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When and where: February 11, 2019, United Center, Chicago, IL, 8:00 PM ET
The Chicago Bulls face the daunting task of hosting the Milwaukee Bucks in Monday’s NBA Eastern Conference action. Perhaps hope can be taken from the Orlando Magic knocking off the Bucks and ending a six-game win streak on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Bulls are coming off their 10th consecutive loss at home to the Washington Wizards.
Bucks struggle without Antetokounmpo
There really is no excuse for the Bucks losing at home in lopsided fashion to the Magic on Saturday night. If the top-ranked team in the Eastern Conference needs its best player, perennial All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, to beat the Magic, they can forget about any real shot of advancing to the NBA Finals this season.
Granted, they also didn’t have Nikola Mirotic on the floor, either, which was another huge hit to their offense. But they still had Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, Brooke Lopez and Malcolm Brogdon. Yet, all they could muster over the course of a 48-minute game against the 11th-ranked team in the Eastern Conference was 83 points.
The Bucks shot a horrendous 32.6 percent from the floor and 17.1 percent from 3-point land. Middleton, Brogdon and Lopez shot a combined 0-14 from beyond the arc. Bledsoe le
d the team with 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in the 103-83 loss. Middleton also netted a double-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, while Brogdon contributed 14 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Bulls face Parker and Portis
The Bulls ran into a pair of familiar faces in Saturday’s game against the Wizards. Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis, who were both part of a blockbuster trade for Otto Porter, returned to Chicago with an appetite for vengeance. They left with their bellies full at the expense of the struggling Bulls team that shipped them as far east as possible.
“I got my first taste of the business side of basketball,” Portis said after the game, via ESPN.com. “You don’t really get your way all the time. It’s not really your choice. I have to roll with it now. I was hurt the last, what, 48 hours, but when I got into the game yesterday those hurt emotions went away.”
The Bulls shot the ball well from the floor, but they struggled throughout the game to get back on defense. It wasn’t surprising considering they are one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA. The Wizards ran the score up for a 134-125 win on the road. Porter, the former Wizards forward, scored 17 points against his former team.
Bulls guard Zach LaVine finished the game with a team-high 26 points, four rebounds and six assists, while center Robin Lopez contributed 18 points, three rebounds and two blocks.
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