Player grades: Bulls’ slow start leads to double-digit loss to Nuggets

Player grades: Bulls’ slow start leads to double-digit loss to Nuggets

The Chicago Bulls fell to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night, 126-123, despite having three days off from their last game on Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans.

In classic Bulls fashion, they got off to a slow start in the first quarter as the Nuggets jumped out to a 32-20 lead at the end of one. At halftime, the Bulls deficit grew to 15.

In the second-half, it was a lot of the same for the Bulls as the Nuggets led from start to finish on Sunday.

Zach LaVine led the way for the Bulls with 21 points, five rebounds, and four assists on 8-of-15 shooting. DeMar DeRozan added 16 points and four assists.

Check out the player grades from Chicago’s second-straight loss below.


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DeMar DeRozan: C+

DeMar DeRozan finished Sunday’s game with 16 points, two rebounds, and four assists on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from the free throw line. DeRozan played a season-low 26 minutes due to the game getting out of control quickly in the second-half.

Zach LaVine: B

Zach LaVine led the Bulls in scoring on Sunday with 21 points, five rebounds, and four assists on 8-of-15 shooting. LaVine’s shot chart was a mixed back in the loss, shooting 7-of-9 from two yet just 1-of-6 from 3-point range.

Nikola Vucevic: C

Nikola Vucevic likely had his worst game of the season on Sunday, finishing with just nine points and six rebounds on 4-of-10 shooting. For Vooch, like DeRozan, played a season-low in minutes with just over 23 minutes as the Nuggets ran away with the game in the second-half.

Ayo Dosunmu: C+

Ayo Dosunmu finished Sunday’s loss to the Nuggets with seven points, two rebounds, four assists, and two assists on 3-of-9 shooting from the field. Dosunmu struggled from deep, shooting 0-of-4, as Jamal Murray scored 23 points.

Patrick Williams: B+

Patrick Williams was one of the very few bright spots for the Bulls on Sunday, finishing with 15 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two blocks in 30 minutes. Williams shot 6-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-3 from downtown as he continues to show gradual growth.

Goran Dragic: B+

One constant for Billy Donovan this season has been the consistent production from Goran Dragic off the bench. In Sunday’s loss, Dragic finished with 11 points and six assists in just under 23 minutes of action. On the season, the veteran is averaging 10.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game off the bench.

Andre Drummond: A-

Along with Dragic, Andre Drummond has been a pretty consistent factor off the bench for the Bulls. On Sunday, Drummond finished with yet another double-double, 13 points and 11 rebounds, in 21 minutes of action.


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