Deng sits, Bulls suck- Marquis Teague, Nazr Mohammed only positives

Deng sits, Bulls suck- Marquis Teague, Nazr Mohammed only positives
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Luol Deng sat out Saturday's game vs Detroit with a sore calf, and it finally caught up with the Bulls as they got blown out in the 2nd half by the Pistons, losing 92-75 in a game where most of the team sucked.

Nazr Mohammed only played six minutes, and his two points, two rebounds and one steal helped the Bulls outscore Detroit by two points while he was on the floor.

Thibs needs to start getting him more minutes, his veteran presence makes up for his lack of athleticism at his advanced age.

Marquis Teague continued to show more confidence as the backup PG, playing possibly his best game as a Bull. He gave the team 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists with zero turnovers in his 17:15 on the floor, and the team played the Pistons to a draw. Do the math, in the other 30:45 the Bulls were outscored by 17 points.

Teague hit 4/8 shots, but two of his misses were end-of-quarter buzzer-beater attempts. He put up the best line of any Bull who played, although the "realistic" Bulls fans who keep complaining about him will surely find something wrong with his game. Once I read a few of their moronic insults, I'll be sure to share them here.

The intelligent fans who read this blog are surely excited that Teague, who was drafted as a project, is starting to show some of the skills that caused the Bulls to draft him without even working him out before the draft. He got to the rim almost at will, and it almost seems as if Thibs is holding him back at times, instead of letting him go one-on-one against backup PGs who have no chance of staying in front of him.


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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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