Fans vent their ire mostly at Curry

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The United Center crowds remain large, which makes the booing all the more noticeable.

Friday's outpouring from the crowd of 19,491 got directed as much at Eddy Curry as for a dreadful 87-78 loss to Portland, which entered with an NBA-worst 1-13 road record.

Throw in that the Blazers played without an injured Rasheed Wallace and were in their second road game in as many nights after experiencing major difficulty leaving an ice-stricken Portland, and the crowd's consternation is understood.

Good teams beat tired teams. You can deduce the rest.

Curry continued his struggles in a major way, finishing with two points on 1-of-9 shooting in just 17 minutes.

He had one dunk attempt blocked from behind by Ruben Patterson and got booed late in the third quarter after a jump hook attempt over Vladimir Stepania drew nothing but air. He also struggled defensively.

"I have confidence," Curry said. "I just can't transfer it into energy to make the moves that I want to. When I get my legs back, I'll be better."

Curry has been undergoing extra work daily in an attempt to raise his conditioning. Asked what is wrong with Curry, coach Scott Skiles shrugged.

"I don't know," he said. "I wish I had a better answer than that. I don't know why there'd be a lack of confidence. On the other hand, when you're 7 feet tall and missing layups, maybe your confidence is affected."

Kendall Gill had a theory as to what's plaguing Curry.

"He didn't go to college," said Gill, who scored 16. "That's the problem. When we need the post presence, he's not ready. You would think that with the way he finished last [season], he'd come out like gangbusters. It's a disappointment that we're not getting what we need from him."

The Bulls led 63-62 with 9 minutes 54 seconds remaining before surrendering a 9-0 run in which they missed six shots and committed two turnovers. Even mild-mannered Antonio Davis, one of the game's gentlemen, drew a technical foul for arguing a no-call with official Ron Olesiak during the run.

Derek Anderson led Portland with 19 points off the bench. Leading scorer and rebounder Zach Randolph had a quiet night, finishing with just seven points and six rebounds.

But it didn't matter against the Bulls, who shot just 32.2 percent. And Portland allows the highest shooting percentage by opponents of any NBA team.

Jamal Crawford, playing in the fourth quarter for the first time in three games, scored 19 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to lead the Bulls.

In his second NBA game, Ronald Dupree came down to earth a bit, shooting 3-of-11. But he still looked active in contributing eight points, three rebounds and two blocks.

Dupree received several nice rounds of applause before the crowd turned ugly.

"I don't let it bother me because I know those aren't the true fans who are booing," Curry said. "I don't always have good nights—or good months."

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