This recent stretch of upcoming games for the Chicago Bulls was supposed to kick-start some winning to an unbalanced season. The Bulls’ next five games will be against teams with a combined record of 22-59.
Then word came down that starting center Joakim Noah was sitting out the game against the Milwaukee Bucks with a bruised thigh muscle. The Bulls did not need any more news about injured players. The Bucks took advantage of the short-handed Bulls and beat them in the United Center 77-72.
The Bulls clearly hit a season low in losing to one of the worst teams in the league. Even with all the injuries, there was no excuse for this performance. The nightmares continued for the Bulls, and they don’t seem to be waking up from them. This season has been full of low points and this loss really sunk this team.
With so many injuries to this team, they only dressed eight players. Mike Dunleavy and Nazr Mohammed were inserted in the starting lineup and it just wasn’t enough. The Bulls had the lead throughout three quarters, but the wheels fell off in the fourth and they were outscored 23-17.
Dunleavy had his best game as a member of the Bulls, scoring 24 points. Carlos Boozer also chipped him with a nice game with 21 points and 12 rebounds. The Bulls lost the game because of two things: shooting 37 percent from the field and committing 18 turnovers. Kirk Hinrich and Marquis Teague combined to shoot a very putrid 1-of-17 from the field. You’re not going to win too many games when your point guards play that poorly.
This is only one regular season game, but this loss is a eye-opener and head-scratcher. The Bulls did not put up any kind of fight, and this has been going on for multiple games. Fans can blame the injuries to a certain point, because no team can compete with the injuries the Bulls have faced. But as coach Tom Thibodeau always says, they have enough to compete. That cliche isn’t working because the Bulls don’t have enough bodies to compete.
The injury bug is the nature of the game and you move forward no matter what. One thing is for certain: the Bulls need get it together in a hurry. If not, this season will be over for them shortly.