Jabari Parker got the Bulls off to a nice start with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the first quarter, but as was indicative of this entire game, he finished with 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting and five turnovers. There were also a few more additions to the Jabari Parker Loafing Lowlight Reel, so basically this was your pretty standard fare.
The Bulls offense was poor all night, but they were especially bad in a second quarter that effectively decided this one. They had more turnovers (seven) than field goals (five) and couldnt get anything easy against an elite Celtics defense. This is no surprise, mind you, but that didnt make it any easier to watch.
Meanwhile, the Celtics finally started to knock down some outside shots. They hit six 3-pointers in the quarter en route to a 32-11 advantage in the frame and a 16-point halftime lead. Boston quickly pushed its lead to 25 points before one last Bulls push at the end of the third quarter got the margin to 15, only for things to get really ugly in the fourth quarter. There was a lot of bad Antonio Blakeney, and thats all you really need to know.
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Theres almost nothing to take away from this game. The Bulls were thoroughly outgunned and had no chance once the Celtics found any semblance of a rhythm. Shaq Harrison showed some flashes with aggressive defense (four steals) and a career-high 16 points off the bench, but thats about it.
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Also, RIP to Zach LaVines 20-point streak as it ends at 14 games to start this season. LaVine had another tough shooting night with 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting, and he was frustrated with some no-calls on drives to the basket, even picking up a technical in the first half. He did have nine rebounds and four assists, but he also had four turnovers as the Bulls racked up 22 giveaways. The Bulls shot sub-40 percent and made only seven triples to 15 for the Celtics, who had six players score in double figures.
I dont allow myself to get frustrated, he said. Im doing everything I can. Im trying to play the game the right way. They were blitzing the pick-and-roll a lot, so I was trying to hit the pocket. I wasnt trying to force some shots, but I could have been more aggressive. Its tough. Weve got to find a way to put the ball in the hoop. Weve got to find something, because if Im not getting 25 or 30, its not looking very good.
Wednesday night, the Chicago Bulls fell to 4-11 as the Boston Celtics handled them fairly easily, beating them 111-82. It was not a game the Bulls were expected to win (as is normally the case) so the beatdown from Boston should not have caught anyone off guard. What did come as a surprise, though, was the end of a streak.
Zach LaVine had scored at least 20 points in each of his last 15 games, dating back to last season. On Wednesday, the Bulls sat their starters when the game was fully out of reach and LaVine ended the night with just 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting.