L 82-90 So much for that 5-game win streak. The inconsistent Bulls had a huge letdown at home against the Clippers. Their 38% from the field was atrocious and the 20 turnovers definitely did not help. Deng was somewhat effective with 18 points, but for the most part this was an uninspired effort.
L 103-106 Another game the Bulls should have and could have won, but they couldn’t pull it out in overtime against the 76ers. Rose’s 2 free throws with 1:41 left tied it at 98 but the Bulls got worked in the overtime period. Rose had 30 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists, but its very tough for anyone to be effective when the entire other team is packing it in the lane to stop you.
L 81-91 A third straight loss? Why not. This one was a tough one though. The Hawks are a superior team and they showed it. Although the Bulls had 5 players in double figures, the story of the night was their inability to contain Josh Smith in every aspect of the game. Smith’s triple-double was more than enough to help put the Bulls away.
W 95-91 If you think the Bulls have a legitimate shot at the 5 seed in the East, this was a huge win. The Heat and D-Wade could not overcome a short-handed Bulls team. Noah is out with foot problems and Tyrus was suspended for being an idiot. Rose’s 24 points and Deng’s 25 combined for more than half the Bulls points. Hopefully Wade saw what he can work next to if he comes to Chicago next season…
It wasn’t a great week, but all-star Derrick Rose continues to shine. He averaged 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists a game. Although he shot only 42.7% from the field, he was still the most reliable scorer on the team. A nod to Luol Deng for his 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
Not Player of the Week — Brad Miller
Brad Miller has fallen in love with the 3-pointer. He filled in admirably with Noah and Thomas out, but 2-10 from 3 point land is not what they need from him, and it also pulls him away from the basket giving us an even smaller chance of snagging an offensive rebound.
Bulls Weekly Grade — C+
The win against Miami was big, but the 3 straight losses just helps to emphasize the Bulls inconsistencies coming off a 5-game road winning streak.