For the second consecutive night, Mike Dunleavy Jr. was the Bulls’ leading scorer and while the veteran newcomer isn’t exactly proud of starring in a losing effort, his ability to adapt and step up when needed bodes well.

“That’s part of being a pro, being in this league for a long time. Whatever’s asked of you, go out there and do it,” said Dunleavy, who had 20 points, eight rebounds and three apiece of assists and steals. “I’m obviously getting a lot of looks. Tonight was disappointing because I had some great ones and they just didn’t go down. But getting comfortable out there, playing a lot of minutes. But obviously, that being said, I can’t wait for these other guys to get back.”

Without injured All-Star small forward Luol Deng and starting shooting guard Jimmy Butler, Dunleavy’s role has changed from reserve to starter and his scoring burden has also increased. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is pleased with the fact that Dunleavy can adjust so seamlessly, but also isn’t surprised that the coach’s son is capable of doing so.