After making an early exit in the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers last season, the Chicago Bulls were looking for a bit of revenge. It wasn’t easy, but the Bulls managed to claim the win over Philly, 93-88. Luol Deng had a great, productive night leading the Bulls with 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Deng and Joakim Noah both played the most minutes, playing just about 40 minutes each. Noah had another double-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists. Richard Hamilton was a spark for the Bulls with 15 points and 3 rebounds. But, in the 3rd quarter, Hamilton injured his left foot and is expected to have an MRI today. During the game, it was stated that his injury was a left foot sprain. Hopefully, he doesn’t have to miss too much time off the court. Obviously, the Bulls need everyone healthy, especially since their biggest offensive option is gone.
Carlos Boozer finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds in 33 minutes of playing time. Taj Gibson had a decent game off the bench with 11 points and 8 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls shot 46.9% from the field and had a big rebounding game with 50 rebounds. The Bulls had an all right game, but will have to tighten up on defense. This sounds completely repetitive, but until they execute this, games are gonna become tougher to win. Defense is their niche. Undoubtedly, the Bulls are not the best offensively, but what made them great was their skill to lockdown on defense and commit. During plenty of games last season, their defense and ability to out hustle the other team was their way to convert to easy buckets on offense. They’re lacking a bit in that area this season.
The Bulls are ahead one game over .500 (8-7). They have another big game against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday at the United Center (8pm ET/7pm).