So the Bulls won by 23 points and fulfilled my prediction of holding the Hornets to 70 or less points last night. Yet for some reason, despite his back still being tight, and Rose still feeling hurt, we felt the need to trot him out there until "the game was out of reach".
Earth to coaching staff, this game was out of reach before it began. The fully healthy Hornets would lose 9 out of 10 to this Bulls team without Rose and this Hornets team missing their two best players would probably have lost to the Bulls if the whole starting lineup was out.
So Derrick Rose says his back is still tight, and yet we're still throwing him out there, albeit for only 22 minutes where he clearly didn't push himself. Smarten up people, know when you can get a game while resting key guys and sit them out.
Easy to stop teams with no offensive creators
The Bulls played some high caliber defense, but they didn't have much of a challenge in front of them. The Hornets had no one on their team who could create a shot and ended up taking bad shots all night long.
Still, it's nice to see Chicago continue to step on opponents when they're down and turn all these games against the dregs of the league into complete blowouts.
Couldn't do a damn thing from the perimeter
Watson couldn't throw the ball in the ocean. Brewer looked spastic and out of control, and Deng shot just four for 10. If there's any complaint in this game, it's that the Bulls perimeter offense simply didn't execute all that well given the circumstances.
Still, they beat them up inside with Joakim Noah blasting them on the offensive glass, Carlos Boozer having a big night, and 22 points on 10/16 shooting from Omer and Taj.
Did Thibs lock up the all star coaching slot?
I've seen KC report earlier that the all star coach would be based on the best record after Thursday, and if that's the case Thibodeau locked it up. Meanwhile Sam Smith reported it was based on the best record sometime next week.
Either way, with Miami's loss to Orlando, Chicago now has a two game lead [1 in the loss column] on Miami which should give Thibs the game regardless of when it's announced unless the Bulls drop a surprise game somewhere.
For the love of God, rest Rose next game
With the Bulls going into face a surging Boston team [9-1 in their last 10] in Boston, it'd behoove the Bulls to make sure Rose is ready to play bigger minutes at a higher intensity level that game. Boston will no doubt be looking to get some revenge on Chicago for their loss earlier this season and prove that they have something in the tank still.
The Bulls game on Friday against the Bobcats is another snoozer against a team that has no chance of beating Chicago even without Derrick Rose. Take the opportunity to sit Rose down for a game and give his back three full days to rest up for a game that actually means something.