I ripped on Kurt Thomas, I said he was done, but Kurt Thomas gets the game ball for this win as much as anyone gets a game ball in a rout this large. When the game was still in doubt (like 2 minutes into it), Kurt Thomas made play after play. He had two clean strips and a block on Elton Brand in the first few minutes. He played outstanding help defense all night long, rotated well, and knocked down his mid range jumper.
He didn't just fill in, he looked like a stud.
As for the team, this was a game where everything went right. The Bulls nailed all their jumpers, the 76ers clanked all of theirs, the Bulls won in energy, they won in skill, they won in the paint, they won from the perimeter, however, you broke it down, the Bulls just dominated the crap out of the 76ers.
This is how good Derrick Rose is
He scored 22 points on 13 shots, had 12 assists, 5 rebounds, no turnovers, and a steal. That in and of itself isn't that big a deal, but it felt like he barely even tried to play in this game. He rarely looked for his shot, just set up others and only played 29 minutes and still ended up with a monster stat line.
Carlos Boozer's pretty awesome too
After the first play of the game where Boozer's defense on a pick and roll was so bad I wanted to stick a fork in my eye, Boozer settled into the game and proceeded to put on a clinic. He only had 16 points, but he had whatever he wanted whenever he wanted, much like the rest of the team, and showed off a variety of moves around the hoop.
Both Boozer and Rose could have done so much more if the Bulls needed them at all.
Luol Deng gets an honorable mention in the game ball hunt1
Outside of a couple shockingly bad turnovers, Luol Deng just destroyed the 76ers defense with his slices to the basket and then his mid range jumper. More impressive still, is that he was crushing Andre Iguodala some of the time, one of the premier defenders of the NBA.
More often though, the Bulls started playing a SF/PG pick and roll with Deng/Rose. It's a play I really wanted Vinny to use more last season as it showed great success when the Bulls tried it. Tonight, the 76ers switched the pick and roll, and Deng just abused Holiday something silly.
Kurt Thomas was awesome enough to mention him twice
Nothing to add, but seriously, Thomas was awesome. I was really impressed with how mobile he looked, and how comfortably he played. He was helped by having to defend Elton Brand, one of the few PFs in the league who can't kill him with speed. That said, Brand's been playing really well lately, so it was still outstanding work.
Ronnie Brewer made sure there was no let up when the bench came in
His harassing defense annoyed the crap out of the 76ers, and he initiated several fast breaks to keep the Bulls momentum going. He found ways to get out on the break and find easy baskets for himself and had a really nice reverse layup finish on one fast break. Overall, a great game by Brewer, who also knocked down his first three of the season.
Omer Asik showed some moves
Okay, it looked like he took about 8 steps, but that crazy one handed dunk he had for his final basket was pretty awesome. I still can't believe he didn't travel on that play though. Still, a nice effort by Asik who showed that if he's single covered in the post he can make 1 dribble and a strong move to the basket and score. His defense was a little up and down as it's been lately though.
Kyle Korver, scored 10 points on 4 shots
Really there's not much else to say about Korver, though there was one play where he was trying to box out Elton Brand which was kind of comical (though successful, hooray Kyle!).
C.J. Watson played well for the fist time in awhile
He's struggled recently, but he had his shot going tonight, forced a foul on a veteran move behind the three point line, and moved the ball well as the back up point guard.
Brian Scalabrine got a standing ovation every time he touched the ball
Am I the only one who finds this disconcerting? I don't really get it. It's like a half genuine love, half mocking, half victory cigar type of scenario, and yes, that's three halves, but three halves make as much sense as giving Brian Scalabrine a standing ovation.
For his part, Brian plays up to the crowd which probably encourages them more, he plays along with it, and takes it in a positive way.
When did Doug Collins turn 95? Seriously, that guy doesn't look good. Get out while you can Doug, it's not worth the money. It's scary to see what this business does to people, they just seem to deteriorate before your eyes, or maybe he just had a ton of TV makeup on before.
Tough to give much real analysis or take much from this game. All you can really say is that the team wasn't going to get discouraged and was ready to bounce back, but every break that could go the Bulls way did, and they never looked back.