- Nick Friedell, ESPN Staff Writer
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How it happened: Aside from a stretch during the middle of the second quarter, the Bulls looked lifeless throughout the game. The starters looked exhausted and did not give the type of effort Tom Thibodeau always demands of them. The Bench Mob gave the Bulls a spark at various points in the game, but this was unquestionably the Bulls' worst effort of the young season and probably of Thibodeau's short tenure with the Bulls.
What it means: Every team in the league is going to have nights like these, especially during a compressed season, but the Bulls have set such a high standard for themselves that they usually never play this poorly. Atlanta did whatever they wanted, pretty much whenever they wanted to do it. Thibodeau will use this game as a teaching point for the rest of the year, especially given how many back to backs the Bulls still have left to go.
What's next: The Bulls have a day off before taking on the Detroit Pistons on Monday night at the United Center.