Bulls will face Detroit instead of Charlotte on Wednesday

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • The Bulls Zach LaVine is guarded by Charlotte's Terry Rozier during their game three weeks ago in Charlotte, but there will be no rematch Wednesday due to COVID-19 protocol.

    The Bulls Zach LaVine is guarded by Charlotte's Terry Rozier during their game three weeks ago in Charlotte, but there will be no rematch Wednesday due to COVID-19 protocol. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 2/16/2021 4:37 PM

This will be a good test of the Bulls' ability to generate a quick scouting report.

A few hours after Wednesday's game at Charlotte was postponed due to health and safety protocols, the NBA gave the Bulls a new game. Now they'll host the Detroit Pistons at the United Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

 

The Bulls and Pistons were not originally scheduled to play each other in the first half of the season. The league plans to release the second half of the schedule during a two-week break in early March. Games that were postponed in the first half will be rescheduled for the second half.

The Pistons currently have the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 8-19. The Bulls improved to 11-15 with Monday's overtime victory at Indiana.

The Bulls were supposed to have a three-game road trip this week. But they stayed in Indianapolis on Monday night due to the dangerous weather and when the game in Charlotte was canceled, the team returned to Chicago.

The health issues are with the San Antonio Spurs, who had four players test positive for COVID-19. The Spurs played at Charlotte Sunday and remain sequestered in the city. The NBA postponed the next three Spurs games and next two Hornets games due to health and safety protocols. The Pistons were scheduled to host San Antonio Tuesday.

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Barring further health or weather issues, the Bulls will play at Philadelphia Friday, then host Sacramento Saturday as originally scheduled. The Charlotte game was the Bulls' third cancellation this season, joining Jan. 12 against Boston and Jan. 27 at Memphis.

Tuesday is Coby White's 21st birthday and he would have had a chance to celebrate (responsibly) in his home state of North Carolina, but the revised schedule ended that possibility.

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