of management.