Carlos Boozer dominated in the first half, shooting 12 of 15 from the field. Joakim Noah brought his A game to the table, and Richard Hamilton gave the Bulls a big lift with his ball movement. It all added up to a season high in points while Derrick Rose sat on the bench.
How embarrassing if you're Phoenix.
The Bulls put on a passing clinic with 31 assists vs only six turnovers. The Suns actually scored at a rate that would typically make the game close hitting 51.4% of their shots from the field and 45.5% from three. However, they got killed on the glass, and the Bulls forced turnovers over and over again to turn a game that could have been close into a laugher.
Blowouts aren't always fun, in fact, they're frequently quite boring. However, with Derrick Rose out, I'm happy to watch a 21 point thrashing rather than wondering who will step up in the clutch. All of the news was good news in this game with the possible exception of John Lucas.
Richard Hamilton showed tremendous ball movement in his return, and the offense simply looked much better with him in it. Carlos and Joakim, for one night, played really well together. Kyle Korver went 0-fer, but had six assists. C.J. Watson looked like a stud. Defensively, the Bulls gave up high percentages, but dominated the defensive glass and forced turnovers to render the Suns overall offensive attack an inefficient effort.
Now for some bad news.
Derrick Rose's toe injury is now being labeled as turf toe again.
My google doctorate degree says turf toe takes three weeks to heal from, a virtual eternity in this shortened season. Granted, they'll probably inject Derrick with elephant steroids if it makes the joint heal a couple hours earlier, but there's no guarantee that Rose will play in three days.
Playing on turf toe can make it worse and cause chronic injuries as well, so this isn't a pain threshold thing. The Bulls need to protect their long term investment rather than force the issue with Derrick. The Bulls would obviously struggle without Rose for an extended time, and they do play Indy, Miami, New York, and Philly over what a three week rest would be, but you take the losses if necessary to keep Derrick healthy.
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