Well, this makes two consecutive games in which I am writing the recap before the end of the game. After the Chicago Bulls came up with a pair of excellent wins over the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks, they immediately followed that with a pair of horrific losses to the Atlanta Hawks and the Houston Rockets.
Much as they did against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, the Rockets came out and ran the Bulls out of the gym, largely in transition, although the Bulls' pick and roll defense wasn't anything to write home about either. And, as they usually do, the Bulls hung close in the first quarter before getting steamrolled in the second quarter.
As I write this, Omer Asik has 17 points and 16 rebounds through three quarters of play to go along with a posterization of Joakim Noah. Let's just say that his return to Chicago is going well for him.
The Bulls need to regroup before the face off with the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night, because three straight blowout losses would not look good. Having said that, let's not overreact to either of these games. The Hawks and Rockets happen to be two very good teams that double as terrible matchups for the Bulls. Jeremy Lin and James Harden are a formidable backcourt and the Bulls have an awful backcourt. Omer Asik is a terrific interior defender and a monster rebounder. If you have a team that can defend inside and rebound well with a dynamic backcourt and transition game, the Bulls are in trouble. At least, as long as Derrick Rose is out. And probably with him back as well.
Look, this game sucked. But we may as well put it behind us and hope to bounce back.
Merry Christmas, I guess.
Player o' the Game: Omer Asik (20 points, 18 rebounds, 3 blocks)
I refuse to give this to any Bulls player on general principle. Besides, I still love Omer.Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Chicago, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, James Harden, Jeremy Lin, Joakim Noah, NBA, Omer Asik