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Memphis Grizzlies 80, Chicago Bulls 71: Hell on Earth

December 18th, 2012 at 4:01 PM
By Caleb Nordgren

Anyone remember the Chicago Bulls' loss to the Indiana Pacers two weeks ago? The final was 80-76, and the game was so ugly it prompted us here at Bulls 101 to title our recap "Oh God There's So Much Blood."

Last night's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies was worse, somehow.

First off, the Bulls somehow only managed to score 71 points. That's awful. Second, they blew a nine point first quarter lead — that they earned only because the Grizzlies scored all of 11 points in 12 minutes  — because they scored 20 points in the first 12 minutes and 51 in the next 36. (Memphis scored 69 points over the same time period.)

This was the worst basketball game in recent Bulls memory, surpassing even the awfulness that was the Bulls-76ers series after Derrick Rose went down. And that's saying something.

Kirk Hinrich was awful just like everyone who was not the Bulls' organization predicted. Nate Robinson was meh. Marquis Teague was stapled to the bench. Tom Thibodeau does many, many things well as a head coach, but his loyalty/stubbornness — depending on your position on whatever it is he's doing — can be incredibly frustrating sometimes.

Story of 2012-13: The defense was incredible. The offense — wait, we have an offense? Since when?

Reluctant Player o' the Game: Carlos Boozer (16 points, 13 rebounds)

His dunk to open the scoring was the high point of the game. That is why he gets it.

Now, let us never speak of this atrocity again. Here is a picture of a kitten.

Tags: Carlos Boozer, Chicago, Chicago Bulls, Kirk Hinrich, Marquis Teague, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA

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