The Pelicans are a notch above the Bulls

After the Rockets, then the Grizzlies, the Pelicans, deprived of Zion Williamson (foot), chained a third straight victory at home with at least ten points ahead. Despite a Brandon Ingram who was not very successful in shooting but altruistic (16 points on 4/15 and 9 assists), they had no trouble driving the Bulls out of poor form.

The latter, carried by their usual tandem DeMar DeRozan – Zach LaVine, signed a quality first period, ending with two possessions behind (58-53). But despite taking some good shots, the Bulls’ success fell short as the Pelicans’ gap gradually widened after the break.

With a 3-point basket on the head of the racket from Jonas Valanciunas, who won his duel with Nikola Vucevic, the locals offered themselves a 14-point lead (76-62). The Bulls tried to react but their defense didn’t get enough weight in the third quarter which ended with 37 points conceded.

In the fourth quarter, the Pelicans continued to present to reach a 26-point lead (108-82). We had to wait a little longer to see “garbage time” because the DeRozan – LaVine duo still had something to say in reducing the gap to 14 points three minutes from the end (119-105), without worrying the locals .

WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER

Billy Donovan’s tactical mistake. With 17 points behind at the beginning of the last quarter (95-78), the Bulls can hope to put a “run” to take. Except that their coach decided to replace Andre Drummond with Derrick Jones Jr. and thus deprive himself of a pivot. The Pelicans didn’t hesitate to force Jonas Valanciunas in the post to attract the two-man catch and free up spaces. First served in Jose Alvarado’s circle, the pivot will reward his leader below. This short sequence fueled an 8-0 that pushed the visitors a little further (103-78).

The intelligence of the Pelicans. In addition to having the good idea to exploit the favorable “match-up” mentioned above, they did not fail to diversify the pleasures by feeding the player with the rhythm at the right time. For example talking to Devonte’ Graham who, two minutes from the end of the third quarter, planted an award-winning basket after a screen on the head of the racket. Next property? CJ McCollum requested the same simple system to deliver his colleague to the same result. The Bulls, however, responded with Devonte’ Graham behind the arc every time.

The bulls in the poor. Three losses in a row, one win in six games… That’s called toughness. On the downside, the Bulls (6-9) occupy only a mediocre 11th place in the East, tied with the Nets. A home loss to the Magic on Friday would be a very bad sign…

TOPS/FLOPS

Trey Murphy III. In every tenure, often replacing Zion Williamson, he shows himself. He didn’t do things by halves last night with his first career double-double marked by a stunning 3-point address. The winger also showed off his athleticism with a tap dunk following his own miss in the circle past Andre Drummond. Or this counter from Zach LaVine before dunking on Nikola Vucevic.

CJ McCollum. While Brandon Ingram suffered in his shooting but fed a series of assists, the back-turned-playmaker signed a good managerial game. He hasn’t been as much of a distributor this season.

DeMar DeRozan. 28 points with only four missed shots, not a single lost ball… The leader of the Bulls answered but without his good performance that had a big impact on the physiognomy of the meeting.

patrick williams. We have to believe that the absence of Zion Williamson, whom he was impatient to face, played into his motivation… The winger is clearly not the biggest attacker in the Bulls’ five but he signed his most discreet exit offense of the season with only four attempted shots and a -21 score when he was in the game. A little aggressiveness on his part wouldn’t have gone amiss while his replacement Javonte Green was less timid but clumsier (1/7).

THE FOLLOWING

Pelicans (9-6) : welcome Celtics, Friday.

Bulls (6-9) : reception of Magic, Friday.

New Orleans / 124 Shots Bounces
Players minimum Shots 3 points LF Or D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Score
B. Ingram 32 4/15 2/4 6/8 0 6 6 9 2 0 2 1 +19 16 17
H. Jones 32 3/7 2/2 2/3 3 1 4 3 4 1 1 0 +21 10 12
J. Valanciunas 27 8/13 2/3 4/4 3 4 7 2 3 0 3 1 +11 22 24
C. McCollum 37 8/16 3/8 4/4 1 3 4 8 0 0 3 1 +10 23 25
T. Murphy III 25 7/9 5/6 0/0 1 9 10 1 0 3 1 1 +17 19 31
L. Nance Jr. 19 2/5 0/2 4/4 1 5 6 3 1 0 0 1 +6 8 15
N. Marshall 18 1/6 1/4 0/0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 -6 3 -2
W. Hernangomez 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0 -1
D. Graham 8 2/3 2/3 0/0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 6 6
J. Alvarado 21 6/7 0/1 1/1 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 0 -1 13 15
D. Daniels 19 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 3 4 2 5 0 0 1 -4 4 10
43/85 17/33 21/24 12 34 46 30 18 4 13 6 124 152
Chicago / 110 Shots Bounces
Players minimum Shots 3 points LF Or D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Score
P. Williams 23 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 4 4 1 2 0 2 0 -21 5 6
D. DeRozan 31 11/15 0/1 6/7 1 3 4 7 3 0 0 0 -14 28 34
N. Vucevic 30 6/13 2/5 0/0 2 8 10 0 1 1 2 0 -10 14 16
Z. LaVine 36 9/22 4/11 3/4 0 3 3 5 2 0 3 0 -7 25 16
A. Dosunmu 28 2/5 0/3 0/0 1 2 3 1 1 1 2 0 -8 4 4
J. Green 15 1/7 0/2 1/2 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 1 -3 3 1
D. Jones Jr. 11 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 -2 0 -2
A. Drummond 15 4/6 0/0 0/0 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 0 -1 8 10
T. Bradley 2 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 +3 3 4
Mr. Dragic 20 3/7 0/2 0/2 0 2 2 7 2 0 2 0 -6 6 7
A. Caruso 27 5/7 3/4 0/0 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 -4 13 15
D. Terry 2 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 +3 1 1
Total 44/89 11/32 11/17 7 30 37 25 18 2 12 1 110 112

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