The Chicago Bulls took on the Los Angeles Clippers fresh off a record-setting performance against the New Orleans Pelicans. The threes weren't falling in this game as they did against the Pelicans, however. The Bulls shot 38% and made 12 threes on their way to a 125-106 loss. Although stagnant at times, the offense truly didn't look that bad. Rather, it was the porous defense that kept this game out of reach for Chicago. Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with an easy 33 points. Zach LaVine paced the Bulls with 26.
The Bulls came into this matchup looking like they might be ready to turn a corner. LaVine and Coby White both torched the Pelicans and the team came out with a decisive victory just two nights prior. The Clippers came in at 18-8 while the Bulls sported a 10-14 record. Still, the Bulls and Clippers faced off on January 10th, and the Clippers won that one by a slim 130-127 margin.
Coby and Sato Debate
Coby White put together a stellar performance against New Orleans, but it came with taking a lot of shots. Tonight, Coby still got his shots up (7/14 from the field and 3/8 from deep) and put together a solid 17 points plus four assists. Before his latest two-game stretch, many fans were wondering if it was time to insert Tomáš Satoranský into the starting lineup. It even seemed like Billy Donovan was agreeing as Sato's minutes crept higher.
Against the Clippers, Satoranský tied White's scoring performance (17) on a much more efficient night (5/8 from the field and 7/7 from the free-throw line). There is a stronger argument right now to keep White in the starting lineup as he develops, but keep an eye on the storyline. Satoranský is playing pretty well and providing keen court vision.
Key Stats to Sip On
While the Bulls lost, there are still some performances to highlight. LaVine posted 26 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. He also shot 4/7 from deep. The team only committed 13 turnovers, which speaks to LaVine's and White's solid ball security tonight -- each guard only coughed up the ball twice. Daniel Gafford had an atrocious performance that consisted of eight minutes, two points, two rebounds, and four turnovers. Nevertheless, big man Cristiano Felício put up 36 rebounds per 36 minutes.
What's On Tap Next
The Bulls will take Saturday and Sunday off before meeting the 13-13 Indiana Pacers on Monday at 6:00 CT. Be sure to tune in to the latest Bulls On Tap podcast for further postgame analysis. We'll see you for the next game.