"It's not about them running off," the Bulls' Ayo Dosunmu said. "It's staying with it and staying consistent and keep coming, no matter how many times they score."After allowing 43 points in the second quarter, the Bulls yielded just 17 in the third en route to a 129-121 home win against Portland. Chicago coach Billy Donovan hopes the commitment and consistency the Bulls showed in erasing a 17-point deficit can be a catalyst. Monday's visit from the struggling San Antonio Spurs, who begin a nine-game road trip, offers a chance to find out.
In 2018, they tried to stave it off, but by 2022 they couldn't deny it any longer: it was time for the Spurs to start over. After trying to stave it off for four more seasons after Kawhi Leonard left, the Spurs finally accepted reality in 2022, trading away Derrick White and Dejounte Murray for draft assets, and while this season will end up being one of their worst record-wise, it could pay off in more ways than just getting them one of the top picks in a star-studded 2023 NBA draft. With three picks in the 2022 draft, one in the lottery and two of which were acquired in trades from their rebuilding effort, what began as a merely good haul may end up being one of the Spurs better classes in franchise history. With their highest pick since Tim Duncan, they drafted Jeremy Sochan 9th overall.
This current Philadelphia 76ers team is doing something on the road not seen since the 2001 Eastern Conference championship team.