The Chicago Bulls have the opportunity on Saturday night at home to help the Utah Jazz join a group they just joined on Thursday.
This group ?
NBA teams with at least one loss.
Going into Thursday’s game list, Chicago, Utah and the Golden State Warriors were the only three teams yet to be defeated at the start of the 2021-22 season. The Jazz remained at this exclusive club, routing the Houston Rockets 122-91, but the Bills and Warriors both suffered losses in their games against the New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies, respectively.
Utah has its work cut out for it to stay undefeated longer.
After Saturday’s game in Chicago, the Jazz travel to Milwaukee for the second half of a straight game against the defending champions Bucks on Halloween night. After a home game two nights later against the Sacramento Kings, the Jazz played three road games over four nights in Atlanta, Miami and Orlando.
Getting a team effort like in the resounding victory in Houston will only help the Jazz’s chances. Sniper Bojan Bogdanovic led seven Utah players in double digits with 19 points to propel the Jazz to their first 4-0 start since the 2006-07 season.
“I think every night it’s going to be a different player playing good basketball,” Bogdanovic said. “But at the end of the night, as long as we get the (victory), we’ll all be happy.”
Leading games with up to 36 points, like they did in Houston, will also go a long way in keeping them happy.
The Bulls, meanwhile, have just emerged from the ranks of the undefeated, losing 104-103 to New York.
All-Star Zach LaVine, who had 25 points, enjoyed the challenge.
“It was a good game. It was our first real test and it boiled down to that last shot,” he said. “We fought back. I just wish we got into it a bit sooner where we are. could take (the) head. “
DeMar DeRozan missed a midrange jumper on the buzzer to keep the Bulls from improving to 5-0. LaVine reduced the Knicks’ lead to one with less than 10 seconds remaining after the Bulls rallied 13 to 2:59 remaining.
LaVine played – and will continue to play – despite a torn ligament in his left thumb. The star goalkeeper said the injury “was not pleasant” to play, but called it “doable”.
“I just have to find ways to deal with it,” he added. “It’s like a grade 2 ankle sprain. It’s going to take a while.
The Bulls lost a starter as Patrick Williams injured his left wrist on Thursday. He will undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments and he may not return in the regular season.
“It’s going to be a challenge; there’s no question about that, ”Chicago coach Billy Donovan said. “We are a little smaller at this position. And we played smaller there. … But when you lose a guy like that who can hold a lot of different positions and who has the strength and size to deal with post-up players, like Patrick does, it really hurts.
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