The Chicago Bulls haven’t gotten manhandled like this in a very long time. The team has played some of its best and most inspiring basketball in 2014, but on this night the Los Angeles Clippers came to Chicago and bullied the Bulls something serious, 112 to 95.
The defense of the Bulls could not handle the pressure the Clippers attacked them with. The Clippers did whatever they wanted whenever they wanted to. Their offensive attack was just too much for the Bulls. After every missed shot by the Bulls they were running at will against the vulnerable Chicago’ defense. The Bulls just did not get back to stop the onslaught, and the Clippers put up points in a hurry. When the Clippers weren’t running the Bulls out the gym, they were hitting three-point shots at a blistering rate. The Clippers shot 62 percent on 13-for-21 beyond the arc.
While the defense left the Bulls this night, the offense was not too bad. Carlos Boozer led them with 22 points, hitting jump shot after jump shot. Joakim Noah had another solid performance producing 12 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. Taj Gibson contributed 18 points in 26 minutes off the bench. The starting backcourt of DJ Augustin and Jimmy Butler couldn’t get into any rhythm combining to shoot only 6-for-24 from the field. Butler is really struggling with his shot and his confidence, and he is not happy the way he is playing. He looks very passive and confused on offense. He needs to get that attacking spirit he had last season for the Bulls to continue to thrive.
Coach Tom Thibodeau will not be happy to say the least with this effort, especially on the defensive end. He summed it up quite honestly after the game that any aspect of the defense was no good. Granted, the Clippers seemed like they were hitting all their three-pointers and shot the ball at a extremely high rate. The Bulls still have to defend much better than what they showed in this game.