I’m … bummed.
I can’t be too mad at the Bulls for losing a close 128-124 contest against the Sacramento Kings – at least, not after what we saw last night. The team still fought from start to finish, and they flashed some of the same promise we saw from their impressive victory on Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. At the same time, tonight reminded us that we’re in the middle of a process, and that process is still in the midst of playing itself out.
A 5-4 start to the season would have felt like the Bulls were in the midst of a breakout; however, a 4-5 certainly fits reality better. But, hey, all things considered, that reality isn’t the worst thing in the world. Like I said, the Bulls played some of their best basketball we’ve seen in years just one night ago. Tonight they played another competitive contest, but ultimately looked like the team that was one-step behind in the final minutes, which makes sense when we remember this was (1) the backend of a back-to-back, and (2) another game where the Bulls were down four roster members.
The game still offered its fair share of positive takeaways, the best of which came from Coby White. The second-year guard finished with a career-high 36 points, and it marked his 3rd-straight game with 20+ points this season. Even better, the Bulls new lead guard dished out 7 assists to go along with his efficient night from the floor, further proving that he might be getting the hang of better balancing his two relied-upon skillsets (scoring and facilitating). Oh, and he also had zero (!!!) turnovers, which is huge considering the Bulls struggles in that department so far this season (29th in the league).
Meanwhile, Zach LaVine had 32 points to his name, and Wendell Carter Jr. had a career-high 17 rebounds. So, in other words, the Bulls key (healthy) players rose to the occasion in more ways than one, but it just wasn’t enough to land the W. I can live with that.
Today was … well … a lot. I wish it would’ve capped off with a Bulls win, but I’ll take a competitive effort over nothing. We’ll talk more tomorrow. Rest up.