Bulls Right the Ship; End 4 Game Skid with Win Over Pistons

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Screen Shot 2013-11-29 at 5.54.01 PMThat’s more like it! Bulls looked like their old selves in this one… They finally turned the corner and competed. Deng, Taj, Jo and Snell were huge in this one.

Game Synopsis:
Bulls got outworked in the first half… Settled for jump shots while Detroit attacked the boards and the paint relentlessly.

Boozer had a weak outing ending up going 3-11 (6pts 7 rebs). Deng was the early aggressor, as was Taj who was amazingly 7-7 at one point. The nice surprise of the evening was not only the competent scoring, but the confidence and poise of rookie Tony Snell.

Game Changer:
Bulls defense, without a doubt, and a greater effort on rebounding turned the game around in the second half. I thought Noah put his fingerprint on the game as well after being slowed in the first half. He ended up with 13pts 5 rebs and 3 asts.

Peak Performer(s):
L. Deng CHI (27pts 6rebs 5asts 2stls 1blk) 41min*
T. Gibson CHI (23pts 8rebs 1asts 0stls 0blk) 27min
T. Snell CHI (13pts 2rebs 3asts 2stls 0blk) 37min
*Season high

Weak Performer(s):
G. Monroe DET (Just 5 points on 2-5 shooting with 3 rebs, Monroe was slowed down by foul trouble)

Main Hashtag:
#CHIvsDET

Sideline Skinny:

  • There were two “blood” timeouts in this contest: Taj, Noah
  • This win stopped the 4 game skid that started with the first game of the road trip. Bulls are now 7-7 and the EC is so weak that it leaves us 3rd behind Indiana and Miami.
  • Tony Snell was played a season high 37 minutes

Quotable:

‘They were obviously a lot better in the second half than they had been in the first half. We couldn’t score the ball, and a lot of that was because of their defense.” – Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks

What’s Next?
Bulls go into Cleveland tomorrow to conclude what has been a brutal road trip…

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More than one sports news outlet has reported that the Cavs are openly shopping Waiters. Seems that there has been in-fighting between he and Kyrie (the franchise). Not sure how these “closed door” players only meetings end up leaking like sivs, but it was reported that Dion accused Kyrie and Tristan Thompson of playing “buddy ball” and how Kyrie is able to loaf around on defense and take bad shots with little to no consequence, unlike himself. That whole scenario sounds absolutely plausible. We’ll see how it plays out. Hopefully their lack of continuity will contribute to a win for Chicago.

Go Bulls! –ct

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