Let me start by giving a shout out to my colleagues that cover the Milwaukee Bucks every night. Believe me it is not easy to cover a team that is the worst in the league. How do I know? I was a radio correspondent for the Charlotte Bobcats when they were the worst team percentage wise in NBA history. They were 7-48. They were so bad, I had to change the format of my reports just to keep it entertaining for the listeners and motivating for me. So believe me Buck fans, give your correspondents some love, they work hard.
With that much needed statement out of the way, The Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 81-72 in a game whose entertainment level rivals paid programming featuring vacuum cleaners, pots, pans and hair growth. This game was ugly from start to finish for BOTH teams. In a game where both teams threw up enough bricks to build the biggest super mall in the country, the Bulls decided to shut out the Bucks for the final 5:09 of the game. Let’s put this in perspective, Brandon Knight scored a basket with 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter. At this point the Bucks felt confident they should score again. Then after that the Bucks missed their final 11 shots from the field. They didn’t. The Bulls held this team to 31% from the field with only 12 free throw attempts. This just in to Pippen Aint Easy, THESE DUDES CAN DEFEND MAN! During the four game streak the Bulls have held their opponents under 87 points.
Let’s break down the good parts. Carlos Boozer came back after a two game absence to score 19 points and grab 13 rebounds. He actually corralled 8 of them in the 3rd quarter. What does this tell us? If Carlos Boozer is aggressive, the Bulls win. He basically destroyed Larry Sanders who scored one point more than I did writing this recap. If you read my preview, I joked that Sanders had two fouls during the preview. I would like to say I was wrong. It was four because he fouled out in the game. He was in foul trouble the entire game and was a non factor. Mike Dunleavy who is under trade rumors of his own, dropped 18 points on 6-10 shooting including 3-3 from the land of plenty. Considering the awful shooting on both sides, this guy was the player of the game. Joakim Noah who played under the weather last night, had 8 points 10 rebounds and 7 assists.
Okay, this would not be a complete recap without the bad. Yes the Bulls won, but if it had been ANY other team in the league, they would have lost. The Bulls made 24 shots. Period. Let me put it this way, Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy scored HALF of the field goals in the game. Without 27 points from the free throw line, the Bulls would have been in a world of trouble. Mission for Bulls: Find a way to get easy baskets. Believe it or not Milwaukee was leading early 10-1. Chicago can’t start slowly going forward because they have issues scoring buckets.
The Bulls play Charlotte tomorrow night.