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Dwyane Wade bemoans Bulls’ predictable fourth-quarter offense

The Chicago Bulls dropped their seventh game in the past 10 courtesy of Wednesday’s 107-97 loss the Washington Wizards. A frustrated Dwyane Wade spoke at length after the game about the team’s struggles of late and suggested the issues primarily stem from the Bulls’ predictable fourth-quarter offense.

“I think so,” Wade said when asked about fourth-quarter predictability, via ESPN. “I think ideally we want to get to a point where we just want to move bodies, man. … Offensively, we got to be able to move bodies. It doesn’t matter if a guy knows who it’s going to. If the paint is packed because you’re running one action, then it’s going to be tough. A guy’s got to make an unbelievable shot.”

Wade believes the Bulls’ predictable offense specifically stems from an over-reliance on Jimmy Butler.

“That’s putting a lot of pressure on Jimmy,” Wade said. “Let’s just call it what it is. We put a lot of pressure on Jimmy in the fourth quarter to make a lot of plays because we’re running just one action, so we got to get more action, more body movement. And it’s got to come from us as players, too.

“Obviously, some of it’s playcalling as well. Some of it’s we got to get out of the way, we got to move. We got to keep them honest. We’re asking the young guy to make every shot he takes with bodies in front of him, step-backs and all these things. That’s not necessarily the easiest thing to do.”

Irrespective of any particular cause for the Bulls’ fourth-quarter woes, statistics confirm Wade’s concerns are legitimate.

Following Monday’s victory over the Detroit Pistons, the Bulls ranked last in the NBA in points, field-goal percentage and 3-point field-goal percentage in the fourth quarter. Not a recipe for success when attempting to close out victories, obviously.

Butler somewhat agreed with Wade’s assessment but nevertheless said he needs to do a better job of converting if the offense is running through him late in games.

Wade did mention that he and head coach Fred Hoiberg continue to search for solutions for how to get the Bulls out of their fourth-quarter funk. But it’s clearly not coming along easily.