More than 12 hours after the end of the worst loss ever suffered by the Chicago Bulls under Tom Thibodeau — against the Sacramento Kings, of all teams — it’s probably time to sit down and see if there’s anything we can learn from the 121-79 loss.
I don’t know about you, but I spent much of the time between the end of the game last night and this morning hoping desperately it hadn’t really happened, but it has. And in looking at the box score, dear god is there some awfulness here.
I guess we’ll start with the good: Carlos Boozer continued his noble tradition of bumslaying, putting up an efficient 21 points and adding 4 assists. Nate Robinson also had a nice night offensively, scoring 19 on 7/9 shooting. That’s, uh, about it.
Both Robinson and Boozer — to be fair, also everybody else on the team — got shredded defensively. Luol Deng and Joakim Noah, the two all-stars, were meh at best. My beloved Jimmy Butler went all of 2/10 from the field. Daequan Cook — ostensibly brought in for his shooting ability — is now shooting 26.8 percent from the field after going 4/12 last night. You may notice that his struggles last night actually raised his overall percentage.
But the king — or perhaps Anti-King, depending — of the night was Marco Belinelli, another man who was ostensibly brought in for his shooting prowess. Belinelli was completely perfect from the field as he failed to miss a sh— I’m sorry, I read that wrong. Belinelli was the opposite of perfect, as he went 0/4 on twos, 0/5 on threes and did not attempt a free throw. Single-game, individual +/- is not terribly reliable, as a general rule, but Marco was -35 last night. By far the lowest number on the team. That’s ridiculous.
But yeah, so important to bring in Belinelli over keeping Kyle Korver. No way we could use his league-leading three-point shooting or anything.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be over in the corner, attempting to make an imprint of my face in the wall.