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

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

AP

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.

As frustrated as I can remember hearing Rose after a game. Doesn’t know how to fix what ails Bulls right now.

— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) January 20, 2015


Derrick Rose: “Everybody has to be on the same page, until then we’re going to continue to get our ass kicked.”

— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) January 20, 2015


Rose -- Who isn’t on the same page?: “It’s just the whole team. Not communicating when we’re on the floor to one another. Everybody’s quiet”

— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) January 20, 2015


Rose: “We’ve got to give a better effort. It seems like we’re not even competing and it’s f***ing irritating.”

— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) January 20, 2015


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 NBA.com.

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.