Wow, I hated the move to put Siakam in. The defence got worse, not better, after the sub, and the team stopped scoring to match the Bulls. JV was out there for 2 minutes, during which the lead went from 10 to 8, despite the Bulls catching fire on jumpers and Ibaka fouling jump shooters like a moron. Then they subbed Siakam in and it was a 3 point game in no time, and were lucky it was only that - the first two possessions yielded wide open threes for the Bulls that they missed, then of course the crappy offence gave up transition looks leading to a parade to the free throw line for the Bulls.
The lead got blown by the bench, JV subbed in and helped hold the fort, then subbed out and the lead blowing was almost completed by the Siakam group.
At a certain point, a hot offence is just that - hot. Chicago's scoring in the 4th wasn't sustainable until the Raps started fouling them on every play and giving up transition looks. And the best way to counter a hot offence is to score with them. Taking away any decent screeners from that lineup and leaving DD and KL to create on their own just meant there was no way they were going to be able to score to keep up with the Bulls if they stayed hot. But, good news, they didn't, they missed their open shots, and we survived it.
But end of game shenanigans and silly subs are run of the mill, we're used to that. The disappointing bit in this game, for me, was the bench unit slacking off the effort in the 4th. Weird to see from them, on the defensive end at least. Not really surprising they went cold, that lineup is a risk to forget how to score in any given game.
I've just finished watching it, and it definitely seemed that way to me. Bench had its moments, but it was them that lost leads...