The Bulls broke their five game losing streak with a win against a hapless looking Detroit team which is still reeling with injuries. Ben Gordon had a pedestrian performance in his return, going for 18 points on 16 shots while collecting 3 rebounds, 5 fouls, and 1 turnover. He was booed every time his name was announced which seems par for the course for any player who leaves via free agency.
Otherwise, the Bulls won an extremely sloppy game. The offense still looked terrible, but somehow playing against an even more hapless offense helped take the edge off tonight. The Bulls did have a bunch of exciting dunks, alley oops, and drives tonight. Derrick Rose scored 19 points on only 9 shots tonight making it to the free throw line for 9 attempts.
It was one of the most aggressive games he played this season as he was in all out attack mode and scoring the majority of his points at the rim rather than with mid range jumpers. He shot the ball efficiently and had plenty of free throws as well.
The only issue was that Rose appeared to forget how to dribble the basketball on a few occasions where he had just awful turnovers, but that seemed like a lack of focus and likely isn't a long time worry. Overall, an outstanding performance by Rose.
John Salmons had a great game attacking the rim, and even had a few iso post ups on Gordon called for him. He hit three of four from downtown which was a big factor in the Bulls easy win. He also attacked the basket at will and used his size against the Pistons smaller backcourt to great effect.
Luol Deng couldn't throw the ball in the ocean tonight, his five field goals came largely on gimmie plays, and he was atrocious when shooting, however, he still was aggressive enough to earn several trips to the line, rebounded well, had a few assists, and forced some turnovers. Overall, he had a nice game for a guy who had a terrible shooting night as he found other ways to contribute.
Joakim Noah was solid on the boards, chipped in 7 points, and had a whole ton of nice passes. He also did a nice job helping to break the press by dribbling the ball up from the backcourt on multiple occasions or skipping passes ahead. The Bulls did give up too many offensive rebounds, but most were on long rebounds and not on a lack of interior rebounding on Noah's part.
Brad Miller had 14 points, 7 boards, and 6 assists, so he also filled up the box score. It was Miller's best game in a considerable amount of time. He had some excellent passes including a great ally oop he threw up to Rose.
Taj Gibson fouled out in less than 20 minutes of play and failed to box out on numerous occasions. He was filling up the box score early nailing jumpers and had four rebounds in his first few minutes on the floor but never recovered after getting three fouls.
Lindsay Hunter managed to play 11 minutes without screwing anything up though he started hacking people left and right due to lack of speed collecting four fouls in his minimal time on the floor.
Jannero Pargo only hit two shots, but one of them was a three right after Gordon knocked down a three which was nice timing. Still, he played pretty poorly overall, and the Pargo/Hunter backcourt almost gives me a heart attack even though it managed to play Detroit even.
James Johnson didn't play annoying me again.
A great win overall, especially with a road game against Cleveland coming up on the schedule next. The Bulls better be careful in running their players into the ground in that game since they have to come back and play Toronto at home the next day, and Toronto is the more winnable of the two games.