Its been painful and somewhat fascinating to watch the Bulls in their last stretch of games. Injuries have obviously taken a toll, not to mention the obvious distraction of the endless D. Rose “will he or won’t he?” articles, podcasts, etc.
Let’s take a look at what’s happened here:
After the Bulls (understandably) went 2-2 after the All Star break – wins over New Orleans and Charlotte, losses to Miami and OKC, it looks like the wheels started to come off a bit.
The loss to Cleveland on the Bulls home floor without the services of Kyrie Irving was just sad. Bulls got out-hustled, out-played and they had no answer for Dion Waiters. But, this is not the first time the Bulls have lost to a lesser opponent on their home floor, and they bounced back nicely with wins over Philly and Brooklyn.
Now, the Bulls have dropped 4 of their last 5 games and the schedule does not get any easier. The last loss was pretty unbelievable. A 42 point loss to the Sacramento Kings. I can’t even write about it, it was that horrible.
In a few minutes we tip off against Golden State in Oakland. Their arena has not been friendly to the Bulls, even with Derrick Rose in the lineup. The last time these teams faced each other, the Bulls came out on top and got a convincing win in Chicago. I’m sure Lee and Curry haven’t forgotten and will be looking for some payback.
I will say that if the Bulls get lulled into trading baskets with this team, they’ll lose everytime. They’ve got more firepower and can easily ring up 125+ point games. Bulls barely cracking 91 ppg. They need to have intensity on the defensive side of the ball. Period.