Wednesday night in a somewhat impromptu game against the Detroit Pistons, LaVine and the Bulls found themselves getting blown out early on. Chicago was once down by 25 points in the second quarter, and it looked as though this would be one to forget. At halftime, the Pistons were ahead 61-43.
As it turns out, LaVine was not yet ready to sit down and relent.
The Bulls made a huge second half comeback and wound up winning the game 105-102 on the back of LaVine’s 37 points. Chicago also received double-digit points out of their starting front court with Wendell Carter adding 18 and rookie Patrick Williams pouring in 15.
LaVine and these Chicago Bulls have completely changed their franchise outlook in a matter of months.
It was yet another example of how Billy Donovan has this team playing hard, competitive basketball — and for a full four quarters. There’s no quit in these guys.
Speaking of no quit, as the Bulls were about to overtake the Pistons late in the third quarter after executing a miraculous comeback, LaVine was locked in on defense. Josh Jackson held the ball at the top of the key, and LaVine wasn’t allowing Jackson an inch. What ensued was quite entertaining for Bulls fans.
LaVine snagged the ball from Jackson, who was visibly frustrated. Obviously, the entire Pistons team was frustrated after they had let go of such an insurmountable lead.
In a scenario where the two of them received a double technical, LaVine was clearly the alpha. There was no world where he was going to let Jackson try and punk him — and he revisited the incident after the game.
Per K.C. Johnson, LaVine had this to say in regards to the situation with Jackson:
"”The only people I’m scared of is God and my dad.”"
The comment may be funny at first, but it’s a testament to how far LaVine has come in this league.
There was a time where the Minnesota Timberwolves had a core featuring LaVine, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Many people had figured LaVine would be a great third fiddle to the two of them, and particularly a nice second wing alongside a future star like Wiggins.
It is pretty comical to look back at that now, because LaVine is working on an All Star campaign as one of the best players in the game. Meanwhile, Wiggins’ contract is viewed as one of the worst in the league and he has yet to come close to living up to his draft hype.
LaVine is on another level this season. He’s on a mission to win basketball games and get this team into the postseason. While the roster has been beat up and without all of their pieces together at one time, pretty much all season, the constant has been number 8.
This is a player who is unafraid of anybody in this league, and he’s been able to put the Bulls on his back while making statement after statement that he is, in fact, an All Star.