L 92-116 — Wow, so the loss of Noah is going to hurt us more than we even thought. I mean the Hawks are a better team than the Bulls and may have beaten us anyways, but when you get out-rebounded 63-37, you definitely aren’t going to win. Rose had 24 points and Taj had 11 and 13, but there was little else to smile about.
L 96-105 — Another lackluster effort at home against a team the Bulls should beat. Zach Randolph’s monster 31 points and 18 rebounds really exposed the lack of bulk down low for the Bulls. Deng had 23 points and Rose had 20 including a spectacular dunk. It goes without saying the Bulls were out-rebounded again.
L 116-122 — The Bulls actually shot the ball very well in this up tempo contest with the Mavericks. Unfortunately the Mavericks shot the ball better. Rose had 34 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort, but the Mavericks look like they might be a legitimate contender in the West and the Bulls are clearly not at their level yet.
26 points and 4.7 rebounds a game makes him the best on the team this week. His lack of rebounds is a bit disconcerting with only 1 a game and a huge void to fill with Noah out. Still, as long as he’s asserting himself at the offensive end, he will dominate a lot of games.
Not Player of the Week — Luol Deng
He didn’t have the worst week. He didn’t even have a bad week. He scored 14 a game on 47% shooting. 4.5 rebounds just isn’t going to cut it, though. With Noah out, there are a ton of boards to be grabbed, and Deng will have to get that number up to 6.5 or 7 a game for the Bulls to even begin to overcome their deficiencies on the glass.
Chicago Bulls Weekly Grade — D
I’m not saying they should have won all three games, or even 2 of the 3, but they needed to at least beat Memphis and show Atlanta and Dallas something. Instead they fell flat on their faces in all 3 games. It’s going to be a long March.