CHICAGO — If there was a team to rebound against, it seems that team is the Detroit Pistons. After having a harsh time handling the Atlanta Hawks, the Chicago Bulls rolled the Pistons 92-68 behind Carlos Boozer‘s 23 points and Derrick Rose‘s 8 assist.
It was another on night for Boozer who scored 23 and rebounded 8 times. Rose shot 16 times in the game sinking 8 of them to total his 22 points. Other then those two the offense on the Bulls was evenly spread in terms of production.
Luol Deng and Joakim Noah both scored 4 points and other then Ronnie Bewer‘s 12 points, the Bench Mob took care of the rest.
Despite having Taj Gibson lead the Mob in scoring with 9, the biggest success was Brian Scalabrine scoring off then bench much to the delight of the Chicago crowd inside the United Center.
The biggest story in the game besides Boozer though, has to be how Derrick Rose bounced back from his less then impressive game Saturday against the Hawks. Rose got back into his 20-plus ways and was again a mere two assists away from a double-double.
Richard Hamilton and C.J. Watson both sat out again tonight with injuries. Watson still isn’t good enough to play with his elbow and Hamilton’s hamstring continues to nag him. Both expect to be back in the lineup this weekend but for Watson that might be a daunting task.
The Bulls have an immediate turnaround as they play the second of three straight tomorrow night at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves are a sleeper team at the moment, riding Rubio-mania. The Bulls however, improved to 8-2 on the season with their easy win and plan to make it two in a row against the Wolves. After that it’s back to Chicago for a Wednesday night game against the Wizards to close out the three game stretch.
Don’t hold your breath or bet the family fortune, but there is a very good chance the Bulls rebound form their Saturday loss to the Hawks by going 3-0 on their three game stretch.