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The Bulls, Bucks, and Bobcats all won their post-trade deadline debuts. All three teams got some contributions from the new guys to help them along the way. Obviously, I didn't watch all three games at once, so we're going to be doing a little box score diving.
Hakim Warrck had 10 points, 9 rebounds on 13 shots with 1 assist, no fts, no blocks, no steals, 2 turnovers. He probably looked a little better than the statline which wasn't really that impressive. I expect him to shoot the jumper better in the future. It definitely wasn't a special debut, but it was about what you'd expect.
He's Tyrus Thomas without giving you the absurd combination of blocks and steals.
Flip Murray had 8 points on 3 of 8 shooting with a couple fts, 3 boards, 1 assist, no blocks/steals. He hit a couple big shots, and probably also played a little better than his poor statline. Still, he he was 0-3 from behind the three point line. Salmons had a ton of off games and performances similar to this. What remains to be seen is if he can have the big games like Salmons did.
Overall, both contributed to the Bulls win. They look like low end rotation players, and that's the role they'll be asked to play. Once Joakim Noah is back, the pair should fit in well as the 7th/8th guys on the team in the rotation. If one of the two is over their head it's probably Murray who'll have to play as the third guard.
Tyrus Thomas shot 3-9, 3-4 from the FT line, with 2asts, 2 tos, 12 boards, and 6 blocks. Without watching the game, I can't say how big a factor he was in the Bobcats blowing out the Cavaliers, but I'd imagine he played quite well given he was in their for 30 minutes and the Bobcats beat the best team in the league.
Certainly, they aren't going to be complaining about their trade. Though Tyrus did drop this memorable quote in the post game.
picked up from Chicago a day earlier, got a crash course on the plays a few
hours before the game, but said he "kind of forgot all of them."
What? Tyrus didn't know the plays? Of course, who could blame him on his first day on the job, but don't expect this to get better with time Bobcats fans. Still, I expect Tyrus to play outstanding for the Bobcats. He's a guy who can play very good basketball when motivated, and a trade is probably good enough to motivate him for a couple months. Then he'll be overpaid by someone this summer, feel entitled and become a bad contract for the next five seasons. [just a guess]
John Salmons had a fairly typical John Salmons type game with some clutchness thrown in. He scored 19, but took 18 possessions to get those points. He managed 1 rebound, 1 TO, no steals, blocks, or assists otherwise. In general, it would appear that Salmons gave the Bucks something similar to what he gave the Bulls. Some isolation offense and not a whole lot else.
The Bucks, much like the Bulls, won a road game against a poor team.
So, all three teams won after the trade deadline, Charlotte was the only team with an impressive win though you can only play the team on your schedule, so you can't hold that against anyone. After one game, it would appear that the trades worked out how we thought they would.
We got poor man's versions of both guys we traded. So far, the Bulls are1-0 after the trade, and thus, haven't been hurt by that fact. So far both teams we traded with are 1-0 and were definitely both helped considerably by their new arrivals.
For the rest of this season, the story will be whether the Bulls can still make the playoffs after the trades they made and how high of a seed the Bulls can maintain.