The Bulls have struggled in the season's early going, but it could be worse. They could be the Jazz.
The Bulls host winless Utah tonight at the United Center, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then Neil Funk and Stacey King have the call from the Madhouse on Madison, with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. And be sure to get instant analysis following the game from Mark Schanowski and Will Perdue on Bulls Postgame Live.
It's been a rough start for the Bulls, who opened the season with a loss to the defending champion Heat. They've won just one game since — needing a Derrick Rose buzzer-beater to top the Knicks — and dropped two, blowing a big lead and getting upended by the surprise Sixers and then watching a close Central Division battle with the Pacers turn into a 17-point blowout the other night in Indianapolis.
Thankfully for the Bulls, tonight's opponent is off to a worse start than they are and could provide easy feasting for a team in desperate need of a victory. Utah has lost all five of its games this season, the only team in the NBA that's yet to grab a victory.
Both teams have been searching for any type of offensive production. The Bulls rank 27th out of 30 teams, averaging 90.3 points per game, while the Jazz are even worse, ranking 29th with 90 points per outing. These are also the league's two worst teams when it comes to scoring differential, with the Bulls at -7.7 and the Jazz at -8.6.
The Jazz do have some talent. The big-man combination of center Enes Kanter and power forward Derrick Favors has played well, with the former averaging 18.6 points per game and the latter averaging a double-double through five games. Guard Gordon Hayward is the Jazz's leading scorer (19 PPG) and passer (4.8 APG).
Carlos Boozer, who's off to a nice start and leading the Bulls with 18.3 points per game, could have another big night against his former team. In eight career games against the Jazz, he's averaged 18.9 points per game.
The bottom line for the Bulls, though, is getting Derrick Rose going. Rose is averaging 15 points a night through the team's first four games, and he's turning the ball over more than five times each game, too. His .313 shooting percentage is second-worst on the team, trailing only Joakim Noah, another All Star who needs to elevate his play to get the Bulls back on track, who's shooting .292 from the floor.
Can the Bulls pick on the winless Jazz and shake off the rough start? Find out tonight on Comcast SportsNet.