Gonna keep it brief today, as the Bulls were not really deserving of your attention. Rolling into the Target Center down Jimmy Butler (heel), Dwyane Wade (wrist), Paul Zipser (illness/ankle), and Nikola Mirotic (“back spasms”), Sunday afternoon was a perfect opportunity for the #YoungerAndMoreAthletic Bulls to exact revenge on Tom Thibodeau and the young Thibberwolves.
It didn’t work out that way, as luck would have it. The Bulls sucked for pretty much the entirety of this game, outside of a few short spurts, and they lost 117-89 in embarrassing fashion. The Wolves pounced on the lifeless Bulls from the opening seconds of the game, shooting a blistering 63.6% in the first quarter and doubling up on the Bulls 34-17 after one quarter. Andrew Wiggins in particular did whatever he wanted, putting both his inside game and his jump shot to work early. The Bulls had no answer, shooting just 33% in the first quarter themselves.
This incompetence was the theme of the afternoon. The Bulls went down as much as 26 in the second quarter, as they were out rebounded 26-to-14 and turned the ball over 10 times in the half. They got a minor burst from the end of the first half into the 2nd on the back of 7 straight 3 point makes (4 of which came from Doug McDermott), and one point cut the deficit to 13. They were simply unable to string stops together as the game went on, however, and their offensive execution was equally as poor. Look no further than potentially the worst 4-on-1 fastbreak of all time, courtesy of Michael Carter-Williams:
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) February 12, 2017
Again, there’s really not a whole lot to say about this game. There’s simply not enough talent on this roster, and when the talent that exists misses time, you’re going to get results similar to what you see here. And to be frank, the Bulls could have~ and should have been blown out by even more than they were. The Wolves shot just 6-for-24 from 3-point range in a game the Bulls lost by 28, and as shooting numbers tend to vary wildly from game to game, they could have just as easily gone 12-for-24. The Bulls’ offense was preposterous, but the defense was even worse.
One positive for the Bulls was Bobby Portis looking shockingly competent on the offensive end, overcoming his lack of vertical explosion to get a few nice finishes around the rim, as well as hit a three pointer. Defensively, he’s still a mess, but who wasn’t?
Anyways, the Bulls return to the United Center on Tuesday to take on the Raptors at home. They will assuredly win; not due to anything they’re doing well, but they have a hex on the Raptors, having won 10 straight games against them. Hopefully, they’ll have some combination of Jimmy/Wade/Zipser/Niko back for that contest. Go… *sighs* Bulls.