The Chicago Bulls played defense well enough that not even Tom Thibodeau is likely to find much to complain about. The Grizzlies were terrible from the get go, but things didn't get any easier when Zach Randolph went down.
It wasn't all good news for Chicago though.
C.J. Watson appeared to hyperextend or dislocate his elbow in the fourth; he went to the locker room and did not return. Richard Hamilton sat out the game with a groin injury, and as we know, any injuries in a compressed schedule magnify in their importance as more games can be missed in less time.
There isn't much to take away from individual performances in this game, but it's nice to see the team defense coming around so well. If C.J. is expected to miss an extended period of time, I look for the Bulls to try and find a veteran PG to add to the team.
One thing worth noting is that Carlos Boozer played an excellent game. He's one of the whipping boys for fans [including myself] for his poor defense and somewhat non impactful offense, but Boozer really had it going on tonight. He scored 17 on 7/10 shooting with 11 rebounds in just 24 minutes.
Moreover, Boozer's offensive performance is really what broke the game open, and Memphis never recovered.
Also, Ronnie Brewer had a nice night starting for Richard Hamilton. He scored 17 on 6-10 shooting and knocked down another three. He's now four of four on the season from beyond the arc, and Ronnie is shooting the jumper without hesitation.
It's great to see Brewer playing so well.
Also congrats to Jimmy Butler for scoring his first points as an NBA player and feeding Big Macs to the city of Chicago all at once.
At this point, let's just hope the Bulls are healed up for Tuesday's matchup against Atlanta.
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