W 92-85 The Bulls were fortunate to get the Spurs on a back to back and at the UC. Derrick Rose played 33 minutes and had 7 assists to just one turnover. Luol Deng looked great playing almost 38 minutes with 9 boards and 17 points on 8-13 shooting and Miller and Hinrich were fantastic off the bench, combining for 23 points and 11 boards.
L 118-90 The Bulls had to enjoy their season-opening win quickly as they had to fly to Boston to play the Celtics the next night. It did not go well. The only thing the Bulls led in that game was amount of boos. John Salmons could not find his shot, Deng got into foul trouble and the Bulls were down 15 at the half. Ugly game. But the bench and rookies got some minutes and Joakim Noah played well with 16 & 10, 4 assists and 2 blocks.
L 95-87 The Bulls were hanging tough through 3 quarters then folded up in the 4th, scoring just 17 points. Luol Deng had 26 & 8 and Salmons started to find his shot a bit. But the Bulls were awful from behind the arc, something that can’t happen in order to post Ws. Derrick Rose did play 35 minutes, so perhaps his ankle was much ado about nothing.
It was a tough call this week between Noah and Deng. And that is great to write. But unlike last year, Noah was ready to go from the opening tip of game 1. He averaged 12 & 9 for the week with almost 2 blocks per game. He’s also averaging 5 offensive boards per game. He also stayed out of foul trouble for the most part. He was running the court hard and getting after it. He has that look in his eyes–I love it.
Not Player of the Week – John Salmons
Salmons was 3-15 on opening night and then 2-14 against the Celtics. He shot 28% for the week and just 16% from behind the arc. Ouch.
Bulls Weekly Grade: C
The win against the Spurs was great and paying Boston and Miami on the road is no treat. Considering some observers thought it was going to be an 0-3 week, 1-2 is good enough for a C.