The Bulls fell to the Phoenix Suns in an exciting, yet heartbreaking game. The loss pushes them a game and a half back from Toronto. The Bulls will now need to be near flawless or need an epic collapse by Toronto or Charlotte to make the playoffs.
In the key moments of the game, Steve Nash could not be stopped. The Bulls could have really used Hinrich's perimeter defense down the stretch, but he sprained an ankle early and didn't return. With Jannero Pargo trying to check him, Nash went nuts; scoring, passing, and handling virtually ever possession down the floor.
Rose was great down the stretch up until he tried to hit a three to tie the game. He double clutched for no reason and heaved an incredibly awkward shot which missed badly. The Bulls then had to foul and never threatened again.
Joakim Noah looked very solid in his minutes, Flip Murray had a nice night, the Bulls offense completely rolled, the defense could not stop the suns, particularly on the perimeter, but with Rose/Pargo playing a bunch of minutes together what do you expect?
This game likely spells the end of the Bulls season, and it's kind of sad to see the team derailed by so many injuries down the stretch when they just started to play well.