The Chicago Bulls faced off against the struggling Boston Celtics who had lost four of their last five coming into Wednesday night.
The game went the way we all expected it to. The Celtics defeated the Bulls 111-82 while all five of Boston’s starters scored in double figures and locked down defensively resulting in the Bulls lowest point total this season.
Not a surprise, the Celtics have a top five defense, whereas the Bulls rank 22nd in offense.
The Bulls still had a good defensive showing in my opinion. I saw a ton of good reads and switches at necessary times. Great pick-and-roll defense and a decent job at contesting jumpers. It’s just that Boston is far more talented. There were back to back plays in the 3rd quarter where Chicago had Boston panicking due to the shot clock and then both Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward hit heavily contested threes.
At least you tried.
Kyrie Irving had a nice all-around game finishing with 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assist. He really didn’t need to do much but add to his season highlight reel.
In my opinion, Jaylen Brown was the juggernaut this game. His aggressiveness in the first and third quarter along with his excellent defense on Lavine was why this game was a blowout. He finished with 18 points, on 8-14 shooting, while causing havoc and not allowing LaVine or the entire Bulls offense and flow.
LaVine entered tonight being the only player with 20+ points in every game, that ended tonight as he scored 10 points on 3-11 shooting.
The Celtics game plan was pretty clear, deny Zach LaVine the ball, and if he receives it then double team on every pick and allow no passing lanes. That defensive strategy is what all teams tend to do against the Bulls, but most NBA teams simply do not possess the personnel that Boston does.
Al Horford came out of halftime compiling a few nice plays, which included back to back threes and a couple assist, which resulted in an 11-0 run to start the 3rd quarter. Teaching the young rookie how it’s like to be “Al Horford.”
The start of the game gave us Bulls fans hope as we were up 24-19, as it seemed the Celtics woes were going to continue into this game. The defense looked stout, Jabari Parker had 14, and the Celtics had four turnovers. But, like nearly every game this season, the Bulls had a bad 2nd quarter.
The Bulls went 5/21 shooting, with 11 points and 7 turnovers in the 2nd quarter. At one point, the Celtics went on a 34-9 run that spanned 12 minutes. Not sure what it is, but when it comes to the 2nd quarter it seems like the Bulls forget how to play basketball.
In the past week, they had double-digit leads after the 1st quarter against the Pacers and the Cavaliers. And then we enter the second quarter and by halftime, the opponents are up double figures. I’m not sure if its the lack of offensive talent on the roster currently, or defenses becoming familiar with Hoiberg’s schemes, but something has to change.
The Bulls fall to 4-11 on the early season and head to Milwaukee to play the Greek Freak and the Bucks.
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