Well that game was perhaps the most recognizable that we fans have seen the Bulls play… [NOTE: Sorry I missed re-capping the Kyrie/Rose matchup from Monday guys. I’ll try to back-date a post because if Derrick hadn’t pulled his hammy, his defense would have been the story of that game]
- Kirk aggressively and competently running the offense (12pts 4asts 2stls)
- Boozer being opportunistic in the paint (14pts 8rebs 6 asts)
- A “well-oiled” Noah (18pts 9 rebs 3asts 1stl)
- A comfortable looking Jimmy Butler (14pts 7rebs 2asts 1stl 1blk)
- Another strong outing for Lu (19pts 9rebs 3asts)
The Raptors never led, the Bulls were in control, the ball moved and didn’t stick on one side of the floor. There was just this desperate, aggressive, team play that was refreshing to see. I can’t say that D.Rose being out of the game (pulled hammy) was the reason for this. The Bulls have been on their way to playing better as a group regardless. Both the Utah and Cleveland wins are evidence of their improvement as a unit. Shooting 43.8% from three also doesn’t hurt. 15 turnovers is still high, but the Bulls paid enough attention to other details where this didn’t hurt them as much.
All 5 Bulls starters
D. DeRozan (TOR) 37 pts on 13-22 shooting
K. Lowry (TOR) 3-15 and 0-7 from 3 for 6 pts in 38 mins
- This win brought the Bulls record to 4-3
- This is the first road win of the season for the team
- Derrick sat on the bench for the contest, having complained of “tightness” in his hamstring earlier in the day
“Kirk’s a great player, man. He’s underrated. He does a great job running our team, gets us in our sets. He hit some big shots in the third and fourth quarter for us, too.” – Carlos Boozer
As expected, based on their soft schedule (TOR, BKN, MEM, MIL) since our first loss to them back on 11.6, the “it’s our era” Pacers saunter into the United Center tonight as the NBA’s only unbeaten team (9-0). Expect a dog fight people. This one is going to be so ugly to watch and each basket will be earned. Indiana is 1st in opponents points scored at 83.7. Bulls 3rd at 89.4. Should be a great test for Chicago. Can they slow down the Pacers bench (they are currently the most dangerous thing about the team… In many of their contests, they are the ones scoring timely buckets and sealing wins for Indy) and match the starters production? How will the refs deal with the physical play? Who shoots the three at a higher %? Who has a better performance at the 5? How will the Bulls backcourt respond to aggressive, late traps on Rose?
**Note: At the time of this posting it has been confirmed that Rose WILL play vs. IND**
Again, great test, win or lose. Bulls would love to get the “W”, but hey I’m not too worried. Its not how you start, but how you finish. No one, and I mean no one would have picked the 2012 BOS squad (who started the year 4-3) to meet MIA in the ECF, but they did and they took them to 7 games. Too early to tell what will happen in the postseason so everyone engaging in all the “fortune telling” and chatter about how the East will eventually stack up should have several seats… We’ll see.