Chicago Bulls Start West Coast Trip – Again
Posted by sportsmaven on February 1, 2007
The Chicago Bulls Struggle Against Clippers. The Chicago Bulls definitely do not like the West Coast swings on their schedule, ever. For years, we’ve experienced the marathon circus road trip in November that usually begins on the west coast. They came home from this year’s version of the circus trip with a 3-9 record and it looks like this 7 game west coast trip has all the trappings of being similar to the circus trip. The Bulls were in LA last night playing the mighty Los Angeles Clippers, who have been underachievers for most of the season, but have been on a bit of a run recently, winning their 7th out of their last 8 games last night. The Clippers beat the Bulls 110-98 at the Staples Center.
Statistically, if you look at the box score of this game, it couldn’t have been any more even, with the exception of free throws, where the Clippers attempted 20 more free throws and made 19 more free throws than the Bulls. (this is a recurring theme throughout the season for the Bulls.) Watching this game on television though, it looked like the Clippers dominated the Bulls. The Bulls were consistently down double digits for most of the night. When they would fight back to close within one or two baskets, the Clippers would go on a run and extend the lead back out to double digits, and that was the real story of last night’s game.
The Bulls sorely missed Ben Wallace’s presence last night, especially in the paint. PJ Brown was just overmatched against Elton Brand and Shaun Livingston played out of his mind in the 4th quarter. He killed Kirk Hinrich in the last 6 minutes of the game, scoring at will and playing tough defense on Capt. Kirk. The Bulls didn’t have a go to player step up in the 4th quarter when they tied the game at 94 with 4 minutes left. The Clips just buried them, providing yet another lesson to the Bulls that they need to finish stronger. (Those Finish signs that are all over the Chicago Bears Miami hotel needs to be hung up all over the Bulls locker room.) The Bulls are in Seattle on Friday, Portland on Saturday and in Utah on Monday. I would be happy if the Bulls split the first 4 games of this road trip and they should if they play up to their ability. Of course, that remains to be seen at times. Inconsistency will prompt me to write a future post on this subject somewhere down the road…..