The Chicago Bulls are still two games behind the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The team just halted their four-game losing streak on Tuesday night, but according to the latest NBA rumors and news, the Bulls are still having chemistry issues.
Chris Mannix of The Vertical noted that several NBA sources are looking at head coach Fred Hoiberg and All-Star guard Jimmy Butler as the cause of these chemistry woes. Hoiberg is just in his first season as an NBA coach while Butler has taken the reign from Derrick Rose as the Bulls’ undisputed star.
However, the recent losing streak showed that there are problems in the locker room. As mentioned in a previous report, Hoiberg called a meeting last Sunday to have “honest communication” between players and coaches.
The meeting seemed to work barely as the Bulls needed a game-winning shot from Butler to end their losing streak against the Indiana Pacers last Tuesday. Chicago still has eight games left in the season to catch up with the Pacers and the Detroit Pistons.
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Mannix also mentioned that it’s easy to point to the head coach as the problem of the team. His up-tempo offensive style has not fully translated to the team, but it should be noted that the Bulls have been plagued by injuries.
Hoiberg has also failed to hold his players accountable for their bad performances. On the other hand, the rest of the Bulls players are unhappy with Butler’s recent shot selection.
According to Bleacher Report, the two-time All-Star has regressed after the All-Star break. He only averages 15. 2 points while shooting just 40.4 percent from the field and 18.2 percent from threes.
This slump could be due to his recent injury that kept him out for about four weeks. The Bulls have not missed the playoffs since 2008 and if they fail to make it this year, expect the team to be involved in a lot of NBA rumors and speculations in the off-season.
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