No rest for the weary

April, 17, 2012
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Isaacson By Melissa Isaacson
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.

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Melissa Isaacson

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for espnW.com, ESPN Chicago and ESPN.com. The award-winning writer has covered Chicago sports for most of her 31-year career, including at the Chicago Tribune before joining ESPN in 2009. Isaacson has also covered tennis since 1986.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5