Time for Chicago Bulls to Face Facts About Current Roster’s Championship Hopes

February 11th, 2016 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

CHICAGO — “It doesn’t even seem like basketball.”

That’s what Chicago Bulls forward Doug McDermott had to say Wednesday night following a 113-90 blowout loss to the Atlanta Hawks. He was only talking about the second half of this particular game, when the Bulls let a manageable five-point halftime deficit slip away. But there’s no better way to describe the place this team finds itself in heading into the All-Star break.

The loss to the Hawks came on the heels of a two-week road trip in which Chicago lost five of seven games, all in increasingly predictable fashion. After seemingly every loss, Bulls players harp on their lack of defensive communication and overall effort, yet the problems persist.

As they approach the break, with one week left until a trade deadline that will most likely find them standing pat, they’re faced with a harsh reality they’ve been just good enough to put off confronting before now: This team, as presently constructed, is not good enough to win a championship or even seriously compete for a deep playo ...

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