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News » Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-14

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-14

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-14As impressive as the Bulls' defense has been early this season, their outside shooting has been equally as bad, if not worse.

Facing two of the NBA's highest-scoring squads on back-to-back nights, the Bulls held Denver to 90 points and kept Toronto to 99, yet lost both games. Toronto had been averaging 109 points and Denver 106.

At the end of the loss to the Raptors, the Bulls settled for outside shots and seemed to have no legs left. But that doesn't explain their overall inability to knock down perimeter shots. After going 2-for-8 from long range against Toronto, the Bulls' league-worst three-point percentage dropped to .253.

Guard John Salmons, perhaps feeling the pressure of being asked to replace Ben Gordon, is shooting a dismal 30.6 percent on the season. Guard Kirk Hinrich isn't much better at .346 and Jannero Pargo, who was supposed to bring a spark off the bench, has been slowed by a back injury.

The Bulls will have two days off before facing Philadelphia on Saturday at the United Center. The Sixers have an interesting mix of young talent with guard Lou Williams taking over for veteran Andre Miller, who left for Portland. Forward Thaddeus Young continues to be a tough matchup, while long-armed forward Marreese Speights might have been the steal of last year's draft.

In the meantime, ex-Bulls No. 1 draft pick Elton Brand has started slowly after recovering from an injury that kept him sidelined for the second half of last season.

This will be the Bulls' final home date before beginning the six-game circus road trip.

RAPTORS 99, BULLS 89: Coming off the heartbreaking loss to Denver on Tuesday, the Bulls took to the road a day later and seemed completely spent after 3-1/2 quarters in Toronto. They led 88-85 with 6:24 remaining, but missed their final 15 field goal attempts and lost to the Raptors 99-89 at the Air Canada Centre. Once again, the Bulls produced a commendable effort on defense, but couldn't hit enough shots. After shooting better than 50 percent in the first half, they went 10 for 40 following halftime and couldn't hold an 11-point third-quarter lead. Forwards Luol Deng and Taj Gibson led the Bulls with 18 points each. Forward Chris Bosh scored 28 points for Toronto.

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