After a strong offensive showing against the Golden State Warriors at the United Center on Friday, the Bulls offense failed to make the trip to Washington D.C. on Saturday night. Despite the fact that the Bulls had a lead against the Washington Wizards after the first quarter of Saturday night’s game, the Bulls’ offense went cold and struggled to keep pace with the Wizards. The Bulls’ offensive struggles on Saturday night was the main reason why the team was unable to defeat the Wizards in a 86 to 73 loss
Not one of the Bulls’ starting five scored in double digits on Saturday. Joakim Noah was the top performer for the Bulls as he collected 17 rebounds while scoring 9 points and dishing out 10 assists. Jimmy Butler and Richard Hamilton added 9 points as well. Carlos Boozer was non-existent as the power forward scored 6 points while only gathering 2 rebounds. Kirk Hinrich scored 7 points in 22 minutes of playing time. Nate Robinson was the only offensive threat for the Bulls as the guard scored 18 points while playing 28 minutes off the bench.
For the Wizards, Nene, Emeka Okafor, and John Wall led the offensive effort. Nene scored 16 points, both Okafor and Wall scored 15 points. Okafor also gathered 16 rebounds. The Wizards with their win over the Bulls improved their record to 11 and 31. Meanwhile, the Bulls record now stands at 26 and 17.
This was the second game of back-and-back for the Bulls, though the Wizards were in the same predicament. Nonetheless, it is discouraging to see repeated efforts like the one the Bulls showed against the Wizards on Saturday. While the Bulls certainly can hold their own against teams such as the Miami Heat and New York Knicks, the team seems to constantly struggle with the lower-tier teams such as the Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats. It hasn’t hurt the Bulls yet this season, but it is a trend that the team can hopefully correct as the season progresses.
Speaking of the Bobcats, the Bulls will return to the United Center on Monday and face Michael Jordan’s Bobcats.