Derrick scored 34 on 15-22 shooting while adding eight assists. He simply dominated the game, and in the fourth quarter he scored over and over again to give the bulls a chance to win the game. Unfortunately, the Bulls had no answer for Roddy Beaubois in the third, and Dirk Nowitski who went absolutely nuts in the fourth quarter to halt any hopes of comeback from the Bulls.
It's rarely fun to watch a loss, and I was still disappointed the Bulls couldn't take this game. However, knowing that the Mavs were really hot, the Bulls were really cold, and the Bulls were undermanned, I had little expectation for this one to remain within twenty.
Maybe those facts allowed me to just sit back and enjoy watching Derrick Rose light up the game. Maybe it's the hope that watching him develop gives me for the future. Either way, the Bulls played a very good offensive game which I found enjoyable despite the loss.
Even though it was all Rose down the stretch, everyone played reasonably well on offense for the Bulls with the exception of Luol Deng. If the Bulls could have gotten a bit better shot making out of Deng they would have had the offense they needed to win the night.
Unfortunately, with the loss and wins by the competition, the Bulls have dropped into a tie for 8th with Miami and are a mere half game ahead of the Bobcats for that final playoff spot. It simply doesn't look good for the Bulls playoff hopes going forward and without Joakim Noah coming back soon, the Bulls are really going to struggle.