You’d think the Chicago Bulls would be able to handle a Cleveland Cavaliers squad led by Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland, and Cedi Osman.
But the Bulls over the years have a way of giving us the worst surprises ever. Tonight, that surprise was a 103-94 loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center.
Reminder: Collin Sexton wasn’t playing. Kevin Love is hurt again. Yet the Bulls found a way to lose another game.
Benny The Bull even hit the Cavs with the Jo Noah trash talk and the Bulls shamefully still found a way to lose this game.
we're your biggest fan, @bennythebull pic.twitter.com/M8zvcU72IY— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) March 25, 2021
After a slow start, the Bulls rode a 18-point Zach LaVine scoring outburst to a slight 55-53 advantage at halftime. But the second half was an entirely different story. Basically this sums up what the Bulls offense looked like in the second half.
Donovan: "I didn't think it was a good game for anybody offensively. We didn't have any flow. We didn't cut. We didn't move."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 25, 2021
With a bit under eight minutes to play, the Cavaliers took an 11-point lead and the Bulls didn’t seriously threaten from there.
After an 18-point first half, Zach LaVine went ice cold in the second frame. It took until the 4:29 mark in the fourth quarter for him to record his first points of the half. The Bulls only scored 39 points in the entire second half. The Bulls also had 15 turnovers in the game which led to 14 Cavalier points.
Cleveland also had seven blocks. I distinctly remember each one because on the Cavaliers feed of the game their announcer would triumphantly exclaim ‘get that weak stuff out of here’ after each one.
In terms of deflating losses, this ranks right up there with all the rest them. It seems like we have a new “worst loss of the season” candidate each game which isn’t a good thing.
Nine of the Bulls next 10 games are on the road, so that should be fun. Tomorrow is the NBA trade deadline which could set the tone for how miserable the rest of this season becomes. Stay tuned.