LeBron James scored 26, grabbed 12 off the glass, as the Miami Heat cruised by the Chicago Bulls Thursday night 86-67 recording their ninth consecutive win. Dwyane Wade added 17 and Chris Bosh contributed 12 of his own. Nate Robinson lead all scoring for the Bulls with 14, after starting for Kirk Hinrich, who was sidelined yet again with that lingering elbow infection.
Carlos Boozer booked yet another double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. Joakim Noah added what was almost a tripple-double with 11 points, 8 off the glass, and 8 assist, although Noah also committed four of the Bulls’ 27 turnovers. The Bulls average 14.7 turnovers a game, last night that number doubled.
Chicago was very sloppy in the first half, giving the ball up 17 times, as Miami controlled the the tempo of the second quarter while racking up a 45-35 lead. It all started with a phenomenal dunk by Taj Gibson, after that poster occurred the Bulls gave up their two point lead and they simply didn’t have an answer for the Heat’s thirteen straight points in 4 1/2 minutes. Mind you James was on the bench during that stretch.
The Bulls endured a tough scoring drought in the second half ending with Chicago scoring their lowest low of the season at 67 points. Their previous low was 69, which was scored in Boston last week before the All-Star break. However on a positive note the Bulls held Miami to their 4th lowest final score of the season at 87.
As if the Bulls haven’t had their fair share of woes this season; they now have their hands full with a drama filled Derrick Rose saga. Rose found himself defending the Bulls organization Thursday evening after his brother/manager Reggie Rose said a few comments to ESPNChicago.com that sparked some outrage. Reggie Rose told ESPN that the Bulls do not have enough talent to compete for a championship, and the decision to stand pat at the trade deadline could be a big factor on whether or not Rose returns this season.
Reggie also continued to express his concerns over his little brother telling ESPN “It’s frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him.”
I think it’s best everybody stops attacking Rose and his family and let Derrick focus on the bigger picture: getting his body and mind right for his big return, whenever that may be. Patience is a virtue, Coach Thibs would definitely agree.