Bulls dominate Raptors in 109-90 preseason win

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.


Individual reviews:

Joakim Noah:
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.

Derrick Rose:

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.

Omer Asik:

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.

Luol Deng:
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.

Taj Gibson:
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. 

C.J. Watson:
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.

Keith Bogans:

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.

Ronnie Brewer:
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.

James Johnson:

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.


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  • See C.J. Watson isnt that bad..You cant judge a book by the first page lol! What about Korver!?
    and what happened between Scalabrine and Joey Dorsey?

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Dorsey took a wild flail at him with about 10 seconds left in the game for no particular reason other than somebody probably told him on the bench to be aggressive. It was just dumb.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    I only saw the second half, but the pace, focus and determination they play with on offense is at much higher level than even the playoffs last year. Does anybody still believe firing Vinny was even a questionable decision?

  • In reply to joeacook3:


    That's what Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah have right now.

    They appear to have a different look and body language from a year ago.

    At least, that's what I saw last night vs. Toronto. It's exciting.

  • I felt there were so many positive things throughout this game that I do not have enough space to mention it all. I think it would be tough to pinpoint a single player that played "bad" tonight. Deng was a little sloppy, Taj not great, Brewer was rusty - but no one was bad. Rose and Noah showed what to expect for years to come and everyone else filled their roles well. I especially have to give credit to Asik. I would have been happy if he progressed this much from beginning to end of the preseason, but he has progressed each and every game. he is taking the ball to the hoop quick and strong, picking his spots on D, and laying off the silly fouls. Wow.

  • Once James Johnson "tried to carve out a niche for himself somewhere.". It's now called the Grand freaking Canyon.

    ...Where's Mr. Happy at these days, anyway? I think main point of the extended list of examples of James Johnson awesomeness was to get a RISE out of him...

    Do you think JJ T-shirts would sell?:

  • In reply to Davidmon5:


    I was on vacation. Glad people missed me...haha.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Welcome back!

  • In reply to Davidmon5:


    Let's just take a step back here.

    He's not playing that great.

    I'd still rather have SAM YOUNG or NICK YOUNG. Go look up their stats.

  • In reply to Davidmon5:

    Basically, you want a chucker. Has Nick Young ever took a shot that wasn't a fadeaway?

  • To me the most exciting part of the pre-season has been we've almost kept up with our opponents in 3 pointers thus far (23 makes vs 24), last year teams made nearly 3 a game more than we did. It's only 4 games, but if that becomes a trend then I think we can achieve a win total in the mid 50s.

    Also judging by his pre-season play there are only two things that can stop Noah making the all-star team this year, injury and Amare being incorrectly listed as a center.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    good to see you posting Shakes...haven't seen you on chicitysports...

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I think we're in for a very exciting season. Thank you coach Thibodeau for getting a real offence in place. This team seems like they're going to be a tough bunch!!!

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    It looks like Noah is going for a major improvement. He was good last year but with the peace of the new contract, a more settled and talented team ...he is going up another level. If Taj can knock down those jumpers consistently, he will pull the PF away from the basket.
    It would have been nice if we have a pre-season game with Miami.
    We could have seen how Noah/Taj would handle Bosh/Haslem when everyone is still figuring out their roles..

  • I'd agree, but I think Pax had an eye on this last summer's FA signing period. It's hard to bring in a new coach and try to instill a system if you're going to be dumping decent players like the bulls did with BG, Hinrich and Salmons. That causes a lot of friction for a coach who might have a shelf life of a 2 seasons anyway. I think it's safe to say at this point that over the last two years the bulls weren't trying to get better until July 1 of this year.

  • I have to agree with all of these points. The more I see of this team the better I feel. I know the Bulls FO has taken a beating from lots of fans over the years, but I have to say I am very happy with this off-season's moves. It looks like they brought in a lot of quality players that can fill specific roles. They are designing a team that can compete - 2 or 3 stars surrounded by lots of complementary parts. This has always been a recipe for success.

    Don't get me wrong, I know Rose/Noah/Boozer are no MJ/Pip/Grant but they are getting better every year. And I can't stress enough how pleased I am to have Thibs here. i know he has only been a head coach for 4 pre-season NBA games now, but the difference is already night & day. I think one of my favorite stats so far is assist %. Last night they made 40FG on 26 assists! 65%! The game before 28 assist on 39FG made, 74%! We really have something going here, exciting!

  • Good job mitchell wiggins....nice list, i agree with all of that. Im really really excited about this year....my fav. players on this team are.....Asik,Noah,Booz,Rose,James Johnson an Brewer. Once Brewer gets comfortable we will be seeing some sick dunks from him lol James Johnson could have a very solid year for us....i really hope he turns himself into a rotation player for us.

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