After blowing a 10 point lead at home to the Atlanta Hawks with only 3 minutes remaining, Chicago fell to Atlanta 119-114. On a night in which Jimmy Butler dropped 40 points and Dwyane Wade scored 33, the Bulls ended up losing another game and dropping to 23-24 on the season. Things have not gone as planned this season for the Bulls with expectations being set a little to high before the season. For a team that is deficient in too many areas, they were considered by some as a playoff lock and legit contenders in the East prior to the season. The team has hovered around .500 and has been mediocre at best throughout the first half of the season. This lead to some interesting comments by both stars after the game in regards to the current state of the team.

“I’m 35 years old, man. I have three (NBA) championships. It shouldn’t hurt me more than it hurts them. They have to want it” Wade said post game. Butler relayed a similar message questioning the team’s effort in front of the media saying, ” I want to play with guys that care, guys that play hard, that want to do well for this organization. That want to win games, man. Do whatever it takes, just win. Who cares who is shining?”

Whenever effort is question on any team, things tend to either get corrected or continue to spiral out of control. The Bulls currently sit as the 8th seed in the eastern conference and still are right in the playoff race. With both stars voicing their frustrations through the media and not keeping it behind closed doors, it makes it interesting to see how the team will respond at home on Friday night against the Miami Heat.

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