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Bulls Vs Lakers Game Recap: LaVine scores 38 Points, but Not Enough in 117-115 Loss

Bulls Vs Lakers Game Recap: LaVine scores 38 Points, but Not Enough in 117-115 Loss

Chicago Bulls (4-6) at Los Angeles Lakers (7-3) Postgame Analysis –

01-09-2021

If there ever was a time that I would feel good about a moral victory, I think last night’s performance by the Bulls would be it.  The Bulls played well enough to give them a chance of a Lavine jumper away from victory against the defending champions.  Even though Anthony Davis was out, make no mistake, this is a team that is a contender and there is always Lebron James.  The way these young Bulls have pulled together the last handful of games has been remarkable.  We are literally able to see the Bulls grow in front of our eyes with every game.  Normally, a game like last nights or the one against the King’s would have ended in a blowout, but these Bulls are continually scrapping and being competitive every game.  A victory would have been nice, but the confidence this team is exuding is showing what a real coach can produce.  This looks like a real NBA basketball team finally.

What more can I say about the Bulls backcourt.  Lavine continually is taking step after step every game to becoming an all-star with a game high 38 points, but the most impressive part was his increasing basketball IQ.  He is continually making the right reads on the court while also making everything look so effortless on the court.  Credit the Lakers defense on the final Bulls possession because I highly doubt that pull up jumper by Lavine was what Donovan had drawn up during the timeout. Zach was continually double teamed in the second half and although Coby White had a great second quarter where he scored 10 straight points, he was not able to get the ball in the basket after to exploit the Lakers defense. Wendell Carter Jr. finally showed up and had a great offensive game.  His timely buckets were vital to the Bulls staying close the whole game. Patrick Williams really impressed me last night, even though he didn’t have a great offensive game, he did not back down on the assignment of guarding Lebron and made many possessions as tough as you can for Lebron James and finished the game with 4 steals.   It will be a big blow to the Bulls if Otto Porter Jr. is out for an extended period of time.  

The Bulls will be staying in Los Angeles to take on another top team in the Western Conference tomorrow evening against the Clippers.

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