Well, there goes that five game winning streak. The Chicago Bulls were just starting to get some traction into the season and playing their most consistent basketball. They entered this game against the Washington Wizards riding high with a five game winning streak; this was a chance to get back to .500 for the first time since Nov. 27. However, the bad habits of the past came back to bite the Bulls in the rear end, as they lost to the Wizards in ugly fashion, 102-88.
The Bulls could not get anything going in this game from start to finish. The Wizards took this game over in the first quarter and never looked back. They forced the Bulls to commit 17 turnovers and they turned those turnovers into 22 points. That was the difference in the game, the Bulls played very sloppy basketball and couldn’t make the necessary stops on defense.
Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 19 points and seven rebounds. Joakim Noah continues his bid for another All-Star game nomination with 16 rebounds and eight points. The Bulls shot 43 percvent from the field and three-point range. Those aren’t bad numbers at all, but they just couldn’t score when they needed to and the defense suffered a lot of mental lapses. Coach Tom Thibodeau said after the game that the team lacked energy and an edge, which about sums up the performance.
The Bulls kind of got back into reality with this loss. Taj Gibson thinks the Bulls were feeling themselves and this type of loss was a humbling experience. They were playing like they were invincible, and then a team comes in and smacks them around. The Bulls will need to pick themselves back up and get back on the grind. It’s time to start another win streak.