Losing at home hasn't been a part of the Chicago Bulls' game plan in recent memory, but it looks like that's starting to change—with a 99-89 loss.
The Portland Trail Blazers overwhelmed the Bulls from the tip with 28 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 24 from Damian Lillard.
It wasn't until the fourth quarter that the Bulls finally showed up, outscoring the Blazers 36-19 in the quarter.
The Bulls were led by 18 points from Joakim Noah and 16 points from Carlos Boozer. 26 points off the bench from Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson came too late, as the Bulls just couldn't find a way to cool off the Blazers.
Portland shot 47.6 from beyond the arc, behind Lillard and Wesley Matthew's combined 7-of-12 shooting from three-point land.
It's clear that the Bulls have reached the "we need Derrick Rose" point, and if he doesn't return soon, the Bulls' chances of making a run in the playoffs is slim to none.
Chicago is now just two games up on the Milwaukee Bucks for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. If the Bulls keep losing they could quickly find themselves in the eight seed in the East, and an unfavorable first-round matchup with the Miami Heat.