Problems for the Bulls amplified in the fourth quarter

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Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose heads to bench as time runs down in the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Denver. The Nuggets won 115-110. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The biggest issue for the Bulls throughout the season has been the team’s incredible lack of consistency. That becomes most evident during the most important time of any game, the fourth quarter.

As perfectly shown during their recent struggles, the Bulls have given up leads in each of their last three losses in the fourth quarter, including a 16 point lead to start the fourth quarter in Friday night’s loss to the Nuggets.

Statistically, the Bulls have been one of the worst teams in the league in the final quarter. They rank 26th in the league in points allowed in the fourth quarter, and are even worse when playing on the road. The Bulls are allowing, on average, 26.2 points every fourth quarter.

Making the defensive struggles even worse is the Bulls’ inability to keep pace when they have the ball. They are only averaging 24.6 points in the fourth quarter this year, which puts them in the back-half of the league.

The Bulls are on a streak right now of amazing inconsistency. Not only do they struggle to maintain the same level of play in a single game, but there is no consistency from one game to the next. For the first time since 2013, the Bulls have gone a full month without winning two games in a row. The last time they had back-to-back wins came in the first week of January.

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