The merciful thing about this Bobcats game was that it started six and was effectively over by 7:00. If you had Friday night plans, no need to worry about whether or not you were missing something special. Derrick Rose rested, but it made little difference and shows just how good this Bulls team really is.
The Bulls front court crushed the Bobcats on the inside, and the Bulls defense again clamped down and held another opponent under 70 points. The Bobcats weren't bringing much to the table in terms of offense, and the Bulls did an excellent job of limiting turnovers, second chance points, and giving them anything easy.
The result was a Bobcats team shooting 32.9% from the field and a 30 point blowout by a Bulls offense that had a fairly pedestrian night. They only hit 43% of their shots and shot a pathetic 55% from the free throw line, but the game was such a lopsided farce that it's difficult to complain about the Bulls faults.
After trotting Derrick Rose out with obvious back problems against the Hornets, the Bulls rested Rose against the Bobcats. A move which seemed to generally garner praise on twitter. I agree, good move. It would have been even better to have come to that conclusion a game earlier, but it was a good decision now.
I do want to clarify some things though. Young teams play the hell out of their young players. Thibodeau isn't playing Deng/Rose more than any young team would play their star players, and by superstar standards, he's probably playing them less. While I think we'd benefit from resting them a bit more overall, it would go completely against conventional wisdom to do so. 23 year old superstars typically play 40 minutes a night.
Is there anything useful to take from the past few games? Perhaps not, but it is nice to see Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer playing very well together. Whether they've finally forged some good team chemistry together or whether the quality of opponents is a big factor remains to be seen, but we've seen good Carlos and good Noah at the same time much more frequently recently.
The Bulls will head to Boston tomorrow to play the Celtics to finish off their nine game road trip. Derrick Rose should suit up and play as Thibodeau described his rest as precautionary.