There are good losses and bad losses. A good loss is when the team does something well, even though it lost the game. There might have been a comeback that just fell short, or the team defense was better in part of the game. Then, there are the bad losses. In these games, nothing seems to go right, a team plays flat, and looks two steps slower. Players fumble and stumble around, and guys shoot airballs.
The Chicago Bulls had perhaps their worst loss of the season, certainly, an off-night at the United Center. Maybe their dramatic rally over Houston on Monday night, took something out of them. Because Wednesday tonight, they didn’t have it.
Chicago shot 33% from the floor, and scored just 32 points in the first half, to fall to visiting Utah, 97-77. Actually, the Bulls trailed the Jazz 49-46 in the third, after a brief flurry by Derrick Rose, only to see the Jazz assert itself and take control of the game.
Rose went 3-15 and had 7 points. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 16 points and 11 boards. Pau Gasol, who has been torrid of late, only scored 13 points. Taj Gibson tallied 15 off the bench.
Utah got a fine game from Derrick Favors who had 20 points/11 rebounds. Gordon Hayward had 18 for the Jazz. Utah led by as many as 26 in the fourth quarter however it wasn’t a good night for the Bulls or their loyal fans.
Coach Tom Thibodeau doesn’t take these kinds of defeats lightly, and it will be interesting to see how the Bulls play in their next game.