Can the Chicago Bulls win a game without Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr, and Daniel Gafford? Yes, as long as Zach LaVine drops 44.
In arguably one of the best games of his career, LaVine fell just two assists shy of his first-ever triple-double. The Bulls star scored 44 points (FG 16-30, 3PT 5-12), 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. Over his last two games against the Cavaliers, LaVine has scored 86 points. Wowzers.
Check out all of his highlights here:
44/10/8 and the win.
All Star numbers. Enough said. pic.twitter.com/D3JfCmxIyJ
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 26, 2020
Zach LaVine had 44 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists, the first Bull to reach those numbers in a game since Michael Jordan (44p, 12r, 8a) on January 18, 1990 against Golden State.
— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) January 26, 2020
Considering the problems the Bulls have had against the Cavaliers, especially when it comes to their frontcourt power with Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson, my mind chalked this game-up as a loss. However, LaVine’s heroics, mixed with the general dumpster-fire that’s going on in Cleveland, allowed for a dominantly refreshing victory.
Tomas Satoransky also stepped up as another go-to scorer for the team, dropping 19 points with 6 rebounds and 6 assists. I’ll always be a strong believer that the more aggressive this team encourages him to be on the offensive end, the better they’ll be. Hopefully, this can be the start of a trend while Markkanen is sidelined. I’m at least rooting for these games to be watchable, so if Satoransky can continue attacking the basket, that’d be ideal.
Anyway, I stand by this:
Watching a Bulls-Cavs game is kinda like watching two of your drunk friends decide to have a breakdancing battle in the middle of the bar.
There will be no true winners here.
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) January 26, 2020
Thanks for some entertaining basketball, Zach!