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Phoenix Suns vs. Chicago Bulls: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Chicago

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Phoenix Suns vs. Chicago Bulls: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Chicago
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The Chicago Bulls followed up their win over the New York Knicks with an ugly poor-shooting night leading to a 97-81 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

Chicago shot 36 percent from the floor, including an ugly 18 percent, 2-of-11 display from the three-point line.

There are some nights when the Bulls end up having to deal with having little to no productive forms of offense, others when their defense slips a bit and they have to try to shoo their way back into games and then they have nights like they did against Phoenix.

It seems like whenever Chicago ends up playing teams that successfully push the pace (past what the Bulls normally play, which is somewhere between the snail and the turtle on your lawn mower accelerator) and have a good balance of guard work and mid-range shooting from their big men, there's going to be some troubles.

I wouldn't say that the Bulls have been playing down to their opponents, because they have been legitimately beat throughout the season, not just losing in squeakers here and there.

It's just that they have nights when their defense isn't capable of dominating, and the other team makes shots at a rate that Chicago just can't match.

Once Derrick Rose comes back, they should be able to find an offensive rhythm, until then, they'll have games like this.

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