Growing pains were expected in the development of Patrick Williams.
After all, the fourth overall pick has been thrust into the starting lineup as a 19-year-old and asked to try to slow down All-Stars and future Hall of Famers on what seems like a nightly basis.
Along the way, however, his offense, plagued by indecision, is suffering.
And trying to find the rhythm in a 101-90 loss to the Lakers on Saturday at the United Center wasn’t exactly ideal.
The Lakers (13-4) made sure it wasn’t ideal for most of the Bulls.
Zach LaVine did finish with a team-high 21 points, but the Lakers led by 30 at halftime, and despite sleepwalking through most of the second half, they never were in danger of slipping up.
The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Bulls (7-9).
It was the eighth straight victory for the Lakers against the Bulls — the first time in franchise history they’ve accomplished that feat.
“I was really disappointed in the first half,’’ Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “They’re the world champions, and that’s for a reason. Certainly we dug ourselves a hole in that first quarter. I didn’t think we played to our identity in that first half. The first half, it wasn’t who we’ve been.’’
That might be the case for most of the Bulls, but not for Williams.
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