Without Butler and Wade, Bulls Throttled by Warriors, 123-92.

The Chicago Bulls were soundly defeated by the Golden State Warriors late Wednesday nite in Oakland. The Warriors toyed with the Bulls who played without Jimmy Butler, sore foot, and Dwyane Wade, respiratory infection.

Paul Zipser, the young forward, turned an ankle early in the game, and did not see further action.

The result: The undermanned Bulls were overwhelmed by the Warriors who played with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson. Draymond Green also suited up. I’d say it was a mis-match early on. The Bulls trailed by double-digits at the end of the first quarter and clearly the Bulls didn’t have any answers for Golden State, the class of the Western Conference.

The Bulls trailed by 15 points in the second quarter. They played hard and the best they could. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when they were blown out.  Robin Lopez scored 17 points for the Bulls.

Klay Thompson scored 28 for the Warriors on 6 of 9 three-points shots.  Kevin Durant had some driving emphatic dunks at the rim. And Curry was lurking in the background.

Robin Lopez of the Bulls said:

“We didn’t come out the right way.”

That was an understatement. With Butler and Wade sitting on the bench, how else can you come out?  The young Bulls tried mightily to keep the game competitive but it was no match.

Chicago is now 2-2 on the six-game road trip with the next game in Phoenix on Friday night.

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