For all that the final score should really have been a lot worse, let’s just say the ending of the Chicago Bulls 97-92 loss could have gone better. After Jimmy Butler hit a three to pull Chicago within three in the waning seconds of the game and Indiana’s George Hill clanked a pair of free throws, the Bulls had the ball and a chance to tie with 12 seconds left, only to see Marco Belinelli miss a wild, running three with seven seconds left. The Bulls retained possession after the Pacers lost the rebound out of bounds, but a careless turnover ended the game.
Then this happened:
I’m honestly not sure any image has ever summed up Tom Thibodeau’s attitude towards losing better than that one. I’d be willing to bet most Bulls fans felt just about the same as he did as they watched the ineptitude that was Chicago’s final two possessions play out. Credit to the Bulls for even being in the game with Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich, Rip Hamilton and Taj Gibson all watching from the bench, and with Nate Robinson essentially joining them for much of the second half, but they had a chance to win the game — or at least force overtime — and essentially threw it away.