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Billy Donovan’s Bulls debut obviously didn’t go well, especially on the defensive Bigger picture? Zach LaVine wants to win, not just for his own recognition, but for his team as well. There is still a long way to go

Choose a negative adjective to describe the Bulls’ loss to the Hawks on Wednesday night between 124 and 104

In the second quarter, Trae Young ran down his own rebound with almost no resistance from the home team, then hit corner three There was a possession in the third where Young went down the floor as three bulls didn’t even bother Then there was a fourth quarter jumper from the Hawks’ Cam Reddish who quickly attacked the rim for the tip-in while Bulls players just stood in the paint and watched

The 42 points the Hawks scored in the first quarter were allowed the most by the cops on the opening night in franchise history.They followed that ugly quarter, allowing 41 in the second half. At half the cops had fallen between 83 and 59, so the Hawks 65 could shoot 9% of the field, including 10-for-20 from the three point range

New Bulls trainer Billy Donovan admitted disappointment with the lack of effort, but noted a bigger problem

“We have to get tougher physically when we’re just on the ball and have some resistance to keep the ball from hitting the edge and then closing again,” Donovan said. “For our boys, Atlanta has Atlanta in this one 40 point race (first quarter) played very well offensively They shot even though I didn’t think our defense was great I don’t want to take away from what they did ”

The cops were led by Zach LaVine’s 22 points, but it would be hard to convince him his 22 mattered at all

It’s just one of 72 scheduled games, but LaVine knows how big this season is and what he’s been pursuing.Since drafting in 2014, LaVine has never sniffed the postseason if he knows his talents would get more recognition if he would play on a team that actually played in meaningful games

“The main thing is to win,” said LaVine. “Individual things come after winning I think in the past few years individually I’ve been one of the better players in the NBA, if you look at it, but we didn’t get the wins So you won’t get credit for that. The main thing is that winning cares about everything winning games I work hard enough on my craft to believe that all of this will come into play ”

The only positive thing – which was by no means easy to sift through and find – was No 4 Overall selection Patrick Williams starts and ends with 16 points, four rebounds and one block

The 19-year-old had a couple of defensive rounds in the first quarter but played with a physicality that most of his teammates didn’t show, attacking the rim and looking for contact

On a night when the cops practiced social distancing far too often in defense, even recognition of Williams’ appearance fell on deaf ears as conversation focused on poor defense

“We’re not that fast, explosive, foot-speed team,” Donovan said of his defense. “I thought we didn’t have good built-in help where it should be and our guys on the ball got hit too lightly”

“For that these people have to put in a lot of different efforts I think they are ready to do it I just don’t think we did it particularly well’ ’

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Source: https://chicago.suntimes.com/bulls/2020/12/23/22198475/ugly-opening-night-for-the-bulls-and-that-would-be-a-kind-assessment