W 98-93 Derrick Rose didn’t feel too well against the Spurs, but it didn’t seem to bother him that much. He put up 27 points, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists in the Bulls winning effort. the hot shooting of last week continued in this game, with the Bulls shooting 54% from the field as a team.
W 96-86 Remember earlier in the year when the Thunder came to Chicago and put on a clinic? Well the Bulls returned the favor to Kevin Durant and company on the way to reaching a .500 record. Defensively the Bulls looked spectacular, holding the Thunder to just 37% from the field. Derrick Rose did his thing, scoring 26 points on 13-23 shooting.
W 108-106 When things are going right they are just going right. the Bulls carried a good lead into the 3rd quarter but the Hornets battled back to take the lead. Deng had 26 points and a huge tip-in at the end of regulation to force overtime. Rose came up with 3 steals and Noah had a double-double to help Deng and the Bulls defeat the Hornets.
23.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 6 assists. Sure, those are great numbers, but his field goal percentage and aggressive attacks on the basket are what really earn him this honor. He was named an all-star (the Bulls first since MJ in 1998) and has really risen to the cream of the crop in the NBA. The Bulls could have 5 seed written all over them if Rose can maintain this level of play.
Not Player of the Week — John Salmons
To be honest, no one had a terrible week, but Salmons is really ticking me off lately. I understand the cold shooting, although he is heating up a bit. What I can’t understand is how he went from excellent perimeter defender to complete sieve on defense. He needs to pick it up if he wants to keep getting big minutes.
Bulls Weekly Grade — A
3 wins against top Western teams on the road? Hard to find fault with that.