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News » Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-12-14

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-12-14

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-12-14The Bulls helped ease some of the pressure on coach Vinny Del Negro by beating Golden State on Friday. But by following up with a 26-point home loss to Boston, they made it obvious that this is still a flawed team and if things stay the same, some sort of change will be needed.

It's easy to say the loss of guard Ben Gordon is haunting the Bulls. They've shot poorly from 3-point range and are averaging just 90.4 points per game this season.

With no 3-point threat and no post scorer, scoring has turned out to be a difficult ordeal for the Bulls.

"We don't take a lot of 3's; it's not the way we're built right now," Del Negro said. "It doesn't stretch the defense when you're not able to make some 3's and open up some lanes and things. It makes it harder, but you just try to do things to compensate for that by being more efficient. It puts a lot more pressure on your ballhandling, your decision-making."

The Bulls also haven't been able to get many contributions from their bench, while several veterans they counted on, such as John Salmons, Brad Miller, Kirk Hinrich and Jannero Pargo haven't played well.

To snap a streak of 10 losses in 12 games, all the Bulls need to do is beat the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday at the UC.

These teams already met in Los Angeles on Nov. 19, when the Bulls owned a 6-4 record and seemed to be a valid playoff contender. The Lakers rolled to an easy 108-93 victory that night behind 24 points by Pau Gasol, starting a skid that has caused the Bulls to lose whatever team confidence they built in the first 10 games.

CELTICS 106, BULLS 80: As has been their formula recently against good teams, the Bulls stuck around until the third quarter, then watched the deficit grow rapidly. The final result was a defeat that fell just short of becoming their third 30-point loss in eight days. The Bulls trailed by six early in the third quarter when Luol Deng fumbled the ball out of bounds on a fast break. The Celtics came back with a Ray Allen 3-pointer and uncontested driving layin by guard Rajon Rondo. By the time the third quarter ended, the Bulls trailed by 20. Guard Derrick Rose scored 19 points to lead the home team, which shot a season-low 32.8 percent from the field. Rondo paced the Celtics with 16 points and 14 assists.

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