It’s one thing to lose to the
The loss to the lowly
The Bulls were outrebounded and outhustled Tuesday, and that's how a Cavaliers bunch without its best player hit almost half its shots. Half of those shots seemed to be layups. Palm to forehead.
Rebounding, defense and hustle are traits that Thibodeau's Bulls always displayed, no matter who was hurt.
So, have they stopped listening to the coach?
It's a legitimate question to ask when you see the basic tenets of the coach's bible circling the drain.
Thibodeau's philosophy works. We've seen that. We've heard it, too, and that's just it. Imagine how much the players have heard the same thing for the third straight season, and this season is the worst.
Demanding, metronomic coaches have a shelf life. See
Or maybe it's not Thibodeau but the Bulls' situation. Perhaps the players have realized the futility of giving everything everytime and going nowhere. It's certainly possible the players have lost some will after two years of running up the best regular-season record, then going backward in the playoffs and now realizing they have no chance.
Or maybe it's as simple as Rose's injury revealing the lack of depth and abundance of minutes forced on the wrong players.
Rose’s injury moved several players up the food chain, and eventually the minutes will expose you,
Same goes for
The lack of depth ran deeper in the loss to Cleveland, which was so bad that it looked like the Bulls missed
Kidding. Kid. Ding.
My point is, against Cleveland the Bulls needed Gibson just so they wouldn’t have had to rely on so many defensive minutes from
There probably won’t be a conclusive answer about the imploding Bulls -- garage band: The Imploding Bulls, opening for
It's not just that they can't beat Miami even if Rose comes back, but can they beat anybody the way injuries and effort are going recently?
It wasn't so long ago that dream talk of an imminent return by Rose sparked ideas of the Bulls facing Miami in the Eastern Conference finals. Now that might be a first-round matchup.
The Bulls have fallen to an inexplicable 15-14 in the
We'll just be burdened watching them.