W 83-81 The Luol Deng Show starring Luol Deng. He finished with his best game of the last million years, posting 24 points and 20 rebounds. Although the Bulls never should have been down by 18 to the lowly Bucks, they battled back and stole a win.
W 86-85 Derrick Rose finally notched his first double-double with 14 points and 11 assists against the Cavs in a game that came down to the wire. The Bulls actually managed to take care of the basketball in this one, only turning over the ball 7 times. Tyrus hurt himself in this one and will be out for a while after having surgery Sunday.
W 93-90 The key to this victory for the Bulls was a 16-0 run that took place at the end of the 3rd quarter and into the beginning of the 4th. Noah continues to show that he deserves the Most Improved Player award, going for 21 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Player of the Week — Joakim Noah
Once again it came down to Noah and Deng. Once again Noah edged him out. Although Deng posted good numbers and was rebounding much better, I am reluctant to give the honor to someone who shot under 40% (38% in fact, yikes!) Noah posted a 21 and 16 with 4 blocks, one of three players to ever accomplish that feat. He also averaged 13 rebounds and 3 blocks per game this week. Wow.
Not Player of the Week — Tyrus Thomas
This guy sucks. First he is upset about getting chewed out by coaches and teammates for his effort, then he is sent home from practice with flu-like symptoms (generally code for something else, like attitude problems). Then he reads the reaction to his attitude in the papers and decides to fly out to Cleveland even though he claims to be sick, whereupon he is injured and will be out for a while. Terrible, terrible week.
Bulls Weekly Grade: A-
Still with the shooting problems, but the defense looks amazing and Deng might actually be healthy. Although the loss of Thomas makes the Bulls thin up front, Noah, Miller and Taj are carrying the load well.