W 109-101 It looked like the Bulls were going to blow another one against Indiana, a common theme the past few seasons. Then the 4th quarter came and it was like they got a second wind. Without Noah down low, the Bulls still managed to bang it out on the glass. They had 4 players in double figures, with Deng notching 23 points and 11 rebounds and Rose and Salmons each dropping 21 points.
L 87-97 It’s tough to blame the Bulls for this one. The only real problem that the lackluster effort came at home. Other than that it was a bad draw. As soon as Rose went down with a bruised hip (gasp!) in the first few minutes of the game, we knew it was over. Deng had 23 again and Tyrus actually had a good game, but the main concern here was that Rose was okay. Thank goodness he was.
Averaging 23 points each in the two games, Deng was really the only bright spot besides Thomas’s extended garbage minutes on Wednesday. He also added 9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1 block a game on 53% shooting.
Not Player of the Week — Taj Gibson
He is clearly slowed by his plantar fasciitis, but 1-7 on the week is just plain rough. Hopefully he will get some rest during the break, and he only played limited minutes in the Rookie Challenge.
Bulls Weekly Grade — B-
I didn’t expect them to beat the Magic, and without Rose I definitely didn’t expect it. That being said taking one on the nose like that in front of your home crowd is never fun.