You thought Friday night's ending was ugly? Well, the entirety of Saturday's contest caused an eyesore.
The Pacers trounced the Bulls by 39 points. Here are the observations:
Tired legs: Fatigue finally caught up to the Bulls.
Playing in their eighth game in 12 nights, each player Fred Hoiberg subbed in looked as exhausted as the next.
The second quarter was exceptionally painful to watch as the energetic Pacers jumped off to a 17-2 run, effectively ending the game right there.
Lethargic play ushered in turnovers – a staggering amount of them.
The Bulls gave the ball away 11 times in the first half alone, leading to 15 Pacers points. Woof.
This team is young, yes, but even a youthful team succumbs to the often-brutal NBA schedule at times.
You don't go, we don't go: After foiling Mavs coach Rick Carlisle's gameplan and taking it to rookie Dennis Smith Jr. early and often on Friday night, Kris Dunn was rendered ineffective in Indy.
Fred Hoiberg used the "you go, we go" Joe Maddonism after the point guard's career night, but it proves true the opposite way, too. And Dunn definitely didn't "go" in the beginning stages of this one.
Dunn ended his first quarter with two points, four turnovers and two fouls. His first half ended with him posting a half-worst minus-21. So it's probably no coincidence that the Bulls trailed by 27 points after the first 24 minutes of action.
Early foul trouble has been developing into a concerning pattern for Dunn, and it too frequently forces Hoiberg to call Jerian Grant's name quicker than anticipated.
The correlation between Dunn's high-scoring nights and Bulls wins is clear:
But reaching needed scoring numbers proves challenging when sitting on the bench for extended periods of time.
The returns: After being sidelined the past four games with a sore right knee, Victor Oladipo suited up and appeared fresh.
So fresh, in fact, that the guard – who's in the midst of a career year – did most of his damage in transition. Oladipo finished with 23 points on an efficient 9-for-11 shooting.
It helps that the Bulls' passing mirrored that out of a junior high gym in spurts, prompting easy buckets for the high-motor guard.
Indy had dropped four straight without Oladipo, and they're clearly a different monster with him on the floor.
After seeing Oladipo's impact, one has to wonder what will the Bulls look like when Zach LaVine returns.
That answer is still murky, but a date for the explosive athlete's Bulls debut is becoming clearer. Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill was in studio Saturday to discuss: