CHICAGO — With the Warriors’ starters out of the game in the fourth quarter of a blowout, Bulls fans turned their attention to the assistant coach seated beside them. Brian Scalabrine, the former Bulls reserve, was the subject of chants late in the game just as he once was as a seldom-used player.
That’s how much of a laugher this game was, as the Warriors trailed by as many as 28 points and didn’t show much signs of life after taking punches from the more physical Bulls. A Warriors assistant coach became the punch line. Another assistant, Pete Myers, picked up a technical foul while showing some fire missing on the court.
And all coach Mark Jackson could do after the game was solemnly state that the Warriors would have to move forward after this one.
What else was there to say? Stephen Curry scored five points in his worst shooting performance of the season. The Warriors got sloppy with the ball and got dominated on the glass. No starter scored in double figures, as the unit combined for only 35 points.
“That’s the way we like it, taking players out of their game,” Bulls guard Jimmy Butler said of a job well done on Curry. “It is frustrating for them.”
The Warriors lost so badly that there was little to dwell on during the first part of a long road trip. They’re off to New York next and still 12 games over .500. There will be another day to shine.