Well, I think it's safe to say that Jazz fans aren't missing Carlos Boozer any, and if I had my way, he wouldn't have played in the fourth quarter. Derrick Rose gave the Bulls enough offense while the team defense stepped up and did the job. Big kudos to the bench for coming in and really changing the game.
Who's the best PG in the NBA? Derrick Rose
I think these head to head matchups are sometimes overrated, and if you're a Jazz fan, you'll want to downplay this one. There was a stretch in the second quarter where Rose and Williams went back and forth, but other than that, all Rose.
Derrick's night may not have been quite as good offensively as the 29 point total would lead you to believe. Between his turnover and two possessions on trips to the line he took 29 possessions to get 29 points. However, in a defensive battle, 1 point per possessions isn't too bad, especially when you're creating all your shots and don't get the easy ones.
Derrick struggled on defense in spurts of this game, but I think his defense looks worse due to playing so many minutes with Thomas/Boozer helping him rather than Asik/Gibson. Derrick had a big steal near the end of the game and then drew the foul to put the Bulls up three with just one possession left for the Jazz which ended up icing the game.
The Jazz sure don't regret losing Carlos Boozer
I think Al Jefferson is pretty similar to Boozer, but Jefferson simply had a better shooting night. However, Jefferson costs much less and has fewer years. Don't even get me started on Millsap. He's one of the best value contract big men in the NBA.
Boozer played gauge your eyes out bad defense for most of the game. I was somewhat sickened that they let him back in the game in the 4th quarter, but he did play pretty well down the stretch of the game making a couple nice defensive plays.
On offense, the Jazz did a nice job smothering Boozer, and unfortunately, his 14 points on 6/16 shooting was even worse than it sounds. The Bulls offense bogged down considerably while they tried to force the action in to Boozer who simply wasn't effective at all tonight.
The refs had it in for Kurt Thomas
He picked up a cheap technical and a cheap flagrant. He also just looked like the older, slow, undersized center that he is. Whatever voodoo and magic he used to play quality defense for the past 25 games or so seems to be wearing off.
The Bulls looked much better, for a change, while he was on the bench rather than on the court. Still, it's hard to ever be too mad for Thomas who's giving you toughness and quality minutes when he plays.
I wouldn't have brought him back in during the 4th though, Asik was playing at a much higher level.
Keith Bogans played well in this game
Look, I don't get the Anthony Parker thing. Sure Parker is okay, but he's no better than what Bogans has given you since January. Do you really trust Parker more than Bogans down the stretch? Bogans fits in the locker room, the chemistry is good, and he's a similar caliber player.
I trust Bogans more on defense than Parker as well. As far as this game, Bogans had some nice hustle plays and knocked down 2 of his 3 threes tonight.
Luol Deng did not have it going on
He couldn't hit the broad side of a barn for most of the game, but he does what he always dos and worked on defense, passed the ball well, and hit the glass. It was an ugly game for Deng, but I liked the fact that he found a way to contribute even when his shot was off.
Ronnie Brewer gets the big steal
Brewer may have only scored six and didn't hit a shot from the field, but his energy was much higher than in some of the recent games. He drew fouls, rebounded well, and he iced the game by shooting through the passing lanes and coming up with the big steal. Then with a three point lead, he calmly knocked down both FTs to give the Bulls the win.
Kyle Korver knocked down the big three
The Jazz know Korver as well as anyone and as such, there weren't many open looks for him. However, he did knock down a big three towards the end of the game that looked like it would have been huge until Al Jefferson hit a three point play 10 seconds later.
Korver only had three shots, but he hit two of them for five points.
Omer Asik gave the Bulls some great minutes
There's no way his 7 rebounds accounts for all the taps he made that gave the Bulls an extra possession. He's continuing to play aggressively, getting the ball and going for the dunk without hesitation or a care of who's in his way.
His new found aggressiveness has had him generate fouls better and get more dunks. I really like the way Asik has played recently, and if he continues this he'll find his way into the regularly rotation for a larger role.
The team defense looked much better with Asik in the game as he did an excellent job rotating and contesting shots.
Taj Gibson also brought a ton of energy off the bench
Much like Asik, Gibson played some great defense and the Bulls interior d tightened considerably while he was in the game. I loved how fast Gibson played and how much hustle/rebounding/shot blocking he brought to the table.
The Bulls bench did an outstanding job tonight. Gibson, Asik, Watson, Brewer, and Korver all contributed big things in their own ways. If those guys continue to play that well, this team will be difficult to beat.
It's nice to see the Bulls pick up this win and bring the defense back. At absolute worst, the Bulls will finish the road trip 2-3, which isn't ideal, but isn't a disaster either. Hopefully, they can pull out the next one against New Orleans