Deng: Bulls weren't distracted vs. Miami
Long after the Bulls lost an ugly 86-67 decision to Miami on Thursday at the United Center, Luol Deng said he didn't know anything about Reggie Rose's critical comments about the Bulls roster.
Reggie Rose, the older brother of Derrick, did acknowledge the team's two all-stars, Deng and Joakim Noah, but suggested the Bulls should have made a move before the trade deadline.
“I don’t know if it did (distract any players), but we didn’t talk about it as a team," Deng said. I don’t think that was the problem."
The most obvious problem Thursday was a season-high 27 turnovers against the red-hot Heat. The Bulls were never closer than 7 points in the second half.
“It was terrible. We talked about it a little bit after the game. We have to understand getting guys going," Deng said. "I think a lot of times our rhythm out there is not how we need it to be.
“I think that’s something we’ve got to do as a team, all of us, recognizing each other’s strength and playing together. We’ve shown that we’re good enough when we do that, but we’ve got to commit to that.
“Every defensive plan or scheme has a weakness. I think you get in trouble when you play to their strength. They flood and overload where the ball is. That’s when you’ve got to move the ball and try to find their weakness. When you play to their hand, turnovers, they get fast breaks and they get going.”
Reggie Rose spoke to espn.com with complaints about how the Bulls haven't given younger brother Derrick, still recovering from ACL surgery, enough help.
"Joakim Noah is a great player. Luol Deng is a great player. But you need more than that," Reggie Rose said. "You have to put together pieces to your main piece. The players can only do so much. It's up to the organization to make them better."