It was probably a 50/50 crowd in Milwaukee. Apparently, the Bulls are big enough to actually travel a bit now. I'm sure seats are better and cheaper in Milwaukee. Outside of the MVP chants, there wasn't much too noteworthy in the game.
The Bulls won a road game that only barely counts as a road game. They didn't play real well, the offense was stagnant, and they let Milwaukee hang around. In the end, the managed to do enough to win fairly comfortably after building a big third quarter lead.
Abbreviated game wrap up below..
Luol Deng deserves a game ball as much as anyone
Quality defense and provided the best offense for the team tonight. He wasn't setting the world on fire, but was the team's leading scorer with 19 points and added three assists. He had his slashing game going on and made it to the free throws a four times (for eight FTs).
Deng's giving the Bulls a bit of everything every night. Thibodeau described him as a glue guy, but with Deng, I think it's true rather than a cover phrase to use on a guy who stinks..
Derrick Rose had his first mediocre game in awhile
Rose didn't do a whole lot in this game. He scored 17 with four assists which, by Rose's new standards is a pretty poor night. He didn't really earn those MVP chants, but I'm sure it always feels good to be treated so well in someone else's building.
It's funny because 17/4/4 isn't a terrible night, but our expectations of Rose have grown so much that it feels so much less than he's capable of. Of course, the nice thing about Rose, is that we know he doesn't care about the stats. He cares about the win, and any night Rose's team comes away with a win is a good night in his eyes and ours.
Joakim is hitting the glass hard but looks lost on offense
His play right now reminds me of his play last season. He's playing with a lot of energy, making good defensive rotations, bringing down tons of rebounds, scoring on tips, but failing to really do much with his own offense.
He doesn't look like the player earlier this season who played really well on offense with confidence to put the ball on the floor and create his own shot or pass. Joakim is pausing too much, and the hesitaion is slowing down his offense.
Carlos Boozer has been quiet since Joakim returned.
Let's hope the two figure things out soon. Obviously his rebound numbers are down, but so are his shot attempts and effectiveness. Many of his scores have been gimmies that Taj Gibson or Noah could have put away as well. If Boozer isn't creating some of his own offense, hitting jumpers and spreading things out, then it's really not worth putting up with his defense.
The Bulls found Korver some shots
And Korver found a way to get the Bulls 11 points with those 11 shots. Not setting the world on fire, but a nice rate for this type of game where everyoen was struggling to score.
The other noteworthy thing was, at one point after a blown assignment, Thibodeau looked like was absolutely going off on Korver on the sidelines.
I just feel asleep for the third time while trying to finish this one, so at this point, you're just going to get what I have.
Wow, never hit submit on an article you typed out while so tired you fell asleep three times in the process of writing it..
Omer gave the Bulls nice defensive push again
I love Omer in the paint. Fouling is still a big issue because he plays aggressively, but because he's the back up center and not the starter, the Bulls can live with him always being in foul trouble and it's worth it for the rim protection he provides.
He's doing a great job on the glass and contesting shots. He appears to have developed a reputation as well as I see players starting to actually shy away from him when he's in the lane and give him the respect of a great interior defender.