CHICAGO — It wasn’t the Bulls starters who were stars against the Raptors Tuesday night, it was the bench that are the talk of the town today. The Bulls bench piled up over 55 points on the night and gobbled up 26 rebounds at the United Center Tuesday in a blowout win against Toronto.
Taj Gibson and Omer Asik led the charge as both are filling in for the injured Joakim Noah. Gibson finished the night with 16 points and Asik finished with a career high 13 points. Gibson had the better night of the two from a statistical standpoint as he finished with a double-double on the night in points and rebounds; he had 14 rebounds to go with his 16 points. Asik had the better night in terms of sheer suprise. Asik has really been a none factor for the Bulls when it comes to replacing Noah for the time being. Asik isn’t a talentless player and reminded everybody of that on Tuesday with his performance. And to counter Gibson’s double-double, Asik almost managed on of his own, falling three rebounds shy of one and also shot 5 of 6 from the field. This is further proof that Omer Asik is improving and growing as a player and will be a valuable asset for the Bulls down the road.
“When we get contributions like that throughout 1-13 guys, it makes it easier for everybody,” Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer said. “We have fun out there. You saw how much fun we had on the bench watching those guys get busy and that’s why we’re a team. We need everybody.”
While everybody in the world is realizing what a Batman and Robin duo Carlos Boozer and Derrick Rose are becoming, the Bulls bench is producing one as well with Gibson and Asik.
“Me and him, we know our role coming off the bench,” Gibson said. “We have to play with a lot of energy. And in practice, we just bring it so hard. It feels good because he’s developing, I’m developing. Down the line, it’s going to improve us as a team and we’re looking forward to the next game.”
The two are without a doubt becoming very valuable to Bulls as they are young and at the moment very cheap. Bulls GM Gus Forman fields endless calls about the duo, and if the right price comes along don’t be surprised to see one of them go. It’d be a hard thing to see as with their play of late, Bulls fans are finding it hard not to fall in love with both of these players. As of now, they’re both Bulls and as long as they are you can bet your bottom dollar they will contribute; with or without Noah in the lineup.
Bulls Highlights: Bulls 111, Raptors 91