With a 21-52 overall record, the Chicago Bulls have already been eliminated from this season's playoff hunt. Despite that fact, there have been some good signs along the way, including the backcourt relationship that has developed between Kris Dunn and Shaquille Harrison.
Dunn and Harrison have been playing well as of late. In fact, Dunn racked up season-high 26 points and 13 assists in Wednesday night's 126-120 overtime victory against the Washington Wizards. Eight of Dunn's points came in the overtime period. Harrison, who signed with the Bulls back in October after a stint with the Phoenix Suns, added 18 points, six rebounds and four steals in the win. For Harrison, it was his second straight game with four steals.
Following Wednesday's game, Dunn described what it's like to share the back-court with Harrison:
“That’s two dogs, two dogs running around,” Dunn told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. “We help each other out. We make it easier for each other and I think we make it easier for the team.”
Bulls head coach Jim Boylen had high praise for Dunn's work ethic:
“Kris Dunn is a hard worker who cares, tries and isn't afraid of the moment,” Boylen said during his post-game media availability. “Thought Kris made some huge plays and came through big time. Really happy for him.”
Chicago was without several players for Wednesday's match-up due to injuries, including Wendell Carter Jr., Denzel Valentine, Chandler Hutchison, Zach LaVine and Otto Porter Jr. Though their roster was depleted, the Bulls managed to score 66 points in the paint, marking their 11th straight game with 50 or more in the paint.
The Bulls will be back in action on Saturday, when they'll welcome the Utah Jazz to town. Tip-off inside the United Center is set for 8:00 p.m. ET.