The Chicago Bulls have not looked like themselves over the last four weeks. The offense has really been on a downward spiral ever since they lost Derrick Rose. The shooting has been terrible and has resulted in some very low-scoring games. The solution to the offensive deficiencies: keep working on shooting in practice.
Reports out of Chicago have stated that coach Tom Thibodeau was hammering down in practice recently on lay-ups. One of the most basic shots in basketball and the Bulls are having a hard time finishing at the rim. Luol Deng missed a point blank range lay-up in the final seconds. That would have tied the game against the Orlando Magic Monday night. The Bulls as a whole went 12-for-34 inside the paint. That is part of the offensive problems. If you can’t make shots in the restricted area, you will continue to slide and lose games.
The Bulls know that they have to get better on making baskets inside. The big men, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, have to improve their inside games for this offense to click. Many defenses are collapsing in the paint making those guys work extra hard to make shots. When the perimeter guys are not hitting shots from the outside, the defense will clog the lane. The ball movement has to be better to get more open shots from the outside. That will open up the lane and the spacing for the bigs to operate against one-on-one matchups.
Hopefully the extra practice time on shooting from all over the court will help the Bulls get back to some efficient basketball. They are lacking some confidence because of the constant losing and injuries. They have a tough trip coming up against the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder. This would be a very great time to make those lay-ups count.