The Chicago Bulls are slowly drowning, down 2-0 to the Washington Wizards in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs after a humbling 101-99 loss on Tuesday, April 22. For all the hubbub surrounding the Bulls acquisition of former BYU star Jimmer Fredette, Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau has elected to sit Jimmer on the bench.
It seems like a dumb move, considering Jimmer shoots about 50 percent from three-point land -- an area from which the Bulls have shot 27 percent during these playoffs. If Chicago needs help from anywhere in this series, it’s from behind the three-point arc.
The Bulls are now in a do-or-die situation, having lost both home games to open the series. That said, Chicago isn’t dead yet; the Bulls only lost Game 1 by eight points and dropped Game 2 by a single basket.
Chicago is still very much in this series -- but something has to change, and fast. The Bulls desperately need outside shooting help. But there are other ways Jimmer can help the Bulls.