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Warriors Prove Shorthanded Bulls Are Destined For Lottery

The Chicago Bulls got embarrassed at home by the reigning Warriors, and you should’ve seen it coming. These Bulls need losses and a blue chip draft pick.

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In the immortal words of Ron Burgundy: “Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast.”

Unfortunately for the Chicago Bulls and their shamelessly loyal fans, Fred Hoiberg and his beat up crew did not keep their heads on a swivel when the Warriors came to town. Their heads were, shall we say…someplace else. In between their legs. Fantasizing about the postgame showers to wash away the shame and stink. Anywhere but the United Center floor.

Monday night’s beat-down courtesy of Bulls fan favorite Steve Kerr and his team of stars was over before it began.  Klay Thompson broke his teammate Steph Curry’s record with 14 three pointers. The last few he made while actively bleeding from the head. No matter. He just put on a headband and went back out there to continue terrorizing the unarmed, over-matched and out-coached Bulls. The Warriors’ 92 first half points were the most scored in a half against the Bulls in franchise history. They were also the second most points scored in a half in NBA history. Only the 107 points scored by the Phoenix Suns in 1990 rank higher. The 149 total points scored by Golden State was the highest point total ever scored on the United Center floor. I could keep going, but I won’t. That small sampling of broken records last night is embarrassing enough.

So what did we learn, if anything? Personally, I learned nothing I didn’t already know. I heard some fans around Bulls Twitter leading up to Monday’s showdown predicting a close game. Some even thought the Bulls would steal an upset from the oftentimes careless and indifferent Warriors who don’t take bad opponents seriously. Hey, they barely beat Brooklyn, right? They’re playing the second game of a back-to-back, right?

Wrong.

If you put money on the Bulls to finish closer than that spread of -11.5, I have precisely zero sympathy for you. Congratulations, you played yourself. The blue and gold we saw steamroll their way through the Madhouse last night are the defending champion Warriors. Likely one of the most talented teams ever assembled in NBA history. The Bulls are a lottery-bound team missing 4 of their top 7 players. If Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Bobby Portis and Denzel Valentine all suited up last night, I still would’ve picked the Warriors to easily cover that spread. Because they’re the Warriors. And the Bulls are a young, rebuilding hodgepodge of one-way players with less defensive presence than a security guard at a Phish concert.

Last night was ugly, and more ugly losses are on the way while those key players are on the shelf mending various injuries. Before all the injuries started piling up, some Bulls fans were talking playoffs. Personally, I didn’t see it. Weak East or not, I just didn’t see this team getting enough wins with arguably the worst defense in the league and players that didn’t fit well together. Given the schedule ahead and the lack of talent Fred has to work with, a repeat of last season’s 3-20 start suddenly looks plausible.

Which leads me to my final point, and I know plenty of Bulls fans won’t want to hear it: it is in this team’s best interest to pile up as many losses as possible in this stretch and moving forward. Yes, I’d love to see a sample of games where Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr share the frontcourt effectively. I want to see Zach LaVine continue his upward trend as an offensively dominant player. I want to see growth from Kris Dunn.

And if/when the full roster is healthy and playing together, I want to see those things happen in losses. They can be close losses. Competitive losses. Let’s hope not too many losses like the one on Monday night. Because those are tortuously embarrassing for fans. But losses are losses, and that’s what this young roster needs right now. They need another blue chip draft talent to join them, and there aren’t that many in the 2019 draft class.

Sorry to say it, Bulls fans. But the tank should be on. The entire NBA world is laughing at us right now. You may not like it, but it’s deserved. And if you didn’t see last night’s debacle coming, then your head is definitely not on a swivel. It’s someplace else.

In addition to Locked On Bulls, Matt is the host of Bulls Outsiders on NBC Sports Chicago, which follows Bulls Postgame Live after every Bulls game. He also hosts The 312 on AM 1590 WCGO on Saturday afternoons, covering all 5 of Chicago's major teams. His work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Bleacher Report, NBA.com and FanRag Sports. The only things he loves more than Chicago sports are grilled meats and his adorable niece.

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