The Bulls came to play tonight with a lot of pressure on their shoulders and they were looking to put a nasty three game losing streak behind them in Milwaukee. Tonight they did just that, it was a close game, with a lot of back and forth scoring from both teams all night. The Bulls managed to step it up down the fourth quarter stretch, it was beautiful all of our starters contributed and they came out on top at 93-86. The spirit of Derrick Rose must have been in Milwaukee tonight, Brandon Jennings rolled his ankle while attempting to save a possesion. No deadly – ankle shattering Rose crossover’s were involved this time.
DEFENSIVE GAME BALL: Joakim Noah – Tonight’s defensive game ball belongs to our amazing center, Joakim Noah. Jono grabbed nine rebounds, he contributed five assists, had one steal, forced two turnovers and put up nine points himself. Joakim always puts in his fair share of work and then some, however he played a staggering 42 minutes. His back up Nazr Mohammed didn’t play a single second. I know thibs was relying on his go to guys tonight but in all due respect, Noah deserved a rest.
OFFENSIVE GAME BALL: Carlos Boozer: — The offensive ball goes to our rather rambunctious power forward: Carlos Boozer. Booz was on fire tonight he averaged a double – double putting up 22 boards and nineteen rebounds. Boozer really heated up in the second half his shots were flowing and his rebounding was on point, just like every great PF should. Boozer definitely had the play of the game, he grabbed the rebound from Noah’s missed lay-up and put up a big dunk. That charged the Bulls’ momentum up closing out the fourth.
OVERALL GAME BALL: Rip Hamilton — Tonights’s overall game ball goes to our veteran, that masked man, also known as Rip Hamilton. Rip kept up alive in the game all through the first half. He had a total of 22 points and and grabbed three rebounds. Hamilton was a huge factor in tonight’s win, he got the Bulls out of any little hole they dug in the first quarter. After last year’s rocky start he had with injuries we all had no idea what to expect out of old ripper this season, however all signs are pointing to another solid year for the thirteen year veteran.
The Bulls came together and carried on a win down the stretch, a huge sign that the Bulls are figuring out one of their biggest problems and will be able to facillitate in future games. On another note, Thibs did not start Teague, Mohammed, or Radmanovic. It seems like the rumors from earlier this week about Thibs making changes to his starting line up really caused him to solely rely on his starting five tonight, with the exceptions of Nate, Taj, and Jimmy Butler. The Bulls really stepped it up tonight, they finished strong which is something they so desperately needed to work on. I see nothing but good thing coming for this evolving team.