This was not the way the Chicago Bulls envisioned how their annual circus road trip would begin. The Bulls’ five-game winning streak was snapped in the hands of the Denver Nuggets 97-87. The Nuggets ran away with this game in the beginning of the fourth quarter on a 13-0 run spearheaded by former Bull, Nate Robinson.
The Bulls came into this game with a lot of confidence, but was playing without Jimmy Butler, who is out with an injured toe. The Bulls seemed ready in the first half as they went back and forth with the Nuggets, trading baskets. Then, it seemed like the Bulls played without any energy in the second half, letting the Nuggets dictate the tempo. That’s when the Nuggets opened up the lead and never relinquished it.
There was one positive to take out of this game. Derrick Rose seemed to really have that bounce on this night. He was very explosive and aggressive from the start, taking the ball to the rim and finishing. You can really see that his game is coming and the confidence that he has while scoring. Rose finished with 19 points, 15 of them coming in the first half. He did not play much in the fourth quarter once the game got out of hand.
The Bulls will have to really tighten things up if they want to make this road trip a successful one. They have to go back and play with energy throughout the whole game. It just seems like energy and focus wavers from quarter to quarter. Coach Tom Thibodeau will address that issue, and he has to find the right combinations with Butler out. They will get over this one game, get back to work and start over with another winning streak.