Bulls Can't Contain Blazers' Duo the Second Time Around, Lose 112-110

Bulls Can't Contain Blazers' Duo the Second Time Around, Lose 112-110
Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune Bulls forward Jimmy Butler sits on the bench during a timeout in the first half.

We have another guest post for you, this time Mike Bonomo handles the recap duties. Follow him on Twitter @TheMikeBonomo.

The last time the Bulls faced off against the Trail Blazers they were able to hold the backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum to a combined 14-39 shooting en route to a 25-point road victory. Unfortunately, this time around the two premier guards combined for 54 and were able to lead the Blazers past the Bulls 112-110.

Dwyane Wade led the way for the Bulls with 34 points, and looked very fresh early after sitting out Saturday night’s loss to the Mavericks to rest. Jimmy Butler added 26 but the Bulls struggled to find consistent offense outside of their two stars once again. Nikola Mirotic did pick up 18 points, including making three of his four attempts from deep, but the Bulls struggled to find rhythm on both ends while he was on the floor.

The Bulls were also without Rajon Rondo who was suspended for the game after reportedly getting into an altercation with an assistant coach. While Rondo has struggled through most of the young season, his absence, along with the injury to Michael Carter-Williams has had the Bulls relying on Isaiah Canaan a bit more than they've expected.

Early on, it looked like the game might come down to a late battle between each team’s pair of stars, but Butler and Wade faltered down the stretch, while McCollum and especially Lillard shined. The guard out of Weber State scored 11 of his 30 in the final 6 minutes. Butler on the other hand didn’t make a field goal in the final eight minutes. He did make  a three pointer at the buzzer, but by that point the game had already been decided. It’s worth noting that 2/3's of the alphas played 37 and 36 minutes respectively. Heading into a second game of a back-to-back, it'll be interesting to see how the extensive playing time will affect both stars.

As has been the case the whole year the Bulls relied on getting their offensive production from Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler, as well as an having the advantage in free throw attempts and offensive rebounds. Tonight showed that the Bulls may need to find another scoring option if they truly think they can compete in the East.

This loss drops the Bulls to 11-9 and have now lost three of their last four. They’ll travel to Detroit to take on the Pistons for their second game in as many days, a game in which Wade plans to suit up. Rajon Rondo will also be back in uniform following his one-game suspension.


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  • They need to blow this team up. Trade Butler to the Twolves for the best package you can get, load up in the next two drafts and rebuild. This team is the definition of mediocrity with zero promising young players beyond Butler. Portis, McDermott, Valentine, Mirotic and Grant were all top 20ish picks and none of them looks like a rotation player on a championship team, much less a starter. GarPax had a good run but the last 3-4 years they have nothing but misses. Time to bring in some smart guys and tear this thing down. Reinsdorf is turning the Bulls into the White Sox, with weak management, weak coaching, mediocre talent and no young potential stars in the pipeline.

  • What, blow up the Bulls? Not when they are only one player away from being real contenders. And I might add, they are that close even though they have an almost rookie coach. This is an interesting team, let's see how PaxHeard can deal and get one more ace to add to the fold.

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