Bulls-dozer vs. Bobcats: Result not even close

Posted on February 11, 2012

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Minus Rose, Bulls soundly whip overmatched Charlotte, sending home team to 13th straight loss

By Rick Bonnell
rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com

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All you need to know about the Charlotte Bobcats‘ performance Friday: They finished with more air-ball free-throw attempts than double-digit scorers.
Gana Diop and Bismack Biyombo each failed to find the rim from the foul line. And Derrick Brown finally reached 10 points with 1 1/2 minutes left. That summed up the night in a roll-your-eyes 95-64 stinker against the Chicago Bulls.
The losing streak is now at 13 games, matching a franchise record. Before this game, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau – channeling former South Carolina football coach Lou Holtz’s gift for exaggeration – called the Bobcats “dangerous.”
Only to their self-esteem. This was the 3-23 Bobcats’ third loss of 30 or more points in their past five games.
“It’s embarrassing,” Brown said postgame in a locker room that cleared out quickly. “As a man you’ve got to find a way. There are only so many times you let someone take your lunch money before you do something.”
They haven’t “done something” about this in 28 days. The last victory was at home over the Golden State Warriors Jan. 14. You can say this is about injuries, a lack of talent and being forced to start two rookies (Biyombo and Kemba Walker).
But at some point, it becomes about will and pride and standing up for yourself.
“It shows who you are when things are going bad,” said Brown. “And they are going bad, obviously.”
Friday was never competitive, despite the Bulls sitting reigning NBA most valuable player Derrick Rose. The league’s top point guard, Rose missed the game with a sore lower back.
Bobcats coach Paul Silas tries his best to stay positive, but he acknowledged his team wasn’t into this effort-wise, on a night when they avoided a franchise-low in points by only six.
“There was no real focus, no concentration,” Silas said. “I can’t explain why – we go through the offense every day.
Silas got back small forward Corey Maggette, out since early January with a strained hamstring. Maggette played 13 minutes off the bench, shooting 2 of 7. Silas intends to start Maggette tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers, which could move Tyrus Thomas to the bench.
Silas believes his team’s fortunes will turn once D.J. Augustin and Gerald Henderson also return.
“There’s no excuse for the way we’re playing,” Silas said. “If everything was in sync (injury-wise) and we were playing like this, I just couldn’t take it.”

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