Minus Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade, Bulls get blown out by Warriors

Minus Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade, Bulls get blown out by Warriors

OAKLAND — Winning a game at Oracle Arena is almost an impossible task under normal circumstances for even the best of teams.

Subtract Jimmy Butler.

Subtract Dwyane Wade.

So when the odds are recalibrated, giving a roster that's the equivalent of the land of misfit toys a chance to win — meaning it would take something miraculous.

It didn't look as bad as the score indicated, but the Bulls never truly felt in it despite the relatively mild 123-92 outcome Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

Since the Bulls pulled off an improbable win at Oracle on Jan. 27, 2015, the Warriors have lost just five regular-season games on this floor, and there would be no miracle to be had Wednesday night.

Kevin Durant wasn't a member of the Warriors during the last Bulls win, and he was chief reason there wouldn't be a second one as he slashed through the lane for dunks and popped out for easy triples on his way to 22 points and 10 rebounds in a relatively sweat-free performance.

It was pretty easy for the Warriors because the Bulls had seven first quarter turnovers, helping an already-focused Warriors team ready to atone after a bad outing in Sacramento filled with a little controversy between Draymond Green and Durant.

In other words, just what the Bulls needed — an angry team. After an 11-11 start, the Warriors went on a 13-0 run that put some distance between the two, having the Bulls playing catch-up all night.

"They came out the gate with a big lead," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "It's a team that lost and had some time to recover and regroup, especially when there's controversy that sounds like mostly b.s., it's a tough team to come out and play against."

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Klay Thompson came on after a slow first half to score 26, and Green — the man who'll forever live in Bulls' fans nightmares — scored 16 with seven rebounds and four assists.

"We know they didn't have their whole team, but we still tried to play our game and get better. And keep growing," Durant told CSNChicago.com in the immediate aftermath.

"I think we're moving in the right direction. I've never been 44-8 on a team before."

Robin Lopez and Taj Gibson led the Bulls with 17 and 15 points, respectively, getting inside for some easy baskets against the stingy, aggressive Warriors, but they were the only ones with a flow.

"That's what we wanted to do coming out. I thought we missed them numerous times when they had (defenders) on their back and we ended up turning it over," Hoiberg said. "We gotta do a better job so we can take advantage."

Michael Carter-Williams' recent magic seemed to wear off, and Jerian Grant also struggled as the Bulls were under 40 percent for most of the night.

If there were some foolish observers who dared claim Butler and Wade were holding back the development of the younger players, that blew up in smoke quite quickly as there was little creativity in terms of shot creation unless Rajon Rondo's 12 points and seven assists truly count in that way.

But it was a meritocracy of shots — shots that missed all night as the Bulls never led and shot 42 percent, trailing by double figures nearly from the onset.

It didn't mean Fred Hoiberg didn't try seemingly everything in his limited bag of tricks to keep some form of pace with the team that probably represents everything he would want his team to be, as he played Isaiah Canaan and finally gave Denzel Valentine some run after his stint in the D-League.

And to some degree the Bulls were hanging in there, limiting resident snipers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to just 5-for-14 shooting in the first half.

But when Thompson hit two corner triples to start the third quarter, Hoiberg was forced to call a timeout, the Bulls down 20 before they even blinked — as Thompson's first five made baskets were all 3-pointers.

To that point, the Bulls were 1-for-11 from the long line.

And it didn't get much better. They finished 4-for-24 from 3, with the Warriors hitting 15 triples on their way to an easy win.

NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules


NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules

After much discussion over whether or not the NBA should impose harsher penalties on teams for breaking the anti-tampering rules, an official decision has been made. The NBA Board of Governors passed a much more strict set of rules that will force teams to be compliant with the anti-tampering rules.

Among the new measures, the league will be selecting five teams per year that will undergo a "random audit", the maximum amount for a fine related to tampering has been raised to $10 million and team officials are required to save communications with agents for one full year.

The league will also retain the right to take the communication devices of owners if it is deemed necessary in investigations, though it has been stated that it is not something that Adam Silver wants to rely on moving forward. 

Though concrete details have not been released, possible punishments for tampering will reportedly include taking away draft picks, the voiding of contracts and more.

This is all in an attempt to create a more "even playing field" amid the belief that small-market teams are at a disadvantage when it comes to player movement. The new rules sound great but there is already fear among NBA GMs when it comes to how their privacy will be affected with this being a clear area of focus for the league. 

Along with the new, harsher tampering penalties, the league also announced that they have changed the language regarding traveling calls to "address the uncertainty around traveling." Another new rule announced was that teams are now required to announce their starting lineups at least 30 minutes before tipoff as opposed to 10 minutes, in an effort to "increase transparency for teams, media and fans." Teams will still be allowed to change their lineups up to the last minute if a player gets hurt in pregame warmups. 

All of the new anti-tampering rules approved by the league on Friday were a response to this wild NBA offseason we just experienced. There were many deals agreed to right at the start of free agency, such as the Bulls with Thaddeus Young, and the timing of those deals had many owners wanting the league to make tampering a greater focus. To a greater extent, moves like Anthony Davis forcing his way to the Lakers and Kawhi Leonard orchestrating he and Paul George's move to the Clippers are what got this package of anti-tampering measures passed.

Adam Silver has picked up a reputation as an NBA Commissioner who is very willing to listen to new ideas and make changes, and Friday's events support that reputation as he and the league continue to look for the best ways to get NBA teams to be in compliance with the anti-tampering rules. 

Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?


Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?

The Jonas Brothers are in Chicago for concerts that are taking place on Thursday and Friday night, and they have enjoyed quite a week. This week the trio has enjoyed a nice golf outing at Village Links in Glen Ellyn, had some quality BBQ at Bub City and even got the amazing opportunity to play a touch football game at Soldier Field. But one particular Bulls guard is looking to add another fun experience to their Chicago trip.

The Bulls organization welcomed the Jonas Brothers to the city with a set of custom jerseys for the trio and their significant others and that's when Ryan Arcidiacono chimed in with his offer. 

Since the Jonas Brothers have already got to play some football on the actual Soldier Field grass, Arci figured they might as well keep the Chicago sports-themed fun going and shoot some hoops with him. 

Now, Arcidiacono didn't make it clear whether or not he was offering for the Jonas Brother to get some shots up with him at the United Center, where their shows take place on Thursday and Friday night. But, either way, his time is running out as they will be moving on to Jackson County, MO for their next stop on tour on September 21.

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