The Chicago Bulls fell to the Miami Heat in what was one of the uglier offensive performances they've had this season. It was the type of game that even adding Kirk Hinrich would have made it close. It felt like the Bulls turned the ball over every other possession while the Heat played fairly horrible as well, but their brand of horrible still had them win by nearly 20.
LeBron James looked amazing (shocking I know), while the Bulls really couldn't get anything done anywhere. They had 26 turnovers and to be quite honest were lucky the Heat didn't win this game by 50 except the Heat also played fairly horrible. If the Bulls were even somewhat competent at finishing at the rim in this game, they would have been right there in the end, but Chicago put forth one of the most pathetic fast break games I've ever seen with a multitude of opportunities at the basket that led to turnovers and misses.
They get a chance to regroup tonight, but will likely be without Kirk Hinrich again. The sutures from his elbow surgery tore, and he has no mobility in the arm. There is a fear of further infection now as well. The Bulls played much better with Hinrich in the lineup and will likely continue to struggle while he misses games.
Bulls screwed up in response to Reggie story
So after Reggie Rose started a media shitstorm with his comments about the lack of activity by the Bulls front office, the Bulls immediately went and coerced Derrick Rose into making the following statement and emailed it out to the press.
“I have always felt that the Bulls organization’s goals have been the same as mine and that is to bring another championship to this city.”
WTF were they thinking?
For one, it's obvious that Derrick Rose didn't say this and that some PR person did. I hope they at least ran it by him and he ok'd it (I'm sure he did), but I can't imagine anything sounding less authentic than the the Bulls releasing an email statement by Derrick.
If Derrick wants to counter what his brother said, then he should do so in his own words to a real reporter. This just sound like a bunch of horseshit.
Just like I understand Reggie's point, but I disagree with his timing/venue, I understand the Bulls trying to get the their side of the story out, but they also showed lousy timing and venue. Unless, of course, Rose refused to talk to the media about the story leaving them no choice [which makes you wonder if Derrick really simply agrees with his brother and is doing the minimum to save face for the organization].
Rose hype machine rolling again?
The word has generally been very positive about how Rose looks in practice. So far he's suffered no setbacks after going through a couple of 5-5 practices where he's doing everything [and this time we mean it!]. I'd imagine that Derrick will make his decision to play or not play this season sometime over the next three weeks.
Michael Jordan came back with only 15 games left in the regular season during his second year against the advice of the Bulls. I'm not sensing that same vibe with Derrick here which is somewhat ironic because however small the Bulls odds of winning a title this year are, they're infinitely greater than Jordon's in that second year.
However, we'll see what happens. While we certainly can't count on Rose to come back this season, I'd say it's probably more likely than not he comes back sometime in March.
Get back in the win column
The Bulls face the Bobcats tonight and without Hinrich it's likely to be another struggle to score. Kirk's done a great job while healthy, but his ability to stay on the floor has clearly been limited.
That said, the Bobcats are horrible and threw in the towel on the season quite some time ago. They presently have the worst record in the NBA, and to top it off, most of their wins came at the very start of the season, so they're playing even worse than their worst in NBA record now.
This is a game the Bulls should win easily regardless of who they through out there on the court, but they need to play much better than they did against Miami. Fortunately just showing up to the game should accomplish that.
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