It was close, but the Bulls could not pull off the victory. After a slow start in the first quarter, the Bulls warmed up on offense and nearly stole a win in the new Barclays Center. On their road trip, the Chicago Bulls fell short 89-93 against Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets.
There’s a bit of bad news on the horizon. Three starters were not active last night due to injuries. Kirk Hinrich stayed in Chicago because of a possible infection in his elbow. Carlos Boozer was a gametime decision, but decided not to play with nagging soreness in his hamstring. But, the big bad news is about Joakim Noah. Reports claim that he has plantar fasciitis in his right foot. The Bulls are currently unsure of when Noah will possibly return. Every season the Bulls are bitten by the injury bug which seems to bite several players at a time. There’s never a good time for injuries, but this one can effect their chemistry especially when Derrick Rose returns. Hopefully, injuries won’t plague the Bulls too bad until Rose is cleared to play.
Taj Gibson started in Carlos Boozer’s place. Gibson finished with 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 48 minutes. Luol Deng also played the whole game with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Belinelli contributed 18 points from off the bench. The Bulls were awful from behind the arc. They only shot (7.1%) 1-14 from the 3-point line. They were also out-rebounded by the Brooklyn Nets, 29-40. This is no shock especially since Joakim Noah is their primary rebounder, along side Carlos Boozer.
The Bulls will quickly have to bounce back after their loss. Tonight, the Bulls will face the Atlanta Hawks at 7pm ET on WGN (local network). They’re currently 13-7 on the road and are on a 5 game road trip.