So there folks went the streak. The Washington Wizards walk in to the United Center and beat the Chicago Bulls 102-88. This was a bad loss for the Bulls. First, because believe it or not, a win would have vaulted the Bulls past the Wizards into 6th place in the Leastern Conference. Second, the Bulls did not play with their normal intensity on defense that has basically carried them all season. This they can not afford. The Bulls started out slowly like they did Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks when they fell behind 10-1 early in the first quarter. After falling behind 8-0 early which included Marcin Gortat putting Carlos Boozer on the news by dunking on him, the Bulls found out this ain’t the Bucks. John Wall and Nene led the Wizards with 19 points apiece. Trevor Ariza had 16 points and Bradley Beal finished with 13. Let’s be real folks. The Bulls got outplayed, outhustled and got sent a message. Stop drinking the Kool-Aid! You’re not that good!
The Bobcats game proved to be fools gold on the offensive end. Carlos Boozer continued his solid play scoring 19 points with 7 rebounds. It kind of stops right there. Joakim Noah had 16 rebounds, but only 8 points. With Gortat scoring 7 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Noah is cancelled out. Joakim Noah has to make a impact at the center position both scoring and rebounding. The next two scorers were Tony Snell and Jimmy Butler who finished with 12. The point guard play was basically non-existent with Kirk Hinrich and DJ Augustin combined shot a woeful 5-21 from the floor.
Hopefully this game will serve as wake up call for the Bulls. They came out sluggish and it showed. They had 18 turnovers in the game but only forced 12. Since the Bulls struggle on offense they must get turnovers to get easy baskets, which did not happen last night. I know Tom Thibodeau will gladly remind the Bulls of this game when he sees slippage. This game was never in doubt as the Wizards never trailed the whole game and led as much as 15 in the second quarter. Look we all know the Bulls have a great defense, but they can’t start believing they can turn it on when they need to. You have to be able to score to do that. As we all know, the Bulls have a slight problem doing that especially at the point guard position. The Bulls scored a paltry 19 points in the first quarter and an anemic 20 points in the fourth. Get the picture?
With all of the trade rumors going on, the Bulls are going to have to consider getting a bigger point guard that can defend. Augustin and Hinrich got it handed to them by John Wall. These two had no answers on defense. This is turning into a trend. Kemba Walker torched them for 29 points on Saturday.
The Bulls get a crack at these guys on Friday in DC. The Wizards do not play well at home so they can make up some ground and clean up the mess they left here. Bottom line, the Bulls have to come out aggressive from the start and make their mark early. They cannot afford to fall behind because they don’t have the firepower to make up the difference.