Bulls D-League team embarrasses fans, Wizards - CHI 109, WAS 104

Bulls D-League team embarrasses fans, Wizards - CHI 109, WAS 104

The Bulls picked the perfect day to announce the name of their new D-League franchise (the Windy City Bulls) that will begin play next season, as a team full of D-League caliber players placed seven guys in double figures in a 109-104 win over the Wizards on Wednesday.

Capping off a week that saw the geniuses at the internet’s busiest Bulls message board start a petition to fire Gar Forman while the overwhelming majority of fans and wanna-be media members (you know them as “Bulls Bloggers”) were losing their minds because the team didn’t trade Gasol and Snell for McLemore and Koufas, the Bulls won their third straight game.

And they did it without Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose, and Nikola Mirotic (not to mention Joakim Noah, who is out for the year). They did it against a Wizards team that had won three of their last four games and were the only team in the Association with a better record on the road than at home.

They did it without their 1st, 3rd and 4th leading scorer. With Pau Gasol questionable because of the flu. With Mike Dunleavy just starting to get into game shape. They did it with E’Twaun Moore starting at PG and Tony Snell starting at SG. With Doug McDermott closing out the game at SG. With Cristiano playing over 12 minutes.

I’m assuming this isn’t the only Bulls blog you read, so you’re familiar with these guys (according to approximately 93% of Bulls fans and 91% of Bulls bloggers):

Gasol, who is over the hill and should have been traded for a bucket of KFC, had 10 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists in just under 32 minutes.

Dunleavy, who was far too old to give a 3-year deal last summer, had 14 points on 6/9 shooting while finishing the game guarding Bradley Beal.

Moore

Moore, who just simply can’t handle playing PG, had 17 points in 29:09 on the floor, with 28 of those minutes at PG. He scored six of the Bulls final eight points in crunch time and combined with McDermott to score 18 of the Bulls 20 points in the final 12 minutes.

Yes, that McDermott. The huge bust who can do nothing but shoot 3’s because he is so unathletic had a highlight reel dunk off a beautiful baseline drive. He hit a pair of amazing fade-away jumpers to beat the shot clock. He hit runners and floaters. He scored 12 of the Bulls final 24 points, including 10 in the 4th quarter on 4/5 shooting when the Bulls were struggling to score and hold off a final Washington comeback. He now has 60 points in his last three games, seeming to finally find the confidence that Thibs completely killed last season.

Snell, the dude who has no business being in the league at all, was aggressive all night, finishing with 16 points, four rebounds and three assists in a team-high 33:38 of playing time. He hit 6/11 overall and 4/5 from behind the arc, and was a big part of holding Bradley Beal to 7/19 shooting on the night.

Gibson had quite possibly the ugliest 17 point (6/10 FG), 7 rebound, career-high 7 assist game I have ever seen.

But it wasn’t nearly as bad as Brooks, the 7th Bull in double figures with 11 points in just under 20 minutes. But it took him 15 shots (five makes) to get there, he was 0/5 on 3-pointers, and I’d say his defense was even worse than usual if that were possible.

Felicio, who of course was just a waste of a roster spot that was preventing the team from filling its gaping hole at SF all season, again looked good in his 12+ minutes on the floor. He had bulk but quickness to go with it, he’s tough, and he’s got some skills and shooting touch as well. If his first couple of games in which he’s actually played are even a small indication, I’m thinking this guy can be the 4th big on a pretty damn good team once he gets some experience.

But back to McDermott – in his last six games:

28.8 min
15.7 pts
.576 fg
.458 3pt
0.83 to

He is starting to look like he’s worth the five draft picks the Bulls gave up to get him…

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  • Hey, who were those guys out there? McD the Dunkman, Tony Snell was him who came out of darkness and into the light, and E'twan Moore the point guard hitting from all over the court and moving the ball setting up the scoring. Was I watching another group of guys who we have never seen play before, were these guys real? Can they do this again? Washington has a good team and we all were surprised and speechless to see our Baby Bulls wake up.
    Tony Snell looked like the team leader a point during the first 7 minutes of the game--has he been playing afraid? Is Tony Snell afraid to make mistake--and is that what has been holding up his progress?

  • I'm pretty sure McDoug tested as a decent athlete at the combine, he had a 36.5 inch vertical so people shouldn't be surprised that he can jump just a bit. He had the bad knee last year which hurt, plus he's not only white but pasty white so people assume he's just completely unathletic.

    I'm not surprised that Moore is playing better, he's in his 5th year in the league now so he's starting to reach his full potential. He'll never be a full-time starter in the league, but he has value in that he can fill in at 3 positions when needed.

    Snell came out and hit his first few shots, which I think gave him confidence for the rest of the game. He's still only in his 3rd year, so he's far from being a finished product. He's another guy who probably will never be a full-time starter in the league, but there's something to be said for keeping guys on the team for several years and building continuity (that's what keeps the Spurs so successful).

    I don't think I've ever seen a fan base as impatient as the Bulls', they act like if a guy isn't an All-Star by the middle of his 2nd season, it's time to trade him for any 2nd round pick that comes along. Players continue to develop at different speeds, always have, always will.

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