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Billy Donovan frustrated with Torrey Craig after self alley-oop attempt

Craig wanted to give his team a boost.



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The Chicago Bulls are nearing the end of yet another mediocre season, and they just lost to the New York Knicks on Tuesday night. At one point in the game, Torrey Craig attempted a self alley-oop with the Bulls down by 10 points. It would’ve been cool if it worked, but the issue was that Andre Drummond thought he was passing it to him, and he and Craig both tried to dunk the ball. That led to a miss, and the Knicks got the ball back.

Torrey Craig was trying to give his team something to cheer about, but it ended up taking away all of their momentum.

“Just got a fast break, wanted to create some excitement, try to give us an edge, try to create some momentum for us,” Craig said, according to an article from Audacy. “Obviously, didn’t know Drum [Andre Drummond] was going to jump out there with me. It was a miscommunication or a misinterpretation, whatever. But at the end of the day, I’ve just got to dunk the ball or lay it up. I’ll take the blame on that.”

Bulls head coach Billy Donovan was not happy. He immediately called a timeout, and he let Craig know that he should not have done that.

“We addressed it on the bench,” Billy Donovan said after the game. “Obviously, to me, it was just really disappointing. I’m not going to get into what I said, but you’re down by 10. There was a lot of self-induced things that I thought we contributed to – not only that play but other plays that maybe weren’t as loud as that. But that play was disappointing to me. I don’t care really who he was throwing the ball to. I just, we don’t need to be doing that. I’m not going to get into everything I said on the bench, but that’s not what I’m about and it’s not what we should be about.”

Torrey Craig and the Bulls have just three games left in the regular season, and then they will be in the play-in tournament.

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