Wait, Did DeMar DeRozan Get in Jalen Brunson's Head Before He Missed Two key Free Throws?

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Wait, Did DeMar DeRozan Get in Jalen Brunson’s Head Before He Missed Two key Free Throws?

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Not only was DeMar DeRozan responsible for the Chicago Bulls’ game-winning bucket last night, but he may have been responsible for what happened seconds before.

After Zach LaVine drove to the basket with 7.1 seconds left to bring the Bulls within one, Ayo Dosunmu quickly fouled Jalen Brunson to send him to the line. The Knicks’ marquee player then had a chance to extend New York’s lead in front of his home crowd, but DeRozan had other plans.

Brunson – an 89.1 percent free throw shooter heading into the night – proceeded to shockingly miss both free throws. Who happened to be in his ear before each one of those shots? That’s right.

The cameras caught DeRozan walking by Brunson ahead of his first shot. Then, after that miss, you could see Brunson and a smiling DeRozan exchange words again.

Take a look:


Brunson’s face only makes it feel far more likely that whatever DeRozan said struck a chord. I mean, seriously, rarely does a free-throw shooter as good as him miss two straight, especially at that moment!

I guess it’s just another example of why DeRozan is The King of the 4th.

Author: Elias Schuster

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