The Bulls played their starters throughout the night while the Raptors experimented much more with their bench. However, it really didn't matter. The Bulls starters were annihilating the Raptors starters prior to the Raptors going to the scrubs.
As I predicted, Bulls win, fans sent home with Big Macs.
He played nearly 40 minutes and almost came away with a triple double. Noah's had an outstanding preseason, and if he ends up overpaid on this contract then it looks like it will be because of health and not talent. I've felt Noah was an outstanding passer since his days at Florida, but in Thibodeau's offense, his passing ability is really on display much more so than under Vinny Del Negro.
Much like Noah, Rose played a huge number of minutes for a preseason game, almost 36. He also dominated the heck out of the Raptors whenever he wanted to. He passed well, scored well, and even knocked down his first three pointer of the preseason. Rose looks ready to hit this season in full stride.
Asik continued to progress, putting in his best effort of the preseason. He blocked several shots, rebounded well, and even finished off some opportunity baskets. He even managed to knock down 3-4 free throws on the night. He also limited his fouls and mistakes on the night, so nice job for Omer. He's looking more and more like he can play some quality backup center minutes this season.
The Luol Deng three point watch continues, and Luol now has gone four games in a row with at least three attempts from the three point line and over 33% shooting. He's now 6/13 on the season. Luol was aggressive with his dribble early, but he still struggled with his handle at times and needs to make quicker passing/shooting decisions rather than using his dribble quite so much.
Gibson played much like he has the rest of preseason. His rebounding has been below what we'd expect, though the team rebounding was so good that it wasn't an issue tonight.
Watson shot the ball much better and showed why Bulls fans were excited by the signing this summer. Not that there was reason to be concerned after one poor preseason game.
Bogans continues to look like a very solid starter. He knocked down his one three point look and continues to play solid on both sides of the ball. It's not hard to envision him as a starter, but low minute, player for this team.
Brewer played for the first time, but he looked a little rusty in his few minutes on the court. Obviously he'll need some more time to find his groove.
He played well again, and he's quietly having a nice preseason. It's still going to be tough for him to earn minutes, but if he continues to play well he can carve out a niche for himself somewhere. I think he's at least played well enough that if the Bulls were on the fence with his option that they'll probably lean towards yes. Now, they may not have been on the fence clearly opting for 'no' or 'yes' based on their belief of development vs having an expiring.