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Bulls continue two-step forward, one-step back season with bad loss

Bulls continue up-and-down season with bad loss originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

INDIANAPOLIS — Every time the Chicago Bulls appear to make progress, they trip things up with a maddening loss.

The latest example came Tuesday night when the Bulls blew a nearly flawless first half, a 21-point lead and lost to an Indiana Pacers team playing without Tyrese Haliburton and on a seven-game losing streak.

“It sucks because we had control,” Zach LaVine said. “We played a great first half, terrible second half, even worse 4th. A game like this, we’re supposed to win.”

Let’s hope LaVine meant that because the Bulls had a 21-point lead, not because of the Pacers’ shorthanded status. By this point of the season, the Bulls have proved multiple times they can’t take any opponent for granted and that their margin of error is extremely small.

After limiting the Pacers to 46 points on 32.7 percent shooting in the first half, the Bulls got outscored by a staggering 70-48 in the second half, allowing 53.2 percent shooting. T.J. McConnell might still be driving unimpeded to the rim.

The Bulls committed nine of their 16 turnovers in the second half and allowed the Pacers to score 24 points off those miscues. An ugly relapse into allowing offensive rebounds at inopportune times allowed the Pacers to post 19 second-chance points.

In short, the list of ugly was long. Especially since the Bulls had an opportunity to post their first four-game win streak of the season and leapfrog the Pacers in the play-in standings.

Coach Billy Donovan even said the Bulls addressed at halftime the fact that the Pacers have made a habit this season of rallying from double-digit deficits.

Does that make what happened in the final 24 minutes better or worse?

“You have to love being in those situations and the grind of it. And we have not been able to make a decision to do that, quite honestly—what we all have to do collectively,” Donovan said. “It’s not one player or one thing. It’s a multitude of things where we look overwhelmed when the intensity level goes this way. And we have to respond better to that. That’s kind of…


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Publish date : 2023-01-25 04:48:49

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