Trans. Dec 10 9:11 ET (Dec 10 9:11 ET ) Time to face facts: The Bulls are officially a bad team, at least at the moment. No Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler makes Tuesday’s 78-74 loss to the sad-sack Bucks, the worst team in the lowly East, a bit more explainable. We forget the bad times and take it for granted that the Bulls should be able to summon those type of outings on a nightly basis, in a season where they unprepared to have to do so.
Joakim Noah missed Tuesday night’s 78-74 loss to the Bucks at the United Center with what he confirmed as a right-knee injury, though the Bulls initially called it a thigh bruise. The All-Star center suffered the injury “three or four games ago,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said afterwards.
John Henson had 25 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 78-74 on Tuesday night in a matchup of injury-riddled teams trying to break out of a slump. Brandon Knight added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which had dropped three of four. Chicago used only eight players after Joakim Noah was sidelined by a bruised right thigh. Carlos Boozer was the only starter in the lineup from the season opener at Miami.
If it wasn’t for bad luck, the undermanned Bulls (8-11), missing four starters, might not have any at all, as their wretched stretch of eight losses in their last 10 games continued Tuesday night at the United Center, with a 78-74 loss to the Bucks (5-16), the worst team in the horrid Eastern Conference. Playing even more short-handed than usual—All-Star center Joakim Noah was a late scratch with what team officials called a right-knee bruise—the Bulls, equipped with nine healthy players, got off to a lackluster start against the lowly Bucks, the worst team in the subpar Eastern Conference. Rookie swingman Tony Snell (13 points, six rebounds), again filling in for Jimmy Butler (right turf-toe injury) was perhaps the team’s lone bright spot, but his high activity level couldn’t make up for 25-percent shooting in the first quarter and as a result, the Bulls faced a 20-14 deficit at the conclusion of the opening period. Despite the interior play of second-year Milwaukee big man John Henson (25 points, 14 rebounds) on both ends of the floor, the Bulls rallied in the second quarter behind the outside marksmanship of veteran sharpshooter Mike Dunleavy Jr. (24 points), who filled in for injured starter Luol Deng, sidelined for his second consecutive game with a sore left Achilles’.
The Chicago Bulls are missing four starters for their game against the Milwaukee Bucks after Joakim Noah was sidelined by a bruised right thigh. Coach Tom Thibodeau did not mention Noah's injury during his pregame availability, but the Bulls announced the injury a short time later.
The Scoop:Noah is averaging 9.4 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds. He started each of Chicago's first 18 games. Luol Deng (left calf tightness) and Jimmy Butler (sprained right big toe) already had been ruled out for Tuesday night's game. Derrick Rose is likely out for the season after right knee surgery, making Carlos Boozer the only starter against Milwaukee who also started on opening night at Miami.