The Chicago Bulls get back on track with a win in Sacramento, delivering on promises for more agressive and up-tempo style play. As great as Derrick was at setting the tone of the game, foul trouble gave the reserve guards an opportunity to keep the game in hand for long stretches. C.J. Watson, similar to the first pre-season game against Indiana, managed the game well, looked to get teammates involved and ended up with a team high 9 assists. Ronnie Brewer went 5-5, including two 3-pointers. Just great to see his hard work payoff in a game.
- Derrick was Derrick… Breathtaking drives, penetrating to pass in the post, getting to the line. He looked good aside from 6 turnovers.
- Sacramento, for the most part, looked as if they had studied the wrong scouting report on the Bulls… Just not prepared to defend many of the Bulls transition baskets.
- Luol and Rip took turns guarding Marcus Thornton, and I’m telling you, he worked hard for his 20 pts. last night…
- Derrick did a good defensive job on Jimmer Fredette… I think Jimmer did the best against C.J. Watson, and he ended up with 14 pts. on 5-10 shooting
- The box score won’t show it, but Rip Hamilton had a stellar outing. His passing, activity and ability to run the break is just what the Bulls need. The only thing that Rip needs to do now is get to know the nuances of his personnel, that’s it.
- Boozer had a nice double double with 16pts and 15 rebounds… He was also responsible for two easy dunks by the Kings. One by Cousins and one by Evans. In both instances, Noah and D.Rose got beat, respectively and Boozer just doesn’t have the timing, lift or inclination to challenge those shots at the rim.
- The officiating this season overall continues to be a concern. If we can’t get whistles against the Kings, I shudder to think what will happen when we play the elite teams.
- Derrick Rose: “…I told you I was going to play more aggressive.”
- Thibs: “…I didn’t like the way the whistle was going.”
- This game re-unites former teammates Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose with John Salmons, now playing for the Kings. He was with the Bucks last season.
- DeMarcus Cousins fouled out in the 4th quarter
- Bulls left Sacramento and flew back to L.A. for a matchup with the Clippers. Preview coming next!