Mar 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) and Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) fight for the ball during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Rich's Scouting Report: The Chicago Bulls

Mar 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (12) pulls down a rebound during the first half against the Portland Trail Blazers at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s Opponent: The Chicago Bulls

Record:40-32

Playoff status: Fourth in the Eastern Conference

Current streak: L1

Despite losing to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night – a game in which the Bulls managed to score an impressive (Ha! Sarcasm!) 74 points – Chicago has clinched a playoff spot and will be spending its remaining ten games trying to improve its playoff seeding.

It would help, though, if the Bulls could figure out how to score.

See, Chicago has the worst-ranked offense in the NBA – the worst!  And they are currently seeded fourth in the Eastern Conference!  Boggles the mind.  The best part is, the Bulls – who average 92.8 points per game on the season – have been EVEN WORSE at scoring lately, at the rate of 83.3 PPG over its last four contests.   It’s no surprise the Bulls have split their last four, with offensive output like that.

(Of course, the fact that Derrick Rose is STILL listed as the Bull’s leading scorer probably tells you all you need to know about Chicago’s scoring woes!)

Give the Bulls credit, though: as little as they score, they find a way to win, since they have not lost back-to-back games since February 1 and 3.   Clearly, if a team isn’t scoring a lot, but is still winning, you would assume that their bread and butter is found on the defensive end of the court.  Knowing that Chicago’s head coach is Tom Thibodeau doesn’t hurt, either, but here are some statistics that will tell you all you need to know about the Bulls:

Opponent Field Goal Made: 2518, 1st in the NBA

Opponent Field Goal %: .429, 2nd in the NBA

Opponent Free Throws Attempted: 1459, 2nd in the NBA

Opponent Free Throws Made: 1101, 2nd in the NBA

Opponent Points Scored: 6615, 1st in the NBA

Opponent Points Per Game: 91.9, 2nd in the NBA

Opponent Effective Field Goal %: .470, 2nd in the NBA

In short, Chicago defends, doesn’t foul, and generally makes you hate them more than you hated your high school math teacher.  Have fun, Boston!

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