Chicago Bulls get demolished by Oklahoma City Thunder 92-79

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 13: Antonio Blakeney
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 13: Antonio Blakeney /

Starting with a lifeless effort from the tip, the Chicago Bulls suffered yet another defeat. This time at the hands of the Thunder, 92-79.

If there were ever a time that two teams would be considered complete polar opposites of each other, this would be the game. The Chicago Bulls are intent on going the way of the tank in order to secure high draft picks for future franchise players. The Thunder, led by GM Sam Presti made the unprecedented move this summer by landing Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. Simply put, the  Bulls do not care if they lost, and the Thunder have put all their eggs in trying to win this season.

This game started off like any other game, the ref threw the ball up to the two centers Steven Adams and Robin Lopez. After that, it was a bloodbath. The Chicago Bulls were held to 9 total points in the first 14 minutes of the game, being led by Denzel Valentine with 4. That’s right, 4 of the 9 points came from one player.

Perennial shot chucker Carmelo Anthony did just that in this contest, putting up 10 shots, only making 3 of them. However, despite the awful field goal percentage he made 11 of 12 free throws.

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Only 3 Bulls would reach double figures. Lauri Markkanen and newest Bull, Antonio Blakeney each led the way with 16 while Denzel Valentine chipped in 13.

One thing to note, guard Justin Holiday did not play in this contest. Once a starter earlier in the season, coach Fred Hoiberg seems to have opted to see what the team may have in young guards Kris Dunn and Antonioni Blakeney.

Blakeney, a rookie out Louisana State University showed the Bulls serious promise with their G-League affiliate, Windy City Bulls. He had been averaging over 30 points per game. It seems as if the Bulls first ever player to secure a two-way contract will work his way into a full time contract early on in the season.

By the box score, the Chicago Bulls won the second half 45-34, but it was far too late. The molasses like slow start to the game once again devastated the Bulls.

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At 2-10, and with the worst record in the NBA. The Bulls look headed towards the best odds to obtain the number 1 pick, if they continue at the current rate they’re going. They look to get back into the game in column on Friday against Charlotte at the United Center.