On October 17, the Chicago Bulls were defeated 106-102 by the Toronto Raptors in their final preseason game.
Alex Caruso was out with an ankle injury. With everyone else available, this was supposed to be the closest thing to a regular season rotation they'd
had so far. If that's the case, what we witnessed from Patrick Williams and heard from Bulls head coach Billy Donovan could be telling.
Donovan replaced Williams with free agency signee Torrey Craig less than three minutes into the game. Williams would return to the game
and play a vital part in the ultimate loss. Craig, on the other hand, played five more minutes than Williams and finished with a higher plus-minus.
Because it was only the preseason, that plus-minus may be overlooked.
However, Williams' playing time and Donovan's explanation for withdrawing him pointed to the latter's long-standing issue: aggression.
"I just thought there were a lot of opportunities for him to get to the backboard and offensive rebound," Donovan told 670
The Score's Cody Westerlund. "We had kind of talked about it, and I just didn't like the way we kind of came out."
Williams finished with ten points on four-of-13 shooting. In nearly 21 minutes of action, he had three rebounds and two assists.
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