WE KNOW, CHRIS.
142 days until opening day for the Cubs and White Sox.
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) November 6, 2019
THE PAIN IS REAL.
- Give the Bulls credit, last night’s meltdown in the fourth quarter was the most impressive yet. A lovely blend of questionable coaching with easy-to-avoid foul calls led to a *kissing fingers like an Italian chef* MWAH losing effort. To open the final quarter, the Bulls allowed a 16-0 run, by the end of things, they were outscored 38-19. The Bulls allowed four and-one opportunities, one of which came on a three-ball by Quinn Cook. The whole thing was truly a spectacle as Dwight Howard had vintage moments and the Lakers bench came right back into the game with no help from LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
- When everything happens so fast like that, it can be hard to comprehend. The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry shared his nuggets from his notebook during last night’s game, and it’s an easily-digestible, yet thorough, way to re-live last night’s performance. It always helps me organize my thoughts a bit more, so feel free to do the same.
- Wendell Carter Jr. is the golden child and we need to protect him at all costs.
Wendell Carter Jr.: "I know I'm pissed. Not to talk about my past, but me coming from a winning culture and then last year wasn't so good for us and then this year, it bothers me. I don't even care about my stats. Because none of that matters if we're not winning."
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 6, 2019
- Carter Jr.’s quote above reiterates the exact sentiment I shared last week when talking about Thaddeus Young’s locker room speech. The winning culture is all but gone in Chicago. Four players on this Bulls roster have experienced a season in the NBA with an above .500 record (and that includes Cristiano Felicio … sooooo). Fortunately, Carter Jr. comes fresh from a college program where winning might as well be hooked up to players through an IV. The guy is tainted with years of NBA wreckage yet, and with how he’s been playing to start this season, the Bulls HAVE to make sure that doesn’t happen. Also, if the Bulls are up 19-points, and I still expect a loss by the end of the night, then the losing culture is palpable.
- Carter Jr. went toe-to-toe with Anthony Davis last night and even gave LeBron James trouble at times. He may have only recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds, but he continued to look like the Bulls’ best player on the court. Check out the hustle and strength expressed in this sequence:
This sequence typifies why Wendell Carter is the best player on this Bulls team.
Dude is guarding AD, comes over to help on LeBron as he barrels toward the basket in transition, gets the stop, fuelling the run game.
His defense creates the 3PA, his hustle extends the play. pic.twitter.com/mNLIyY1qsF
— Mark (@mkhoops) November 6, 2019
- Now watch this one …
Wendell Carter has some really great defensive plays in the loss to the Lakers. Take, for example, this impressive help on Anthony Davis. Challenged the shot, went for vertical, gets the stop and fuels transition. This isn't normal for a 20-year-old center. pic.twitter.com/A7KNXEVmfQ
— Mark (@mkhoops) November 6, 2019
- Is Carter Jr. the only Bull who cares? It sure feels like it.
- Oh, we’re keeping a running count on this? Cool. Cool.
The Bulls were outrebounded by 7 last night, moving their cumulative total to -76 this season. Still just one team (Wizards -92 last season) have been worse on the glass at this stage of a season this century.
— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) November 6, 2019
- To be semi-positive, Tomas Satoransky played his best basketball of the season last night. Per usual, his stat sheet isn’t going to jump at you (seven points, six assists), but he ran an offense that looked quick and fun throughout the first half. Why he wasn’t back on the court early in the fourth quarter was a huge mistake on Boylen’s part (one of many).
Sato has thrown some really impressive passes tonight, leading guys into spots where they can catch and shoot. Seems so simple but the Bulls haven't had that
— Will Gottlieb (@wontgottlieb) November 6, 2019
- Which is the worst loss?
One game later:
**A new contender has emerged** https://t.co/BNt8ZWJiBB
— Stephen Noh (@StephNoh) November 6, 2019
- Okay, one other positive, Coby White looked fearless again last night. He recorded 18 points on the night, 16 of which came in a firey spurt in the first half.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 6, 2019
- This bucket in the second half may have been his most spicy though!
Coby White finger roll off the glass. pic.twitter.com/cEgw2TeGd7
— Ⓜ️arcusD ▶️ (@_MarcusD3_) November 6, 2019
- Also, while we’re on the topic of White, no blame should ever be thrown on him. I’m not even saying I’ve seen people attack White online (yet), but if this season turns to crap, I don’t want folks turning on White!
- Sponge-Bob always makes me feel better.
When the Bulls are handed a 4th quarter lead.
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) November 6, 2019
- Lu, along with a couple of other friends, does an awesome Bulls podcast! Make sure to give it a listen. You all can collectively sulk.
NEW POD! @TalkinToros Ep. 27: Optimism is dead. @Mphelps11 @lcm1986 and I recorded this before the Lakers game. We talked about the blitzing defense being a failure in progress, Markkanen sucking out loud but gave credit where it’s due to Wendell Carter. https://t.co/zGXxZdqxpW
— Adam (@SouvenirCity) November 6, 2019