L 97-114 A bunch of D-Leaguers beat the Bulls, literally. The Warriors had three d-league call-ups get major minutes and ran the Bulls out of the building. Even though it was on the road, this was a terrible loss. Even though Salmons had 25 points and Deng added 20, the Bulls shot 36.5% overall and are hoping this one is forgotten soon.
L 97-104 This one was billed as a rebounding duel between the veteran Marcus Camby and the up-and-coming Joakim Noah. Great. Anyways the rest of us watched the game and unfortunately the Bulls were unable to make up some serious deficiencies. rose had 23, 8, and 7, but the Bulls fell short against a second terrible team on the week.
W 115-104 Just when it was looking like this road trip was going to be a repeat of the circus trip, the Bulls surprised us all. Derrick Rose, on national television, went off for 32 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals and completely took over the game from start to finish. The Bulls shot 51% from the field on the night and it just seemed like they couldn’t miss. Lost in that hot-shooting was the fact that they had 11 blocks and 8 steals as a team on the night.
W 104-97 A second huge road win over a Western Conference playoff team? Sure why not. Apparently Joakim Noah is suffering some foot problems so he had to sit out this game. Brad Miller came lumbering in off the bench to try to replace his minutes and surprise! He actually played well. In what was his best game of the season he had 25 points, 5 rebounds and an assist. Rose looked good again with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists and Taj had a double-double.
His all-star bid should be secure after this week’s performance. He had 22.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.5 assists on the week. Wow. Not only that, but on national television he led his team to a huge victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Not Player of the Week — Tyrus Thomas
Again? Yeah again. The truth is no one on the team was spectacularly awful but any week in which Thomas does his usual 40% shooting is a bad week for him.
Bulls Weekly Grade — B
They lost to two terrible teams and beat two very good teams. This team’s inconsistency is frustrating and difficult to gauge. Good wins are good wins though, and we’ll take it.