One of 82. That’s the way Bulls fans should view Tuesday night’s season opening loss to the Miami Heat.
Yes, Chicago looked great in the preseason, but the regular season is a totally different animal and facing the Heat -- in Miami -- on ring night is no easy task. It’s easy to overreact after a game in which none of the Bulls players looked great, but it’s a very long season and a given that Chicago will have much better nights as the season progresses.
Derrick Rose looked phenomenal in Chicago’s exhibitions, but in his first meaningful NBA game since April ’11, D. Rose struggled, going 4-15 from the field (1-7 from the three point line) and scoring 12 points while committing five turnovers. And even though the Bulls wanted to come out and make a statement against Miami in the first game, after the loss, Rose was able to keep everything in perspective.
"It’s not the end of the world. This will be easily forgotten," Rose said to CSN Chicago after the game. "We have a whole season to make a statement. If it was just a one-game season that’s something we would be worried about. For us it’s about building every game. We know that we have a special team. We know that we work hard. It’s about us jelling and getting our chemistry."
Rose wasn’t the only player on the roster who had a forgettable shooting night. Luol Deng (four points) was 2-8 from the field, Joakim Noah (two points, 11 rebounds) went 1-4, Kirk Hinrich (six points) shot 2-6 and Mike Dunleavy Jr. (10 points) went 3-9 from the field.
As a team, Chicago shot 42 percent from the field and 27 percent from behind the three-point line in the game. All told, it was a bad night offensively for a team who is going to get better.
"I’m disappointed in the loss. My performance," said Rose. "I can easily change that by making shots and turn down the turnovers … It’s not the end of the world. It’s not the playoffs where we’re eliminated. It’s just the first game, so we can easily fix things."
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