The Chicago Bulls barely pulled off the win in overtime with Marco Belinelli’s off-balance, hail Mary shot that put the Bulls up 100-99. The majority of the game was neck-and-neck with the great defense from the Celtics and Bulls. Defensively, the two teams are so similar, which always makes for a thrilling game every time. Chicago shot 48% from the field, while the Celtics shot 41.8%. The Bulls are now 6-0 so far this season when playing on Friday nights. So, maybe the win was just from pure luck?
Luol Deng had a really tough night, only shooting 1-6 from the field. He left the game with 3 points, when he strained his already aggravated hamstring in the 3rd quarter. It’s unlikely that he’ll play on Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies. Carlos Boozer is continuing to play great this season. He can possibly be an All-Star reserve along side All-Star candidates Luol Deng and Joakim Noah. Boozer had 19 points, 20 rebounds, and 4 assists in 43 minutes of playing time. Rip Hamilton had a great game and contributed 20 points for the Bulls. He’s starting to get his legs back under him after being out from nagging injuries. Joakim Noah played the most minutes, playing 45 minutes. Noah finished the game with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The Bulls bench certainly contributed well against the Celtics. Between Marco Belinelli, Jimmy Butler, and Nate Robinson had 34 of the 36 points from the bench. Belinelli had 10 points and the game-winner. Butler finished the game with 13 points and 4 rebounds. Jimmy Butler is already a natural on defense, but he’s breaking out of shell, offensively. Like Belinelli, he’s not hesitating to shoot the ball, especially if he’s open. Jimmy is playing with more aggression and anyone can easily see how much he has worked on his game during the off-season. Nate Robinson, a former Celtic, had 11 points and 2 assists. He was needed early since Hinrich got into foul trouble. After the win, the Bulls are now 23-15 and in 4th place in the East.
Overtime was not very ideal for the Bulls since they have to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night at 8pm ET. The Memphis Grizzlies are 25-13, just coming off a win against the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. The game will be played at the United Center.