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Clippers 104, Bulls 97: As long as nobody's ever out, we're OK. Whoops.

Pace Eff eFG FT/FG OREB% TOr
Chicago 101.0 96.0 44.0% 18.7 22.4 12.9
LA Clippers 103.0 49.4% 28.0 23.9 14.9

 

In a game with Kirk Hinrich's 'thrust' (now Stacy/Neil are using the term) lacking, and Salmons out with the flu himself, Jannero Pargo needed to fill the void. He had 3 points in 16 minutes.

In his glorious return to the states this season, Pargo is shooting 26.8% from 3-point range, has the lowest TS%, AST% and (nearly) REB% of his career. Sporting a PER at 7.3, an especially damning number for a guy we know isn't adding much defensively.

Maybe this is how Jerry Reinsdorf buys loyalty? Sure, Pargo doesn't really belong in the league, and yet they gave him the Bi-Annual Exception (which, yes, means they can't use it next year if they need it) when the league minimum (or a non-guaranteed deal?) would've likely sufficed. The money difference isn't that great, but it matters a lot to a team so close to the tax threshold that they can't acquire any more depth.

But that's a short-term loss, what the Org. has in the long-term is an appreciative and loyal employee for life. I'm starting to think this is how the VP, GM, and Coaching hires were done too.

In the meantime, it's hard to expect any wins with any of the top-8 hurt or sick. That's a tough draw when on this road trip, and the Bulls have now already lost the most winnable two games.