By the 2nd quarter, the Knicks somehow found their rhythm on offense and left the Bulls in a 23 point deficit. After the 1st half, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer gradually helped pull the Bulls out of the deficit and before we knew it, the Bulls were only down by 9 early on in the 4th quarter. Joakim Noah finished with a double-double, scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Boozer also had a double-double, with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls should have gotten Boozer going offensively early on. Statistics show that when they draw up plays for Carlos Boozer in the 1st half, he’s likely more comfortable getting into a rhythm.
This game was an eyesore for fans. The Bulls only shot 33% from the field. They accumulated 8 turnovers in the 1st quarter alone, finishing with 22. Hopefully, Luol Deng will be back soon. Their offense is ugly without Derrick Rose, but it’s even more awful without Deng on the floor. Coach Thibodeau isn’t saying when Jimmy Butler will return, but if reports are true that he’s at 80%, look for Butler in another week or so. The New York Knicks had better luck late in the 4th quarter and managed to resist the Bulls’ comeback, winning 83-78.
On Friday, the Chicago Bulls will face the Milwaukee Bucks again. On Tuesday, the Bulls lost to the Bucks, 78-74.