Hi Bulls fans… I KNOW its been a terribly long absence, but my wedding season was pretty long this year (a good thing), but now I’m ready to get down to the business of Bulls basketball and will try to recap every game and bring you some unique perspective and well thought out analysis…
I was NOT expecting to see Rose Monday night and had a lot of business to take care of before the game so wasn’t on @KCJHoop or @chicagobulls twitter feeds to grab the latest info about his status. Nice treat for my first game.
Bulls started off the game great… Rose is really a force of nature. You can tell the difference that he makes in the game right away. He commands so much attention, his chemistry with Pau is developing and we are seeing a nice two-man game between them. Same with Jimmy Butler… As both he and Rose get more time on the court together, they will be pretty formidable as the season wears on. Pistons closed the rebounding gap and also pulled within 3 in the 4th after being down by as many as 19 at the half. The 2nd quarter in particular saw the Bulls go on a 22-9 run, leading to a mind blowing 60 pt. half for Chicago. Noah also looked more like himself in this one, scoring 13 pts, grabbing 14 rebounds and dishing out 6 assists.
The Bulls backcourt… When the Pistons closed to within 87-84 with 4:28 left in the 4Q, Derrick passed the ball to Jimmy at the top of circle and he drove to the basket for a nice “and one” play. Jimmy also made a critical three pointer off of a no-look pass from Rose with 1:58 left with the score 92-88. Finally, with 59.5 seconds left and the Pistons within 6, Rose iced the game with a nice post up on former Bull D.J. Augustin.
D. Rose CHI (24pts 2rebs 7asts 1stls 0blk) 32min
J. Butler CHI (19pts 4rebs 1asts 0stls 0blk) 43min
P. Gasol CHI (17pts 15rebs 4asts 1stls 4blk) 35min
M. Dunleavy CHI (7pts [0-3 from three] 4rebs 1asts 0stls 2blk) 35min
- Rose wasn’t officially understood to be a starter until he ran out with the starters at 6:08P.
- The Pistons came to town for the first time with new coach/GM Stan Van Gundy.
- DJ Augustin, former Bull is now backup PG for the Pistons and got warm applause when he was subbed in the game.
- This was the FIRST game that all of the starters were healthy and started the game together… Rose, Butler, Dunleavy, Gasol and Noah.
Ahh, the Bulls will be facing the Raptors for the first time… Toronto has looked fabulous this season and are off to a franchise best 7-1 start. Bulls will be looking to challenge their back court of Kyle Lowry and Demar DeRozan as well as their front court of Amir Johnson, Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas. Raptors are first in points scored at 107 per contest and 8th in points allowed. The Bulls so far look to be better at rebounding the ball and ball movement, but it will be tough to slow down the Raptors offensively.
Toronto’s fast start has begun some talk about the Eastern Conference being MORE than a 2-team race of Cleveland and the Bulls. That’s fair after what they’ve shown us, so it would be really nice if the Bulls can get a win here. I think Chicago is going to need a good performance from the second unit and I expect a big game out of Taj Gibson.