The Bulls tried their old game of “let the other team get way ahead, we can come back”, but it did not work last night in Charlotte. The Bulls were down by as many as 17 points early, and that was too much, even after coming back to take a five-point lead in the fourth quarter. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says there won’t be any lineup changes soon, but adds:
“We gave them transition, isolation plays, ball driving to the rim with no help, not containing dribble penetration,” Thibodeau said. “We brought on our own problems.”
Potential good news for the Bulls came out of Los Angeles last night — the Heat’s LeBron James sprained his ankle in Miami’s 111-105 loss to the Clippers. (See? It’s not just the Bulls who can lose to bad teams on the road.)
James says he’s “day to day” and may play in tonight’s Miami game at Denver. He’ll have three days to rest up until the Heat faces the Bulls on Saturday, but obviously, it would be a more winnable game for the Bulls if they didn’t have to face him. It’s no fun to root for injuries, but I can’t say I’m unhappy about this one.