Well, that was expectedly ugly. Man, you figure there’s about 500 guys in the NBA. The best 500 players in the world, give or take. How much difference can there be between a squad of some of the top 500 versus a different squad of the top 500. The answer is a chasm-full.
Of course, the Bulls are missing several of their best players. Plus, some young kids are just getting their feet wet in the NBA waters. In this particular swim, they got caught up in the undertow that is the Warriors ball movement and shot selection and swept out to sea. The score was 92-50 at halftime. Klay Thompson broke Stephen Curry’s NBA record for 3s in a game, setting the new mark at 14. The Bulls actually outscored Golden State in the 3rd and 4th quarters, much of it against reserves. The final score was 149-124. Zach LaVine looked like he belonged on the same court as the Warriors, but overall the Bulls were extraordinarily overmatched.
Highlights included Wendell Carter Jr. throwing down a nasty dunk all over the never-would’ve-been-taken-by-the-Bulls-anyway-and-overrated Jordan Bell. An even sweeter moment occurred when Joakim Noah, shown sitting in a box, felt the love from fans. Jo’s expression said it all. Get him back in on an NBA team, for the love of basketball!!
I take solace in the fact that the Bulls played the Warriors really tough last winter at United Center before Kris Dunn’s fall. I think last night’s game plays out much differently with Dunn and Lauri Markkanen on the floor. So, let’s just forget last night happened and move on to Wednesday at home against the Nuggets on Halloween. The outcome should be far less shiver-inducing. Go Bulls.