The Bulls had one of those kinds of games. Bad shooting, plus Miami’s hot shooting, plus early foul trouble and low energy on defense doomed the Bulls to a 20+ point deficit in the first half. Very disappointing outing. The second half was a little better, but by that time, Miami (and the refs) were on a roll and we couldn’t seriously threaten. Derrick’s three point shot looked flat and Dunleavy was shockingly 0-5 to start.
The first half. Wheels came off for the Bulls after early foul trouble on both Butler and Deng. The dreaded scoring droughts came and Bulls didn’t score for nearly 10 minutes. Impossible to overcome. Bulls would get as close as 11 in the 4th, but it was too late. Battier and Allen also hit threes with regularity and Miami’s bench had a good shooting night. Very balanced scoring from non-core Heat members.
C. Boozer 31 pts. 7 REB. 2 AST. 1 ST. 1 BLK in 32 MINS.
J. Butler 20 pts. 7 REB. 3 AST. 5 ST.(yes, 5 steals) 1 BLK in 30 MINS.
Snell was brought in for Dunleavy, who shrank in big moments going 0-5 (he’d finish 3-9) and played 7 minutes, but went 0-3, had a turnover and two fouls… Definitely not the rookie’s fault but the time that this occurred only allowed Miami to pile on even more.
I don’t say this often but coach Thibs was out coached last night. From rotations to executing game plan.
— AllBullsNoBS (@BullsZoneWill) October 30, 2013
DRose: “I’ve had worse shooting nights than this. If anything, I’m going to have amnesia about it and we play in two days.’’
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 30, 2013
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) October 30, 2013
Bulls have made 1 of their last 20 shots, that’s 5 (F-I-V-E) percent shooting over the last 11 minutes.
— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) October 30, 2013
This was ring night for Miami… They received their rings as their third championship banner got raised. Bulls waited in the lockerroom until this was done before taking the floor. They said beforehand that this was Miami’s moment.
No rest for the Bulls. They are back from Miami and set to play the Knicks tomorrow at the United Center. I’ll be at the game and will try to share as much as I can. United Center WIFI is HORRIBLE tho so I doubt I’ll be able to in-game tweet. Check our instagram for pics though, these usually go through: ChitownBullsBlog