The Chicago Bulls want to be a playoff team … or at least that’s what their deadline moves and postgame press conferences have seemed to insinuate. But the team we saw lose to the NBA-worst Minnesota Timberwolves tonight couldn’t be further from looking the part.
Was the officiating all kinds of questionable? Yes.
Did Ricky Rubio look like Steph Curry for some weird reason? Mmhhm.
Did the 5th-worst 3-point shooting team shoot 44.4 percent from behind the arc? Yup.
None of that matters, though. For the Chicago Bulls to be who they want to be, they have to overcome that, and tonight they did the exact opposite. Instead, they sent the Wolves to the free throw for 25 attempts (where the Wolves went an absurd perfect 25-25) compared to their 13. They repeatedly failed to make the right play when the game sat within just one score. And the defense also continued to be one step behind on the most important possessions. The Bulls just looked unprepared and outmatched, and that’s pretty damn embarrassing when we consider the recent upgrades this team made.
Now, since I need to type out a silver lining for my own well-being, I’ll leave with this: The Bulls still have a very winnable stretch over the next couple of weeks. They’re still trying to get a feel for their new talent in the midst of an unprecedented condensed schedule. Off-nights are going to happen and bumps in the road are a part of the journey. This is still a better Bulls team, and there is still a lot to be excited about. I’m just eager – like the rest of us – to see those exciting things.
But … yeah … that was bad.
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