Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine has been embarrassed and embarrassed by his team’s overall effort this season. In 29 games, the Bulls are 11-18 and in 11th place in the Eastern Conference.
At least the team’s losing streak has been extended to four games. “It’s disappointing for all of us,” LaVine said following Sunday’s 150-126 blowout loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves in Chicago.
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Zach LaVine dropped to 11-18 following Bulls’ fourth-straight loss: “It’s disappointing for all of us.” I know it’s frustrating for the fans. It’s embarrassing. “We are all a little embarrassed about this,” he said. pic.twitter.com/3eU6dniY4i
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) December 19, 2022
“I know it’s disappointing for the fans,” the Bulls guard added. “It’s a shame. We’re all a little shy about it. You will not see different results until we start cooperating and helping each other.
“You can’t ask your team for an effort every night. That’s the first thing we have to bring. It’s just inconsistent. Men in here are talking. We are trying to be leaders.
Additionally, the Timberwolves’ 150 points scored in a single game was the most in franchise history.
Bulls guard Zach LaVine feels ’embarrassed’ after fourth straight loss, 150-126 loss to Timberwolves
Speaking of leaders, this goes back to Bulls coach Billy Donovan and GM Mark Eversley. Fans can sit around and use Lonzo Ball’s knee injury as an excuse, but the issue with the team is more than just a few injuries. The consistency isn’t there.
Under Donovan, the Bulls are 88-95 in the regular season and 1-4 in the playoffs. The Bulls missed the playoffs in the 2020-21 season with a 31-41 record. Last season, though, Chicago finished 46-36 and sixth in the East, losing five games to the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.
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The Wolves beat the Bulls and dropped a franchise record of 150 points.
— Michael Grady (@Grady) December 19, 2022
Moreover, this is not one of Lavin’s best seasons. In 25 starts, the guard is averaging 21.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game. It’s the first time since the 2018-19 season that the two-time All-Star’s average has dipped below 24-PPG. He is also shooting 44.3% from the field and 36.5% from 3-point range.
Last week, TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley opined that now is the perfect time for Chicago to start rebuilding. With Ball healthy, are the Bulls a championship contender in their conference? not really. The Bucks, Boston Celtics and even the Brooklyn Nets are currently on another level.