CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls suffered one other loss Monday night time — this time a 108-89 defeat by the hands of the Sacramento Kings — and once more have been booed off their house ground for the second recreation in a row.
Not like their file 56-point loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday night time, although, the temper within the locker room after Monday’s recreation was gentle. Wendell Carter Jr. and Cameron Payne joked with one another loudly and Zach LaVine stayed to chat with reporters, after giving clipped feedback earlier than bolting Saturday.
It’s too early to say the Bulls have turned over a brand new leaf. In any case, they’ve misplaced 13 of their previous 15 video games and are solely sooner or later faraway from gamers threatening to skip follow.
However Sunday’s crew conferences — one a two-hour, players-only session and the opposite held with new coach Jim Boylen and employees in lieu of follow — appeared to have helped the Bulls.
“Good, dangerous or ugly, I feel that ordeal was good for the crew,” LaVine stated, echoing the sentiment expressed by his teammates over the previous two days. “I feel it made us nearer.”
Chicago got here out sturdy within the first quarter Monday night time, outscoring the Kings 33-26. There have been instances it appeared just like the crew was lastly having enjoyable. LaVine threw down a right-handed dunk over Willie Cauley-Stein that cleared the Bulls bench, and an animated Boylen pumped his fists on the sidelines as Kris Dunn drove to the basket and drew a foul.
“I assumed we had one of many wives of the yr within the first half,” Boylen stated. “We’re simply having a tough time sustaining the fashion we wish to play for 48 minutes.”
The Bulls struggled within the second half and turnovers plagued them all through the sport. They completed with a season-high 27 turnovers. The Kings scored 31 factors off Chicago turnovers.
Bobby Portis and Dunn returned to the Bulls’ lineup after lacking practically seven weeks every with MCL sprains. Dunn acknowledged that he had to shake off slightly little bit of rust, however each gamers have been excited to be again on the ground. They have been on minute restrictions Monday night time and Boylen stated the Bulls would reassess the pair’s minutes going ahead after seeing how they really feel Tuesday morning.
Boylen will host yet one more follow Tuesday earlier than the Bulls board a day flight to Mexico Metropolis, the place they play the Orlando Magic on Thursday.
Dunn thinks the journey might assist with the Bulls’ therapeutic course of.
“Positively on the street we get to bond and you’ve got to come collectively much more as a result of that is one other factor. On the street there’s extra adversity,” Dunn stated. “We’re going to want one another, we’re going to have to purchase in and we’re gonna have to hoop.”