It’s the same story over and over again for the Chicago Bulls this season. They play hard at all times and continue to fight, but they look very lost and just are playing a very bad brand of basketball. Wednesday night was no exception as they got smacked around by the Houston Rockets, 109-94.
This time around it wasn’t just the offense that struggled, but the defense was very nonexistent. The Rockets got to do whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. The Rockets like to run and get easy buckets in transition. The Bulls tried to get into a track meet with them, and that was a huge mistake. The Bulls kept it close at halftime and were only down by three midway through the third quarter. Then right on cue — as has been happening all year — the wheels came off. The offense got very stagnant, they couldn’t generate any baskets and basically got ran off the court. The Rockets put their will in the middle of the third quarter and went on a 15-1 run. That was all she wrote and the game was over just like that.
The losing for this prideful team has to be seeping in their minds. Coach Tom Thibodeau can only do so much to help this group out. The players don’t seem to be giving up on this season, but it’s got to be frustrating. Offensively, they are just a very bad bunch with not enough weapons. But surprisingly, the defense is playing very bad in stretches. Offensive teams are beating the schemes and attacking them right at the rim. For example, the Rockets outscored the Bulls in the paint, 66-40. That is not your typical Bulls defense, and I’m not sure where it is.
The Bulls can’t hold their heads too long because they get right back at it against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Even though there is still a lot of time in the season to right this sinking ship, the way they have been playing lately it could be a long and cold winter in Chicago.