Jim Boylen takes responsibility for Bulls’ 4th-quarter collapse vs. Lakers
The Chicago Bulls led by as much as 19 points on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers. However, come the fourth quarter, the Bulls suddenly collapsed and saw the game slip thru their hands. Head coach Jim Boylen took responsibility for his team’s disintegration, per Cody Westerlund of The 670 Score.
Jim Boylen: "I'm the head coach of the team, and I'll take responsibility for the fourth quarter."
— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) November 6, 2019
At the end of the half, the Bulls had the commanding lead over the Lakers, 65-48. The Lakers were off to a relatively slow start while the Bulls, thanks to rookie Coby White, seemed to be clicking on all cylinders.
But come the second half, the Lakers made defensive stop after defensive stop. Their baskets, too, were now falling. Kyle Kuzma’s consecutive baskets helped spark the impending Laker run. In the fourth quarter, they outscored the Bulls 38-19. They led by as much as 13 points and never looked back.
The Bulls have dropped to 2-6 in the young season. This is definitely a rough start to Boylen’s first full year as the Bulls head coach. To recall, he took over the job last year after the organization fired Fred Hoiberg in December. They finished with a 22-60 season and was one of the worst teams in the league.
Perhaps the only good thing is that there’s a lot of games left to play. Their previous losses, especially their collapse against the Lakers, can be transformed into lessons.