NEW JERSEY — The Chicago Bulls rolled into New Jersey looking for an easy win against the Nets; however New Jersey had other plans. “We played very bad but we still had a chance to win,” Derrick Rose said. “We had a lot of possessions where we could’ve took the lead or tied the game but we didn’t.”
Rose finished the night with 21 points and just one rebound and one assist. The Bulls all around performance was very lack luster and very unlike their previous ventures into the land of the beatdown. Carlos Boozer even questioned the coaching of Tom Thibodeau by singling him out in the postgame presser. The play in question is Thibodeau’s decision to play the fourth quarter, a quarter where the Bulls were playing comeback but usually win, with a small lineup.
“You’ve got to talk to Thibs about that,” said Boozer, Chicago’s high-priced offseason acquisition. “That was a coaching decision.”
It was an embarrassing win but perhaps it could say more about whats going on behind closed doors than we thought. But then again maybe I’m just reading into it too much. Either way it really the first time Thibodeau has been called out or singled out by a player this season.
The remarks could have come out of frustration on Boozer’s part as he had his worst night since his debut as a Bull scoring only 12 points. The Bulls had a chance to win at the end of the game but lost when Brook Lopez missed a layup but Sasha Vujaicic managed the put back and that was the difference in the game. IT was a tough loss for the Bulls and a real sobering loss at that. The Bulls were tearing through opponents until they smashed into the Nets. Maybe it’ll be good for the Bulls as it knocked them off their high horse, and as painful as it was, it may show the Bulls they can’t mess around and need to play like professionals no matter who the opponent is. Because as they have now seen if you get too full of yourselves, even the Nets can beat you.