If there is a silver lining to be taken from these past two games, it is that the Chicago Bulls now know they have a long way to go before being considered a true contender.
The Bulls got blown out on national television for the second straight game, losing to the Golden State Warriors 138-96.
The Warriors, who own the NBA's best record, shot the ball extremely well throughout the game. They hit 56% of their shots from the field and 45% from beyond the arc.
Rookie Jonathan Kuminga led the Warriors in scoring with 25 points. In fact, six players put up double-digits for Golden State, including 22 points from Jordan Poole and a double-double from Kevon Mooney (10 points, 12 rebounds).
However, what was more concerning was the apparent lackadaisical style of play exhibited by the Bulls. Chicago turned the ball over 14 times, with many of the turnovers coming from simple, errant, and lazy passes.
Overall, the Bulls gave up a season high 81 points in the first half to the Warriors. The scary thing is Stephen Curry only had two of those points.
LaVine Injury Takes Win Out of Bulls' Sails
The biggest loss of the night may not have come from the scoreboard, but from the left knee injury of Zach LaVine. He got subbed off with 8:28 left in the first quarter and walked straight down the tunnel. It should be noted that LaVine did walk with a slight limp but under his own power.
The All-Star candidate jumped up in the air and caught an offensive rebound before landing on the ground. LaVine then dribbled the ball back out towards the three-point line before turning the ball over.
He then seemed to stop playing before intentionally fouling out in order to get subbed off the court. That is when he went straight down the tunnel.
Those with knowledge of the situation say the injury does not seem serious at first and that LaVine has been experiencing discomfort and minor swelling in his knee for a while. It is the same knee LaVine tore his ACL in back during the 2016-17 season. LaVine should have an MRI on Saturday.
The Bulls kept up the pace with Golden State for a quarter and a half before an 18-2 run in the middle of the second quarter put the Warriors out of reach for good.
The Bulls shot just 42% from the field and 26% from behind the three-point line.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Bulls (27-13) travel to Boston to take on the Celtics (21-21) as they look to end this latest losing streak. The Bulls have not lost three games in a row yet this season. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. CST.
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