Finding Consistent Ways To Score Is Still The Chicago Bulls’ Achilles’ Heel
The Chicago Bulls’ offense can sometimes be sore on the eyes. There are some nights when everything is clicking on all cylinders and the ball movement is precise. On those occasions, they find easy ways to score because of the extra pass. Then they can knock down open shots.
Those other times, (like recently against the Miami Heat when they were held to just 12 points in third quarter) are what frustrates the fans. The inconsistent offense is the Jekyll and Hyde of basketball. This type of effort on offense could keep the Bulls from advancing beyond the first round of the playoffs.
Once Derrick Rose went down, the Bulls lost their only guy who could create anything for himself or others. Even if Rose was healthy, opposing teams would load up on Rose and try to take him out the game. That’s when the offense comes to a screeching halt and gets predictable. Luol Deng was another weapon that could get 20-25 points on any given night, but he needed someone like Rose to set him up. The Bulls don’t have either options, as Deng was traded away earlier in the year.
The Bulls are at their absolute best when they get a balanced attack. That is how coach Tom Thibodeau likes the Bulls to play. He wants them to share the ball as much as possible and get the best and most productive shot. The offense has gone through center Joakim Noah most of the season. Noah has stepped up to the leadership role and is trying his best to keep defenses honest. Noah is not the best offensive option, but he is an exceptional passer from the high and low post and has improved in all elements of his game. Taj Gibson is another option because he has worked on his post game, and his jump shot is very reliable. Carlos Boozer is still effective offensively when he is knocking down jump shots and being a brute force on the low block. Lastly, D.J. Augustin has been a revelation for this offense because he can create off the dribble, is very quick and is a knock-down shooter.
The Bulls must continue to give maximum effort the rest of the season. Collectively they must continue to grind on offense because it is a weakness without a true number one option. Effort and intensity can get them through most nights, but they need to do more than that.