Bulls 115, Cavaliers 86- Rumors of the Bulls' demise without Derrick Rose are greatly exaggerated

Bulls 115, Cavaliers 86- Rumors of the Bulls' demise without Derrick Rose are greatly exaggerated
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Carlos Boozer, Rip Hamilton, and Nate Robinson led the way as the Bulls destroyed the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-86 Friday night, moving to 2-0 on the season without MVP Derrick Rose.

Boozer led the offense early, and finished with 19 points (7/11 FG), 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Hamilton hit 7/8 FG in the 3rd quarter in matching Boozer's game-high 19 points, and Robinson did an incredible job filling in for a foul-plagued Kirk Hinrich, finishing with 16 points (7/9 FG), 12 assists and 5 rebounds.

The Bulls showed their complete team game tonight, as they had 34 assists on 44 field goals. Hinrich and Robinson combined to hold Kyrie Irving to 15 points (6/15 FG) and four assists with four turnovers. The defense was outstanding, and the offense could not have possibly been more efficient as the Bulls shot 63.8% from the field.

The entire team played well, even rookie PG Marquis Teague was outstanding in garbage time. He looked like an actual point guard running the offense, finishing with 3 assists in his 3:32 of playing time.

There isn't much more to say about this game, the Bulls played a perfect game for the most part, and any fans who had questions about how the team would play with Derrick Rose sidelined should go away after tonight.

Of course they won't, because so far the Bulls have only defeated a pair of lottery teams. But this blogger still believes that the Bulls can win 50 games this year, because they are a veteran team that "plays the right way" and defends like no other team in the NBA.


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    Don Ellis started covering sports professionally when he was 15. The same year (1980), as a student assistant at Seeger Memorial High School in West Lebanon, IN, he was one of the first in the world to use, study and implement analytics in basketball. He attended Daytona State College and Ball State University, and some of his past credits include InsideHoops (NBA Runaround: The NBA According to Ellis) and ESPN Florida (The Florida Sports Reporters), where he was fortunate enough to work with many rising stars, including NFL Network's Dan Hellie, Redskins coach Jay Gruden, Magic radio and TV personality Dante Marchitelli, and WSB-TV (Atlanta) Sports Director Zach Klein. In addition to running the Bullsville blog and officiating basketball, baseball and football for the KHSAA, he is also a bass player and vocalist who writes and produces music in his spare time (you may remember his internet hit "I Hate Eddy Curry"). He's a 3rd-generation Cubs fan, a Bulls fan since the days of Van Lier and Sloan, and a life-long New England Patriots fan. He's seen Primus 9 times and thinks Les Claypool walks on water. By far his greatest accomplishment is being a father of three and grandfather of one.

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