Dec 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng (9) shoots the ball against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls' Comeback Attempt Falls Short, Again

The Chicago Bulls continue to struggle after the injury bug recently bit the team.  They have now lost 7 of their last 10 games and are 5 games under .500 after their recent loss to the Orlando Magic by a score of 83-82.

It was another brutal first half for the Bulls.  They trailed 43-35 at the break and were shooting an abysmal 30% from the field.  Chicago was also getting out-rebounded by 10 at the intermission.  Luol Deng led a team that hadn’t made a three pointer yet with 14 points and 6 rebounds in the first half.  It appears he is back and healthy.

The second half got a little better for the Bulls, but they were unable to dig themselves out of the hole they were already in.  They had it back close late in the game, but were unable to pull it out.

They finished the game 35% from the field and 28% from behind the arc.

After the team waived point guard Mike James earlier in the day, newly acquired D.J. Augustin played 37 minutes for the Bulls, who played without Kirk Hinrich for the second straight game, while racking up 14 points and 8 assists.  So far there is no timetable for Hinrich’s return.  Right now it’s Marquis Teague and Augustin’s spot.

Deng was the high man for the Bulls, he had 26 points and 8 rebounds.  Jimmy Butler had quite the struggle on the night, he shot just 1-11 and had 4 points.

Aaron Afflalo led the Magic, he had 23 points and 8 rebounds for the game.

The Bulls will now visit a talented Houston Rockets team on Wednesday and will look to break out of their recent funk.  Game time is set for 8:30 p.m. CT.

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