- Melissa Isaacson, Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- How weary are the Chicago Bulls?
So weary that Derrick Rose's limp has a limp.
So weary that Luol Deng aged nine years on his birthday.
Not so weary, however, that coach Tom Thibodeau was willing to make excuses for one of his team’s worst performances of the year. With the playoffs drawing ever-closer and home-court advantage still in doubt, the Bulls collapsed under the weight of one of the NBA’s bottom-feeders, losing 87-84 Monday night to the Washington Wizards in a game closer than it had any right to be.
The Bulls aren't performing at a playoff-ready level down the stretch.