I have mixed feelings about the Bulls loss to Orlando. Sure, Orlando played it's starters more down the stretch, but the Bulls played theirs more overall. The outcome of a preseason game never particularly matters to me, and there's no shame in dropping one to Orlando at any point of the year.
So for the Bulls, I'm not that upset at the fact that they lost. There was, however, one thing that bothered me most of the night while watching the game. The off the ball movement of the team just seemed very stagnant. The Bulls took a whole ton of contested jumpers, and they didn't seem capable of having more than one player move off the ball at the same time.
They passed the ball around, but they weren't creating openings with their passes, because there wasn't enough movement to do so. Overall, the offense just didn't seem crisp in it's execution, nor did it seem to open up good looks at the basket. The problem with this observation? The Bulls shot 50% against one of the best defensive teams in the league.
I'm not sure how to reconcile that in my mind exactly, and I only watched the first half, so the execution in the second half (which I'll watch tonight) may have been much better. Going through the box score, the only guys who really struggled were Pargo (though he had five assists and six boards), Johnson (who barely played), and Deng (and 5/12 isn't THAT bad). Everyone else had a decent (or better) shooting night.
John Salmons looked particularly effective to me attacking the basket, and had two outstanding slashing moves to the basket for layups in the first half. Kirk Hinrich shot the ball well, and according to the box score even hit some clutch shots. All in all, the Bulls hung around with one of the best teams in the league while playing without their best player.
There's little to complain about.