It was a shot to be proud of but not a win to be proud of. Derrick Rose dropped 30 on the Bucks including the buzzer beater to win the game while coming up just two boards shy of a triple double. The finish made it worth sitting through a game full of uninspired defense.
First, some whine...
Seriously, if you're going to go to the replay screen to see who should get possession of the ball don't you have to put in a rule saying that if the team that touched it last only lost control of the ball due to a blatant foul that we didn't call that we should let them keep it?
I mean is that so hard? I get that you don't want to open the can of worms of adding fouls in replay, but it seems pretty straight forward to simply say "missed foul caused the out of bounds" and give the team that deserves the ball the ball. The Bulls got screwed by this tonight, it didn't cost them the game, but it could have.
Derrick dominated on offense, on defense.. well..
Brandon Jennings was a mere 4 of 18 for 11 points with six assists. You'd think that Rose kicked his ass defensively, but more than anything else, Jennings missed shots. He seemed to break down Rose consistently and many of the initial lapses in defense were due to Rose needing help with Jennings and other players falling out of position.
On offense, Derrick was hot early, driving to the lane and scoring at will. In the second half it felt like he settled for threes a bit much, but it always feels like a guy "settles" for threes when they miss. When he makes them, he's simply awesome. Rose took good threes as a general rule, they were open, and he's been red hot from beyond the arc recently, so I can't really complain at all about taking the open looks.
Besides a few missed threes, Rose had a nice night. His shooting percentage was a tad low, but it doesn't accurately reflect how much he dominated the heck out of the Bucks. He drew foul after foul in the paint and had to take plenty of bailout shots for the offense. He broke down the Bucks defense over and over again giving plenty of other players easy looks, and he attracted so much attention that Noah and Gibson made a living tipping in the misses when Rose just got the ball up on the glass with three defenders on him leaving the weak side open.
Is it time to get Joakim his own BIG commercial?
Okay, Rose deserves one first [of course], but Noah has continued his dominant play. He tipped in a whole slew of shots tonight to give the Bulls plenty of second chance points and did a nice job running the floor in transition and finishing around the rim when the Bulls went to him inside.
Noah gave the Bulls the star package once again with plenty of boards, points, and hustle out there tonight.
Luol Deng should never dribble more than twice
Seriously, if he has a move that takes more than two dribbles, it's almost certain something bad is going to happen. Outside of some really pedestrian ball handling, Deng played well. He hit a huge three near the end of the game which looked like it may have iced it until the Bucks came back.
His shot attempts have seemed down recently, but he scored 12 on just eight shots without any free throws giving him a nice night efficiency wise. He also did a nice job helping out on defense as many of the Bulls were running around like chickens with their heads cut off, Deng generally helped effectively and efficiently when leaving his man.
Drew Gooden wishes Carlos Boozer could guard him every night. I believe he's averaging about 24 a game through four games against Chicago this season.
Taj Gibson was big tonight, he saved a couple of possessions on pure hustle that won't show up in the box score and was active around the rim doing what he does best.
Kyle Korver got screwed pretty bad on a couple foul calls tonight, he could have easily had a couple blocks instead of fouls. Otherwise, he was Kyle Korver [hit half his threes and half his shots].
All in all, a great game
You don't get to feel that tension all that often, and it's great because there's always a twinge of doubt that the Bulls might blow it, but then when they don't you sit and think about how ridiculous itw as that you ever considered the idea.