The Bulls knew what they had to do against the Golden State Warriors Friday, so they crafted a plan. After all, just two months ago the Warriors Klay Thompson set an all-time NBA record with 14 three pointers in a 149-124 Warriors win in which the defending champions scored 92 first half points in the United Center.
"The game plan was to shut off Klay and not let him get going like he did against us," acknowledged Wendell Carter Jr.
So the Bulls apparently consulted the blueprint for the Edsel car and the formula for new Coke. They must have shown films of Custer's battle plan and the recipe for oyster and scrambled egg pizza. There had to be depictions of building a fire escape that emptied into a hot oven. Or perhaps everyone fell asleep in their pregame mashed potatoes.
"Obviously," agreed Bulls coach Jim Boylen, "the first quarter wasn't what we were hoping for."