The 76ers aren't much of an NBA team. However, when the Bulls are missing Rose, Butler, Noah, and Gibson, well they're not so much better. The 76ers will look back at their awful three point shooting and free throw shooting and wonder how they let this one get away.
The Bulls will not look back at this game at all. They'll be content to get back in the win column and simply move on.
Aaron Brooks really saved this game for Chicago. He scored 18 of the Bulls last 25 points in overtime and the fourth quarter. He hit the ridiculous fading sideways three which pushed the game to OT.
At the end and in OT, Brooks just drove over and over again getting into the lane for easy scores. He hit big shots to get the Bulls leads and to bring the Bulls back from deficits. Aaron Brooks had perhaps the best game of his career.
Pau was decent himself
He scored 27 points and had 16 boards, but he took 25 shots and seemed to give up offensive rebounds repeatedly. I'll give him some credit though, he played 43 minutes tonight, and the Bulls have played a lot of games recently.
He was simply worn out at times and it showed. However, he still gave the Bulls plenty of points and boards, so it's hard to complain too much. Pau bothers me at times simply because he's kind of a softie with inflated stats, but he's still a great signing for the money and has helped improved the offense immensely.
With everyone out, Pau had to carry more of a load and generally did the job admirably even if it wasn't with a ton of efficiency.
How big was that Dunleavy three?
In an OT game you look at everything that went your way, and one of those things was Dunleavy hitting a half court buzzer beater at the end of the 3rd. That play becomes a huge play for this team in the context of the full game.
Dunleavy was okay overall, he didn't score much (or shoot much) but moved the ball around to collect some assists, contributed on the boards, and generally played reasonably in his minutes.
Doug McDermott has a pulse
Doug scored seven in 10 minutes on 3/4 shooting which isn't amazing, but it was a solid stretch relative to what he's done recently.
I'll take my positives where I can find them.
Tony Snell found a way to contribute in an awful game
Snell had seven TOs and a 2/9 shooting night, but he was 5/7 from the free throw line and scored 10 points overall and added 10 boards for a Bulls team that needed some extra help on the glass.
It wasn't a good game for Snell, particularly with his mind numbing turnover with around eight seconds left in a tie game. However, it's nice to see Snell fill up a box score a bit even on an awful game and find a way to still make some positive impact.
Mirotic solid in big minutes
It wasn't his best game, but Nikola Mirotic finished with 16/12 in 43 minutes and the Bulls played quite well with his energy on the floor. He was a shade sloppy with the ball and quite frustratingly missed several layups where he pump faked and appeared to focus on trying to draw a foul rather than focusing on hitting the shot.
He then looked all confused after not getting the foul calls.
Still, Mirotic continues to show all the signs of a player who will become a break out star in a couple of years.
What to make of Joakim Noah's injury?
Noah missed the game with knee soreness which isn't a good thing. He looked worn down from playing four games in five nights. No one seemed to think that this was a big deal and would lead to an extended amount of time off.
That said, the Bulls have had a history of what initially appears to be minor injuries leading to significant time away from the court. In that sense, I'm always a bit nervous when I see a guy go out.
Hopefully in this case it was merely a rest day.
My eyes are still bleeding
This was simply an awful game to watch. Terrible. The Bulls were missing four of their top seven players including three of their top four (and possibly their top three depending on how you feel about Noah vs Gasol, but I'm going Gasol this year warts and all).
The 76ers are effectively a D-League team.
That combination left a bunch of ugliness. What is perhaps most concerning is that the Bulls were destroyed in the turnover battle by a young inexperienced squad.
All in all, the Bulls stole this one, and I'll take it, ugliness and all.
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