The Chicago Bulls lost to the Philadelphia 76ers. They blew a 20 point lead. Derrick Rose turned the ball over 8 times, 5 in the fourth quarter and is now shooting 15/52 for the season. In short, there was a lot of bad last night. Lots and lots of it. The first half was excellent. The second was excruciating. But what did we learn?
Now, normally in this space, I’d go down a list of things I noticed last night and explain why I was mentioning them. But honestly, if I did that today, it would look quite a bit like the same exercise from Thursday’s game.
Rose still looks bad, but we need to be patient with him. The bench still struggles to score. The team still can’t shoot. I still don’t get why the shots are distributed the way they are — Luol Deng took 21 shots last night and I have no earthly idea why.
On the bright side, Taj Gibson looked excellent last night. Mike Dunleavy hit a couple of jumpers. Jimmy Butler played well. As I said before, pretty much everything that’s gone wrong to this point appears to be fixable. Rose will eventually regain his form. It may take a while, but he’ll get there. From there, most of the rest of it should fall into place.
The Bulls have the next few days off until they play the Indiana Pacers on the road on Wednesday.