I can’t believe the Bulls have decided to relieve Nikola of his duties as a Bull. It was the last hope they had to achieve 25 games this year. It would appear the prospect of high draft picks are more appealing than winning. It is hard to come to grips with literally starting from scratch to build this team back up again.
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This guy is a monster talent. Hopefully he is around Chicago for a long time because he is going to develop into a strong, well-rounded asset for the Bulls. A little background on him from Wikipedia:
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OK, maybe not MVP but Nikola is severely underrated. He is a huge asset to a weak Chicago team and arguably brings the most value to the young team.
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- 2Ã 5157111384 Winner: (250-405-8523, 2014)
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- 2Ã All-EuroLeague Second Team: (2013, 2014)
- Spanish ACB League MVP: (2013)
- 2Ã All-ACB Team: (2013, 2014)
- Spanish King’s Cup MVP: (2014)
- 2Ã EuroLeague Rising Star: (2011, 2012)
- FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship MVP: (2011)
Speaking of shot quality, Zach LaVineâs continues to be poor. He missed his first nine shots before making his last two to finish with six points on 2-of-11 shooting. Not coincidentally, both of his makes came on aggressive drives to the basket. He has been really struggling with his jumper after his hot start when he first returned, and part of the problem is poor shot selection. Again, struggles are understandable given his situation, but he could help himself by not jacking up so many tough jumpers.
On the positive side, LaVine did make some nice reads as a passer and finished with five assists. He also had three steals and showed some capable on-ball defense, with one real nice sequence against Giannis.
Meanwhile, Denzel Valentine was one of the few Bulls to show a pulse. He came off the bench and immediately hit three straight floaters to momentarily stem the tide of badness. He wound up shooting 8 of 12 from the field for 18 points (though only two in the second half). Most surprisingly, he made all six of his 2-point attempts, with most of those being floaters. That kind of shot is important for Valentine because heâs so ineffective getting all the way to the rim, and he really had it going in this game.
The Bulls win again moving them closer to 25 games.Â Play started to pick up a bit after that, but it was mostly the Bucks doing the damage. Even though Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled to score in the first half, Milwaukeeâs offense found a rhythm and smoked the Bullsâ porous defense. 40-year-old Jason Terry and Proviso East product Sterling Brown provided strong minutes off the bench, while Khris Middleton led the way for their starters. The Bucks racked up 21 first-half assists and went 10 of 16 from long range to run out to a 61-42 advantage at the break.