The Chicago Bulls finally arrived home after a long road trip and got pasted by the Atlanta Hawks, 113-90, for their 4th straight loss and 13th of their last 18 games.
The Bulls put up a fight in the first quarter, leading 29-28, but the game went downhill from there. Chicago committed 19 turnovers which led to 25 Hawks points. The Bulls trailed 53-48 at half-time, but Atlanta went on a 15-2 run in the third quarter, when all the Hawks got involved. Kyle Korver hit two treys, and Paul Milsap finished the run with a 16 footer. And, the Bulls couldn’t catch up.
Dennis Schroder added 18 for the Atlanta cause. Al Horford scored 16 points. But it was guard Jeff Teague, who scored 17 points and was the focal point for the Hawks. He was on his game also adding eight assists. Teague spearheaded drives and finished off plays. He sort of filled the role that Jimmy Butler does for Chicago, but Butler is sidelined 3-4 weeks with a left strained knee. Rose scored 14 points on 6/18 shooting in his first game back after mising one due to body soreness.
Bulls fans, starting booing their play and let them know, they aren’t happy with the team’s play on the floor. That team is missing Jimmy Bulter and Niko Mirotic, out until March.
Forward Pau Gasol scored 20 points and hauled in 10 points and F Bobby Portis scored 12 and took in 10 rebounds. Doug McDermott had 17 points off the bench. The Bulls simply don’t have an offense to put on the court, and the team is playing hard, but coming up short.
“I challenge them to do whatever they need to over the break and look at themselves in the mirror and find a way to get committed to this,” said Coach Fred Hoiberg.
Pau Gasol, who has played with two championship team in L.A. and was an All-Star starter from the Bulls last season, said,
“I think we can be a lot of better than we are,” said Gasol. “Hopefully the break will help us understand who we are, reflect on what we can do better.”
It’s the first time since 2010 that the Bulls have lost 5 home games. a sure sign that things aren’t right in Bulls land.
After the game, Al Horford said, his team really needed this win. They broke a two game losing streak. Next up for the Bulls is Cleveland, and that is a formidable opponent.
The immediate near future does not look good for the Bulls.