Well, that was hard to watch.
The Bulls have prided themselves on their depth and defense all year, and for the most part, they’ve stayed competitive. They’ve exceeded expectations during the 2012-13 season, but when their defense failed them in this one, they had nobody on offense to make up the difference.
Midway through the first quarter is when Sacramento began to establish its offense. A 15-4 run to end the period gave the Kings a 14-point lead, and that margin increased to 29 by halftime.
Defensively, the numbers speak for themselves. In the first half alone, Chicago gave up 65 points, allowed 58.3 percent shooting and forced just one turnover—an illegal screen in the second period.
Offensively, the numbers were bad, but this showing was about more than just the box score. When Carlos Boozer left the floor for his first rest, the team didn’t know which way to look. Nobody knew how to take over in times of adversity, and that’s going to be a problem as this team approaches the playoffs.
If we learned anything Wednesday night, it’s that the Bulls need Rose to return if they stand a chance in the postseason. Their defense is as good as it comes, but on the rare occasion that they fall asleep on that end of the floor, where are they going to turn if Rose is still out?
A loss like this is often forgotten, as you don’t learn much when a good team plays so poorly. However, with the Bulls’ offensive deficiencies being so prominently exposed, you have to wonder just what they can do with their leader sitting on the bench.