Golden State shot a season-low 31.2 percent and posted their
lowest-scoring performance of the campaign in a 91-75 home loss to
the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday. "We have to find a way to get out
of this," Warriors coach Mark Jackson told reporters. "Right now we
are taking the life out of the building and we are letting our
offense affect our play. This is a make or miss league." The Bulls
are only one game removed from their own make-or-miss disaster in a
99-70 loss at Sacramento but bounced back with five scorers in
double figures against the Suns.
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ABOUT THE BULLS (24-24): Chicago averaged 74.5 points in
back-to-back losses that dropped it to 1-2 on a six-game road trip
but looked like a different team at Phoenix. "It's a team with a lot
of pride," coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters. "Some nights we may
not play as well as we would like. I think we were all disappointed
with the fight that we had in Sacramento." Carlos Boozer made some
noise earlier in the week with his disappointment about sitting out
crunch time in close games but posted 19 points and 12 rebounds in
32 minutes against the Suns and seemed to be on board with the Thibodeau's plan.
"It felt great to be out there helping with my
guys and help us win," he said.
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ABOUT THE WARRIORS (29-20): Golden State was pulling out of a funk
with three wins in four games prior to laying down against the
Bobcats and is again searching for answers. "It doesn't feel
contagious as much as it feels like it kind of mounts on you," David
Lee said of the shooting struggles. "Guys miss shots and it just
continues, and you hear it kind of taking the energy out of the
crowd." Lee managed just eight points on 3-of-13 shooting in the
loss, during which only Stephen Curry (17) and Klay Thompson (12)
scored in double figures. Lee (shoulder) played just 23 minutes
after missing the previous game.
Warriors C Andrew Bogut has pulled in at least 15 rebounds in
three straight games.
The Bulls swept the two-game series last season and have won
seven of the last 10 meetings.
Chicago G Jimmy Butler is averaging 16 points over the last five
games but is shooting just 40.4 percent from the floor in that span.
PREDICTION: Warriors 92, Bulls 89
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