After a three-game run where they looked like world-beaters, the Chicago Bulls fell in the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs to the Miami Heat, 68-62. Marquis Teague led all scorers with 21 points and Malcolm Thomas had 9 points and 13 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough.
As has been the case all along, the important thing to remember about summer league is that while wins and losses are nice, they’re not the end-all or be-all. There’s still a lot to like about the SummerBulls. Teague was impressive yet again, if turnover-prone, as he knifed into the lane repeatedly and finished. He shot 10 free throws as well, and while his assist numbers are very low, it might have helped if any of his teammates could make anything.
Andrew Goudelock, so impressive in the first two games, couldn’t hit anything, going 1/13 from the field before hitting a three with the game already decided in the final minute. Erik Murphy, playing with a broken nose, was just 2/7 from the field and committed four turnovers.
The more I watch Tony Snell, the more impressed I am with him. He has a very subtle skill-set, so he doesn’t stand out a whole lot, but he does a lot of the little things that make a team great. His defense is solid, his jumper looks good, even if it doesn’t always go in, and his passing — his vision and his unselfishness — are legitimately impressive. If you specifically watch him, you’ll see him make the extra pass even when he’s open. He made a really impressive pass in the third quarter last night off a loose ball with the shot clock winding down that … it’s hard to describe. Just watch: