Bulls hand Boston third straight home loss, roll to 11-2

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Mmmm, that was a sweet win. The Chicago Bulls, 13 games into the schedule are road tested,  more than affected by injury and on a mission to re-establish their dominance from the 62 win season.

Bulls fans should be proud of what the Bulls did tonight. The Celtics had just lost two in a row on their home floor. The Bulls came out aggressive, but saw a 20 pt lead shaved to 1 after a furious rally by Boston.  Noah played well and made critical plays down the stretch. All five starters ended up in double figures.

Game Notes:

  • I said in the game preview that I wanted Noah to have a big game and he did. His stat line is not the highest its been this season, but his impact was really felt because he grabbed key offensive rebounds during such critical stretches of the game. So happy for Jo!
  • Celts, similar to the game we played against them last April just looked a step slow. Its a little sadder now because of the perception that is growing about them now. They’ve lost a step and are a shell of their former selves. The lockout schedule will exploit this deficiency.
  • Derrick came ready to play and looked good. He didn’t seem to lack any explosiveness and  the second unit played so well in the 2nd quarter that his minutes were trimmed a bit and he only ended up playing 39 min. D.Rose ended up with 25 pts, 7 asts, 4 reb and only 3 turnovers… He had a backscratching dunk, hit two critical threes and did a Barry Sanders move in the lane that was so sick, NBA.com HAS to make it a top play…
  • Celtics offense in the first half just wasn’t there. Just like the Pacers game, there was like a cover over the basket. They missed 14 of their first 20 shots and ended the quarter with 13 pts. The players who hurt the Celts most in this game for me were Brandon Bass and Kevin Garnett. They both struggled.
  • Bulls got out of the gates early. They shot the ball well (52% in the first quarter) and pushed the ball, making Boston run. It was refreshing to be able to watch the Bulls not have to dig themselves out of a hole to win a ball game… Especially one on the road.
  • Everyone got on the Bulls for not maintaining the large lead they built on the Celtics, but they are a prideful bunch, they are a disciplined team playing at home, and are exceptionally coached by Doc Rivers. You can’t expect a team like this not to make a run.
  • The Bulls kept their poise and continued the trend from last season of holding off opponents rallies and keeping the game JUST out of reach.
  • Luol Deng continues to play the most minutes and put up insane numbers. His shot has been a little off the last two games, but he came back to net 21 pts and 16 rebs. Hopefully he’ll be on the All Star team.
  • Ronnie Brewer also playing some stellar basketball. That jumpshot looks great and he also got 3 steals tonight.

In Game Tweets:

Sideline Skinny:

  • Scalabrine (former Celtic) made it into the game during the closing minutes and got rousing applause from the Garden crowd.
  • The Garden actually booed the Celts 33 pt. effort right before the half.

Key Quotes:

  • Chris Broussard – ESPN: “…The Bulls are playing team basketball and they are mentally tougher than the Miami Heat right now.”
  • Chris Webber – NBATV: “…Derrick is a throwback player, he just wants to come out and demolish his opponent every night.”
  • Derrick Rose: “…The toe feels all right. It feels good. I kept playing tonight. My teammates did a great job with making shots, playing defense. I was just feeding off of them.”
  • Luol Deng: “…They made their run, we missed shots, but we just got in our huddle and talked about defense.”

What’s Next?

Toronto Raptors are coming to town tomorrow night at 7P CST… I’ll put a game preview up tomorrow and will be in-game tweeting from @ChiTwnBullsBlog

We don’t have much time because of how quickly the games are coming, but lets bask in this win Bulls fans, this was a biggie!

–ct

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