Derrick Rose missed another game due to his ailing toe injury and the Bulls really missed him as they were only able to put up 86 points in the 102-86 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Derrick Rose played the previous two games after missing the prior game against the Washington Wizards. The Bulls struggled from the floor outside of several players who put up most of the points for the team. Luol Deng led the team with 20 points and C.J. Watson returned to contribute 17 points off of the bench. The Bulls defense did force 19 turnovers but the Grizzlies shot an outstanding 54.0% from the floor and made it hard for the Bulls to score with them because of the lack of production outside of four players.
John Lucas did not play as well in his second start as he did in his first and the weak starting point guard play can be an area of focus when it comes to this loss. C.J. Watson did provide 17 points off of the bench in the point guard spot but combined the two only had 5 assists and the Bulls only had 12 as a team.
Without Rose the Bulls are missing a lot and the opposing team does not have to play special defenses to shadow Rose and double team to get the ball out of his hands. Rose provides a true triple threat and is better at that facet of the game then almost everyone in the NBA. Rose is able to shoot, dribble, and pass with all of the best players in the game because of his amazing ability and pure skills.
After this loss the Bulls fall to 12-3 on the season and despite the loss they are still one of the top contenders for the championship because of their typically strong defensive play and Derrick Rose leading them and providing a mismatch at the point guard position, which allows teammates to get open and contribute.
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