W 98-88 Vinny Del Negro was ejected from this game, arguing balls and strikes with a pretty large lead. The Bulls didn’t “need” him though, winning by 10 on the back of a Derrick Rose masterpiece. Rose had 27 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds on 12-22 shooting. Murray had 18 and Hinrich had 17, while Brad Miller contributed a double-double.
L 74-103 You know its bad when you are down 63-33 at halftime. I’m not going to lie, I turned it off way before that. Unfortunately it was being beamed into houses all over the country, as it was broadcast nationally on TNT. A home loss to the Heat is even worse coming in the midst of a final playoff push. Taj Gibson had 12 points and 10 rebounds and…nope that’s the only mildly positive thing about this game.
W 106-83 Jannero Pargo had a season-high 27 points and Gibson contributed a career high 22 points with 13 rebounds to help the Bulls defeat the league-worst New Jersey Nets. The Nets had actually been playing well coming off a 2-game win streak, but the Bulls were in control most of the game.
W 110-102 The Pistons are terrible, there’s no question about it. Regardless, this was a must-win game, and the Bulls took care of business. Flip Murray scored 23 points and Rose added 21 points and 9 assists as the Bulls shot 56% on their way to the win. Rip Hamilton had 29 points, but it wasn’t enough.
He averaged only 16.8 points a game this week, but if you consider the stinker he had in New Jersey and the fact that he dropped 7.8 assists a game, its a pretty good week for the young all-star. On top of that, he was instrumental in leading the team to a 3-1 record this week and back into the hunt for the 8th seed.
Not Player of the Week — Luol Deng
I’m just sick of him being hurt. Shut down for the season a possibility? What is with this kid? I hope he gets better and I’m sure its not his fault, but this happens every single year!
Chicago Bulls Weekly Grade — B+
They crapped the bed against the Heat on national television. Otherwise this week went exactly as they needed it to.