Windy City Bulls lose to Erie Bayhawks 105-98

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

At 2-4 heading into Tuesday night’s match-up with the Atlanta Hawks G-League affiliate, the Bulls needed a win. They failed to do so, falling 105-98.

This was a rather odd game. If anybody has even witnessed a G-League game, or even looked at the stat box of a game, usually you see 10 players have all played in a single game. For the Windy City Bulls in this contest, that was the complete opposite.

The team chose to employ only 7 players for this contest. Now whether this was the Chicago Bulls doing, maybe they think they can beat the Lakers by a lot tonight and may need the services of Jarrell Eddie and Diamon Stone? Who knows.

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One thing is for certain, the Windy City Bulls will likely be without Antonio Blakeney for the rest of the season as he has impressed in his short time in the NBA. This will come as a huge blow for a team looking to make a push, in his absence Ryan Arcidiacano will look to make the most of his leadership abilities.

Against Erie, those abilities and his play-making skill were on full display. He finished the game with 8 points and 16 assists. Those 16 assists weren’t enough against the red hot Bayhawks, as they finished shooting 48%.

The unlikeliest of suspects, Raphiael Putney completely dominated the Bulls, torching them to the tune of 26 points on 10-16 shooting, including 4-8 from downtown. Considering the Bayhawks have the 7th lowest scoring average in the G-League, this was a poor efford from the Bulls on the defensive end.

Of course, defensive struggles are no stranger to the Windy City squad. They are currently giving up over 110 points per game, while giving up one of the highest 3 point percentages.

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To put it simple, the team needs help, and with the NBA team doing awful, help will likely not come. Towards the end of the season, the Chicago Bulls will likely call up a few players to give them a chance in the big leagues. Next up on the schedule for Windy City are the Lakeland Magic, the Orlando Magic’s G-League affiliate.