Bulls Slump Continues
The Bulls (27-14) are in Memphis to take on the Grizzlies (30-15). Bulls are still heavily depleted and go with the same starters like they did against the Celtics and come in 0-3 in the last 3 games. Grizzlies had an 11 game win streak come to an end last time out against the Mavericks, who also ended the Bulls own 9 game win streak. Before the game the Bulls announced they had waived Devon Dotson, but signed Malcolm Hill to a two way deal after he impressed in the Celtics game. They also assigned Alex Caruso and Javonte Green to Windy City Bulls for the day to get some conditioning, in a hope of an imminent return. This will be a tough game for the Bulls as it is and on top of that, they will have to deal with a hot Ja Morant. Morant is having an All-Star season and some consider him in the running for MVP. He's definitely an exciting player to watch and my favourite non-Bulls player.
1st Quarter - A close game so far and the Bulls are turning it over far too much but luckily the Grizzlies just not making them pay with any points off of those turnovers. The quarter ends 20-20.
Coby White: 8 pts, 3 reb
DeMar DeRozan: 6 points
2nd Quarter - A rough quarter for the Bulls. The turnovers continue and this time the Grizzlies find their range from 3. The less said about Vucevic in the 1st half the better (I'll leave it at that). The half ends with the Grizzlies on top of the Bulls 58-45.
White 11 pts
DeRozan 10 pts, 3 assists
Dosunmu 9 pts, 8 rebs
Hill 7 pts, 6 rebs
Vucevic 0 pts, 0-4
Bulls 12 TOs
Bane 19 pts
Morant 8 pts
3rd Quarter - Bulls will hope for more from their veterans DeRozan and Vucevic but the whole team just collapses in the 3rd again and it ends with a comfortable lead for the Grizzlies at 92-72.
4th Quarter - Before it even starts it looks like it's garbage time for the Bulls. And thats how it goes as Ja Morant starts having some fun and putting up highlight plays. The game ends with a convincing win by the Grizzlies 119-106.
What can you take away from that? It's another disappointing showing from Bulls in which turnovers definitely helped kill them in this game. Yes, they were undermanned and struggling with key players out, but the fact Dosunmu looks like the vet on the team is bad right now. Him and White have done themselves proud over this stretch. DeRozan has been putting up numbers but hasn't looked like himself and Vucevic seems to have disappeared a little bit. It's not the L's that disappoint, its the manner of the Ls. It's probably my frustration more than anything, and I'm certainly not panicking because when fully fit this team is a top of the East team. It's been a tough run of games no doubt. Hopefully next time out we have Alex Caruso back, but you still have to worry where the points are going to come from.
NEXT UP: Bulls play again Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
-Matt H (Twitter:@matthearn1)