The Set Up
The Chicago Bulls have been dealing with a rough stretch, losing seven of their last ten games. While it seemed like they were ready to get back into the swing of things with a 108-91 win against the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday, the Bulls had a difficult matchup in Miami. Still without Zach LaVine, and also missing Troy Brown Jr., the Bulls had an uphill battle to try to win this one.
Speaking of that uphill battle, the Bulls almost made it. Then, in Bulls fashion, they slipped just before the peak and tumbled down with a loss. After the first quarter, the Bulls were already down 33-18. At half, the Bulls were losing 61-41. Starting in the third, the Bulls remembered how to play defense, I guess, holding the Heat to 19 points. Finally, as the Bulls started scoring in the fourth, they promptly forgot to play defense again. After a Bulls run, the Heat started matching them bucket-for-bucket, and that was all they needed to do to get the win.
One cool thing, though, is that we got to see the Heat commit an eight-second violation. So take that, Heat. Ha.
Coby, Vooch, and a Whole Lot of Nada
For the Bulls, the offense came almost entirely through Coby White and Nikola Vučević. White put up 31 points in 38 minutes and went 6/6 from the free throw line. He made several clutch shots down the line, too. To be fair, he also had six turnovers, regressing from his better ball security as of late. The Bulls also got a big game out of Vučević, who played a team-high 39 minutes and chipped in 26 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists.
As for the rest of the Bulls, no one else scored over 10 points. Yet again, the absence of Zach LaVine was made painfully clear. Of course, it is not as easy as plugging in LaVine’s scoring average to the game total, thus making the Bulls the winner. Still, the Bulls can’t get their All-Star guard back soon enough.
What’s On Tap Next?
After this loss to the Miami Heat, the Bulls play next against the *checks notes* Miami Heat on Monday at 7:00 PM CDT. The game will air on NBC Sports Chicago. The Heat are the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, and the Bulls need to win to try to get back into the playoff hunt.