A quote from Buddy Hield shows how little the Kings felt like they had to respect the Chicago Bulls coming into their Dec. 2 contest.
An interesting quote that surfaced after the Chicago Bulls knocked off the Sacramento Kings by the final score of 113-106 on Dec. 2 involved shooting guard Buddy Hield. In that Bulls win over the Kings, Hield was his team’s leading scorer with 26 points.
But Hield wasn’t able to out-contest Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine, who finished the night with a game-high 28 points. LaVine also notched that mark on just over half the amount of field goal attempts as Hield.
Just after the game, Hield opened up on why the Kings looked so down after the first quarter against the Bulls. He said that “we took them lightly”. And (per the Sacramento Bee) he stated the following on the Kings effort against the Bulls.
We didn’t respect them enough. … You can’t take teams lightly. This is a game we should have won.
A win over the Kings moved the Bulls to a record of 7-14 on the season. Meanwhile, the Kings slipped further out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, moving to a record of 8-11 on the season after the loss. The Bulls do still sit 2.5 games back out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, behind the Orlando Magic.
However, given how the Bulls were playing heading into this showdown against the Kings, it’s easy to see how Hield and his squad could overlook them. The Kings just came off three straight difficult games against the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Denver Nuggets. And the upcoming road trip for the Kings features the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Dallas Mavericks.
Meanwhile, this was a crucial game if head coach Jim Boylen and the Bulls wanted to even still hang around in playoff contention. They return home after beating the Kings to face the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 4. If the Bulls take care of business against the Grizzlies, this would be their first series sweep of the regular season.
This was the first time this season that the Bulls two star players, LaVine and power forward Lauri Markkanen, were really both on during the same game. LaVine and Markkanen both posted at least 20 points in the win over the Kings.