Bulls’ Zach LaVine takes lighthearted jab at Russell Westbrook with triple-double comment
Zach LaVine had himself an interesting night during a 117-106 Chicago Bulls loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, as he only mustered one point on six shot attempts after pouring in 10 first-quarter points. Some among the local media thought it was an effort to come away with his first career triple-double, one he shut down while giving triple-double king Russell Westbrook a little lighthearted jab:
“If I’m going to go after a triple-double, I’m going to try to be like Westbrook. You’ll see me snatching rebounds away from people and stuff like that,” said LaVine jokingly, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic.
LaVine was on triple-double watch after recording 10 points, four assists and four rebounds in a monster first quarter for the Bulls, but he stopped consistently looking for his shot the rest of the way, content to try to create plays for others. The shooting guard has made more of a concerted effort to get others involved in general of late, dishing out 6.6 assists in his last five games.
With Kris Dunn and Otto Porter Jr. out against the Bucks, it was big men Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez scoring 26 points apiece, with LaVine playing the role of distributor for the majority of the game.
The 6-foot-5 dynamo is being slowly groomed into a point guard, as Dunn has fallen off the radar with very poor performances as of late. LaVine put up a 42-point gem against the Boston Celtics as part of a three-game winning streak, but he has begun to gain a feel for who had the hot hand, and in this recent game, it was his frontcourt that did.
No triple-double for LaVine, at least not yet.