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Bulls Fall To Cavs 92-85: Losing Streak at 10

The Chicago Bulls came into their match up with the Cleveland Cavaliers losers of nine in a row. Without Derrick Rose, Loul Deng, and Joakim Noah in the lineup, it did not appear that they would have a chance of ending that skid.

Despite their depleted roster though, Chicago was surprisingly able to hang around for most of the game. In fact the Bulls enjoyed a brief two point lead (78-76) with six minutes left in the game behind inspired efforts by the team’s two rookies; Taj Gibson (20 points, 13 rebounds), and James Johnson (16 points, 8 rebounds). However, the Bulls lack of size and inability to connect from the outside would be their downfall in the final minutes. Of course it didn’t help that LeBron James scored 13 of his 29 points during that stretch to help give the Cavaliers a 92-85 victory; their 55th on the season.

The loss was the Bulls’ tenth in a row dropping them further out of the playoff picture. They trail the Toronto Raptors by 2.5 games for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. After last season’s 41-41 record, it appeared Chicago was well on the road to improving that mark a few weeks ago. Now they have to win 10 of their last 14 games just to equal that victory total. The only chance the Bulls of getting things back on track is with a full complement of players. While Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are probable for the Bulls’ next game against Philadelphia, Loul Deng will miss the next 2-3 weeks due to a calf injury. Needless to say, Chicago will have to find a way to go on a serious run over the next month if they hope to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

James Tillman

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