Bulls 94, Hawks 109 — Final
ATLANTA — Revenge is a dish best served cold is the saying but it seems one of the places it’s best served is in Atlanta. The Hawks were not only licking their wounds from a Tuesday loss to the Bulls, but they were playing in their third straight game in as many days.
You wouldn’t have been able to tell that given they way they came out and body slammed the Chicago Bulls 109-94 stopping the Bulls six game wining streak dead.
There was just one Bulls starter who made it into double-digits and his name wasn’t Derrick Rose it was Carlos Boozer. Boozer added five rebounds but the Bulls were minus 40 with Boozer on the court. That will be that stat that sticks out over his double digit performance and rightful so.
The Bench Mob was the only area of the Bulls that worked on Saturday scoring 62 of the Bulls eventual 94 points.
John Lucas III was the leading scorer on the night which says just about all you need to now about how things went down in Atlanta.
Where the Bulls got killed was in the shooting game. Atlanta shot over 56 percent from the field and around 75 percent from beyond the arch.
The Bulls were in the negative whenever someone from the starting five was on the court and in the positive whenever the Bench Mob was out there. It was an ugly game for the starters but if you even think about touching that panic button — you’re a fool.
The Bulls looked sluggish tonight but that’s going to happen especially this season which is condensed and harsh. The Bulls just had a bad game. The season is not over, the sun will still rise tomorrow and there is still a game on Monday for the Bulls.
Maybe it’s all the playoff football going on now that has everyone in a flurry. Remember even if this game had indeed happened in the postseason, it’s not a one and done format. That’s how this game needs to be viewed. It needs to be a learning experience and nothing more then that.
One positive can be Jimmy Butler the rookie from Marquette. Butler came off the bench to score 12 points in 11 minutes. Chicago is looking for Butler to be a guy that can make an impact down the stretch of the season and in the playoffs and tonight’s performance s something to invest in.
The Bulls have Sunday off to travel back to Chicago and prepare for a rematch with the Detroit Pistons. The Bulls watched the Hawks play their third straight game Saturday and Monday is the Bulls first of three back-to-back games. Chicago gets Detroit at home, then travel to Minneapolis Tuesday for a game with the Minnesota Rubios — er the Timberwolves and then it’s back to the United Center for a Wednesday game against the Wizards.
You better believe although tomorrow is an off day on paper, it won’t be if you’re on the roster in Chicago.