The Bulls blow a 20-point lead in Philly; Die hard fan venting alert
While it is only game 3 of an 82 game schedule, the Chicago Bulls already found a way to blow a 20-point lead to an inferior opponent that resulted in a bad loss.
The Bulls could not have been in anymore control of a game than they were in the first half. They led by 12 after the first quarter, and with 1:41 on the clock in the second quarter led 63-43. The Bulls did whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted.
Even with Derrick Rose once again struggling from floor, everyone else stepped up to build the large lead. Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng put the offense on their shoulders as they dominated the Sixers for first 30 minutes of this game.
People often talk about the NBA being a games of runs. When you watch superior teams with big leads, complacency has to be the only logical explanation for a team completely imploding when in total control. It becomes a domino effect; it seems almost every player loses focus and subconsciously believes the opponent has no chance.
It's easy to say they are all professional players and professional pride has a huge impact in the outcome of games. Sure, adjustments are made, and the team in control will be subjected to a drought at some point. It is rare for a team to stay hot for the entire 48 minutes.
While the Bulls offense was as good as its been in the first three games, the defense could not have been worse. It's one thing for Derrick Rose to have another bad game offensively, but it's rare to see an opposing point guard just go past him as easily as Michael Carter-Williams did in this game.
It makes you wonder how long before we see the real Derrick Rose? Or, despite all the positive talk of his progress and increased vertical leap etc... is it guaranteed that Rose will ever be the same player? I'm inclined to believe he will return eventually; it is just hard to watch him look so mediocre as a fan.
And yes, I know it's game three; I just can't stomach the little things that occur in games like this. Also, in the back of my head I'm always questioning the the toughness of certain players, as well as who steps up in the clutch should Rose have a rough game.
I hope Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau walked into that locker room after the game and said... "I hope everyone is as sick about that loss as I am." Pause... "because if you're not, you can forget about winning a championship. This s*** cannot happen again."
And that's what it comes back to. Are the Bulls ready to beat the Heat in a seven game series?
Every fan has to love Joakim Noah's heart and effort during every game. However, when you watch him continually struggle to defend perimeter oriented big men like Chris Bosh and Spencer Hawes, (Yes, Hawes shot 8-11 from the floor and finished with 18 points) is he going to cost the team in a big spot? How many times will he jump on head fakes and compromise the defense?
I can count the number of times on one hand that Luol Deng has hit a memorable clutch shot. Deng had two chances down the stretch to connect on a big shot, but once again failed.
Big picture people.
Can the Bulls trade Deng? I'm still exploring those options before I write about it.
Carlos Boozer, while still a defensive liability, looks as good as he's looked in years. Boozer has been, dare I say--beast mode? In fact, Boozer recorded 22 points against the Sixers Saturday Night. Guess how many shots Boozer took in the 4th quarter? Zero. How does a guy who is feasting on an undersized Sixers frontcourt not being fed the ball repeatedly?
Little things that make you shake your head about the Bulls, and yes, coach Thibodeau too. The coach focuses on defense, but doesn't seem to get what is working on the offensive side of the ball. Some games, like the one Saturday night, you just may have a poor defensive night.
The Bulls scored only 40 second half points, after putting up a robust 64 in the first half. Can the Sixers be credited for adjustments? Sure, we can play that game. I just feel the Bulls forget what was working when they go into their infamous scoring droughts.
Pardon the book. Thanks for reading... if you did.