There are just some nights the Bulls don't have it. Friday night against the Blazers at the United Center was one of those nights. Perhaps it was the trauma from the last game against the Blazers, but the Bulls laid a pretty big egg in a 91-74 loss despite playing on three days' rest.
The Bulls' offense stunk from the start, but they only trailed by three after the first quarter thanks to holding the Blazers to just 19 points. The second quarter started innocently enough, with the Bulls actually taking a two-point lead thanks to strong play from Taj Gibson and D.J. Augustin. But that would be about the extent of the good for Chicago.
The Blazers started to get things going offensively, and they kept it going for most of the rest of the quarter. The Bulls stayed within striking distance, but a 5-0 run by the Blazers to close the half put Portland up 11 at the break.
All hell broke loose in the third quarter, as the Blazers went up by as many as 25 points. The Bulls closed the third on an 11-2 run to give a faint glimmer of hope heading into the final frame, but that glimmer was extinguished rather quickly.
The Blazers' lead never got under 15 in the fourth quarter, which did lead to some Jimmer Time at the end. However, Gibson, Jimmy Butler and Joakim Noah hilariously stayed in until the buzzer. #ThibsBall, or something like that.
The Blazers got balanced scoring, with Mo Williams leading six players in double figures with 18 points off the bench. LaMarcus Aldridge had a quiet game offensively, going just 2-of-10 from the field, but he did have 13 rebounds. The Blazers made major hay at the three-point line, going 10-of-22 from deep.
Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Augustin and Gibson combined for 28 points off the bench, but there wasn't much help otherwise. Kirk Hinrich and Mike Dunleavy combined to go 1-of-15 from the field as the Bulls shot just 39.3 percent overall and 3-of-17 from three.