Here are some ugly numbers from the Bulls' 109-92 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals:
1. Philadelphia outrebounded the Bulls 38-32.
2. Philadelphia outscored the Bulls 52-32 in the paint.
3. Philadelphia outscored the Bulls 25-8 in fastbreak points.
4. Philadelphia shot 59 percent (46-for-78) from the field.
5. Philadelphia outscored the Bulls 36-14 in a decisive third quarter.
I don't think Derrick Rose's presence would have fixed all of that. Well, maybe Rose could have made a play sometime during that lopsided third quarter to stop the bleeding, but most of these statistics illustrate a team-wide lack of hustle.
Poor defense and lack of rebounding were the biggest reasons the Bulls lost this game. Rose's injury is not an excuse for the rest of the Bulls to not bother running back downcourt on defense. The effort was abysmal in this loss. Why did the Sixers shoot so well from the floor? Well, they got good shots and did whatever they wanted on offense.
Carlos Boozer (4-for-10, 9 points) and Luol Deng (3-for-12, 8 points) both had poor games for the Bulls. Joakim Noah said everyone on the team needed to step up in Rose's absence. Noah did indeed step up, posting 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. His teammates, however, need to look in the mirror. Nothing they did Tuesday night was nearly good enough.
The best-of-seven series is now tied 1-1 with Game 3 scheduled Friday in Philadelphia. Really, the next game can't go any more poorly for the Bulls than this one did.