Following the worst loss of the season to the Utah Jazz, the Bulls decided to top themselves against the Warriors, who were without Kevin Durant or Draymond Green, losing by 49 (the third largest loss in Bulls history).
Early on the game seemed like it might actually be close, as the offense started out hot led by Denzel Valentine and company. Even though the Bulls led 32-29 heading into the second, the sense of an implosion was coming with the poor shot selection, lack of defense, and the defensive dominance by the Warriors led by Jordan Bell (the player the Bulls traded for $3.5 Million in the draft).
As predicted, Chicago got destroyed in the second quarter, allowing an insane 45 points in the frame. That included 26 from two-time MVP Stephen Curry, putting the game virtually out of reach at the half. Lauri Markkanen did end the quarter on a nice note however:
Lauri drives and scores. pic.twitter.com/S7aifgkiUm
— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD2_) November 25, 2017
The lack of effort, poor defense, and bad shot selection continued into the third, leading to a stunningly low 13 points in the quarter. As a team everyone struggled in the quarter, especially Kris Dunn, who was either missing his shot or turning the ball over, and Lauri Markkanen, who wouldn’t stop settling for threes.
Heading into the fourth quarter down by 55 the game was over, and everyone including the Bulls were ready for the conclusion. However, Jerian Grant and Antonio Blakeney continued to shoot well throughout the quarter. Outside of that, the team was continuing to get outworked and outplayed in every facet of the game, resulting in one of the largest losses in Bulls history.
As a team the Bulls shot 35% from the field and 36% from three. When your three-point percentage is higher than your overall field goal percentage you can already tell how the game went….very badly! There were a million negatives to take away from this game, but I will say there were a few positives. Grant and Blakeney have played really well together coming off the bench and Markkanen continues to hit the three at a historic rate. Other than that it was one of the worst games played in the NBA in awhile.
It’s going to be a long season, Bulls fans. They are the worst team in basketball and that isn’t going to change for a few years, so settle in and get used to the losing for awhile. The only hope you can have for the season is the number one pick in the draft and a franchise player that potentially comes with it.