The Chicago Bulls' inconsistency grows more evident, game after game. But why?
If you’ve been a fan of the Chicago Bulls for the past few years then you’ve almost certainly come to realize one defining characteristic of this team. A characteristic that transcends who the coach is, what the lineup is, and who is healthy or injured. Inconsistency. Specifically, the tendency to beat much superior teams while losing to much more inferior ones. This unfortunate attribute has come to define the Chicago Bulls and the way they’ve played games over the past few years.
These Chicago Bulls are creating a habit of playing up or down to level of their opponent. With wins against top tier teams such as the Cavs, Thunder (2), Pacers (2), Spurs, Clippers, Grizzlies, and Raptors (2), the Bulls have shown that they can compete with anyone. But with loses to worse teams such as the Pistons (2), Hornets (2), Timberwolves, Suns, Knicks, and Nets, the Bulls have shown that they can be beat by just about anyone.
In those losses, it’s as if the team thinks they are going to win so they then don’t try as hard as they normally would. Because of this, they often times find themselves down big, early in the game, and have to fight to climb themselves out of the hole they created, something they struggle at doing. In contrast, when they win against better teams, it is often because they come out of the gates firing, with a ton of energy. If the Bulls could do that against all their opponents, they would certainly be ahead of their division-mates, the Cavs, for the top seed in the East.
While the Bulls have been on winning streaks of 6, 4, and 4 again this season, they have also had 3 game losing streaks at 3 different times this season. This overall level of inconsistent play has likely destroyed any chance of the Bulls being an NBA championship contender. And while they have been showing signs of improvement with their recent 6 game win streak, the Bulls must become more consistent if they ever plan on becoming more than just a pit stop for the Cavs, on their way to the championship.
Written by Jack Jarvis
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