This is becoming more of a broken record theme for the Chicago Bulls this season. The Bulls lose another game to an opponent that’s worse than them (you heard that before all season). The Orlando Magic came into the United Center and took this game by one point, 83-82, dropping the Bulls to a record of 9-14.
It’s been the same old story with these Bulls; they have trouble scoring, there’s no rhythm on offense and any combination coach Tom Thibodeau uses doesn’t seem to work. These are the types of games against a lesser opponent the Bulls used to feast on. Now it’s the opposite and teams are feasting on the Bulls’ lack of offense.
The losing seems like it is getting contagious for this team. It’s not like they are not trying because they play hard, just not consistent enough. Not having Kirk Hinrich in the line-up for the second time in a row stings a bit, but even he has struggled to score. The Bulls have to keep grinding and find the right combinations to compete against all teams. That is looking like a tall order for this group that lacks consistent scoring.
There were some positives you can take from this game. Luol Deng, who has been a playing huge this season, finished with 26 points and eight rebounds. The only negative from him this game was that he missed a critical lay-up that would have tied the game in the final seconds. DJ Augustin, who came off the bench, had his best game as a Bull. Augustin finished with 14 points and eight assists. The veteran is starting to get comfortable in the system, so maybe he can bring some magic and excitement back to this unit. There were also some key lows to this game, starting with Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler combining to shoot 5-for-28 from the field. That is not going to get the job done.
The losses keep piling up for the Bulls and it’s not how they are losing, it’s who they are losing to. They dig themselves in a big hole and can’t climb back out of it. By the time they realize the game is out of hand and start chipping back, it’s too late. There is still enough talent and veterans on this roster to get this train moving back in the right direction. The Bulls just have to stay focused, keep playing hard and the results hopefully will get better.