The Chicago Bulls ended their six-game road trip in Minnesota on Sunday, against dear friend Tom Thibodeau. Chicago was attempting to go 3-3 on their road trip with a depleted roster from injuries or sickness. Here’s what happened.
Ricky Rubio absolutely controlled the game in the first quarter, scoring nine points, dishing out four assists and adding one sneaky steal. He torched Rondo running the pick and roll and found Andrew Wiggins for an easy lob. Wiggins ended the quarter with 11 points.
Not only did he manage to get into the game, he immediately hit a 3, got a steal and then found Rajon Rondo for the transition layup. That was about the only fun Bulls basketball sequence of the first.
The second quarter was painful to watch. Doug McDermott absolutely bricked, I’m talking didn’t even touch the rim, two shots. Rondo was being awful all over the place with head-scratching turnovers and lazy defense. For some reason he tried two 3-pointers. Neither went in.
The Bulls defense as cooking appliance: a sieve. Minnesota shot a putrid 6-of-24 from behind the arc, but still managed to shoot 54 percent from the field for the game. Chicago’s attempts at double-teaming Karl Anthony-Towns were just sad.
Rubio finished with 17 points and 11 assists, KAT had 22 points, and Wiggins had 27. All three routinely sliced Chicago’s defense to shreds, whether it was driving to the basket or in the post.
Chicago ran so many possessions through Robin Lopez in the post that you would have thought he was Shaquille O’Neal. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again.