By David Schuster-
(CBS) Not since early February of 2011 had the Bulls lost two in a row. It was a streak that spanned 86 games but it’s a streak that’s now over. With Monday night’s 99-93 defeat to Houston, the Bulls have lost back-to-back games under Tom Thibodeau for only the fifth time in his tenure.
But what’s concerning is the fact that the Bulls have not played solid basketball in almost a month and Thibodeau pointed that out after the Houston loss.
“We seem to have lost our edge,” the Bulls coach coach said. “We have to get that fight back. We have to get that edge back. Right now, we’re not playing well. We have to work our way out of it”
And he couldn’t be more right. After back-to-back terrible third quarters for the Bulls, a really good defensive team has deteriorated into at best an average one.
The Bulls were as morose as I’ve seen them in years after Monday’s game but Kyle Korver tried to remain positive.
“Yeah, it’s correctable,” he said. “It’s obviously frustrating and we want to play better and play well every night. We certainly didn’t want to lose two in a row and there are some things that we need to correct but we still have 11 games left and then the playoffs so we’ll be OK.”
They will be OK but, as Luol Deng knows, there has to be improvement.
“We have to get back to the way we’re supposed to play and find ways to win,” Deng said. “That’s the big thing missing at the moment.”
And, after a couple of days off, the Bulls will have a chance to get back on track when they host Boston on Thursday night.