Not sure that the first-game-back-after-long-road-trip letdown performance is a real phenomenon or just one of those sports cliches, but it held true tonight.
Bulls couldn't control the glass at all. Even if one was hoping for a shooting drought for the Magic to allow for a run, if you can't get the rebound it isn't happening. Joakim Noah amazingly had zero rebounds in his 25 minutes.
The Magic are an excellent team, but this wasn't meant to be a measuring stick game*. Boozer's first game had him looking rusty on offense, and completely lost on defense. Even the starting lineups went wrong as Luol Deng ran out to the introduction of Boozer (both are '"6'9" Forward, from Duke...").
Derrick Rose had a scintillating first quarter, but that was merely keeping the Bulls close for 12 minutes. The rest went to hell.
*would I have said that if the Bulls won? I'd like to say no, but...