Video: Bulls’ Ryan Arcidiacono sacrifices body to save ball, Zach LaVine converts with a flush dunk
It was a total team effort for the Bulls on Wednesday, and their impressive display was perfectly summed up by a single play in the third quarter, which was started off by 24-year-old point guard Ryan Arcidiacono desperately diving for a loose ball:
We just can't get enough of this play. This was absurd. pic.twitter.com/7jIF6k3DG1
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 7, 2019
Arcidiacono’s body-sacrificing play was justly rewarded by Zach LaVine’s emphatic alley-oop finish on the other end. Watching the replay, Arcidiacono did appear to take a hit to his side upon diving for the rock, and that may have hurt quite a bit. Nonetheless, after such an amazing SportsCenter-worthy play, that’s the type of fall you just need to walk off.
Arcidiacono did not do much else on the evening in terms of his box score contributions, as the 6-foot-4 guard recorded only four points, two rebounds, and three assists in 22 minutes of action. His hustle and determination was on full display, however, and these are the type of intangibles that don’t show up in the box score.
It was a totally different story for LaVine, though, as he stuffed the stat sheet yet again, notching a game-high 39 points along with five rebounds, four assists, a steal, and the game-winning bucket in the final second.
The Bulls are out of the playoff race, and this victory means nothing in this regard. However, defeating one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference will surely be one of the highlights of another forgettable season for Chicago.