Chicago's Comeback Falls Short in Indianapolis.

Chicago's Comeback Falls Short in Indianapolis.
Darron Cummings / AP Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg argues a call during the first half.

After multiple reports of Chicago Bulls Head Coach Fred Hoiberg being on the “Hot Seat” the Bulls did not come out playing hard for their leader. Paul George and the Indiana Pacers came storming out of the gates scoring seven straight points to start the game, while the Bulls committed costly turnovers that hurt themselves early. Despite the slow start, the Bulls saw themselves only down 6 at the end of the first frame.

Doug McDermott was the only thing keeping the Bulls alive on offense in the first half, shooting 4-of-5 from the field including 2-0f-2 from three. McDermott logged 10 points in the first half, but failed to take even one shot in his 15 minutes of second half action. For an offensive minded player who spaces the floor and gives the only real threat to knock down outside shots–this is unacceptable. Time and time again this team has failed to get Doug open looks, which is something that needs to be addressed. McDermott was having a fantastic game Friday afternoon, but was invisible in the second half.

Robin Lopez only logged 19 minutes as he saw the majority of his minutes go to Cristiano Felicio, who nabbed his first career Double-Double with 12 points and 12 rebounds in 22 minutes. Hoiberg hasn’t looked back after putting Felicio ahead of Bobby Portis in the rotation. The Brazilian big man looks to be one of the few bright spots on this “younger and more athletic” bench.

Thirty-three games in, it appears that Fred Hoiberg has lost faith in his point guard–Rajon Rondo. The 11 year vet out of Kentucky played 11 total minutes, and was glued to the bench in the second half as Michael Carter-Williams took over running the team. Rondo didn’t seem surprised that he was benched during his post game presser, but it appears that he’s wearing out his stay here. Carter-Williams provided a good spark in 27 minutes, scoring 12 points while grabbing 8 rebounds while Jerian Grant was the only other point guard to see action in the second half contributing 2 points in only 8 minutes.

Inconsistent Nikola Mirotic showed up this afternoon, shooting 3-0f-14 including 2-for-11 from the 3 point line. Mirotic had 2 big threes towards the end of the game, but his 11 misses really hurt the Bulls, who struggled to score late.

Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade pitched in a combined 45 points, which wasn’t enough to overcome Paul George, Myles Turner, and Thaddeus Young’s 64 points in this 111-101 loss.

As inconsistent as the Bulls bench has been, they outscored the Pacers bench 44-22 which would normally be enough to pull out the W, but the starters simply didn’t have it today.

This team continues to struggle on a nightly basis and currently sits in the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference, they are tied with Jason Kidd and the Milwaukee Bucks, who will face off against the Bulls Saturday night. The second night of a back-to-back won’t be an easy task versus the young and upcoming Bucks, but if the rumor mill is correct and Fred Hoiberg’s seat is getting hot, he’d better have his club ready to play.

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  • Hot Seat Hoiberg looks absolutely clueless on the sidelines. Bulls taking turns running isos. Players in and out of the rotation. No development of young talent. Team playing with little effort. It's a complete mess with no relief in sight.

  • In reply to Vic Nardozza:

    Thanks for reading Vic. I'll agree, Fred does not seem like an NBA coach, however Gar and Pax did not give him the correct players to run his offense. Houston taking 60 3s in 1 game is I believe the route Fred wanted to be closer to, not Jimmy or Wade dribble the ball for 14 seconds then put up a jumper. They haven't drafted right since Butler, which was a complete stab in the dark to find him at 30, and went completely against what they said they were doing when they traded Derrick Rose to get "younger and more athletic". They probably intended to go that route, then signed Rondo and Wade to essentially sell tickets. They gave up on that dream of rebuilding/retooling or whatever they want to call it. They have no identity and no direction, and until some front office changes are made they are going nowhere. Fred being owed 15 million over 3 tells me he isn't going anywhere....yet. But Gar needs to go.

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    . MCW provides a lift for them. Expect Carter-Williams to be a positive force for the team.
    Also, expect either Doug, and or Niko to be traded. They are D-league material, and no amount of wishing they'll improve will actually happen.
    Hoiberg won't be fired, but Gar Forman should be. Two 1st rd draft picks for Doug, trading for Niko on draft day, drafting Portis, Zipser and Valentine (all of whom is riding the bench with DNPs) makes Gar's draft record deplorable.

  • In reply to Michael Cunningham:

    Hope you are right about trades. This team needs a shakeup. And unfortunately I don't think it's coming in the management ranks.

  • In reply to Michael Cunningham:

    I agree with you that Niko needs to go, however Doug has shown that he can play in this league if he gets open looks. He is your average "catch and shoot" player who doesn't get nearly enough 3 pointers on a team that can't shoot 3s. But Gary Harris would have been a much better fit for this team. Thanks for reading Michael!

  • Until the United Center has some empty seats, there will be no movement as far as trades and staffing. Having Wade and Rhondo on the marquee satisfies media requirements, validates and also solidifies team value.

    At this point in team history we may even see a joint statue called the"GarHeard glory global years", a monument placed next to the Jordan statue.

  • At this point I'm not even mad at Hoiberg. As usual I blame Gar Foreman and John Paxson for all the teams troubles. They're the ones who keep bringing all this trash to Chicago including Hoiberg. They're just not cut out to manage personnel and have horrible basketball taste. I get it that Jerry doesn't want to fire these guys seeing as how they've worked together a long time now, but atleast appoint them to a different role that has nothing to do with being a GM or Executive president. I here they have a few Custodian openings available.

  • In reply to ajaychitown:

    Custodial Positions almost made me spit out my coffee from laughing hahahah. Thanks for reading I really appreciate it!

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