It was about 15-6, Wizards, when TNT analyst and future Knicks coach Steve Kerr pointed out that the Bulls reached their ceiling during the regular season and didn't have much more to go on when it comes to the playoffs.
Other teams, however, do have a greater playoff ceiling. Other teams such as the Wizards, who happened to be playing the Bulls in Game 2 of their playoff series Tuesday night.
Kerr also pointed out that the Bulls are rarely the most talented team on the floor, and that’s the case in this series. The Wizards are faster, quicker and more skilled. What else you got?
Oh, they’re more muscular on the front line, that’s what.
The Wizards have the better talent, but the Bulls are the better team. Or at least they’re supposed to be. They had the better record, and Tom Thibodeau makes them play better as a team.
But how much better can the Bulls play when it really matters in the playoffs?
Answer: Not much, and mercifully, not much longer after they blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead at home. That’s some accomplishment in a must-win game.
Sorry, but lauding their hustle and resolve in coming back from a 17-point deficit seems stupid when you have to stop to wonder how you got down 17 in the first place.
The Bulls went almost eight minutes at the end of the fourth quarter and into the overtime without scoring. Not a single, stinkin’ point.
But then, that’s this team’s problem: No offense. The Bulls weren’t the lowest-scoring team in the league for nothing.
You can pet them for their effort, but this franchise is going nowhere until it gets some game-changers. Or until Derrick Rose can remain upright for more than 20 games.
Which brings us to the Carmelo Anthony rumors/prayers/fantasies. He would make the Bulls better, but how much better and at what price?
Anthony would give the Bulls the scorer they don’t have, but what would he cost in bodies? If you gut the roster, then what do you have? Rose, Anthony, Joakim Noah and Your Name Here? Is that a championship team?
You can say that no matter who the Bulls give up, they couldn’t have a worse offense, and you’d be right, but listen, the point is not to improve the offense but to make it championship-caliber.
And while we were debating that, the Bulls defense was getting destroyed. The 10-point lead the Bulls blew in Game 2 followed a 13-point gag in Game 1. Ladies and gentleman, the league’s best defensive team.
The only thing the Bulls have is their defense, and now they don’t have that. The Bulls rely on defense because they don’t have a real offense. Not like big-boy playoff teams. Not even like playoff newbies such as the Wizards.
D.J. Augustin shot the Bulls back into the game, but then the Wizards sicced Trevor Ariza on him, and that was that. It was the JV version of Lebron James on Rose, and the Bulls’ one scoring option was dead, see ya next season, thanks for coming.
But say this for the Bulls: They have quite the arsenal when it comes to choking double-digit playoff leads at home.