PHILADELPHIA — The Bulls usually rebound after a loss to a team that is nowhere near their talent level. That didn’t happen against the 76ers as the Bulls had a Friday night fright, losing to the Sixer’s by six, 105-99. Chicago gave Philly just their 15th win of the season. The 76ers believe they are a playoff team, and the Bulls made them look way better than they really are.
Maybe it’s the black jersey’s?
The Bulls should have won the game and if you looked at just the stat sheet, it would have appeared it was a blowout by Chicago. Three players for the Bulls had 20-plus points. Carlos Boozer lead the way, despite a fourth quarter benching which is unsettling, with 31 points and 13 rebounds, his 12th double-double of the season. Partner in crime Derrick Rose came in second with 27 points and fell one assist short of a double-double of his own, finishing with 9. Luol Deng was the big man in third on the night finishing the game with 22 points and 5 boards of his own. The Bulls even shot over 50% from the floor.
The difference was everybody else on the team.
The two other starters for the Bulls, Kurt Thomas and Keith Bogans, had absolutely no points in a combined performance of 36 minutes. The bench, which is usually pretty good, was mediocre at the very best. The entire bench played a combined 98 minutes and mustered up only 19 points. Kyle Korver scored just four, while Taj Gibson led the bench with 7 points and 5 rebounds.
Compare that to the performance of the Sixers bench and even their starters at that. 4 of the 76ers 5 starters had ten or more points. Their bench totaled just 67 minutes, but scored 34 points. The fighting force behind that 34 was Lou Williams, who single handedly outscored the Bull bench with his 20 points. Philly shot just over 56% from the floor.
The Bulls didn’t have a good night against the nets and followed up that performance with a poor game against a team they blew out by 45 points last month. The fact Chicago did blow them out not too long ago makes this loss even more confusing and just vicious for the Bulls. Tom Thibodeau said the team was playing with “low energy” after Wednesday’s loss in New Jersey, turns out that wasn’t just a chance occurrence. The bottom line is the Bulls SHOULD NOT lose these games to teams that aren’t nearly as good as they are. Yet the growing trend is the Bulls just don’t play one hundred percent against these teams. They barely play at 75%.
Next up for the Bulls are the Boston Celtics. This would have been a good game to gauge how good the Bulls matchup against the East, but to be honest it’s going to be a game to see if the Bulls are really any good. The Bulls hit this red hot streak where they just burned through teams, but now they seem to be that guy who is so good at something and he knows it, they just don’t care anymore. At least that’s the way it seems. Everything was going so good for Chicago, lets pray this is just a mid-season hiccup. If not, then it appears we have all been taken for fools and teased in the most terrible way.