A story about the road trip so far:
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Kirk Hinrich looked like he aged 20 years late Wednesday night.
The same could be said for Bulls coach Scott Skiles, who took Wednesday night's 96-93 loss to the Trail Blazers harder than any of his players.
Self-doubt and frustration infiltrated the Bulls' locker room after the defeat, like it has so many times on the road in November.To be exact, the Bulls are 1-40 on this trip over the last six seasons.
This time there was no solace in making a spirited comeback after trailing by nine at the half and after three quarters.
"Defensively, we've been bad," Hinrich said. "We're trying to label ourselves a defensive team, and we're awful defensively."
The Bulls (3-4) hope to find some answers Friday night in Seattle against the SuperSonics (3-5).
When things were going the Bulls' way only a week ago at the United Center, and Hinrich was asked if the Bulls could keep up their furious pace for a whole season, he said probably not.
Bulls players, however, didn't think they could be stymied so soon.
Maybe there will be a different starting line up on Friday night. More atThere's a lot to be said for the Bulls' depth, but it's a damning statement when it becomes commonplace for the bench to carry the starters.
"If I change the lineup, it may still be true," Skiles said of the pattern.
Nonetheless, a change appears inevitable.
"We need guys to step in our starting lineup and be productive to start the game," Skiles said.