The Chicago Bulls got off to a rough start to the season, and it has not gotten any better since they've been on the road for the last week and a half.

The Bulls will gladly wrap up another disastrous circus trip when they visit the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

Chicago (2-9) was considered by many to be one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference this season, but has instead looked more like one of the worst teams in the league.

The Bulls are averaging only 87.3 points, and are shooting a NBA-worst 38.6 percent from the field.

They faced another struggling team on Saturday when they visited New York, but shot just 34.5 percent from the floor in an 85-78 loss.

Ben Gordon had 13 points on 4-of-17 shooting against the Knicks. He scored a season-low six points on 2-of-14 shooting in his previous game, a 112-91 loss to Denver on Monday.

"I don't look at life through the lens of self doubt. I just don't. I never have," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said after Saturday's loss. "I have total belief in myself and my staff. We've just got to stay with it. Somehow we've got to find a way to step up and make shots."

Luol Deng, who is averaging 14.6 points, has missed the last three games with lower back pain, but is expected to return for this contest.

Chicago has just one victory in the first five games of its six-game trip, and has been outscored by an average of 18.7 points during its three-game losing skid without Deng.

The Bulls have historically struggled mightily on their annual November trip - which occurs when the circus comes to the United Center - compiling an absurd 6-51 record on the trip since Michael Jordan left the team in 1998.

Chicago hasn't been home since a 101-71 loss to the Raptors on Nov. 10, when it scored its fewest points of the season and shot a season-low 33.3 percent.

The Bulls have lost three straight to the Raptors, which could mean more bad news for Chicago, as these two teams have been incredibly streaky lately.

Before Toronto gained control of the series last year, the Bulls had won 15 straight over the Raptors. Immediately before that, Toronto had won 16 straight over Chicago.

The Raptors (6-7) lost to Cleveland 111-108 on Saturday, despite an outstanding performance from Chris Bosh.

The 6-foot-10 Bosh was unstoppable near the basket, going 13-of-25 from the field and making 15 of 17 free throws to match a career high with 41 points. The two-time All-Star is averaging 31.3 points and 11.7 rebounds in his last three games.

"I'm trying to be aggressive every game," said Bosh, who had 14 points and six rebounds against the Bulls earlier this month. "I just have to keep it rolling."

Andrea Bargnani had 14 points on Saturday, and is averaging 15.7 points in his last three games. Bargnani also had 14 points against Chicago earlier in the month, and is averaging 17.3 points in three career games against the Bulls - his highest average against any opponent from the East

The Raptors have lost three of their last four overall, and are only 2-4 at the Air Canada Centre this season.


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