This was utterly ridiculous.
Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau admits that his team’s offense was bad Sunday night. He has to start explaining why and what he plans on doing about it. So far, no answers.
The Oklahoma City Thunder thumped the Bulls 102-72. The score easily indicates the Chicago offense was bad and so was the defense.
But the offense especially was in a struggling mode. For the game, the Bulls were 25-of-86 for 29.1 percent and 4-of-18 in 3-pointers for 22 percent. In the paint, Chicago was poor with a 15-of-49 clip for 37.5 percent. That’s plain dreadful.
Thibodeau afterwards acknowledged that his team took bad shots and stopped moving the ball. He blamed it on a lack of intensity and not being mentally tough.
The Bulls started 3-of-17 on offense for the night.
For the first half, Taj Gibson was 0-of-8, Joakim Noah 1-7 and Carlos Boozer 1-of-5. Inside the paint, the Bulls were 7-of-23 in the first half.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said his team’s defense was the best its looked in four to five weeks. But he played a Bulls team that has had its struggles on offense all season.
This game showed why the Bulls have no chance to challenge seriously for the NBA Eastern Conference title. You can’t score, you can’t win.