L 108-132 A matchup billed as the meeting of two great point guards did not fail in that regard. Unfortunately Williams was able to outduel Rose, and the rest of the Jazz were able to murder the rest of the Bulls. Although Rose had 24 points, 4 rebound and 13 assists, it wasn’t even close to Deron’s 28 point 17 assist explosion. Deng got banged up in this game, hurting his calf and missing the 4th quarter.
L 82-111 The ship continues to sink, and having to face a vastly superior team like the Magic is not going to help. Oh and neither is having the star point guard injured, which happened too. Rose was driving up the lane where he crashed into Dwight Howard and hurt himself. The game was a blowout from start to finish, with the one highlight being James Johnson starting to look more comfortable.
L 95-108 Did anyone ask for another key injury? No problem. The Bulls must have done something to upset the basketball gods, because this situation has gone from bad to worse. Hinrich got in a bit of a dust-up in this one and was ejected. That’s not all, he is also suspended for the Bulls game on Tuesday night. JJ had another great game with 20 points and 6 rebounds, but the Hinrich ejection sunk the Bulls for good.
Sure, the kid is not exactly a star, and its not always an honor to be the best player during an awful week, but its still promising for the rookie. His 13.3 points on 64% shooting was excellent. Add in his ability to step in and fill the hole left by Deng’s injury and he deserves praise. Whats up with the 56% free throw percentage though?
Not Player of the Week — Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah
Is it fair to blame their injuries for this catastrophic stretch of losses? No. But I don’t have to be and the bottom line is that the most damning thing on this team right now is their inability to keep healthy bodies on the court. Now with Hinrich missing a game Tuesday, things are going to get worse before they get better.
Chicago Bulls Weekly Grade — F
Yeah. An F.