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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Zach LaVine upset about being pulled for ‘egregious’ defensive mistakes

Zach LaVine

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine is not a happy camper after being pulled from Friday night’s game against the Miami Heat in the first quarter for what head coach head coach Jim Boylen termed “three egregious defensive mistakes.”

“I thought, ‘He needs a break,’” Boylen said, via Yahoo! Sports. “I thought he needed to come in and think about it. I felt there were some defensive mistakes that didn’t need to be made. I thought he needed to come over and think about it for a minute.”

LaVine, who is arguably the best player on Chicago’s roster, felt singled out and strong disagreed with his head coach.

As frustrated as LaVine may be, it’s clear to anyone watching that he’s regressed from just a season ago.

A year removed from averaging a career-high 23.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists and being in All-Star contention, LaVine is averaging just 19.8 points this season and shooting 40.9 percent from the field this year. And his defense? Yeah, it’s been lacking.

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