L 97-104 The injuries were mounting and coupled with Hinrich’s suspension the Bulls were extremely short-handed. You know you’re in trouble when you field a starting lineup of Murray, Pargo, Law, Gibson and Miller. Murray had 25 and Warrick added 22, but the Bulls were sorely overmatched. They put forth a decent effort with what they had, but they were overwhelmed by a talented Grizzlies squad.
L 106-113 The best way to stop an 8-game losing is generally not going to be visiting a red-hot Dallas Mavericks team. This night proved no different. Although the Bulls made a second-half run, they were never really close. Without Rose, Deng or Noah, the Bulls look like the dregs of the NBA. Acie Law showed something with 22 points but the rest of the bums came up short.
L 85-92 Things just won’t get easier, will they? With Cleveland coming to town, LeBron was sure to make short work of the Bulls. He scored 29 points, snagged 11 rebounds and dished out 7 assists. Taj Gibson had 20 and 13 and James Johnson added 16, but without the stars, another loss goes on the books.
W 98-84 All we needed was Derrick Rose. The 10-game losing streak was snapped by Rose’s herculean effort, going for 23 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. Noah played about 10 minutes scoring 7 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. He looked very good, but the Bulls have to be careful not to rush him back.
It was a real tough week to pick the Bulls best player, but Warrick was consistent and efficient. Obviously if your player of the week is averaging 13.8 points (albeit on 57% shooting), you aren’t going to win a whole lot of games.
Not Player of the Week — Flip Murray
Sure, he also averaged 13.8, but it sure took him a lot of shots to get there. He shot 36%. It’s hard to be mad when you’re asking way too much of a guy, but at least some discretion on shot selection would be nice.
Chicago Bulls Weekly Grade — C-
I know they were only 1-3, but they were so undermanned you can’t be too angry. Without Rose, Deng, Noah, and Hinrich, the Bulls are going nowhere. The young guys didn’t look to bad though and the team showed some heart in the losses.