This was not the way the Chicago Bulls wanted to bring in the New Year. The Bulls were coming off an impressive win the night before against the Memphis Grizzlies, and the next night was supposed to be some kind of celebration game going into 2014 with momentum. Then reality hit and the same results hit the team as they put up a poor effort and lost to the Toronto Raptors, 85-79.
It’s the same story over and over again where the Bulls can’t generate enough offense and the effort is very lackluster. They are having too many problems finding ways to score consistently and can’t manage to close out games. This inconsistency has developed into a trend that doesn’t seem like it will be fixed anytime soon. Guys are playing very hard and you will never question the work ethic, but the results are not pretty.
The Bulls got Luol Deng back from his Achilles injury and he put in 16 points, but it wasn’t enough. The Bulls just don’t have anywhere to turn when things go south. Carlos Boozer, Kirk Hinrich and Joakim Noah shot a combined 4-for-27 from the field. The Bulls as a whole shot 16.7 percent in the fourth quarter which is just plain pathetic. Coach Tom Thibodeau has tried everything in his power to motivate them on offense, but he can only do so much. It’s up to the players on this roster to put it together and knock down shots.
So in perspective, 2013 was not a very good year to say the least for the Bulls. They can put that year behind them now and refocus in 2014.