The Bulls pulled off win number four tonight against the Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio-less Twolves. The game wasn’t pretty or easy, it was a close battle the entire game, neither team lead in double digits. Despite the Bulls coming out on top at 87-80; the Timberwolves lead the Bulls on assists (23-19) and steals (7-6).
However the Bulls managed to fight and carry on the entire game. Leading scorers for Chicago were; Nate Robinson with 18, Joakim with 17, and Luol Deng with 16. Cause pf concern, Kirk Hinrich left the game after just eleven minutes of play with a strained right hip injury. Not a good sign for the Bulls this is the second year in a row we have invested in a veteran who ran into injury problems eary, last year with Rip Hamilton.
No word has been released yet on how serious the strain is, but my best guess is that he is “day to day.”
In his 28 minutes of play Carlos Boozer was nothing short of typical Boozer performance, he was 0-5 in field goals, and made just two free throws, which were his only points of the night. Carlos did contribute nine rebounds, however his performance was just awful to watch. I think every Bulls fan can agree it is time to bench Booz and give Taj the starting position.
With the absence of Rose and now temporarily Hinrich, somebody has to step up the Bulls cannot keep on barely winning games, the opponents will only get tougher and the point defecit will shrink. Don’t get me wrong it’s fantastic that they are managing a 4-2 record without DRose, however I can’t stress enough how important it is that this team stays healthy and finds that “go to guy” I can tell it will not be Boozer.
On a positive note the Bulls came out with a lot of heart and energy tonight. Rip Hamilton and Marco Belinelli got us out of our horrific three point shooting slump. Rip shot 2-3 from behind the arc and Marco contributed 3 of his own. Nate Robinson also provided a nice spark off the bench filling in for Kirk, Nate’s energy and style of play reminds me a lot of John Lucas III’s.
Marco and Nate both hold a lot of potential once they find themselves on the court and get into rythym with the team they could possibly be the answer to some of the Bulls’ woes. The new Bench Mob could never replace the old one sentimentally, however in reality we need them to be better than the last and get us going in the future.