Week In Review with Ryan: The Good, Bad, Ugly from Chicago Bulls in Week 2

Taj Gibson, PF, Chicago Bulls

Mar 26, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) goes up for the shot against Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) and guard Elfrid Payton (left) during the first quarter of a basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

After a great opening week for the Chicago Bulls that saw them go 3-0, the last seven days left a lot to be desired.

The season’s already over.

In just week two, the Chicago Bulls’ season is done.



“It’s time to tank,” some skeptics will tell you.

Others will say they saw this coming when the “Three Alphas” assembled. Whatever your opinion is, I don’t think a three-game losing streak to three teams who are projected to be around the playoff picture is worth freaking out about.

Well, at least not yet anyway.

Nevertheless, the Bulls are now 3-3.

Michael Carter-Williams is hurt and the Bulls defense is resembling a turnstile.

Rajon Rondo had a bad week, Jimmy Butler played like an All-Star, and Dwyane Wade played well in two of the three losses.

I must admit, I almost considered skipping this week’s edition because of the struggle to find a “good”, but here is the good, bad and ugly from a depressing second week for the Bulls.

Oct 6, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; The Chicago Bulls players look on during the national anthem prior to their game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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The Good (and Bad): The fact that the week is over

Normally I wouldn’t do this, but this past week has shown me that good and bad things come together.

On one hand, it’s good that the Bulls can regroup and hopefully string some wins together.

On the other hand, it was bad because, well, we all know why.

In all three of the Bulls losses this past week, the men in red gave up 100+ points. In each game, they had fewer assists, a worse field goal percentage and 3-point percentage than their opponents.

The only thing Chicago had more of then the team they were playing consistently in each game was turnovers. On Wednesday, Boston got their Opening Night revenge, winning 105-100. (Check out our analysis.)

This was then followed up by a repeated terrible performance against the New York Knicks in a game where Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah were probably glad they went to the Big Apple, and to round out the week, the Bulls got hammered by the Indiana Pacers.

The same Indiana Pacers the Bulls blew out a week before.

This bad week will be one the Bulls will want to put behind them fast, as their 3-0 start has been diminished where now any loss will put them below .500.

However, there’s no need to fear. The teams on the Bulls upcoming schedule should allow them to make up some much needed wins in the early part of the season.

Nov 2, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg on the side line during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 2, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg on the side line during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Ugly: The Bulls didn’t bounce back all week

Every team is gonna lose. Just ask Golden State.

But, when your team loses back-to-back-to-back games in quick succession, not to mention where two of the sides were ones you beat the previous week, then there’s some concern.

The cohesiveness and team play seems to have disappeared. As much as I hate to say it, this team’s heart or embarrassment of losing three in a row looks to have gone missing as well.

In a short turnaround, you would hope the Bulls would be able to muster up a win, yet the Bulls’ win column still sits at three.

It’s time for the “Three Alphas” to stand up and put the team back into line because at this rate, there’s no telling when this three-game losing streak will end.

Hopefully. the Chicago Bulls bounce back next week and this good, bad, ugly segment will sound more good, and a lot less bad and ugly.

What were your good, bad and ugly moments from the past week? Make sure you put them in the comments section below.

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