The Chicago Bulls had every excuse to wave the white flag on Friday night.
Facing a tough Brooklyn Nets team inside the Barclays Center, coach Tom Thibodeau's team was forced to make do without three starters: Kirk Hinrich (elbow), Carlos Boozer (hamstring) and Joakim Noah (foot).
But that's not the way these Bulls operate.
Although they ultimately came out on the wrong side of a 93-89 game, the team scratched and clawed all night.
Chicago had no business even being in this game.
Besides the obvious limitations on Thibodeau's rotation, the Bulls didn't shoot or rebound well. The Nets outshot the Bulls from the field (52 to 44 percent) and from the perimeter (46 to seven). Brooklyn pounded them on the glass, finishing with a 40-29 edge in rebounds.
But the Bulls limited their mistakes (13 turnovers), shared the basketball (23 assists on 34 field goals) and nearly made the Nets pay for their struggles at the line. Chicago shot 20-of-22 from the charity stripe, while Brooklyn made just 10 of its 20 foul shots.