CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls suffered yet another loss Monday night — this time a 108-89 defeat at the hands of the Sacramento Kings — and again were booed off his home floor for its next game in a row.
Unlike their album 56-point loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday night, even though, the mood in the locker room after Monday’s game was still light. Wendell Carter Jr.. And Cameron Payne joked with one another loudly and Zach LaVine stayed to chat with reporters, after giving opinions that were cut before bolting Saturday.
It’s too soon to state the Bulls have become a new leaf. After all, they have lost 13 of their past 15 games and are only one day removed.
However, the team meetings — staff in lieu of practice and the other held with coach Jim Boylen and a two-hour session of Sunday — seemed to have helped the Bulls.
“Good, bad or ugly, ” I believe ordeal was advantageous to that team,” LaVine said, echoing the sentiment expressed by his own team mates within the past two days. “I really think it made us closer.”
Chicago came out strong from the first quarter Monday night. There were times it seemed as the team has been having fun. LaVine threw a right-handed dunk over Willie Cauley-Stein that cleared the Bulls seat, and an animated Boylen pumped his fists on the sidelines as Kris Dunn drove to the basket and drew a foul.
“I thought we had just one of those better parts of the season in the first half,” Boylen said. “We’re simply having difficulty sustaining the style we would like to play for 48 minutes.”
The Bulls fought in the second half and turnovers plagued them through the entire game. They ended with a season-high 27 turnovers. The Kings scored 31 points.
Bobby Portis and Dunn returned to the Bulls’ lineup after missing nearly seven weeks per day with MCL sprains. Dunn confessed that he had to shake off a tiny bit of rust, but both players were eager to be back on to the floor. These were on restrictions that are minute Monday nighttime and Boylen said the Bulls would re assess the pair’s minutes after seeing how they feel in the years ahead.
Boylen will sponsor still another practice Tuesday before the Bulls board a day trip to Mexico City, where they play with the Orlando Magic on Thursday.
Dunn believes the trip might assist with the Bulls’ healing procedure.
“Definitely on the road we get to bond and you have to get together even more because that’s another thing. On the trail there’s more adversity,” Dunn said. “We’re going to need eachother, we’re going to get to buy in and we’re gont need to innovate.”