The defense was non-existent. But you just need to see the score to know that.
Despite not having Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert, the Minnesota Timberwolves destroy the Bulls. They scored 71 points over the first two frames, which was spearheaded by D’Angelo Russell’s 20 points on an absurd 6-7 performance from behind the arc.
He wasn’t the only one to make it look easy from downtown, though, as the T-Wolves knock down 12 3-pointers in the first half despite averaging 10.8 per game coming into this night. Look, I know the Bulls are bad, but there has just been some ridiculously dumb luck when it comes to opponent shooting. The Knicks came into that mini-series the single-worst 3-point shooting team in the league, yet they went on to sink at least 17 buckets from long range in each of the two games. This time … a T-Wolves squad that came in 24th finished 23-43 from 3.
Some lucky shotmaking aside, however, this was still the Bulls’ most putrid defensive effort of the season. A team doesn’t just score 150 points in regulation, they have to be handed it on a silver platter. It’s not even an understatement to say the Bulls didn’t try on the defensive end. They repeatedly let players fly for open dunks and drain uncontested jumpers. The whole thing was a total embarrassment, and I’m not even sure they care.
Indeed, I expect absolutely nothing to change after this disgusting performance. Instead, all I really expect is for Billy Donovan to make some hallow remarks about effort, the players to roll their eyes when asked about righting the ship, and the front office to stay locked in their office.
The Chicago Bulls are a complete and utter disaster, folks.
Check out the full box score here.