If the Bulls / Rockets game was the best and most fun game to watch of the year, the Bulls / Jazz game had to be the worst.
I don't know if I've seen a game where more balls were half way down and rolled out than this one. It was like someone put an invisible cross bar on the rim. It's hard to complain about a whole lot in the game except that the Bulls simply couldn't score.
Derrick Rose was abysmal, but he wasn't playing stupid. More than half his shots were int he paint. He only took one three. His mid range jumpers were largely close mid range jumpers and not long twos. It was the type of shot selection that you'd like to see out of Derrick for the most part.
Nikola Mirotic couldn't throw the ball in the ocean. He was just one for seven on the night and missed four threes which were largely wide open, good looks that we've come to expect him to make.
Kirk Hinrich was 0-5 and joakim Noah was 0-3.
Those four players combined for a 4-30 performance and scored a grand total of nine points on those 30 shot attempts. That's simply too much bad offense for everyone else to overcome, not that anyone else was all that much better, they just weren't that bad.
After a couple great games, Gasol had one of those down games where he was destroyed athletically, and the Bulls seemed to lose every loose ball around him. He contributed 13 points on 13 shots which made him not nearly as abysmal as the rest of the offense.
It's hard to say Butler had a bad game with 16 points on 13 shots with 11 boards, three assists, and two steals, but it wasn't giving Chicago the points he has in the past, and they desperately needed those points last night.
Aaron Brooks didn't have it going, but he hit a couple threes and some free throws to keep his overall scoring rate above abysmal on a bad shooting night.
Taj Gibson had a nice night in the box score, but seemed on the verge of imploding again with the refs. I'm surprised Taj doesn't lead the league in technical with how dramatic he is after every non foul call on offense or foul call on defense. He's also developed a bad habit of chatting with the refs rather playing transition defense.
Tony Snell actually gave the Bulls a nice contribution last night, I don't know if anyone will notice since it was such a crap fest of a game, but he really hustled on the court and had a nice offensive rebound play where he outworked the Jazz.
It'd be easy to blame the game on low intensity or lack of effort, but I'm not even sure that was the case. Throughout most of the game, the Bulls played really strong defense. They finally dropped the rope in the fourth quarter, but they were right there despite god awful offense most of the way.
On offense, they did most of the things you'd like to see. They shot open three point looks, they got into the paint a good amount [but just couldn't hit], they tried to feed Gasol in the post, but he was just awful down there where he was 3/10 down low and 2/3 on the perimeter.
In short, it was just one of those nights. All I can really say is I hope you didn't watch.
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