Jimmy Butler photobomb! Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
I was unable to catch any of this latest Bulls summer league loss, so the following "analysis" will be based off the box score and from tweets of people who were in attendance/watched the game. And by people I pretty much just mean Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun Times.
The Bulls fell behind early as the Rockets got off to a hot start, but were able to turn things around somewhat in the second quarter. However, the second half would not be kind to the Bulls, and thus they dropped to 0-2 in Summer League play. Rookie Scott Machado led the way for the Rockets with 20 points, while the first round draft pick triumvirate of Jeremy Lamb, Terrence Jones and Royce White all scored in double figures.
Like last night, the Bulls' Jimmy Butler was the star in a losing effort. He once again did his best Luol Deng impression, playing nearly 38 minutes and scoring 24 points while grabbing seven rebounds. And also like last night, Butler did a marvelous job getting to the foul line:
Jimmy Butler draws a foul with a pump fake for the third time today, converts a 3-point play and has 11 points. Bulls trail 30-24.— Mark Potash (@MarkPotash) July 18, 2012
Jimmy Butler back to the line after drawing a 6th foul on Royce White. He's 8-for-8 from the line. Can he get those calls in real NBA games?— Mark Potash (@MarkPotash) July 18, 2012
Butler would wind up making 12 trips to the line, hitting 11 of those attempts (he went 10-12 last night). It's certainly encouraging to see the second year man put together back to back performances like this, and hopefully he can keep this up going forward. We already know that he has some serious chops on the defensive end, but if his offensive game can come around, the Bulls will have a real nice player on their hands.
The other notable Bull, Marquis Teague, looked to get back on track after a disastrous first outing. Things certainly didn't start too well:
Marquis Teague picking up right where he left off yesterday as he has 3 turnovers in first 5+ minutes.— Caleb Nordgren (@chisportsguy41) July 18, 2012
Marquis Teague might want to learn to finish layups with his left hand if he plans to stick around in this league.— Mark Potash (@MarkPotash) July 18, 2012
Luckily, Teague settled in as the game wore on, and would finish with a respectable 14 points on 6-13 shooting. And after handing out only one assist in the loss last night, he finished with five tonight. As noted above, the turnovers were again a problem, with the rookie coughing it up five times. But we knew that those would be an issue coming in, and it's certainly not a shock to see a raw 19-year-old point guard having issues taking care of the ball.
A few other things to note from this one. Malcolm Thomas notched another double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Some cat named Edwin Ubiles scored 13 points on 6-9 shooting. And Leon Powe was a tad more respectable then last night, scoring nine points and grabbing six boards. Full box score here.
The Bulls will have a day off before returning to action in Vegas on Friday night against the Warriors at 7:30 p.m. central time.
And finally, Potash apparently spoke to Gar Forman at the game. The results were pretty expected:
Bulls GM Gar Forman would neither confirm nor deny a Yahoo! report that the Bulls are talking to Darko Milicic.— Mark Potash (@MarkPotash) July 18, 2012
Said Gar: "We're talking to a lot of players across the board. We still have 4 or 5 roster spots to fill."— Mark Potash (@MarkPotash) July 18, 2012
That last one should read "We're begging players to come play for the minimum."