The Bulls were trounced by the Blazers in a game that was no where near as close as the final 10 point score differential. As I anticipated, the Bulls had no answer for Lillard or Aldridge, and their shooters weren't able to shoot well for two games in a row. The result was a slaughter that looked only slightly more palpable because the Bulls dominated the Blazers scrubs to close out the game.
Like the realgm post game thread says, "At least Nate dunked". Really, that was about all you could say about this game. Nate Robinson split two defenders with a between the legs dribble than threw down a monster tomahawk jam. If you remember the play he went up for the monster dunk on Ibaka but then was fouled [and looked like he'd be about two feet short if he wasn't] this was the same play except he wasn't short, wasn't fouled, and threw it down.
Ironically, when he went up, I thought he was going to end up well short, but apparently he had an extra flight gear I wasn't aware of. I only talk about it so long because the rest of the game made me want to stab my eye out with a spoon.
Better days are coming
The Bulls next three games are against the Pacers, Timberwolves, and Heat. You hope Chicago can simply win the Wolves game and not get too embarrassed by Indiana or Miami. However, after that, the Bulls enter a home stretch built for building confidence. After that stretch they play only three more games against teams with winning records (Miami, New York, and the Nets). They also play a Mavericks team that might not have completely given up yet.
However outside of those games, they play the Pistons, Raptors, and Magic twice each as well as the Wizards once. Chicago has dropped six of their last eight games, but even if Rose doesn't come back this season the improved health of the roster and a turn of the schedule should allow the Bulls a quality finish to the season.
The Bulls are sliding right now, and they don't want to fall to the seventh seed, but as soon as the schedule eases up on them, we should see them climb back up the ranks. If Rose comes back than a 6th seed would be just fine with me. I think Chicago can win on the road against the 3rd seed, and I'd rather play Indy in the second round than Miami.
I'm so tired of this Derrick Rose stuff
But what the hell... Rose said yesterday that only God knows when he'll come back. It could be tomorrow it could be next year, yada, yada, yada. He did admit he's still feeling some physical discomfort, so it's clearly not all mental which doesn't surprise me. All we can do is wait and hope for the best on that one.