New Night, Same Problems: Bulls Lose to Short-Handed Pacers (108-95)

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New Night, Same Problems: Bulls Lose to Short-Handed Pacers (108-95)

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Any momentum gained from the Bulls first home victory on Thursday didn’t make the 190 mile trip from the United Center to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Indeed, despite the Pacers missing Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, and Myles Turner, the Bulls dropped their fifth game of the season, 108-95.

It’s hard to pinpoint any new problems for Chicago. The team still couldn’t rebound, shoot the three, or keep up on defense. And this, as I tweeted, might very well take the cake:

I was in attendance for tonight’s game, and the only thing that stood out to me more than that was just how out-of-sync this team appears to be. Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter both had noticeable moments of frustration. And nothing feels more telling for how the night (or season) has gone than typing “Ryan Arcidiacono fouled out, and then immediately received a technical.”

Wendell Carter Jr. looked to be the only Bull playing with a sense of urgency, as he posted his third-consecutive impressive game with 20 points (9-10 FG) and 10 rebounds. Hey, at least that’s positive!

The Bulls just aren’t on the same page though. Heck they may not even be reading the same book. From coaching to execution, it all remains a problem.

The lack of any identity is glaring. And the questions are endless …

  • Two potential stars in the frontcourt, and the Bulls still play along the perimeter in a game where they clearly have the advantage down low. Why?
  • Backup T.J. Leaf has arguably the best game of his career and grabs 15 rebounds. Who?
  • Otto Porter doesn’t score until the 4th quarter and goes 1-10 from the field. How?

Unfortunately, the answers are nowhere to be found. I mean, just listen to Zach LaVine:

At least he sounds fed up, I guess.

The Bulls schedule only gets harder from here, with the Lakers, Rockets and Bucks all around the corner. Maybe – oddly enough – an even greater opponent will force them to rise to the occasion (I’m just thinking of any way to be hopeful).

Until next time …



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.