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News » Bad day at the maul


Bad day at the maul


Bad day at the maulCoaches usually preach the virtues of a balanced effort, but this isn't exactly what anyone had in mind.

In suffering a humiliating 110-78 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night at the United Center, the Bulls were horrific offensively and defensively, struggled to rebound, seldom moved the ball crisply and fell short in nearly every aspect of a pathetic effort that was their worst of the season.

''It's very frustrating because we've been working hard,'' forward Luol Deng said. ''It's not like we have guys that are not putting the work in or working hard. It's really frustrating when you know you put the work in, and you come to the game -- and this is how you show up at work. It's really disappointing.''

Derrick Rose didn't disagree when asked if the loss was embarrassing.

''Definitely,'' he said. ''It feels bad. It feels like a Monday or something, like when you have to go back to school.''

The Bulls (7-11) have dropped seven of their last eight games following a 6-4 start. The beginning of the slide was blamed on a tough schedule, but Saturday they were playing at home against a struggling team that had played the previous night in Washington.

The Bulls also played Friday, but coach Vinny Del Negro rested his starters in the fourth quarter once Cleveland took a big lead.

''They jumped on us,'' Del Negro said of the Raptors. ''We were chasing the whole game.''

And never gaining ground.

John Salmons (13 points) was the only Bulls starter to score in double figures. Chris Bosh led the Raptors (9-13) with 25 points and 12 rebounds for his 18th double-double of the season despite playing only 22 minutes in the lopsided romp.

Simply put, this game was competitive for only a few minutes.

Leading 11-8 four minutes in, the Raptors went on a 16-4 run to take a 27-12 lead. After two Rose free throws, Toronto closed the quarter with a 10-2 spurt for a 37-16 lead.

While the 37 first-quarter points -- on 12-for-21 (57.1 percent) shooting -- were embarrassing, at least Toronto is a high-scoring team (fourth in the league at 105.5 ppg).

What's really disturbing for the Bulls is that they managed just 16 points on 5-for-17 (29.4 percent) shooting against one of the league's worst defensive teams; Toronto had allowed an average of 110.8 points on 47.8 percent shooting.

It's one thing to be held in check by a top defensive team like the Cavaliers; it's quite another to struggle against a team that usually surrenders points like a pinball machine.

The Bulls trailed 64-44 at halftime. NBA teams usually make at least one sustained run at home, but that didn't happen this time.

The Raptors scored the first seven points of the third quarter to go up 71-44. The closest thing the Bulls showed resembling fight the rest of the way was center Joakim Noah picking up his second technical and drawing an automatic ejection with 7:19 left in the third.

''Jo is way more emotional than anyone on the team,'' Rose said. ''That's the way he is, but he's fine.''

Right now, that can't be said about the Bulls .

THE RECAP

Toronto 37 27 23 23--110

Bulls 16 28 14 20-- 78

Raptors min fg-a ft-a o-t a pf pts

Turkoglu 19:51 3-8 2-2 2-4 5 2 9

Bosh 22:17 9-12 7-7 7-12 2 1 25

Bargnani 28:40 4-10 0-0 2-8 0 4 9

Calderon 18:47 2-5 2-2 0-1 3 1 8

DeRozan 24:53 3-8 5-5 1-4 0 1 11

Wright 21:22 4-8 1-1 0-4 3 2 10

Jack 32:09 2-4 1-2 1-4 9 2 6

AJohnson 13:00 0-3 2-2 1-2 1 3 2

Nesterovic 20:22 6-11 0-1 1-5 0 2 12

Belinelli 23:07 6-8 2-2 1-5 3 4 15

Weems 6:50 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 0

Mensah-Bonsu 8:43 1-3 1-2 2-3 0 0 3

Totals 240 40-83 23-26 18-53 27 22 110

Percentages: FG .482, FT .885. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (Calderon 2-4, Jack 1-1, Belinelli 1-2, Turkoglu 1-2, Bargnani 1-5, Wright 1-5, DeRozan 0-1, Weems 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 13 (11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Bosh, Calderon, Mensah-Bonsu, Nesterovic). Turnovers: 13 (Jack 3, Belinelli 2, Calderon 2, Mensah-Bonsu 2, Bargnani, DeRozan, Nesterovic, Wright). Steals: 8 (Bosh 2, Jack 2, Belinelli, Calderon, Nesterovic, Weems). Technical Fouls: None.

Bulls min fg-a ft-a o-t a pf pts

Deng 29:51 4-9 1-1 0-4 2 1 9

Gibson 24:18 1-3 1-4 2-5 0 5 3

Noah 18:37 3-3 3-4 4-7 1 2 9

Rose 27:32 3-9 3-6 0-0 5 1 9

Salmons 42:05 6-12 0-0 0-4 1 1 13

Miller 24:53 3-8 4-5 2-3 3 1 11

JJohnson 14:34 1-5 0-0 2-3 0 6 3

Hunter 26:30 1-6 0-0 0-3 1 2 2

Gray 10:18 3-7 0-1 1-3 0 2 6

Pargo 21:22 5-15 2-3 0-0 2 1 13

Totals 240 30-77 14-24 11-32 15 22 78

Percentages: FG .390, FT .583. 3-Point Goals: 4-20, .200 (J.Johnson 1-1, Miller 1-1, Salmons 1-6, Pargo 1-7, Deng 0-2, Hunter 0-3). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 14 (23 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Deng 2, J.Johnson 2, Gibson). Turnovers: 14 (Gibson 4, Deng 2, Noah 2, Pargo 2, Rose 2, Hunter, Miller). Steals: 6 (Deng 2, Gibson, Hunter, J.Johnson, Pargo). Technical Fouls: Noah, 7:38 first; Noah, 7:19 third. Ejections: Noah, 7:19 third.

Officials--Bill Kennedy, Joe Forte, Kane Fitzgerald. A--20,481. T--2:11.


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