Fresh off a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Bulls were going into their second Summer League game against the Los Angeles Lakers with a lot of confidence. Against the Cavs, they were very effective on both offense and defense which resulted in them getting a good victory.
However, right from the start of the game, it was apparent that the Bulls weren’t up to the task of playing the Lakers. From the start, Josh Hart and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk were able to attack the Bulls defense and create many scoring opportunities for the rest of their teammates. The Lakers had at least six to seven open shots in the first quarter. Eventually the Lakers jumped out to a 14-3 lead.
However, things started to slowly get back on track. The Bulls finally started to pick up their defense which allowed them to create scoring chances of their own. A couple of good baskets from the likes of Chandler Hutchison and Matt Williams Jr gave the Bulls a good run which resulted in them gaining the lead back. Once halftime arrived, the Lakers were up 35-29, but there were plenty of chances for the Bulls to take the lead back.
Sadly, things didn’t get much better for the Bulls. They committed many turnovers and looked extremely lazy making passes. As a result, the Lakers had many points off turnovers and easy transition points which made their lead even bigger. In addition, Wendell Carter went down with a knee injury in the third quarter which forced him out of action for most of the game. By that time, the game was mostly out of reach. The final score ended up being a lot closer on paper, but the Bulls struggled in all facets of the game. Head Coach Randy Brown was caught in a post game interview saying, “They played harder than us, which was the most disappointing.” Safe to say he wasn’t pleased with the effort.
To wrap things up, the Bulls shot a dismal 30.4% from the field while also committing 18 turnovers. In comparison, the Lakers only committed 8 turnovers. Finally, the Bulls weren’t able to get the same contributions this game from Antonio Blakeney that they received last game. Blakeney shot 2-15 from the field and had many turnovers, and also the majority of their bench had their struggles. The Bulls will look to rebound in their next game against the Atlanta Hawks next Tuesday.
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