Ja Morant reacts to fellow rookie Coby White’s historic scoring streak
White, the Bulls’ No. 7 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, has been on a tear of late. In fact, the UNC product has racked up 30 or more points in each of his last three outings. After seeing these stats, Morant fired off a tweet, noting that White should receive more recognition:
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) February 26, 2020
Though the Bulls were defeated in Tuesday’s matchup against the Thunder, White had a career night. Playing against his AAU mentor, Chris Paul, White racked up a career-high 35 points on 13-of-21 shooting from the field (6-of-9 from beyond the arc), seven rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes of action. Zach LaVine led Chicago in scoring with 41 points. 27 of LaVine’s 41 points came in the second half.
According to ESPN and the Elias Sports Bureau, White became the first rookie — and third player overall — to score 30 or more points in three straight games off the bench since starters were first recorded in 1970-71.
Paul, who finished Tuesday’s game with 19 points and nine assists, was impressed with White’s play:
“It’s still surreal for me to see Coby and Wendell [Carter Jr.] after having the opportunity to coach them in my AAU program,” Paul said, via ESPN. “I’m happy for him, and I told Coby he wasn’t going to score 33 tonight, but he scored 35, which I didn’t know until he told me at the end of the game.”
There is no question that White has been playing well, but Bulls head coach Jim Boylen says the talented rookie will remain in a reserve role. Boylen wants to “keep him in a good place,” according to ESPN.
White and the Bulls will be back in action on Saturday, when they’ll face off against the New York Knicks. Tip-off inside Madison Square Garden is set for 5:00 p.m. ET.