The theme of the Chicago Bulls early this season has been very simple: another player goes down with an injury. How can this team keep taking these injuries? This has been going on for the last two seasons, and this depleted team somehow keeps it moving. The Bulls suffered another injury as Luol Deng sat out against the Detroit Pistons with a sore Achilles. The Pistons took advantage of this key missing piece and ran over the Bulls 92-75.
This season has really tested the Bulls. For stretches, they look like a very sound team like the other night against the Miami Heat. They put it all together in that game with hustle, rebounding and ball movement. Then other games, they look like a very lost team — a team that plays with no momentum and really struggles to get things together. That’s where the inconsistency has developed with this group. The injuries have really hurt the Bulls’ continuity.
This was the Pistons’ first regular season win against the Bulls at the United Center since February of 2006. The Bulls were manhandled in this game. They shot a season-low of 33 percent from the field and got outscored in the third quarter, 24-9.
Joakim Noah described the Bulls’ performance very simply — they sucked. Noah, Kirk Hinrich and Carlos Boozer combined to shoot a putrid 6-for-33 from the field. Taj Gibson, who started for the injured Deng, continued his stellar play and was the only player who showed some fight. He contributed 21 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bulls cannot afford to lose Deng for a long period of time. He has been on a tear lately, averaging 27 points, six rebounds and six assists the last five games. He is listed as day-to-day with this Achilles issue. The issue with the Bulls has been the inconsistencies. They have to find a way to keep fighting and to break this curse of inconsistency.