Another ugly Bulls loss is in the books tonight. Despite Joakim Noahs almost tripple double with 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists; the defense looked completely lost and the bench rotations were atrocious our guys just do not have it together chemistry wise and on the defensive end. Carlos Boozer struggled tonight putting up just 4 points, his substitute Taj Gibson put up 11 boards, 2 blocks, had 2 steals and forced a total of four turnovers. I wonder if Thibs will ever get the memo of starting Taj over Booz? Luol supplied 14 points in 41 minutes. Nate Robinson lead all scoring tonight with 18 points off the bench.
The Bulls are now 5-5, yes it could be worse and yes it’s still early in the season, but all cliches and exscuses aside the Bulls are in some trouble. They are getting outworked down the stretch and win you fail to score as well that is a lethal combination and everything the opposing team needs to thrive off of. Second half started with the Trailblazers on a 9-0 run and it was all downhill from there. The Bulls managed to cut it to a five point defecit at the end of regulation, obviously no miracles happened and the Blazers handed us a second straight loss on the road, winning 102-94.
Where our guys miss DRose the most: everywhere. Literally everywhere on the court Derrick was there facillitating and penetrating creating the plays or putting up the crafty shots himself. The Bulls are lost without their leader and play maker, especially down the stretch. No matter what the score was or who the opponent was Derrick was always the guy with the ball in his hands towards the end of regulation. Whether he sealed the win or contributed the loss he always remained positive, humble, and respectively honest. I’m still puzzled as to why people questioned why rose was still in the game in the final minutes of game one of the playoffs where he tore his ACL. Now do you guys get it? Still blaming Thibs? I doubt it.
The Bulls have got some serious problems to knock out and some groove to find. We need chemistry, patience, and some miracled down the fourth quarter stretch, however that is a lot easier said than done.