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Bulls Wed Mar 17 2010

As the Bulls Turn: Where Memphis Swept The Season Series

As pretty much everyone in Chicago: moms, little brothers, high school gym teachers, whatnot, have deduced, the Bulls are real bad right now. Their starting line up last night in Memphis?

  • Janero Pargo
  • Acie Law
  • Flip Murray
  • Taj Gibson
  • Brad Miller

Aww, thanks injuries and suspensions! You left the Bulls with a starting five that conjures up law firms and a leftover name from a spaghetti sauce naming contest. There's not a whole lot to add to the recap or "point" of a column like this. The Bulls are extremely injured and bad right now. One criticism? Starting Taj, dude is injured and he's playing the "Karate Kid" theme in his head non-stop, I'm sure, but give him the night off and make James Johnson get some cardio in.

A peek at the box score tells you all you need to know about how things went down last night. The Bulls attempted 27 3s last night and only connected on 7 of them for a robust percentage of .259, not smart offense. But the Bulls do not know offense, even with Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah, they were one of the worst offenses in the NBA (27th in Offensive Rating, ouch) and now, sans that trio of ballers? The Bulls are hovering in a limbo of offense. Basketball does not make sense, left is right and Jannero Pargo costs you a game that you still have a chance to win, late in the fourth quarter, with turnovers on three consecutive possessions. Wow.

Yet, there is good news, Derrick Rose should be back tonight for the game against Dallas or, at the very latest, Friday against Cleveland at the United Center. So no more Jannero Pargo. Ever. More good news? Joakim Noah is likely to return next week. More good news? The Bulls even after 8 --and, let's face it, likely 9 and 10 straight losses with Dallas and Cleveland up next-- are only 1.5 games out of the playoffs. Thanks, Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Bobcats.

 
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