In the words of Dorothy in the classic movie Wizard of Oz, “there’s no place like home.” That should be the theme of the Chicago Bulls after a nightmarish annual circus road trip. The Bulls finished this unsuccessful trip at 1-5, losing their last game to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers 97-93. So, the Bulls are very glad to be back in Chicago and recuperate.
This trip felt like they were at the circus instead of playing basketball. The Bulls entered this road trip on a five-game winning streak and playing with lots of confidence. Then the bottom fell out and the injury bug hit this team once again. First it was Jimmy Butler and his sprained toe, then the big injury of Derrick Rose‘s torn meniscus in the right knee.
That sucked the life right out of the Bulls, and they still haven’t fully recovered. They started the trip 0-4 against the Western Conference teams, regrouped and beat down the Detroit Pistons, and then lost to the Cavs.
There were some bright spots during this road trip. Luol Deng has taken the reins of leadership and has played like the All-Star we know him to be. Another bright spot is the recent play of Taj Gibson. Gibson has been very aggressive, especially on the offensive side of the ball. In the last two games, he has averaged 20.5 points and six rebounds.
The last bright spot has been rookie Tony Snell. He is showing his full arsenal of what he is capable of. The 3-point shot has been on full display for Snell as he hit 6-of-10 from downtown. He will only get better as he gets more time and experience to help the Bulls down the stretch.
The Bulls are definitely glad to be back home where they hold a 5-0 record. This road trip was not supposed to be this abysmal. We all know the Bulls are not going to win the championship with Rose on the shelf, but the way the Eastern Conference is shaping up, the Bulls are in pretty good shape to climb back in the middle of the pack. The journey starts Monday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.