Zach LaVine, Thaddeus Young shade Jim Boylen after 20-point comeback vs. Blazers
The short-handed Chicago Bulls successfully mounted a 20-point comeback to take down the Portland Trail Blazers to grab their fourth win of the season. After the victory, veteran swingman Zach LaVine admitted that the 2019-2020 Bulls team wouldn’t be able to rally and defeat their opponents like how they did on Tuesday night, via K.C. Johnson.
Zach LaVine, on whether the Bulls win this game last year: "No."
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 6, 2021
Another veteran in Thaddeus Young echoed the same sentiments of his teammate and lauded head coach Billy Donovan for giving the guys more confidence in the early stages of the season, per Rob Schaefer.
"… and letting the vets be vets. Me, OP, Garrett, we go out there and play, but we are also able to go out and help these guys and keep guys confidence and spirits up throughout the course of the game."
— Rob Schaefer (@rob_schaef) January 6, 2021
Similar to how LaVine and Young described it, the Bulls have already shown flashes of improvement compared to where they were a season ago. Led by former head coach Jim Boylen, they finished the season with a 22-43 record.
In their most recent game, the Blazers were looking ahead to have an easy win over the Bulls in the first half of the game. However, the Bulls came out in the third quarter with more aggressiveness to score and make plays. It eventually paid off for LaVine and company as they used a 30-point fourth quarter to seal the 111-108 victory against the home team.
Sophomore guard Coby White led the team in scoring with a double-double performance of 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. Otto Porter Jr. also had a huge night with 19 points and 13 rebounds while LaVine added 18 points and nine assists for the Bulls.
On the other hand, C.J. McCollum continued his good showing with 26 points, five rebounds, and four assists while Damian Lillard notched 24 points, five rebounds, and nine assists. With the 111-108 win, the Bulls have now improved to a 4-4 record while the Blazers slipped to a 3-4 tally on a two-game losing skid.
Zach LaVine and the rest of the Bulls will aim to get their third consecutive victory at the expense of the struggling Sacramento Kings on Jan. 6.