NEW LOOK BULLS: SAME FADE
Sunday gave us our first opportunity to check out the new-look Bulls. One problem: it featured the same 4th-quarter fade that we’ve seen for most of the season. The Bulls scored just 17 points in the final quarter and lost to the Danny Granger-less Pacers. This after beating the Nuggets — the 20 games over .500 Nuggets — with just 7 players on Friday night. Your 2008-09 Bulls, in full effect.
The new Bulls had their moments. John Salmons shot 2-3 from behind the arc, and showed that he could take it off the dribble and create his own shot. He also added 2 blocks. He finished with 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Brad Miller shot 1-5, but added 10 boards and made all 4 of his free throws.
Meanwhile in Toronto, Larry Hughes wasted no time infuriating a new fan base. He shot 1-9 in just 16 minutes. Andres Nocioni didn’t too well in his Kings debut. He shot 2-11, but did get to the line 8 times. He finished with 10, 7 and 3.
During the game on Sunday, Bulls color commentator Stacey King said something that shocked me. He said he looked over the schedule and expected the Bulls to finish 17-10 the rest of the way. That would give them 42 wins and the 6th seed in the East.
The Bulls are terrible on the road and have 11 games left away from the UC. They still have home games against Orlando, New Orleans, Boston, the Lakers, Detroit and Philly. Their chances of winning 17 more games are about the same as winning the championship in June: slim to none.
[tags]Chicago Bulls, John Salmons, Indiana Pacers, Brad Miller[/tags]