Chicago kicked off the trip with a win over the lowly Los Angeles
Lakers but followed it up with a 120-93 setback against the Clippers
before blowing a late lead at Utah in a 105-96 overtime loss. The
Bulls have dropped nine of the last 13 games and are regularly
struggling with offensive rhythm in the final minutes of games.
Chicago could catch a break on Wednesday if DeMarcus Cousins
(sprained left ankle) is forced to miss a second straight game,
though Rudy Gay had no trouble picking up the slack on Monday. Gay
scored 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting and added nine rebounds and
six assists as Sacramento snapped a four-game slide with a 111-104
win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
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ABOUT THE BULLS (26-21): All-Star guard Jimmy Butler scored a
team-high 26 points in 47 minutes on Monday but was disappointed in
the overall direction of the team in the last five minutes of the
game and the last month in general. "Just being careless with the
ball," Butler told reporters. "Weren't doing what we were supposed
to do. That's how we've been playing. That's the way it's been
going. And the same outcome is what we've gotten every time." Center
Pau Gasol suggested the team was “not disciplined” after the loss to
the Clippers, and first-year coach Fred Hoiberg is searching for
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ABOUT THE KINGS (21-27): Gay missed four of the last six games in
January with heel and eye injuries but looked plenty healthy in
shouldering more of the scoring load with Cousins out on Monday. “I
think it was great – ball movement, fourth quarter I believe we only
had one turnover,” Gay told reporters. “We moved the ball well and
we were cautious about it, made the right pass, people made shots
and it was beautiful.” Cousins had X-rays on his ankle come back
negative and is officially considered day-to-day.
1. Kings PG Rajon Rondo is shooting 57.1 percent from 3-point range
over the last five games, including 4-of-4 on Monday.
2. Gasol is shooting 59.5 percent from the field in the last five
3. The home team has taken the last seven meetings in the series.
PREDICTION: Kings 103, Bulls 101
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