The Brooklyn Nets currently hold the record for the longest losing streak in the league, hoping to avoid a ninth straight loss. They will look to break this streak as they host the Chicago Bulls at the Barclays Center, who are currently on a three-game losing streak. The Nets and the Bulls have battled each other a grand total of 173 times in the past as the Bulls won 99 games while the Nets ended up winning just 74 games. This matchup will mark the first of three times that these two ball clubs will face each other this season.
Omer Asik (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.1 APG, 43.8 FG%)
Jerian Grant (coach’s decision; 8.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 4.9 APG, 42.6 FG%, 34.0 3P%)
Zach LaVine (rest; 17.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.2 FG%, 38.3 3P%)
Antonio Blakeney (G-League; 7.1 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 36.6 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
Ryan Arcidiacono (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 41.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
Paul Zipser (foot; 3.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 36.0 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
Robin Lopez (12.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.0 APG, 52.7 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Jeremy Lin (knee; 18.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 41.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Timofey Mozgov (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 53.6 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Jahlil Okafor (calf; 6.1 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 53.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
James Webb (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 23.8 FG%, 23.5 3P%)
Milton Doyle (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 28.0 FG%, 15.4 3P%)
Isaiah Whitehead (G-League; 6.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 46.5 FG%, 38.9 3P%)
The game would be somewhat competitive at the beginning as the Chicago Bulls shot forty percent from the field while the Brooklyn Nets ended up shooting thirty-eight percent. Lauri Markkanen scored 15 points which included a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter. He also had three rebounds while Connecticut-native Kris Dunn helped out with 13 points on fifty-six percent shooting. Dunn added three defensive rebounds and three assists to it while both David Nwaba and Justin Holiday had four points each. Denzel Valentine played 15 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just five points.
On the other end of the court, both Allen Crabbe and DeMarre Carroll chalked up 11 points each in the fifteen minutes that they played. They also had two three-pointers each while Crabbe earned three defensive rebounds and one steal while Carroll collected three rebounds and three assists. The 2015-2016 All-Rookie player D’Angelo Russell contributed with two three-pointers in the first quarter while Jarrett Allen had four points. Joe Harris played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just five points as the visiting team hit the locker room with a tight 51-49 lead.
The New York team would catch the Bulls by surprise in the second half as they sparked up a huge 55-36 run after the break. During that run, Allen posted up 14 points, 6 rebounds, one assists, and 2 blocks while shooting eighty-six percent from the field. Crabbe saw to it that he got 10 points with two three-pointers in the third period. Both Dante Cunningham and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had two points each while Carroll earned himself seven points. Dunn would score 10 points for the Bulls but it wasn’t enough as the Nets handed the Bulls a 104-87 loss. Allen Crabbe finished the game with 21 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Kris Dunn had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
The Chicago Bulls will visit North Carolina to take on Kemba Walker (22.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 5.8 APG, 43 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (27-33) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. This matchup between the Bulls and the Hornets will mark the third of four times that they will meet up this season. They have battled each other a grand total of 115 times as the Hornets won 40 games while the Bulls went on to pull out 75 victories. December 8 was the last time they saw each other as the Chicago team pulled away with a 119-111 overtime win. Lauri Markkanen finished that game with 24 points and 12 rebounds while Dwight Howard had 25 points, 20 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and 6 blocks.
The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Ohio to clash with LeBron James (26.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 8.9 APG, 55 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (35-24) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. This meeting will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season. The Nets and the Cavaliers have battled each other a total of 189 times in the past as the Nets won 80 games while the Cavaliers ended up winning 109 games. The last time they met up was on November 22 when the Ohio team handed the Nets a 119 to 109 loss. During that game, LeBron James scored 33 points, pulled 6 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed 2 steals while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists.