The Chicago Bulls dropped to a five hundred record on the season both overall (8-8) and at home (5-5) with their 80-76 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday Night. This loss comes on the day that Tom Thibodeau announced Derrick Rose has made great progress in his comeback from an ACL injury but is still a ways from practicing, so not the best possible news for the Bulls and their fans. The Bulls were hoping for a return around Christmas time before the season started but that seems unlikely right now and the Bulls will have to continue to tread on and fight for wins without him for the time being.
The Bulls on this treacherous shooting night shot only 38.4% (28-73) from the floor but that was still better than the Pacers who shot a lowly 36.3% (29-80) from the floor as both teams were not on top of their games this evening. You can contribute some of the poor shooting to contested shots and just solid defense by both teams but the porous shooting contributed a good amount to this low scoring and sluggish affair amongst the teams.
The only bright spot of the game had to be on the Pacers side as Paul George flourished with 34 points and 9 rebounds to help be the key to the Pacers victory in this low scoring matchup. The Bulls were led by Nate Robinson with 19 points off of the bench and that was the only bright spot as the rest of the bench combined for only 6 points. As for the starters the Bulls were led by Luol Deng with 17 points as well as 7 rebounds and Carlos Boozer who had 14 points to go along with 10 rebounds. The Bulls offense continues to lack consistency as they do not have that one key player that seems to step up night in and night out when the team needs them as long as Derrick Rose is out. The Bulls bench play thus far has also been a key contributor to their mediocre start to the season because it has been subpar at best. The Bulls do not have that player who consistently comes off the bench and provides a spark to the team to give them an edge. I feel the Bulls need that player to be Taj Gibson who has shown flashes and turned in a solid year last year but has been a non-factor much of this season and hopefully he can turn things around. The Bulls continue to play solid defense under Thibodeau but the offense continues to be the issue to their young season of mediocrity and that needs to turn around if they want to be able to hold a playoff spot during the absence of Derrick Rose.
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