The Chicago Bulls are the least clutch team in the NBA.
Thanks to an impressive third-quarter surge and a couple of big stops in the final frame, the Bulls were in a position to win … again. One more stop and/or one more defensive stand could’ve been the difference between stealing a victory over an Eastern Conference foe or falling to 11-16. To no surprise, in another truly gut-wrenching and embarrassing manner, the Bulls fumbled the game in front of their home fans.
The team allowed New York to go on a 9-0 run in OT and were outscored 11-3. They repeatedly let up key offensive rebounds down the stretch, failed to close-out shooters in time, and missed one important shot after another.
The worst thing of all is that they still shot 54.8 percent from the field! Yup, that’s right, against the NBA’s best defense in December they scored at one of their most efficient rates this season. But silly mistakes down the stretch and another staggering difference behind the 3-point line still (predictably) kept them on the wrong side of the scoreboard.
Speaking of which, the Knicks nailed 18 of their 34 3-pointers tonight despite entering the game as the NBA’s worst 3-point shooting team. Meanwhile, the Bulls finished 9-28. It’s those kinds of stats that truly make this whole thing feel broken beyond repair.
The 3-11 record in clutch games is bad, but you know what makes it worse? The Bulls preached continuity. The whole point of keeping a group together is to have an advantage in adverse situations. The Bulls are just regressing, and it’s proving that this core isn’t meant to be.
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