For the second time in three games, the Chicago Bulls failed to get their act together against the Toronto Raptors, and for the second time in three games, the Bulls lost.
The Bulls have a history of playing down to their opponents, and this week has been a prime example. The twin losses to the Raptors bracket an overtime win over the New York Knicks, who are currently second in the East. Of course, that this was the second game of a back-to-back and on the road didn’t help, as the Bulls looked generally listless throughout. Jimmy Butler, a standout in each of the last two games, scored just 7 points after playing almost 100 minutes combined in two games prior.
The Raptors finished with five players in double figures. Kyle Lowry was a rebound shy of a triple-double, Amir Johnson had 24 points on 10/15 shooting and Rudy Gay added 23. For the Bulls, Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Nazr Mohammed had 16 and 13, and nobody else is really worth mentioning.
Hopefully, the Bulls will use tomorrow’s off day to regroup and prepare for the Miami Heat, who they’ll visit on Sunday at noon central time on ABC.