Bulls’ Por­tis blames is­sues on his im­age

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Sports -

Bobby Por­tis’ run-in Fri­day with War­riors su­per­star Kevin Du­rant left the Bulls for­ward with a sprained el­bow and a feel­ing that he is be­ing treated dif­fer­ently by the of­fi­cials be­cause of his rep­u­ta­tion.

“Ob­vi­ously, ev­ery­thing is of­fi­ci­ated dif­fer­ently to­wards me,” Por­tis said softly be­fore Satur­day night’s game against the Jazz.

“It’s be­cause of that in­ci­dent [with Nikola Mirotic] last year. Ev­ery­body thinks I’m this bad guy when re­ally I’m a re­ally good dude. Im­age is ev­ery­thing, and I guess that’s what my im­age is.”

Por­tis clocked Mirotic dur­ing an in­fa­mous 2017 prac­tice al­ter­ca­tion, leav­ing Mirotic with a con­cus­sion and fa­cial frac­tures.

“I al­ways play with an edge, play hard and kind of make these fa­cial ex­pres­sions to make it seem like I’m mad all the time on the court,” Por­tis said. “It’s just who I am: play hard, bring an edge. I re­ally can’t con­trol the fa­cial fea­tures I play with. It just hap­pens. It’s kind of a gift and a curse.”

Por­tis sat out Satur­day’s game and said he is day to day with an el­bow that feels “funny.”

Bulls coach Jim Boylen said the team is “sen­si­tive to” the in­jury be­cause Lauri Markka­nen missed the first two months with a sprained el­bow.

Por­tis and Du­rant got tan­gled up on a screen, and Por­tis be­lieves that the War­riors star grabbed his right arm and pur­posely pulled it down.

“Yeah, that wasn’t in­ad­ver­tent,” he said. “If I would have done that, I would have got­ten a foul called on me. I guess it’s just who you’re play­ing against.”

Mav­er­icks

J.J. Barea won’t play again this sea­son and will un­dergo surgery Mon­day after rup­tur­ing his right Achilles ten­don Fri­day night in a Dal­las vic­tory against the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves. Barea, a 13year vet­eran, went down after a fourth-quar­ter layup. The guard, the first man of the Mav­er­icks bench in most games, had scored 16 points and will fin­ish the sea­son with av­er­ages of 10.9 points per game and 5.6 as­sists. Coach Rick Carlisle said Sun­day that the Barea in­jury would likely re­sult in more min­utes for rookie guard Jalen Brun­son.

Griz­zlies

Mem­phis for­ward Kyle An­der­son is ex­pected to miss at least two to four weeks be­cause of a se­verely sprained left an­kle. The Griz­zlies said that An­der­son had a Grade 2 sprain. An­der­son hurt the an­kle Satur­day in a 112-108 loss at Mi­ami. An­der­son has made 38 starts this year in his first sea­son with the Griz­zlies. He is av­er­ag­ing 7.9 points, 5.8 re­bounds, 3.0 as­sists. An­der­son re­ceived a four-year, $37.2 mil­lion free agent deal with the Griz­zlies last sum­mer.

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