February is supposed to be the month of love, but for the Bulls it's been only heartbreak. They are just 4-7 following an ugly loss in Oklahoma City, and the Heat and Thunder beat them by a combined 49 points.
Nobody in the lockerroom seems to take the losing more personally than All-Star Joakim Noah.
"Everybody (has to) look themselves in the mirror. We've had a tough stretch right now. It's very humbling to lose like that. We gotta look ourselves in the mirror and do better. This isn't getting it done and its tough," Noah said.
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The Bulls have done better than many expected them to without Derrick Rose, but losing a second point guard has been crippling over the last month. Kirk Hinrich has played just one game in February because of an elbow injury. The Bulls have dropped their last seven games without Hinrich are just 5-10 in the 15 games that he's missed this season. So, missing two point guards has the Bulls staggering to find their feet, but Noah won't rely on excuses.
"We took steps backwards. That's what is frustrating. We've played better this year, so there's really no excuse. We just gotta bounce back A.S.A.P."
Sunday's video of Derrick Rose dunking in stride will likely bring another rush of optimism. The Bulls have three home games at the United Center this week and two months to turn it back around.