Classic Chicago Bulls. Bulls blew a nine-point lead in the final 4:24 and lost 107-106 to the Nets. The Bulls used their 22nd different starting lineup when they started Jerian Grant, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic and Robin Lopez. At halftime the Bulls were trailing 51-45. It was an ugly first half for the Bulls. Bulls defense was horrendous. They played very sloppy as the Nets scored 16 points on the Bulls 13 first half turnovers. Bulls were very lucky they weren’t farther behind after a sloppy, uninspired 1st half. Dwyane Wade played 10 minutes in the first half and had four points, and four turnovers. Bulls had just seven assists in the first half. Bulls’ effort was better in the 2nd quarter but it still wasn’t great. They were getting no help from the bench. The second group combined 5-for-19 from the field in the first half.
The second half was better but not good enough. Bulls shot 44% from the field and made 11 threes. Bulls bench were horrible as they played bad defense and couldn’t make anything. Michael Carter Williams played 20 minutes and was two for 10 from the field. Nikola Mirotic was awful as he played 26 minutes on one for nine shooting. He had a negative impact on the game. Maybe he misses Rajon Rondo. Every Bulls player played except Isaiah Canaan. Bulls played sloppy as they committed 17 turnovers. Dwyane Wade was in the starting lineup against the Nets, his first appearance since sustaining a sprain and small fracture to his right elbow on March 15 against Memphis. Wade finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, and five turnovers in 24 minutes. Former Bull Spencer Dinwiddie, who was cut in training camp, scored the final seven points of the game to put the Bulls away. Dinwiddie sank a tying 3-pointer late and the go-ahead free throws. Bulls allowed 32 points in the fourth quarter. Jimmy Butler had 33 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and was also five for five from the three point line which is a new career high for Jimmy. Nothing but pick and roll in the final minutes with zero options but Butler shooting.
The biggest problem I had with the Bulls was that they didn’t take their match-up personal. They didn’t defend well. There is only one Jimmy Butler on the team. The defense was so bad that it looked like half of the Bulls players were playing zone defense because they thought they had help defense and couldn’t guard one on one. If the Bulls don’t make the playoffs they have know one to blame but themselves. Maybe some players Bulls players should focus more on practicing and watching film then going out late to party. Especially when the season is coming down the wire and you are trying to get to the playoffs. Inexcusable loss.