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Chicago Bulls Summer League recap: Bulls lose to Raptors, Bobby Portis Hall-of-Fame train temporarily derailed

In which the Summer Bulls come down to earth.

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[Thanks to Alex for the recap -yfbb]

That was a very summer-y game for our Bulls. After a sick opener, we fell to a much more aggressive Toronto Raptors LVSL team, 81-66. Chicago shot horribly and turned the ball over a LOT. Outside of sort-of nice games from the two 2014 Draftees, we were a mess.

The good(ish): Cameron Bairstow had a double-double with 11 points (5-of-11 from the field, 1-of-3 from deep, 2 steals and 2 blocks) and 11 boards, BUT he had 6 fouls [it takes 10 to foul out in Summer League, shout-out to TheHungarianJordan] and his lack of athleticism became pretty apparent against the Raptors' lengthy, athletic bigs. Doug McDermott also had an interesting night -- he went scoreless in the first half, then took off in the third quarter. His game-ending stat line: 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting, 1 assist, 1 rebound and a -12 plus-minus. Fred Hoiberg's Iowa State hombre Diante Garrett had an OK night too, going 3-of-8 from the field and 3-of-5 from the charity stripes for a grand sum of 9 points.

The bad: Bobby Portis looked totally gassed. Posting a -20 plus-minus, the rookie had 5 points and 6 rebounds, shot 1-for-10 from the field, and logged 4 fouls and 3 turnovers in 27 minutes. Everyone else played pretty poorly too. And the Bulls as a whole shot 31% from the field (Toronto shot 41%).

Let's talk a bit more about Big Doug Mac. After a miserable first half (it was a 42-28 Dino advantage), the Bulls staged a stellar comeback charge in the third quarter, courtesy of a nice run from Doug McDermott (grabbing 9 points in a row for the Bulls off of transition lay-ins, a long spot-up 2 and a gorgeous free throw -- his form is on point, damn it) in the middle of the third quarter. McBuckets has proven frustrating even in the microcosm of the Summer League, coughing up air balls in Game 1 and having the aforementioned scoreless first half in tonight's game. The threat of McDermott's scoring enabled a nice Cameron Bairstow put-back. When the 6'9" Creighton small forward tried to drive baseline from the right elbow, two help defenders slid over to cover him, and his awkward bank miss was instantly cleaned up by the 6'9", 250-lb. Australian power forward.

The defensive attention that Dougie McFresh should in theory create when the games actually matter could be a boon for the Bulls' spacing, provided he continues to score all over the court like he did tonight in the third. The Bulls pulled within 9 at the end of the third, but immediately got brittle to open up the fourth quarter, as Ronald Roberts and Lucas Nogueira keyed a 10-0 Toronto run during the first 2:05 of the period. The Bulls wound up being outscored 24-18 in that quarter.

The Raptors carved us up. 6'4" 2nd-round 2015 draft pick Norman Powell (taken 46th by the Bucks and then shipped up north) had a second great game in a row for Toronto, finishing with a game-high 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting. The UCLA product was aggressive. Fellow Raptors rookie guard Delon Wright (picked 20th this year) didn't shoot particularly well from the floor (3-for-9), but made up for it by going to the line seemingly at will. He converted 4 of 6 free throw attempts, more tries than any other player for either side (it'd be nice to see McDermott being more aggressive trying to draw contact). Center Lucas Nogueira looked good, too, with 8 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks. It happens.

Ah well. We can try for redemption against Brooklyn on Tuesday.