Bulls got trounced last night. The ‘developmental block of games’ the Bulls have tried to sell have been brutal and pointless. They did switch up who started at center from Cristiano Felicio to Bobby Portis. It looks to have only meant that they now no longer have Bobby Portis eating when the team is already down 15.
From Mike McGraw’s game story at The Daily Herald (nobody actually watched this, right?), we can learn that the “big” “three” is still struggling (Dunn and LaVine shot 4-21), multiple players admitted they gave up, and per McGraw:
Part of the Bulls’ plan seems to be making sure the changes cramp team chemistry, and it paid off
And here I thought that chemistry was such a great part of Bulls culture.
There’s also this failed attempt at positivity:
Denzel Valentine was the only Bulls player who seemed to be at his best, finishing with 20 points and tying a career high. Lauri Markkanen scored 12 points. Cameron Payne had a decent fourth quarter, scoring all 10 of his points.
13 of Valentine’s Bulls-high 20 points last night came after the team was down thirty. Markkanen had 10 of 12 in the second half (Bulls were down 55-29 at halftime). Cam Payne’s “decent fourth quarter” was in total garbage time.
To be fair, this will be 25 entire games of garbage time.