The most embarassing defeat at united center as Chicago Bulls Basketball team endure bullying from The Boston Celtics to record a historical franchise history.
Chicago Bulls Basketball team bullied to historical defeat at united center
Boos rained down from the United Center crowd as the Boston Celtics slaughtered the Bulls 133-77, with the 56-point margin of defeat being the largest in the 53-year history of the franchise.
Afterward, the Bulls didn’t hide their embarrassment:
- Jim Boylen, coaching only his third game for the Bulls after Fred Hoiberg was fired, told reporters that he was “disappointed” by the “embarrassing effort.” “We don’t have that internal toughness yet to play at this level consistently,” Boylen said.
- Rookie center Wendell Carter Jr. went straight to the weight room to lift; Carter lost eight games at Duke, and has now lost 21 with the Bulls.
- A humiliated Zach LaVine addressed reporters briefly, clearly chagrined about substitution patterns that saw Chicago’s starters benched for long stretches.
- Lauri Markkanen, who made the final go-ahead field goal in Chicago’s win Friday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, flatly admitted that the Bulls starters “deserve” to be pulled given their slow start and poor shooting…
The situation got ugly
Three-point attempts by Markkanen and Justin Holiday clanked off the front rim. Even after Boylen changed all five of his starters the first time with 7:15 left in the first quarter, the Celtics continued to build a 17-0 lead. Jabari Parker, who came in with the Bulls’ second unit, finally got a pair of free throws with 5:42 left in the first quarter. That was the latest into a game this season before a team scored its first points.
The Chicago bulls didn’t make its first field goal until nearly seven minutes into the game and the Bulls trailed by 21 points at halftime.
Midway through the third quarter, Chicago had fallen behind by 32 points. Boylen pulled his starters one after the other with 9:02 left in the third quarter.
“I think your play is embarrassing,”
“I wanted to give the other guys a chance to see if they could right the ship a little bit,” Boylen continued. “If I don’t like the five guys out there, if I don’t like the combination, I’m going to look at a new combination. Take them all out, let them sit there and think about it.”
The Celtics were unstoppable
Chicago’s reserves played the final 21 minutes, and yet the Celtics continued to run up the score. With a little more than eight minutes left in the third quarter, Boston’s lead had swelled to 42. By the three-minute mark, Boston led by 52. Eight different Celtics players sank at least two 3-pointers, the most in a game in NBA history.
Former Boston starter Jaylen Brown had a game, and season-high 23 points off the bench in 29 minutes. He was on fire!
Even as the clock ticked down, the Celtics continued to roll up the score to win by 56 points.
The United Center crowd became more restless.
The jeers were getting louder at the Chicago Bulls Basketball team united center, fans started exiting the building. The loudest cheers came from the free hot dogs being thrown by the in-game entertainment staff. After the final buzzer, the remaining fans loudly booed the Bulls.
“That happens in the NBA sometimes,” LaVine said. “We responded in the second quarter. I don’t know. I do not know. There’s a lot of questions you could ask, but I really don’t know.”
The Chicago Bulls basketball team have to return to the United Center on Monday to host the Sacramento Kings. Hopefully, they will perform better.