BEN WALLACE HAS HIS DOUBTS
I’m not ready to give up on the Bulls yet this season, nor am I ready to give up on Ben Wallace. But I watched the game last night and I have the same wonderment he does:
“It’s tough sitting on that sideline watching my teammates get beat up,” lamented the former repeat Defensive Player of the Year. “If I can’t go out there and help my team get stops down the stretch, then why am I here? Why don’t we just go on to the house … pack it up?”
The Bulls fell to 1-6 and “the stretch” Wallace is likely referring to is the Bulls’ allowing 37 points to the Suns in the 4th quarter. The Suns shot over 50% for the game and over 41% from 3.
Besides that we were witness to what has become the norm for the Bulls: Kirk Hinrich missing his first 5 shots, Ben Gordon hot and cold and turning it over waaaaaaay too much, too many easy baskets for the opponent and no one to turn to in the post on offense when the shot clock goes red.
Yes boys and girls, the revelation of the Bulls is now complete and every team knows how to beat them. Barkley and Kenny Smith were ripping on the Bulls at halftime, rightfully so.
The Bulls will start winning their share of games. They play too hard and they have too much talent not to. But while we were pondering whether or not they would represent the East in the finals just a short time ago, some now wonder if this team will even make the playoffs. Boston, Detroit, Orlando, New Jersey and Toronto all seem like locks for the postseason–at least at this early part of the season. Will the Bulls be able to beat out improved teams like Atlanta, Milwaukee, Indiana and Charlotte, as well as Cleveland and Washington? What if Miami makes one more surge with Wade and Shaq?
Their next 5 games are all road games against the Clippers, Lakers, Nuggets, Knicks and the Raptors. The Bulls are likely looking 2-10 or 3-9 in the face.
When is the trade deadline?