The Chicago Bulls got run out of their own gym tonight against the Brooklyn Nets. The final score was 124-96. This was the second straight loss for the Bulls bringing them to 27-53 on the season.
This game was a lot bigger for the Bulls than for the Nets. Coming into the game, the Bulls were one game ahead of the Nets in the standings – or one game behind in the tankathon. The big difference in what this game meant for each team is that the Nets don’t get to keep their first-round pick – it belongs to the Cavaliers.
So for the Nets, they had no incentive to tank. The Bulls on the other hand? They had every incentive to tank. Lauri Markkanan sat out due to an elbow injury. I’m no doctor but this just seems a little too timely, in my humble opinion.
But anyway, let’s get to the game. It was gross.
The Nets jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. They won each quarter by at least five points.
As a team, the Nets shot the lights out. They made 24 three-pointers on 55 attempts. That’s an impressive 44 percent from beyond the arc. For the Bulls, it was a completely different story. They shot a far less impressive 21 percent from three-point land on 6-29 shooting. That’s where the real difference was in this game.
The Nets were moving the ball quickly on offense and the Bulls were slow to rotate and get out to the shooters. Maybe part of this was an effort issue, maybe it was a talent issue. Either way, kudos to the Nets for exploiting the Bulls defense and knocking down a bunch of shots.
The Bulls and Nets are now tied for the seventh-worst record in the association. They play each other again on Monday in Brooklyn. This is possibly the biggest game of the season for the Bulls – and they need to lose it.
Player of the game
This one was an easy decision. Congratulations, Sean Kilpatrick.
The new Bull scored 20 or more points for the third straight game continuing his torrid run of scoring off the bench. He shot an efficient 7-14 from the field and also contributed 4 rebounds and 2 of the Bulls 6 three-pointers. Oh yeah, and he did all of this in only 22 minutes.
Kilpatrick has definitely taken advantage of the opportunity he’s received with the Bulls and is making what I’m assuming will be a lasting impression on both the coaching staff and the front office.
It looks like the Bulls might have added another permanent piece to their rebuild.