Bulls Power Rankings Roundup: Week 10
Below is a graph of where the Bulls have ranked over the course of the season.
And here is what Power Rankers are saying about the Bulls this week:
Bulls ranked 18th - "At the close of November, Chicago sported the league's fourth-best average scoring margin, behind only the Warriors, Clippers and Cavs. But the Bulls' December has only been slightly more enjoyable than the Lakers' December ... and you'll fully realize how faint that praise really is when you get down to the details in the Lakers' comment. Entering its Christmas Day home date with San Antonio, Chicago's minus-9.6 PPG scoring drop from last month to this month was the league's second-most, behind only Atlanta's minus-11.1 and narrowly ahead of the Lakers' minus-8.5."
Bulls ranked 18th - "They are who we thought they were. Their biggest problem is that they can't slow their downward momentum. There's no parachute, they're just increasing downward velocity. The offense has been horrible with Dwyane Wade on the court the past two weeks, the defense has been bad with Jimmy Butler in the same time span. That can't happen if Chicago's going to make the playoffs."
Bulls ranked 15th - "Weirdly enough, it was Chicago’s bench that pulled it back against San Antonio. The Bulls just can’t get all their ducks in a row right now. You really wonder how long Fred Hoiberg’s leash is as the New Year approaches and the team is two games under .500."
Bulls ranked 16th - "Remember when the Bulls beat the Cavs at the beginning of the month? Well, they're 3-9 since then, dropping from third to ninth in the East. They've somehow lost 14 of their last 15 fourth quarters and it may be time to break up a starting lineup that has been outscored by 21 points per 100 possessions over their last six games and has attempted only 82 3-pointers (11 per 48 minutes) in 361 minutes together. Of course, they haven't been very good (minus-3.1 points per 100 possessions in 152 minutes) with four starters and either Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic on the floor."
Bulls ranked 17th - "Not surprisingly, the Bulls take the fewest three pointers per game of any team in the league (19.6) and shoot the lowest percentage when they do (31 percent). That lack of spacing has caught up with the starters. What was a surprise on Christmas Day was the bench pulling Chicago back into the game in San Antonio. But the Spurs had the tools to expose the Bulls weaknesses, as do a lot of playoff teams."