The Chicago Bulls put their 5-game winning streak on the line against the Miami Heat on Sunday. The Heat entered the game without forward LeBron James, who was sidelined with a broken nose. On the Bulls side, Jimmy Butler was sidelined to due to bruised ribs.
The game started as a defensive struggle between the two teams as the score was tied at 40 at half-time. In the second half, the Bulls offense remained in the locker room. The Bulls were outscored by the Heat 25-12 in the third quarter. The Bulls managed to stay on par with the Heat in the fourth quarter but by that time it was too late as Miami went on to take the game 93-79.
For Da Windy recap of the the Bulls loss to the Heat, lets take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The Good: Bulls center Joakim Noah continued his impressive season as Noah registered another double-double on the season by scoring 2o points and gathering 15 rebounds. The defensive pressure from the Bulls in the first half of the game was impressive. The strength of the Bulls has always been their toughness. The Bulls are not a team that will be pushed around, though without an effective offensive approach, toughness is not enough for the Bulls to go blow for blow against the top teams in the NBA.
The Bad: One of the reasons why toughness is not going to be enough for the Bulls to hang with the top teams in the NBA this season is because the team runs empty on offense at crucial points in games. That was the case for the team against the Heat. Once the Heat gained their offense prowess in the second half of the game, the Bulls were not able to match their opponent.
The Ugly: To go in line with their offensive struggles against the Heat on Sunday, the Bulls had 7 24-second shot clock violations in the game. While that is not believed to be a record, it is a number that is simply unacceptable. The seven violations speak to the notion of the Bulls being a confused offensive team. At times in their game against the Heat, Bulls players–particularly Noah–were holding the ball too long, waiting for a play too develop.