Joakim Noah dominated the game in the first half carrying the Bulls. Derrick Rose dominated the game in the second half when the Bobcats threatened to make it a game scoring on three or four straight possessions. Taj Gibson rebounded from some poor performances to play outstanding on the glass, and the Bulls are in the playoffs.
The Bobcats rested their starters in 2nd and 4th periods, but the Bulls did a nice job against the starters as well, and the game was never really in serious jeopardy as the Bulls led wire to wire.
If there was anything to worry about this game, it would probably be that Luol Deng just does not look healthy. I don't know how much better he can get in the two or three days off that he'll get going into the playoffs, but a slowed down Luol Deng is not going to get it done against LeBron James.
We'll have to hope James Johnson's tear in his plantar fascia isn't bothering him too much, because he's the only one on the team who even has a hope of covering LeBron [as small a hope as that is]. James Johnson has actually been quite a surprising defender. He's done a very solid job on his straight up man defense and a nice job on help defense. His biggest issue is getting lost off the ball, something that isn't likely to be an issue with LeBron who will be predominantly on the ball.
Plenty of time to break down the Cleveland series later. I'm going to take at least one night just to enjoy this victory.