Unfortunately, the Bulls pulled away in the fourth quarter of Friday night's game to hand the Clippers their second (straight) loss of the season.
Despite three quarters of highly animated play from both teams, the Clippers reverted back to old, poor form in the fourth quarter—missing shot after shot and after shot, not getting to the rim or the line, and allowing the Bulls to outscore them (overall) 29-12 with a stopped clock.
Now, on the positive side, missing Billups (sore groin...um), DeAndre (only playing 26 minutes due to early foul trouble—when he will stop making horrible, stupid fouls like a high school player?), Bledsoe, and being forced to have Brian Cook in the rotation, it seems like these early season woes aren't too much to worry about. With the team's second highest scorer back on the floor (Billups) and Jordan keeping out of foul trouble, the Clippers truly do look like serious contenders against these marquee, gelled teams.