The Chicago Bulls are tanking.
They aren't going to come out and say as much, especially after Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 for doing so, but they're definitely tanking. For their game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, they simply sat Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday despite nothing being wrong with either of them.
Sure, they explained it by wanting to get their young guys more playing time, but it was also in large part because they were trying to lose the game. And, somehow, they did, pulling off one of the all-time tanking losses in recent memory.
Right from the tip, it seemed the Bulls' plan was working to perfection, as the Sixers jumped out to a 25-7 lead after the first few minutes. But by the end of the first quarter, the Bulls were down by just four, and at halftime they held a two-point lead.
Things were pretty even the rest of the way. With one minute left, the Bulls had a five-point lead. With 10 seconds remaining it was three.
The Bulls pulled off an all-time tanking loss Thursday against the Sixers
CBS Sports | Feb 23