Sunday, March 26 2023

The Chicago Bulls had their three-game winning streak snapped on Monday in a 107-99 loss to the Boston Celtics on the road.

Boston’s halftime lead of nine points extended up to 16 points in the third, where Chicago lost DeMar DeRozan for the remainder of the game.

With 8:27 remaining in the third, DeRozan drove left and fell with no-contact as he immediately grabbed his right quadricep and not returning due to a right quad strain.

In DeRozan’s absence, Zach LaVine tried leading Chicago back, cutting Boston’s 16-point lead down to only two with under two minutes remaining but the Celtics held on down the stretch to clinch the win.

Check out the player grades from Chicago’s loss on Monday below.


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DeMar DeRozan: C+

DeMar DeRozan only played 23 minutes prior to leaving in the third quarter with a right quad strain, finishing with 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, and one steal on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor. Time will tell how long Deebo is sidelined for the Bulls.

Zach LaVine: B+

In DeRozan’s absence, Zach LaVine led the way for Chicago in efforts to cut down Boston’s double-digit lead down to just two in the final minutes. LaVine finished with 27 points, seven rebounds, and six rebounds on 10-of-24 shooting, including 19 second-half points.

Nikola Vucevic: A-

Nikola Vucevic was efficient despite the matchup with Al Horford and Robert Williams III of the Celtics. Vooch finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds on 9-of-15 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 from downtown, including 15 second-half points.

Patrick Williams: B-

In Monday’s loss, Patrick Williams finished with 10 points, two rebounds, one assist, and three steals on 3-of-5 from 3-point range while having to defend the likes of Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

Alex Caruso: B-

Alex Caruso returned to the lineup on Monday, finishing with six points, two rebounds, four assists, and one block in 20 minutes off the bench on 2-of-3 from 3-point land.

Andre Drummond: B+

In 14 minutes off the bench in Monday’s loss, Andre Drummond finished with six points, nine rebounds, and one steal on a team-high +10.

Story originally appeared on Lonzo Wire

Source: Yahoo Sports


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