Derrick Rose on Bulls’ struggles: “It’s —-ing irritating.”


For two weeks now, the Bulls have been talking about needing to right the ship. And after a blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, their sixth loss in eight games, Derrick Rose vented his frustration at the team’s inability to put it together.

Strong words, but not unearned. This team is a mess right now. Part of it is due to injury — they’re down two starters, Mike Dunleavy and Joakim Noah — but that isn’t the entirety of their struggles. After finishing with a top-five defense each of the last four seasons this year’s Bulls are 12th, giving up 102.7 points per 100 possessions, per

Rose’s play has been up and down: he’s been effective finishing around the basket but horrible shooting three-pointers. Jimmy Butler has regressed in January after a start to the season that had him in MVP discussions.

Yet, somehow, despite losing six of their last eight games, Chicago is still fourth in the Eastern Conference. Their only hope of contending is if everyone gets healthy, but even if that happens, the level of effort and execution this month has not been up to their usual standard.