Not last night, though.
LaVine missed his last five shots – including the game-winning attempt with just a few seconds remaining – in Chicago’s 108-107 loss to the Spurs. On that final shot, LaVine waved off a Wendell Carter Jr. screen to isolate then jacked a deep jumper.
LaVine is talented enough to make that shot. He’ll receive a ton of credit when he does. But he can generate more efficient looks – for himself or teammates – rather than settling for a long contested jumper. He’s a Most Improved Player candidate, maybe even the frontrunner, because he has done a much better job attacking the rim.
The Bulls are 5-16. LaVine can work through these issues out of the spotlight with only minimal scrutiny. But Chicago envisions eventually playing pivotal games with the ball in his hands in crunch time, and it’d help if he handled that better.