The Bobcats started off hot from the three point line but cooled off in the second half. Both teams struggled to hang onto the ball, and both struggled to control the defensive glass. However, in a battle of sloppy execution, the Bulls managed to win by three in a game that would have been over far sooner had it not been for five missed throws down the stretch.
- Vinny Del Negro realized that Brad Miller and Joakim Noah actually complement each other quite well and can be used together. I think the Bulls best lineup is when their front court is Deng, Noah, Miller. We finally saw that tonight.
- Joakim Noah is still a beast.
- Rose, Hinrich, and Salmons combined for one of the worst passing nights I've ever seen by a Bulls guard rotation. Salmons repeatedly jumped to shoot and then changed his mind and passed with no one to pass to. Rose also dribbled into trouble and tried to pass out of it without angles as well as made a bunch of lazy passes. Hinrich just chucked the ball away a few times. I'm not sure how many passing turnovers the Bulls had, but they had a ton of near turnovers on lousy passing as well.
- Derrick Rose simply did not look good tonight, and a lot of his faults didn't have anything to do with his ankle injury. He needs to get healthy, but he does not seem to have confidence to drive to the hoop. His mid range jumper was on tonight, but he's settling for shots, and he's not seeing all his opportunities at the hoop.
- The Bulls are really trying to defend the paint at the expense of giving up three point shots. To a fault. Especially the corner and the dead on three. If I'm going to give up an open three then give up the one on the wing. The corner three is the shortest and easiest, the dead on three is the easiest to visually line up and the most likely to get a lucky bounce. A defense has to give up something, and long distance shots aren't a bad thing to give up, but at least defend the corners.
- On top of the Bulls giving up a lot of threes, they frequently looked confused on who's job it was to rotate into coverage.
- Did I mention Joakim Noah is a beast, seriously, except for Noah, I'm not sure there's much good in this game.
- Oh yeah, Luol Deng has been a beast on the glass. He definitely looks like he can play some PF which is a good thing. He's been using a crapload of shots to get his points, but given that basically every perimeter player on the team has crap efficiency it's hard to single him out for that more so than anyone else.
- Bulls didn't take many, but they actually did shoot a good percentage from the three point line tonight connecting on 4-9.
- Did you really think the Bulls could be 4-2 at this point? Really? I mean they've won some UGLY games, but does anyone care that they're ugly as long as they win?
- Over/Under on the number of times the Bulls give out big macs this year? I mean you can just use the coupon anyway, no mcdonalds actually has any clue (nor do dunkin donuts know which racer one, so you can bring in which ever one you get), but it's almost hard to imagine this team scoring 100 points. I give the Bulls 25-30 home wins, no more than 8 big mac hand outs.
- What dirt does Gerald Wallace have on the referees? This guy full on tackled guys twice without getting whistled for a foul and drew one of the weakest charges in the history of basketball at the end of the half when he got the call on Hinrich.
- Taj Gibson didn't play much, nor did he play particularly well. I'm shocked he isn't drawing technical fouls the way he shows up the refs when he gets whistled for a call.
- Thank god for offensive rebounding.