You Can't Make This Stuff Up - Bulls Lose Crunch-Time Battle to Raptors: 93-92

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up – Bulls Lose Crunch-Time Battle to Raptors: 93-92

Chicago Bulls

Be kind, rewind. 

The Chicago Bulls played back the same film we’ve seen far too many times this season. After suffering an OT loss to the Miami Heat last night, the Bulls dropped a one-point game on their home court to the Toronto Raptors tonight.

How did they manage to lose this one, you ask?

The same old poor, crunch-time decision-making.

Zach LaVine had the ball in his hands with a chance to win the game, and while he wisely drove to the basket, he missed a wide-open opportunity to lob up the ball for a potential Daniel Gafford game-winning dunk.

In hindsight, he wishes he did things differently. That makes two of us.

 

At first, it looks like this game had all the makings of another special LaVine performance. He had 20 points with 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the first half. LaVine went on to finish the game with his first double-double of the season, grabbing six more boards, but he failed to score a single point in the second half. Ouch.

Meanwhile, Denzel Valentine (13 points) and Daniel Gafford (14 points, 3 blocks) carried a bulk of the team’s weight. The two played solid basketball off the bench to keep the Bulls alive down the stretch, and it’s only becoming increasingly funny to think Jim Boylen refused to give both of these guys legitimate minutes for the first several weeks of the season.

A big game from Gafford and Valentine doesn’t feel like the winning formula though, and it all just led to yet another impressive 4th quarter collapse.

The Bulls led the Raptors by 8 points with 6:30 left, and less than three minutes later the Raptors regained the lead.

How many times can the Bulls play the same freaking game?

In other news, the fans continued to send this team a message tonight:

 

I guess we’ll wait and see if they received it.


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Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.