W 104-95 The Bulls opened a huge lead in this game but faltered a bit in the second quarter. Thankfully the Pacers are a terrible team and were playing without their best player, Granger. Rose had 28, 6 and 5 and Miller and Salmons looked sharp off the bench as the Bulls pushed their win streak to 2 games. Also with Noah in foul trouble all night Tyrus controlled the glass with 15 rebounds.
W 98-87 It’s fun watching the Pistons ship sink deeper and deeper. Rose had another good night with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists and Noah added 15 points and 21 rebounds. Ben Gordon looked decent on 7-16 with 21 points, but Bulls fans weren’t missing him that night. The Bulls are now 2-0 against the hated Pistons so far this season.
W 101-93 The 3 straight wins were nice, but they were all against terrible teams. This win at home over Orlando started to cement what might be a legitimate turnaround for the Bulls. Derrick Rose dominated from wire to wire, coming on especially strong in the second half and finishing with 30 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. The Bulls big men also did a good job of getting Howard in foul trouble and preventing him from being very effective.
Player of the Week — Derrick Rose
Finally, the Derrick Rose we all saw last year. Clearly injuries were hampering him before, but his ability to get into the lane and finish, or just get to the free throw line, is the difference for him. His weekly averages were phenomenal, with 26.7 points, 5 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game.
Not Player of the Week — Luol Deng
He really didn’t have a terrible week, but with Rose being more aggressive he was unable to find his shot this week. He shot a poor 41.2% from the field and needs to learn how to work off the more aggressive Rose.
Bulls Weekly Grade — A
It’s a new year baby. Let’s keep this going.