Here's a few thoughts from tonight's win versus the Clips:
- The Bulls Control and Step on their Throats - For the first time this season, we saw the Bulls get into a dogfight, control the flow of the game, and not letting their opponent give the slightest inch to come back. The Bulls pulled away late into the 3rd Quarter when Mobsters Taj Gibson and Ronnie Brewer entered the game. From there, chants of "MVP" for Derrick Rose rang throughout the Staples Center rafters and the Bulls come home 3-1.
- Bulls Didn't Buy Into the Hype - With so much attention surrounding Lob City, it was an electric atmosphere for the Clippers' first home game. Blake Griffin and the Clips caught fire by starting the game on a 9-2 run but the Bulls kept their composure and forced L.A. to play their style of game.
- Derrick Rose Was a More Cold Blooded Assassin Than Normal - Besides of the 29 points and 16 assists, I was glad to see Derrick take matters in his own hands in the beginning of the 4th Quarter. Drives to the hoop led to FTs and dazzling plays where LA was forced to put more attention to Rose than normal, opening up Rose's teammates for open plays.
- Long Minutes for Rose - 42 minutes for Rose and to my calculation, he didn't sit at all during the 2nd half. I guess this shows how much Coach Thibs wants to come back to the UC 3-1.
- Ronnie Brewer with Another Strong Game - While Ronnie Brewer was absent from my last postgame post, he deserves to get some dap. 7 points and going 2-2 from the field is nothing special on paper but those field goals came at critical moments ending a couple of L.A. runs.
This is a game the Bulls could have lost. With the Clippers' first home game and with the athleticism they have, the Bulls losing wouldn't have been so much an upset. Instead, the Bulls did a great job keeping the Clippers highlights at a minimum and frustrating Blake Griffin during moments of the game. The Bulls are coming home 3-1 and this West Coast trip is finally over. Happy New Year to you all and celebrate hard tomorrow night.
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