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    Chicago Bulls Game thread: New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls 7:00 10/28/2019 [Game #4]





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    Chandler Hutchison - Hamstring injury (OUT) Reggie Bullock - Cervical disc herniation (OUT)
    - Dennis Smith Jr - Personal reasons (OUT)
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    The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks endured similar experiences Saturday night by getting blitzed in their home openers against upper echelon Eastern Conference opponents.

    After ugly showings in their respective home openers, the teams hope to deliver better efforts Monday night when the Bulls visit the winless Knicks.

    Both teams are playing their fourth games of the season, and their third contests produced ugly results on the end of a back-to-back.

    After splitting games in Charlotte and Memphis, Chicago shot a dreadful 29.9 percent in a 108-84 loss to the defending champion Toronto Raptors with no player scoring more than 12 points. The Bulls led by five in the second quarter but allowed a 17-4 run before halftime and trailed by as many as 26 and got dominated on the glass by a 59-45 margin.

    "We didn't put our foot on the pedal, we didn't do a good job," Bulls coach Jim Boylen said after his team allowed Toronto to shoot 61 percent in the decisive third quarter. "We turned it over, we turned it over, we subbed, and then we turned over it again. We kind of got them back in the game. I thought we could've maybe extended that thing to 10, maybe to 11, and the game changes."

    Wendell Carter Jr. led the Bulls with 12 points and 11 rebounds, but Zach LaVine was held to 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting from the floor after getting 37 Friday. Lauri Markkanen also was held to nine points for the second consecutive night after totaling 35 in the season opener.

    At least the Bulls can say they own a win. The Knicks are 0-3 after getting dominated in the fourth quarter of a 118-95 loss to the Boston Celtics. After single-digit losses in San Antonio and Brooklyn, New York shot 38.8 percent, allowed 36 points off 26 turnovers and got outscored 36-19 in the fourth quarter.

    "That was an embarrassing second half that we put forth out there," Knicks coach David Fizdale said. "We gave up 72 points. First time we got punched and didn't answer the bell. That's very disappointing."

    The dismal second-half showing spoiled another productive night from rookie RJ Barrett. Barrett scored 26 points Saturday and is averaging 21.0 points on 51 percent shooting so far.

    Barrett's play is a bright spot on a team whose issues are moving the ball consistently and a muddled point guard situation.

    New York finished with 15 assists, marking its second straight game under 20. New York got a combined eight points from Elfrid Payton and Dennis Smith Jr., who were a combined 2-of-10 from the floor while Frank Ntilikina played 18 seconds as fans loudly chanted his name once things began slipping away.

    "We don't trust, we don't move the ball," Fizdale said. "And it's setting our defense back because teams just run out on us from there"

    It is possible Fizdale could trot out a different starting lineup as the Knicks look to avoid starting 0-4 for the first time since winning 23 games under Larry Brown in 2005-06.

    "It's three games in," Fizdale said. "It's not like 20 games into the season. But other guys will get opportunities. That's how it will work. You either perform and get it done or you're not."

    New York is 10-5 in the last 15 meetings with Chicago.

    (Field Level Media / cbssports.com)

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    DSJ out for tonight's game, the kid is dealing with a death in his family so that might explain why he's been so washed these games, hope it's not a close relative.
    This however might mean that Frank's gonna get some minutes

    LE: just read on the other thread that it's his step mother that passed away, that must be tough for him..

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    It's his step mom that passed, condolences to him and his family.

    It's a real opportunity for Ntilikina with DSJ out a few games. If he steps up and has an impact tonight and we come away with a W, I can't see DSJ getting back into the rotation when he comes back.

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    I bet Fizdale still finds a way to get Ntilikina less than 10 minutes of playing time tonight.

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    When youíre a young team, every game is a chance to do better.

    Better ball movement, better team defense, better shot selection. Under Fizdale, Iím not sure any of our guys know how to do better.

    I think he should get half a season, at most, to show that he is doing enough to make our young guys better.

    Mike Miller waiting on the bench and several good options waiting at home for the phone to ring.

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    Statistically, RJ is having a great start to his rookie season. Not seeing a win in a Knicks uniform is going to start to wear on him Iíll bet though.

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    Well at least Fiz has a consistent starting lineup.
    Mrob
    Randle
    Morris
    RJ
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    Thanks Rady .... My condolence goes out to DSJ .. will our LOSER coach give Frank some decent minutes throughout the game? I doubt it!
    Our LOSER coach Fizdale has never given Frank any decent minute to where I could blame Frank for one of Fizdale's 68 Knicks losses.
    Tonight, Fizdale has to give Frank minute to control the dynamic rookie Coby White & Zach from controlling the tempo of the game throughout 48 minutes

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    One triple double from RJ this season. Thatís all Iím asking.

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    The word that comes to mind for our play so far is bumbling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    The word that comes to mind for our play so far is bumbling.
    Butter fingers and lack of rebounding.

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    Frank sighting 6 mins left in the 1st.

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    Let Frank run the offense Fiz .. the one on one isolation aint working on the Bulls defense

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    Knox need to dribble pass

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    To much isolation Hero ball by the Knicks ......

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