Rondae Hollis-Jefferson‘s first name could well have been Rdndae for his play against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday — all D, no O.
A game-time decision because of a left quad contusion, Hollis-Jefferson made the start and did a terrific defensive job against young Bulls stretch 4 Lauri Markkanen, who was held to eight points — and six shots — in 33 minutes, primarily by RHJ.
That made up for a rough, rough night offensively for Hollis-Jefferson, who was clearly bothered by Chicago’s length inside, going just 2-for-10, but getting himself to the line for six free throws, making five.
Dunn used his quickness to do some damage against Kurucs, but the rookie got a measure of revenge by using his 7-foot-2 wingspan to cleanly pick a simple sideline inbounds pass intended for Dunn, then used his strength to fend off Dunn on a drive to the rim for a layup at the other end.
Kurucs also made a nice read on a baseline drive for a monster jam and made had a big block to erase a drive by Payne.