Apparently the Bulls have some problems playing in Sacramento. After getting run off the floor in Sactown last season, the Bulls laid another epic turd on Monday night, falling 99-70 in a game that barely resembled basketball at times. The Kings snapped a seven-game losing streak with the blowout win.
The Bulls' offense was absolutely pathetic all game long, shooting a laughable 28.2 percent from the field and 4-of-20 from three. The Bulls couldn't even make free throws, going 22-of-34 from the charity stripe. The starting unit set the tone from the opening tip, as the Bulls managed just 12 points in the first quarter. On the day Carlos Boozer complained about not playing in the fourth quarter, he came out and went 1-of-5 in the first quarter, with four of those five attempts coming from outside the paint. Boozer finished the night 4-of-15 and was a -33, but hey, at least he played in the fourth quarter!
Kirk Hinrich returned to the starting lineup, and he proceeded to Hinrich his way to a 1-of-8 shooting effort. Kirk made a living missing wide open threes, even missing two on one possession and clanking all six of his deep attempts. Not to be outdone, D.J. Augustin was almost equally as dreadful, going 2-of-11 overall and 1-of-5 from three. On the other end, Isaiah Thomas had his way with both Hinrich and Augustin, while Jimmer Fredette took it to D.J. during garbage time.
Joakim Noah had his worst game in recent memory, and it was a short night for Noah as he was ejected in the third quarter. Noah and DeMarcus Cousins went at it from the tip, and Jo became increasingly frustrated with both Cousins and the officials. Noah was T'd up early in the game, and after an extremely questionable loose-ball foul call in the third, he finally lost it:
As many people mentioned on Twitter, Noah basically went all Scarface from Half Baked on the officials. He's sure to get a huge fine, and he also saw his streak of double-digit rebounding games come to an end at 18 straight games. Yuck.
Cousins, who returned from a six-game absence, led the Kings with 25 points and 16 rebounds, showing off his immense skill as well as his penchant for being a knucklehead. Cousins got chippy with several Bulls players, and he was T'd up for getting tangled up with Jimmy Butler. Cousins also made quite the spectacle of himself with some serious flopping, but the refs bought it for much of the night, leading to 15 free throw attempts. The Bulls were noticeably frustrated with Cousins' antics, and as seen by Noah's behavior above, they didn't do a great job of dealing with it.
The Kings wound up shooting 52.2 percent from the field and dominated in the paint, which helped make up for the 23 turnovers. The Kings won the points in the paint battle 48-14, which was aided by the fact that the Bulls couldn't make a damn layup (Bulls went 4-of-15 in the restricted area and 7-of-26 overall in the paint). In addition to Cousins' strong game, Thomas finished with 19 points and Fredette scored 11 off the bench. All of Fredette's points came in an embarrassing fourth quarter that even saw Derrick Williams attempt a lob off the backboard to himself which failed miserably.
Great news everybody, the Bulls play again tomorrow night in Phoenix. The Bulls did beat the Suns earlier in the year, but the Suns are on a roll right now and could easily deliver another beat down.