L 87-96 The Bulls were actually leading in this one going into the 4th quarter. Although they eventually lost (Kobe is tough to stop), they finally showed some toughness and didn’t just give up after the first 8 minutes of the game. Noah had another great night posting 20 rebounds, of which 14 were offensive. Deng and Rose each had 21.
W 98-89 The Knicks set the record for most 3-point attempts in a half with 29 in the 1st. Unfortunately for them they didn’t make too many of them. Although the Bulls got down 17 early, they hung tough and pulled out the victory. Deng had 24 points and 13 rebounds and even Salmons contributed 20 points on 50% shooting.
W 101-98 Does this signal the return of effort in Chicago? The Bulls actually defeated a good team in overtime. They were a few points behind Atlanta most of the game, but came on strong at the end. After they couldn’t get the ball in Rose’s hands for a game-winner in regulation, they pulled away in OT to steal the win. Rose scored a career-high 32 points in this one.
Player of the Week — Derrick Rose
Once again Deng and Noah had very good weeks. But the re-emergence of Derrick Rose cannot pass without notice. He averaged 23.7 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists this week and literally willed the Bulls to a victory over the Hawks. Oh and he only turned the ball over 1.7 times a game; not bad for your point guard.
Not Player of the Week — Brad Miller
Vinny gave him the starting nod and while he played pretty well against L.A., he shot a combined 1-8 in the other 2 games. He turned over the ball 4 times in those games while only scoring 2 points in about 45 combined minutes. Yuck.
Bulls Weekly Grade — B+
They won 2 games, what’s to complain about?