Pick your adjective: disappointing, frustrating, embarrassing — all the above could be used to describe the Chicago Bulls' 150-126 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. Chicago is now on a four-game losing streak, falling to 11-18 on the season.
According to ESPN, it is the fourth-most points the Bulls have ever given up in regulation, the most since allowing 152 to Detroit on Nov. 3, 1982.
Bulls' head coach Billy Donavan said there were a few positives in the blowout loss to the Timberwolves; nevertheless, he said his team needs to play better.
"On a positive side, I thought coming out of the two New York games with the limited time we had coming to this one, did some really good things offensively with the way we moved and shared the basketball," said Donavan.
"The bottom line is, we're not escaping competition. We need to compete a whole lot better on the defensive end of the floor, and that's five guys being connected."
Wolves Run Wild
The Bulls' defense was so bad against Minnesota; it was a historic night. The Timberwolves made a season-high 23 three-pointers. Additionally, they broke the franchise record for points in the game. Not to mention, Wolves' shooting guard Anthony Edwards had 37 points and 11 assists, both season-highs for the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Minnesota ran past the Bulls in dominating fashion without four key players: Rudy Gobert, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jordan McLaughlin, and Taurean Prince.
D'Angelo Russell returned for the Wolves after missing the last two games and dropped 28 points on Chicago. He shot 10-14 from the field and 7-10 from downtown, including a three-ball from the logo.
As for the Bulls, four of their five starters were in double-figures, with DeMar DeRozan leading the pack with 29 points. Zach LaVine chimed in with 22 and eclipsed the 10,000-point mark for his career.
After the game, DeRozan discussed what needs to change for this team to turn things around.
"It should be the ultimate be [a] lesson learned of what it’s like you let something slip, not being connected, not being one, not understanding what needs to be done collectively to help out each other," said DeRozan.
"It’s embarrassing to give up that many points. Nothing against Minnesota, but it’s not like we playing against the 2016 Golden State Warriors.”
What's On Tap Next?
The Chicago Bulls will get a chance to regroup and face a Miami Heat team they beat for the season opener. The Heat, who are on a four-game winning streak, will play host to the Bulls on Tuesday. Tip-off is at 6:30 PM CT and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.
Tune in to the Bulls On Tap podcast for postgame reaction and further Bulls commentary all season.