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I think I’m going to start an app where Chicago sports fans can order emotional support miniature horses and pigs on game day.
Looking for investors.
— Elias Schuster (@Schuster_Elias) January 9, 2020
Who wouldn’t want to feed a Lil Sebastian look-a-like some carrots while watching the Bulls shoot themselves in the foot!?
- How about that defense?
The Bulls had a 92.3 Def Rtg in the first half against the Pelicans.
In the second half, their Def Rtg was 150.0.
Over the entire game: 120.6
— Mark (@mkhoops) January 9, 2020
- Earlier this season, the Bulls stumbled their way into a top-3 defensive rating in the NBA. The stat gave Jim Boylen and his coaching staff something to hang their hat on, but expectedly so, ever since starting this five-game stretch against the Bucks, Jazz, Celtics, Mavs, and Pelicans, the Bulls defensive rating has started its descent. In other words, the hook holding Boylen’s hat lacks just as much backbone as this front office. The Bulls defensive rating has fallen to 8th-overall, and chances are, it’ll continue working its way down the leaderboards with the Indiana Pacers up next.
- If the Bulls are playing a team with a competent head coach or superior talent (which the Pelicans have at least one of with Alvin Gentry), their defense is out of luck. A common theme throughout the entire season has been the opposing team’s ability to make adjustments at halftime while the Bulls sit on their hands.
- And the players know it:
This is what I've been saying all year. Bulls defense looks great on paper, but it's smoke in mirrors. Super simple adjustment and you're getting wide open dunks and corner 3s. pic.twitter.com/ivs3VdZu0Z
— Will Gottlieb (@wontgottlieb) January 9, 2020
- Yes, these players can perform better, but first and foremost, this is a coaching issue. Boylen fails to make the appropriate in-game adjustments to save his young team from themselves. The Pelicans came out of the locker room and scored 44 points in the third quarter compared to the Bulls 27. Talk about being underprepared.
- The Bulls dropoff in net-rating throughout the game is just another example of Boylen’s poor in-game coaching.
Bulls net ratings by quarter
1st quarter: +3.3, No. 9 in the NBA
2nd quarter: +1.7, No. 13 in the NBA
3rd quarter: -8.7, No. 27 in the NBA
4th quarter: -2.1, No. 21 in the NBA
— Ricky O'Donnell (@SBN_Ricky) January 9, 2020
- Opposing teams ramp up the energy as the game goes on, the Bulls bring everything they’ve got in the first two quarters. Boylen can’t find a way to keep them from going off the rails. Not to mention, coming into a game somewhat prepared is exactly what an assistant coach can help accomplish. As for making the right adjustments right then and there, that’s mainly the head coach’s job. Boylen continues to prove he’s nothing more than an assistant in the head coach’s chair.
I've said before that Boylen is really good at scouting opponent actions. Here's a good example. You can hear him yelling "SQUARE, SQUARE." That's a call that the opponent is going to slip the screen.
Watch Dorian Finney-Smith slip the screen instead of setting it for Doncic. pic.twitter.com/nOn6uhcgLo
— Stephen Noh (@StephNoh) January 7, 2020
- Zach LaVine with another All-Star-caliber performance … in a loss.
- I’m all for a great LaVine performance, but for LaVine to get over the hump, these big performances need to come in wins. He missed the mark last season because of the team’s losing record, and that might very well happen again.
- The Athletic’s John Hollinger did include LaVine relatively high in his “quarterback” rankings. He outlined who he believes to be the league’s best playmakers and LaVine falls at No. 22, the first player in the “overextended secondary option” category. I was a bit surprised to see him thrown into this discussion, but Hollinger says that if LaVine were put into a situation where he could be the No. 2, he could thrive even more. Can’t say I’d disagree.
- WHY DO WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT SETTING THE FOUNDATION!?
Jim Boylen has worked for 3 NBA championship teams and believes in the foundation he and his staff are building.
The disconnect(?)/lack of execution(?)/youth(?) prevailed against the Pelicans, though, sending Bulls to 5th straight loss. https://t.co/LvrbnSK1QN
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 9, 2020
- FWIW: Kris Dunn is shooting 43.5 percent from 3 over his last 11 games. He also knocked down a season-high three 3-pointers last night. Wisely, he is limiting his action from downtown, only taking about one or two shots a game. Good, keep it that way.
- Somehow, someway, other NBA teams still find a way to have it worse than the Bulls. The Cleveland Cavaliers are a full-blown MESS.
After stunning players in a film session with a verbal suggestion that they were no longer playing “like a bunch of thugs,” Cavaliers coach John Beilein reached out individually to players tonight to insist he meant to use the word “slugs.” Story on ESPN: https://t.co/kqhRJ0qGjs
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 9, 2020