L 98-122 The Blazers big men dominated the Bulls. Aldridge and Oden combined for 48 points and put a beating down on Noah, Miller and Gibson. The game wasn’t really close for most of the way, although a dominant 4th quarter by Portland put it away for good. Deng and Salmons both shot well, but it wasn’t enough for a Bulls team that got out-rebounded 47-27.
L 86-105 There’s nothing quite like losing on national television. It’s always fun to hear Charles do his Bulls-hating act. Once again, our big men could not contain the Jazz big men, with Boozer exploding for 28 points. Deng had another good night, but the Bulls trailed the whole game and never really made it interesting.
Player of the Week — Luol Deng
Noah finally had a bad week, opening the door for Luol. Deng shot 50% on the week and averaged 25.5 points. He also was 3-3 on 3-pointers, which would be a great addition to his game, as long as he can actually hit them. His rebounding was a bit down and we need that from him with Tyrus out, but overall he was the only bright spot in a rather bad week for the Bulls.
Not Player of the Week — Brad Miller
What happened to this guy? He only played 15 and 14 minutes in the two games, shooting a combined 0-4 and snagging a total of 3 rebounds in the 2 games. The Bulls will need a lot better than that from MIller, especially with the absence of Tyrus.
Bulls Weekly Grade — D
Although they lost to two good teams on the road, they didn’t show any hustle or heart. That defense we were growing to love early on abandoned the team on this circus trip. Hopefully we can get it back when they return home.