As I predicted yesterday, the Bulls, going up against a crap team that they should slaughter, might struggle. A furious rally got them to OT, a furious collapse got them to double OT, and they fell to a pathetic Lakers squad.
Derrick Rose gave the Bulls pretty much the same game against the Lakers as he did against Golden State, but this time he missed the game winner, the Bulls lost, and people will pick on the fact that he was awful instead of cover it up and celebrate the same dumb ass isolation play into a long step back two for a guy who hasn't hit the broad side of a barn all night.
The Bulls will lose two of three times they rely on that. Derrick was 7/26 with five turnovers. He's still trying to play the hero without the skills to do so.
Jimmy Butler was as much of a hero as the Bulls had. He was 9/17 for 35 points, but he left the game with a minute to go in double overtime. It didn't look too serious, we'll see if he plays the second half of the back to back tonight.
Joakim Noah gave the Bulls a lift on offense overall in a near triple double with nine, 17, and nine, but let's be honest, his defense was somewhat embarrassing against Jordan Hill who scored 26 points, many of them against Noah.
The Bulls overall looked lazy and uninterested and have proven once again in a game where the team looks lazy and uninterested that things won't go well. They got dominated on the glass early, gave up second shot opportunities and overall failed in the areas we've seen them fail in over and over.
Nikola Mirotic started at SF and played poorly. I've been on the fence about playing at SF. There's definitely lots of problems doing so because of the different defensive assignments and offensive role. As a floor spacer he does much more to help the spacing at PF.
In the end, the Bulls lost to a Lakers team that's actively trying to lose so they don't miss out on their draft pick which is top five protected.
That is pathetic.
What's more pathetic is that I think we all saw it coming.
I'd have to say there's really a chance that Thibs has lost this group. They just don't seem to play hard or smart frequently. The players get up for a game they care about, but then once it's just a ho hum game they go back into slumber mode.
At least there won't be any teams to play down to in the playoffs.
Chicago gets a chance to redeem themselves against the Suns tonight. The Suns are fighting to hang on to that final playoff spot in the West. I guarantee they won't come out lazy. We'll see if the Suns are a good enough opponent for Chicago to bring out their B game or if they'll just stick with the D- game and hope for the best.
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