W 118-85 Derrick Rose was clearly still feeling some pain from his bruised hip during this home game against the Knicks, but it didn’t seem to bother him all that much. He dropped 29 en route to a shellacking of the crappy Knickerbockers. The Bulls got solid contributions from everyone, with 7 players scoring in double figures.
W 115-109 The Knicks again? Yup, this time in New York, but with the same result. As trade winds swirled and Salmons was held out of the lineup, the entire starting lineup came through big time on both ends and played a ton of minutes. Taj and Brad each had double-doubles and Rose dropped another 27. Hey Knicks, enjoy T-Mac!
W 100-94 With Noah still out and some new Bulls suiting up, the hope was that they could steal one from a terrible Wolves team. No problem there. Hinrich scored 20 and the new Bulls Warrick and Murray looked very solid in their debuts.
W 122-90 Another ho-hum win for the Bulls, but don’t get used to it. All four of the Bulls opponents this week were not exactly top-notch competition, and Philly was no different. AI looks older than sin and the Bulls new guys seem to have integrated seamlessly into the lineup. Gibson led the way in this one with 20 points and 13 rebounds. He got a lot of help, with 7 Bulls scoring in double figures again.
Kirk Hinrich and Derrick Rose both had stellar weeks, but Taj really anchored the front line with Noah still nursing a sore foot. He averaged 13.5 points and 12 rebounds on 62.5% shooting. Throw in 2.3 blocks and we may be looking at a very solid contributor for the Bulls in the near future.
Not Player of the Week — Joakim Noah
Pretty much no one had a bad week, and Noah only played 7 minutes all week, but his missed dunk was painful. Hilarious, but painful.
Bulls Weekly Grade — A
Bad competition? Maybe. But you still have to win those games, and the way the new guys seemed to fit right in was very comforting to see. Also, I know this is more an analysis of the front office than the team’s play, but Forman did a great job getting Salmons contract off the books and moving Ty Thom for some interesting new pieces.