Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks, Part II: Game/Stream Info
The Chicago Bulls return home to the United Center after a short and abysmal trip north for the second night of a home-and-home against Milwaukee. Here’s how to watch Friday’s action against Giannis “Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.
The Chicago Bulls are coming off one of their worst performances of the season last night in a 108-97 loss to the Bucks. The 11-point loss is somewhat deceiving given how poorly the Bulls played. But the young, long and athletic Bucks deserve credit. Milwaukee played with energy and passion from the opening tip.
The game was practically over before the second half. The Bucks played hard on the defensive end, and their length gave the Bulls problems all night long. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker combined for 58 points and a ton of highlights.
Jimmy Butler scored 21 points on 6-of-16 shooting. Taj Gibson played well, scoring 19 points, while Dwyane Wade dropped 20 points going 8-of-13 from the field. But due to his lengthy stints with the second unit, Wade finished with a plus-minus of -28 for the night.
The Bulls’ bench continued to struggle in Milwaukee. In an effort to try to breathe any life into the second unit Fred Hoiberg played Bobby Portis and Denzel Valentine early. But neither of Chicago’s last two first-round picks played well. Valentine went 1-of-6 from the floor.
Nikola Mirotic received his first DNP-Coach’s Decision last night, while Doug McDermott looked hesitant and lost. Hoiberg will likely shuffle the bench unit again as he struggles to find any semblance of a rotation. Aside from the awful bench play, Chicago was also outworked.
But one Bull isn’t worried about his team yet.
Rest can’t be an excuse for either team. A Friday night game at the United Center should give the Bulls more life. The Bulls need to play with the energy they had during last night’s short-lived fourth quarter comeback.
A win would move the Bulls up in the ever-changing Eastern Conference standings. But, with it being this early in the season in the packed, middle-of-the-road Eastern Conference, that doesn’t really matter. The Bulls just need to play better.
Enjoy your weekend, Bulls fans. And remember, if Chicago doesn’t pull out a win tonight, they won’t have to wait long for revenge because the Bulls play the Bucks at home on New Year’s Eve.
Now for the who, what, when and where.
Matchup: Chicago Bulls (13-12) at Milwaukee Bucks (12-12)
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
Time: 7:00 PM CST
Radio: 890 WLS-AM
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