The Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks in a game that was missing much of its star power. The Bucks rested all of their starters including Giannis Antetokuonmpo. The Bulls’ list of inactives included Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic.
The Bulls ended a disappointing season on a high note, nonetheless, as Thad Young scored 20 points, leading a Bulls team that had six players in double figures. Coby White added 19 points as his late-season resurgence certainly should give Bulls fans some hope.
Bucks rookie Jordan Nwora finished the season with career-highs, scoring 34 points and pulling in 14 boards. Jeff Teague added 23 points.
Interestingly enough, the Bulls prevented a meaningful result for the Bucks even though the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference was already out of reach before tip-off. The Bucks would have been the first team in NBA history to go undefeated in their division with a win. They finished with a division record of 11-1.
The Bucks may have their best team since they drafted Giannis back in 2013. The club will certainly be disappointed with anything less than an Eastern Conference Finals appearance, which is the farthest they have gotten with Giannis. The championship window may never be as wide as it is this season, as the Bucks look to win their second ever NBA championship, their first since 1973.
The Bulls will be disappointed, and rightly so. The team failed to make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. However, the bulls finished the season with 31 wins and a 43% winning percentage, the highest totals since the last time the Bulls made the playoffs in 2017.
What’s On Tap?
The Bulls season is over as they failed to make the playoffs, even with 10 teams making it this season. Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley will look to improve the ball club, as anything less than a playoff appearance next season will be a massive failure.