The Jekyll and Hyde struck again for the Chicago Bulls. After looking like a dominant team the day before against the lowly New York Knicks, the Bulls’ bad habits were on display in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Nets took care of business and the red hot Bulls in assertive fashion, 96-80.
You could tell what kind of performance the Bulls were going to put up in the opening minutes of the first quarter. The Nets were cruising along, as the Bulls kept turning the ball over. The Nets jumped on the Bulls 27-18 in the opening quarter. This was a little bit different from the game against the Knicks, when the Bulls jumped all over them. The turnovers and miscues kept piling up as the game progressed. The Bulls just looked like a very sloppy and disorganized team. After only committing a franchise-low three turnovers against the Knicks, the Bulls turned the ball over a season high 28 times. The mishandling of the ball led to 30 Nets’ points.
This loss snapped the Bulls’ four-game winning streak. D.J. Augustin led the Bulls with 16 points off the bench, but no one else really stepped up. The balanced attack that has helped the Bulls stay competitive in the Eastern Conference just wasn’t there tonight. Joakim Noah, playing with a slightly twisted ankle, had one of his worst games in a very long time. He managed only 10 points and six rebounds. The eye-popping stat from Noah was the six turnovers. He just wasn’t himself out on the floor and can be chalked up to just a bad game.
The Bulls have won nine out of their last 11 games including this bad loss. This game they got out-hustled and the Nets controlled it from start to finish. The Bulls must continue to fight those bad games and strive to be more consistent.