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News » Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-12-11

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-12-11

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-12-11After a promising 6-4 start, the Bulls' season has taken a nasty turn.

Just last Friday, they held a third-quarter lead at Cleveland and owned a semi-respectable 7-9 record. But the Cavs went on a big run to win going away and the three games since then have brought two 30-point losses and a home defeat to a team off to its worst start in NBA history. Now people are beginning to wonder if coach Vinny Del Negro's job might be in jeopardy. It probably is, but he shouldn't take all the blame.

The Bulls thought their roster had enough depth at the start of the season. But while guard Kirk Hinrich and forward Tyrus Thomas have missed time with injuries, players like John Salmons, Brad Miller, Jannero Pargo and rookie James Johnson haven't come close to meeting expectations.

Then with leading scorer Ben Gordon leaving as a free agent, the Bulls have been a low-scoring team and weren't able to sustain the level of quality defense needed to win games.

"I don't think me and my teammates have given up, but we're going to have to find some ways to turn things around," guard Derrick Rose said.

The Bulls will get another chance to test their offense Friday when Golden State visits the United Center. The Warriors are the league's worst defensive team by far, giving up an average of 113.7 points and allowing opponents to shoot 49.7 percent from the field. Last week the Bulls played host to Toronto, which ranks second in most points allowed, and they managed to score just 78 in a 32-point loss.

The Bulls have won six of the last seven against Golden State at the United Center and three straight overall in the series.

HAWKS 118, BULLS 83: This one figured to be a tough task for the Bulls. Playing with a depleted roster, they went on the road for the second leg of a back-to-back against a Hawks' team that had been off since Saturday. Even under those circumstances, the Bulls turned in a weak effort and were embarrassed 118-83 on Wednesday at Philips Arena.

The Bulls shot a season-low 36.4 percent from the field and allowed the Hawks to shoot an even 50 percent. Trailing by 14 at halftime, the Bulls managed to score just four points in the first eight-and-a-half minutes of the third quarter. Guard Derrick Rose finished with 19 points and seven assists, while rookie forward James Johnson scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter. Ex-Bulls guard Jamal Crawford led Atlanta with 29 points.

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