Zach LaVine focused on moving forward after being benched in final minutes of a 1-point Chicago Bulls loss: ‘I’m going to get back to being Zach’

Two days after sitting for the final minutes of a loss to the Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine wants to stop talking about being benched.

“It’s one game, man,” LaVine said after practice Sunday at the Advocate Center. “I don’t want to get this blown out of proportion.”

Despite that insistence, it was clear that frustration still lingered for LaVine after he was benched in the final minutes of Friday’s last-minute loss to the Magic at the United Center after shooting 1-for-14 on the night.

LaVine said he spoke with coach Billy Donovan about the decision, expressing his desire to finish games even when he’s experiencing an off-shooting night.

“Obviously I’m a competitive guy, I want to play,” LaVine said. “I just told him I feel like I’ve earned the right to go out there and try to play through a bad game. His decision was to try to do the best thing for the team, which I respect. If we won, obviously I would’ve been ecstatic. We lost, I wasn’t. I had a terrible game. … But I’m one of the best players on the court regardless of who’s playing and I think I should be on the court in crunchtime. That’s just the mentality I have.”

Donovan said he didn’t regret the decision, which swapped out the Bulls’ $215 million maximum contract All-Star for second-year guard Ayo Dosunmu. The substitution appeared to pay off for the Bulls, who took a brief four-point lead before a pair of missed Nikola Vučević free-throw attempts allowed Magic guard Jalen Suggs to sink a last-gasp 3-pointer to win the game.

LaVine said he would have been “fine” with going 1-for-20 to finish the game as long as he had the opportunity to attempt to contribute. At the …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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