Yes? Damn. The Bulls absolutely crushed the New Jersey Nets despite the fact that Derrick Rose left the game with back spasms after only playing 10 minutes. Rose's back started bothering him in the Milwaukee game, and the Bulls should consider resting him for a couple of games to get healthy.
As for the game? Over before it started. The Bulls won the first quarter 35-14, and the Nets never even remotely challenged during the game.
Keith Bogans scored seven guaranteeing a Bulls victory [credit to @pinkizdead on twitter]. Bogans complained prior to the game about how the Bulls management treated him on the way out the door. I get why he was upset that he went from starting on a championship contender to not getting picked up by anyone until injury struck the Nets especially given the Bulls kept Scalabrine and Lucas, two worse players.
However, Bogans should also have realized he was caught in a numbers game. With Brewer, Korver, Butler, and Deng on the wing and the Bulls still looking for another upgrade, he was simply the odd man out. He may be better than Lucas/Scal, but the Bulls needed a third string point and 5th big more than a sixth wing.
As far as the way the Bulls pulled him off the court, I get why it may have bothered him, but it was all the Bulls would reasonably do. They waived him as soon as they knew they had Hamilton officially because they wanted to keep him if they didn't. Tough luck Keith, but you don't sign a non guaranteed contract then complain about the guarantee date.
Luol looking good
I wonder if Deng's shooting had fallen off a bit due to fatigue and if sitting out for awhile with the left wrist injury rested him up enough to come back and play well. He's torn it up in his first two games back from injury shooting a combined 6/12 from the three point line and scoring 19 a game on efficient shooting percentages in both games.
Deng's playing well, and the Bulls look much better for having him back. We can only hope the wrist holds up.
Moving the rock
Boozer and Noah combined for 10 assists while Watson had 11 in 39 minutes of relief action for Rose. All in all, the Bulls set themselves up for easy baskets all night long with nice interior passing and wide open jumpers.
The Nets couldn't even hope to defend the Rose-less Bulls, let alone the Derrick Rose led Bulls. They didn't follow up on their rotations and guys like Boozer and Deng just feasted at the rim.
Not much to learn here
The game was simply too big a blow out to take much from it. It's always nice to see the Bulls go out and get an easy win, and they were able to do that tonight.