Sometimes even the most hardcore fan has a difficult time watching his/her team play on certain nights. That was the case for me when the Chicago Bulls played the Los Angeles Clippers on November 17. From the start of the contest, I knew we were going to be in for a long night to say the least. While we only trailed by three points (18-15) after the first quarter, the game quickly got out of hand after that. The Clippers outscored us 35-25 in the second quarter, including 17 by former-Bull Jamal Crawford, to give the Clippers a 53-40 lead at the break. While the Bulls have shown the ability to come back from large deficits, there would be no miracles in this one, as the Clippers went on to rout us 101-80, extending their winning streak to five games.
If you are a Bulls’ fan like myself, there was nothing encouraging about their effort in this game. From the opening quarter, we played very poorly on the offensive end. We shot a frigid 34 percent from the field, including just 2-of-14 from beyond the arc. We also failed to take care of the basketball, committing 12 turnovers in the first half and 16 for the game. As a result, the Clippers enjoyed a 26-10 advantage in fast break points. When you turn the ball over against a team that can score in transition, it usually comes back to haunt you and that was the case in this game. Our lone bright spot offensively was Carlos Boozer, who registered his second straight double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds. However, his production was a non-factor because the Clippers dominated the game for a majority of the evening.
Our effort on the defensive end was just as disappointing. As mentioned earlier, Jamal Crawford had his way against our guards, scoring 17 points in the second quarter on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. Our interior defense was not too great either as Blake Griffin scored 26 points (including 12 in the final six minutes) and pulled down 10 rebounds. Thanks to his inside play, the Clippers outscored us 48-36 in the paint. As painful as this loss was for me, I am hoping we will bounce back with a much better effort against the Portland Trailblazers on November 18.
James Tillman III is a resident of the Chicago-land area, who has followed the Bulls since the 1987-1988 season. James is also a Featured Sports Contributor for Yahoo! Network and a Sports Journalist for Sports Rantz Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @jtillman9693
“Scoring binge by ex-Bull Crawford blisters Thibs’ crew in ugly road loss” Joe Cowley, Chicago Sun-Times
Bulls vs. Clippers Recap – November 17 2012