Grayson Allen, the nemesis of the Chicago Bulls in the first round series with the Milwaukee Bucks, put an end to the Bulls’ season in Game 3.
At halftime of Game 4, Allen is leading the Bucks in scoring, despite the hostile Chicago crowd’s ire.
Despite being down by 15, the Bulls are still trailing by 15, and Allen has 16 points to lead all scorers, making 4 of 5 three-pointers.
Even when Allen touched the ball, the Chicago crowd was booing him incessantly throughout the first half. Allen’s work on the Bulls quickly drained that enthusiasm.
Before Allen’s hot shooting, the Bucks and Bulls had been neck-and-neck for most of the game.
In spite of the loud jeers, Grayson Allen is a standout performer in this season’s Chicago With 14 points, he is now 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from the three-point line.
The Bucks bench appeared to mock the Bulls crowd, which only served to exacerbate the situation. When Allen made a three-pointer, the crowd in Milwaukee booed him. After the fact, Allen could be seen laughing.
The Chicago fans’ animus toward Allen dates back to a January incident in which Allen grabbed Alex Caruso by the crotch while he was flying.
While performing, Caruso fell and broke his wrist, forcing him to miss seven weeks of work. Chicago had a difficult time defending the perimeter during those seven weeks, finishing with a record of 0-7.
Allen was observed laughing on the sidelines before he was removed from the game. Gif of Allen eating donut mocked the Bulls the next morning on the Buck’s Twitter feed.
The team’s Twitter account erased its tweet once it was confirmed that Caruso had fractured his wrist. Caruso denied that Allen had ever contacted him, despite Allen’s claim.
To avoid going down 3-1 against the reigning NBA champions, Chicago will need to limit the influence of Allen.