The Bulls saw their modest 3-game winning streak come to an end with their 94-89 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday night as they fall to 11-9 overall and 6-6 at home on the young season. This was an overall good effort for the Bulls as they hung with one of the better teams in the NBA despite the absence of their superstar. The Bulls were led by Carlos Boozer who posted a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds as wells as Marco Bellinelli who had a solid stat line with 18 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The bench was once again basically a non-factor but it was more because of volume tonight as the bench played only 47 minutes combined and attempted only 15 shots. However, Taj Gibson did have a nice effort tonight with 10 points and hopefully this will get him on track to be a consistent and key contributor off of the bench.
One of the reasons the Bulls were able to keep the game close was the surprise 3-point shooting by them as they were 7-8 from behind the arc at one point but only finished up 10-20 from long distance. The Bulls lived and died by the three tonight as they hit them early but as the game progressed the Bulls had open looks from behind the line but could not capitalize as they only hit 3 of their last 12 three point attempts. The Bulls typically are one of the worse three point shooting teams in the NBA and it showed late in the game and hurt them in a close battle with the Clippers; once the Bulls started missing the open looks they should have started going with the penetration more and getting Boozer open for the mid-range jumper he was able to make with consistency tonight. Boozer will need to play this well more consistently because he is the Bulls best offensive threat with Rose down right now but we will have to wait and see if Boozer will actually play like this on a consistent basis, even though this did happen in a loss.
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