The Bulls got off to a blazing start in this game thanks to some early Warrior turnovers, and they never looked back. Derrick Rose just dominated the game early throwing down his patented ball behind the head monster two handed slam a couple of times and getting all kinds of shots in the paint.
When the Warriors attempted to shut down Rose's drive, he hit the open man with the pass and the Bulls knocked down their jumpers. A special nod to Keith Bogans, whose early defense was instrumental in getting the Bulls off to their hot start that sealed the game.
In the end, the Bulls were well rested and the Warriors were playing their fourth game in five nights. The difference in energy was obvious, and the Bulls simply won using Golden State's game plan against them.
Derrick Rose dominated when it mattered which was really only the first 10 minutes
Most people probably won't notice that Derrick Rose went 2-8 to end the game after starting off 8-9. However, really the whole game was garbage time after the first quarter, and Derrick Rose simply dominated the hell out of the Warriors while it mattered. As the game progressed he started throwing up a lot of jumpers and passing the ball rather than working the drive as much.
Obviously no complaints on Derrick there, and if the Bulls had needed him, then I think he could have kept driving, but with the game well in hand it's probably best for him to not force the issue and potentially injure himself.
Luol Deng played an awesome game
His shooting percentage doesn't do justice for how well he played, because out of his 10 misses, I believe four of them were put back in for made baskets on possessions where he got in the paint. He did look a little shaky in the first few minutes with his finishing, but he got an open dunk on a fast break, and then his confidence seemed to raise back up and he started playing at a very high level.
Deng knocked down threes, drew fouls, rebounded, and passed the ball well. He probably came about as close to a triple double as you're likely to ever see him do again.
Joakim Noah's double/double streak ended
Blame the Bulls guards for stealing the ball so much and blame the Warriors for running a hectic offense with lots of quick shots, but Joakim Noah didn't manage to pull down 10 boards this game which ends his streak of double doubles.
He had another outstanding game overall with 17 points, a mere 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks, a steal, and only 1 TO. I would say there was a stretch where Noah struggled to box out and allowed GS to get a few offensive rebounds, but really hard to argue with much Noah does these days.
Keith Bogans defense set the tone
It seemed like half of the offensive possessions the Warriors had early ended due to Keith Bogans making a defensive play. His early defense set the tone, created easy baskets for the Bulls and put this game away before it started.
He went on to shoot the ball well overall after a slow start from the field and chipped in 14 points on 10 shots.
Taj Gibson had another solid game
Boy, Taj just looks like a starting caliber PF in this league the way he's played so far. Maybe not a star PF, but 14 points, 7 boards, and 3 blocks in 25 minutes is a pretty great night for him. When Taj missed a few shots early, he took the ball into the paint and forced GS to foul him. I liked his mentality in making the adjustment.
Kyle Korver knocked down a bunch of garbage time shots
Sure it didn't mean much, but I still love watching Korver shoot. He's definitely one of the best pure shooters in the game, if he was athletic and could handle the ball then it wouldn't be fair.
C.J. Watson plays well against his old team
Everyone likes to have a standout game against an old team, and C.J. didn't exactly have an incredible game rather quietly adds to his steady play over the past few games. 2/3 from the field, 7 points, 4 boards, and 2 assists and no turnovers. Over the past three games, Watson's 6/8 for 16 points, 8 assists, and no turnovers.
The Bulls experimented using Watson with Rose for a few minutes out there, and if he continues to play well, we'll see some more of that on the season.
Ronnie Brewer managed to play 21 minutes and only have a +1
Really, how does that even happen in this game? Brewer was pretty quiet out there which was surprising given the type of game it was. I would have expected a bit more of a defensive impact from Brewer and a few more points off fast breaks, but it just never seemed to happen for Brewer on the court tonight.
Omer Asik plays really well in garbage time
Sure it's garbage time, but Omer played well, and it's nice to get the big guy some developmental minutes.
Tom Thibodeau still doesn't trust the bench
Tom Thibodeau left the starters in for a pretty long time in this game. They were up by 31 at the start of the fourth and kept the starters in there until they were up by 32 or so with 7:25 left.
It looks like James Johnson and Brian Scalabrine are completely out of the rotation at this point, and given their play, that's a good thing for the Bulls. However, Thibodeau is still experimenting with what to do with the bench.
It looks now like it's Korver, Brewer, C.J. Watson, and Omer Asik now make up the bench rotation with Thibodeau moving away from the five bench player rotation and always keeping a starter out there.
As noted above, we saw a Rose/Watson rotation for the first time in my memory this year though Thibodeau said after the game it was because GS has a tiny backcourt.
What do you make from a game like this? Probably not a whole lot. We played at a high level, Golden State played at a terrible level. We were rested. They were tired. They were also missing David Lee (though we're missing Boozer). It was just one of those things where everything fell into place, and the Bulls had a trivially easy win.
Hopefully the Bulls don't have a let down game against Washington on Saturday
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