It was a little too close for comfort, but the Chicago Bulls managed to pull off a 114-107 victory on the road against the Utah Jazz to advance to 9-11 on the year. This win came in no small part due to the efforts of Coby White, who scored 15 points off the bench while shooting 3-for-5 from beyond the arc.
After hitting back-to-back threes to lift the Bulls over the Bucks just a few games ago, Coby put everyone on notice that this would be a regular occurrence. This comes as no surprise to his teammate Zach LaVine, who offered a glowing review of the young guard on Wednesday, “That’s what he does. He’s been doing that his whole career. He stays ready. He’s confident. He’s not scared to take or miss any shot. That’s what I’ve always respected about him. It’s nothing new. He’s done it before.”
Despite Utah’s best efforts to make a comeback late in the fourth quarter, White would ultimately seal the game here with this big shot in the clutch.
NBA fans went wild on Twitter after Coby White sealed the game for the Chicago Bulls.
For a Bulls team that already shoots an NBA-worst 29.1 three-point attempts per game, Chicago was particularly bad from range last night. Aside from Coby, the team combined for a pathetic 3-for-17 from deep. Their dreadful 17.6% clip from beyond the arc looks particularly bad in juxtaposition to Utah, who hoisted up 49 three-pointers in comparison. Lauri Markkanen and Kelly Olynyk dominated the game with their shooting; if not for Coby’s late-game heroics, the Bulls would have very likely lost this game.
Even notorious pessimists in the Bulls fanbase were willing to appreciate Coby’s big impact on the game last night, as See Red Fred points out the team’s inability to deal White away at the trade deadline last year may have ultimately been for the best.
Although Markkanen seemed poised for a revenge game with a fantastic 32 point, 9 rebound performance, Coby would ultimately get the last laugh when he put his former teammate on a poster early in the fourth quarter.
And here’s the video evidence, in case you missed it all happening live.
Despite the loss, even Utah’s fans could appreciate Coby’s big game. Instead of showing any frustration over the close defeat, this Jazz realizes that they’d like to lay claim to another reclamation project from the Bulls.
Unfortunately for him, I doubt Chicago is going to be giving up Coby any time soon if he can continue his streak of dependable shooting and positively impactful performances off the bench. Set to hit restricted free agency this summer, White has every incentive possible to play well and secure a big payday, so don’t expect him to slow down any time soon.