Nate Robinson had a nice stat line. 19 points, six assists, five steals, and only two turnovers in his 42 minutes. However, the Bulls missed the fundamental defensive effort and offensive ball movement that Hinrich brings to the table in the loss to the Bucks.
Nate did almost all of his damage in a monster first quarter for Chicago or on fast break attempts generated by the Bulls defense and struggled to get the Bulls offense flowing for much of the night. On the defensive side of the ball his quick hands forced several turnovers, but he lost Jennings repeatedly on screens and Milwaukee took advantage of his size.
Kirk Hinrich likely would have scored 7 points on three of eight shooting or something similar, but his consistent defensive presence and ability to get the ball into the right people would have likely helped the Bulls pull off the win. Especially since Marquis Teague struggled in his brief stint replacing Robinson and those minutes would have been soaked up by a much better player.
If you haven't seen horrid in awhile, try and watch the Teague/Mohammed two man game.
Ultimately the Bulls lost this game with their failure to defend the three point line where Milwaukee went 10-22 largely on wide open attempts. Chicago had recently done an excellent job of running players off the three point line but wasn't up to the challenge against the Bucks and paid the price in the loss column.
The Bulls started off with a strong first quarter, but the offense mostly limped through the rest of the game struggling to score when they didn't get easy opportunities. The Bulls tried to take the ball inside repeatedly but were frequently blocked or stripped on their forays to the hoop.
Carlos Boozer had his fourth big game in a row scoring 22 to go along with 11 boards for the Bulls. Chicago was mainly hurt by lack of production from the SG position where Hamiltion (2/11) and Belinelli (4/14) both failed to throw the ball in the ocean. The most depressing such moment was when Beli missed a wide open corner three with the Bulls down four with around a minute left. A make turns it into a game, but the miss ended the Bulls best chance to attempt a comeback.
Chicago has a day off before facing the Knicks on Friday where Chicago almost caught a break since Carmelo Anthony was suspended for one game for his attempted stalking of Kevin Garnett outside the Celtics locker room during the Boston/New York matchup. He'll serve that suspension against the Pacers tonight though and will be available for the Bulls/Knicks game on Friday.
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