Hawks Cruise to Victory (Chicago, IL) — Hawks win easy at United Center.
It wasn’t the opening night that Bulls fans were hoping for. After a disappointing 2019-2020 season (22-60), not qualifying for the bubble when the NBA season restarted down in Orlando Florida, Chicagoans were expecting a better showing. The Bulls spent the offseason cleaning house. They fired General Manager Gar Foreman and head coach Jim Boylen. They also moved longtime Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxton into a Senior Advisor role. Most believe with massive changes come lofty expectations, and new GM Marc Eversley, Executive VP Arturas Karnisovas, and head coach Billy Donovan certainly have challenges ahead of them.
They hosted the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night at the United Center. It turned into an old fashion blowout early, down by as many as 14 and giving up forty plus points in the first quarter. Down 42-29 at the end of the quarter, it didn’t get any better from there. It was 83-59 at the half, and Hawks guard Trae Young had his way with the Bulls going 7/9 from the floor including 5/6 from beyond the arc finishing with 27 points 3 boards and 5 assist in the first half. Hawks also had three others in double figures in the half, while Chicago had three players of their own in double figures, the 14 turnovers were too much to overcome, and kept them out of the game.
In The End
The Hawks won easily 124-104, finishing with seven players in double figures. Trae Young led the way with an efficient 37 points on the night, going 10 of 12 from the field. Zach Lavine and Lauri Markkanen led the Bulls on the night. Lavine finished with 22 and Markkanen with 21. Patrick Williams the number four overall pick in this years draft also added 16 points and 4 rebounds. Chicago fans are hoping this young nucleus can help compete for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Atlanta will travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies Saturday afternoon. It should be exciting game with entertaining guard play from Trae Young and Ja Morant.
Chicago host the Pacers Saturday night. The Bulls look to avoid starting 0-2 as well as a 10 game losing streak to Indiana.
Hawks Cruise to Victory