Ric Bucher on why the Bulls have been struggling on defense
Both -- allowed 100 points in four straight games. Given how much Tom Thibodeau focuses on defense should this be a major concern to the Chicago fan base. Yes it should be active in mind that we got a lot of new pieces here and it takes a while for Thibodeau to get everybody on the same page and executing. Exactly the way he wants them to but that said. The defense has been a hallmark of this team particularly with Derrick Rose out and not knowing what he's gonna get back. This is not a team that can live off of its offense there's there's not to be a whole lot of improvement on that end of the floor so it has to be at the defense that. A couple of times over the last four games Tom Thibodeau does not matter it's Carlos Boozer rip Hamilton on the bench for most. Or all of the fourth quarter any concern this could cause problems in the locker room with two of your best offensive guys. Don't see playing time late in games. I don't see it with this group. One hallmark of this Bulls team aside from their defense in the past has been their chemistry. And guys recognize in the locker room that if. They're not playing the weight Thibodeau wants them to play. In terms of out there executing offensively how they're sharing the ball and particularly how much effort they are giving it the defense event. They know they are going to sit so I don't see the personalities. Of Richard Hamilton. And Carlos Boozer being able to offset that locker room because they all understand. Thibodeau expects them to play a certain way and if they're not playing in the fourth quarter it's because those guys are not following the script. How about the Houston Rockets they -- and get O'Meara -- They trade and get James Harden what's your take on the Houston Rockets to the Bulls will battle this evening. They. Have some nice pieces there they also have cap room for next year at their job and what their rebuilding. It's not nearly done the interesting part is they invested heavily Jeremy Lin as much as they did it and O'Meara -- And there's some questions that the weather James Harden and Jeremy Lin can effectively. We play together. In that back court people close to me close that -- Have told me that he really is can't be the same player unless he's the main guy that's why -- insanity occur. With the Knicks because all their stars were injured. Know when they came back he wasn't quite the same guy not yet James Harden. In the backcourt financially it made a big investment in him he's going to be the main guy. I -- has as -- really exceeded expectations he's living up to what everybody thought was a generous contract. No surprise the Bulls fans have been all parties work but they've discovered that in Houston but he also has -- skills around him. That all that's that they've invested a lot of those three guys. There at the -- on another significant piece. If they're gonna be anything more than a team that simply battling for one of those last few playoff spots in the Western Conference.
CSN NBA Insider Ric Bucher checks in on CTL to discuss why the Bulls have been struggling on defense early in the season - 11/21