The Bulls have definitely taken about two dozen steps back from what they were just a couple years ago when they made the playoffs and swept the Heat in the first round. The Bulls are currently down THIRTY-THREE points in the third quarter of the game against the Blazers. I think the Blazers are a good team, but they should not be beating us by 33 points! Well, I guess the combination of them being good and us being god awful. With three minutes left in the 3rd quarter the Bulls have only scored 48 points. What the hell? Well, I guess this is what this circus trip does to the Bulls. I just saw the stat that the Bulls have been 6-53 on this circus trip since '99. Wow..that is BAD!! The Blazers have done a good job at exploiting the fact that the Bulls don't have any big men. Penetrate and dish, and slam. I can't even count how many times the Blazers scored on a dunk.
The Bulls have no offensive sets. It just seems like they are playing pick-up ball. A LOT of one-on-one basketball and quick shots early in the shot clock. I understand del Negro needs to find out what he has got, but would a simple play every now and then kill them? It reminds me of the years of Jamal Crawford and Jalen Rose. It basically looks like they don't practice or have ever practiced.
I think this is the first time that Rose looked like a rookie. Who would've thought that Steve Blake and Sergio Rodriguez would be the combination to break Derrick Rose? Well, I guess it's good to see he is human. And this will be the first game that he didn't score in double figures.
The "big" men might as well be walk-ons who are trying for a spot on the team. None of them can show any sort of consistency. Well, they can consistently get into foul trouble trying to stop the Pau Gasol and Dwight Howards of the league.
Luol didn't play today because of a hamstring injury. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. He hasn't earned the contract he got in the off season up until now.
By the way they are now down 43 points...
Nocioni will always play with heart, but he is a role player at best.
Hughes and Gordon are basically the same player but Hughes is a little taller. They both shoot way too much and both don't play enough defense. Hughes was good a couple years ago getting averaging almost 3 steals per game...but that was 4 years ago.
I know it is early in the year but a 20 point loss is something that I can work with, but a 40+ point loss? Completely unacceptable, no matter what time of the year