Gasol, McDermott give big "FU" to Bulls fans in 116-106 Bulls win over Toronto

Gasol, McDermott give big "FU" to Bulls fans in 116-106 Bulls win over Toronto

Doug McDermott scored a career-high 30 points, Derrick Rose had 26, and Pau Gasol (18 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists) fell one assist shy of a triple-double as the Bulls broke their 5-game losing streak with a convincing 116-106 win over the Toronto Raptors Friday night at the United Center.

Cristiano Felicio

Cristiano Felicio

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was the play of rookie PF/C Cristiano Felicio, who came off the bench instead of Cameron Bairstow and posted NBA career-highs of 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists and 14 minutes. He certainly earned himself some minutes for Sunday’s home game against the Lakers, and may have played well enough to send Bairstow back to Australia permanently.

The Raptors were led by Kyle Lowry, who finished with 27 points and 8 assists. Fellow All-Star DeMar DeRozan had 22 points, but shot only 6/21 from the field. Big man Jonas Valanciunas had 25 points and 12 rebounds, but as usual most of his damage came early in the game – Valanciunas had 11 points and 6 rebounds in 9 first-quarter minutes, but only 14 points and 6 rebounds in 23 minutes the rest of the game.

This one looked like another Bulls loss early, as the Raptors jumped to a 35-24 lead after the first 12 minutes. The Bulls cut the lead to six on a Rose free throw with 7:22 left in the half, but Toronto immediately went on a 9-2 run over the next two minutes to push the lead back to 13 before the Bulls cut it to six at halftime.

The Raptors pushed the lead back to 69-60 with 8:08 left in the 3rd quarter before the Bulls finally exploded on offense. They scored 56 points over the final 20 minutes, with McDermott and Rose combining to score 34 of those points on 16/20 shooting from the field. Gasol, Rose and McDermott combined to score 45 of the Bulls’ 64 second-half points, including 43 of the final 56.

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Gasol in particular sent a big “FU” to the overwhelming majority of fans who wanted to see him traded at the NBA trade deadline. McDermott has also been the subject of much fan criticism, and he did a lot to shut them up on this particular evening.

E’Twaun Moore also deserve a bunch of credit for tonight’s win, as he contributed 9 points (3/6 FG), 7 rebounds and 6 assists in 34:42. Most importantly, his defense played a huge role in holding Toronto All-Star DeMar DeRozan to 22 points on 6/21 shooting from the field. Moore actually deserved minutes at back-up PG as Aaron Brooks was almost completely useless tonight, adding only 3 points on 1/8 shooting (though he did add an unusually high 4 assists in only 13 minutes).

Tonight’s Bulls certainly sent a huge message to the fans who compalined about the team not making a deal at yesterday’s NBA trade deadline. They all called for Gasol to be traded for anything, but tonight’s 18/11/9 surely made most of them look quite stupid.

Yeah, he’s sort of important to this team. whether the ignorant fans can see it or not.

But then again, that’s why you all read Bullsville, right?

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  • Glad to see Mickey D break out. He was phenomenal at Creighton.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Very true... I don't expect him to score 30 a night, but he's 8th in the NBA in 3-point percentage, I do expect him to stay there for the rest of the season.

    And I do expect he'll get better at defense, and he'll get better in his overall game (people forget this is basically his rookie season, he's still only played 1,517 NBA minutes).

  • In reply to Bullsville:

    Don, I know that you are smart enough to know that one game doesn't change a single thing about any player, ever.

    However, it was still awesome to see it happen for Mc(WNBA)Athlete. Although his back to back defensive brain fart sequence in the first half that was highlighted in the broadcast was still hilariously bad.

    As I've said from day one, the only way that he can justify being on the court, nevermind in the league is by hitting over 50% of his shots overall and over 50% of his 3's, and to do so in enough volume to make a difference.

    While this game is certainly an anomaly, it does give us some hope that there might be a skill level there(pure shooting) that a smart team can find a way to maximize, while suffering thru the pathetically putrid rest of his game that isn't likely to ever improve due to massively underwhelming athletic ability.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Of course one game doesn't change anything about a player, I didn't say or imply that it did... so who's being the contrarian now!! LOL

    Bulls fans wanted to replace Korver, well McDoug is a better athlete than Korver, a better 3-point shooter at the same stage of their careers, and has more ways in which he can score. He obviously needs some development, hopefully the Bulls have enough patience to wait a few years before we really see what he can do in the NBA.

  • As for Gulliver, getting rid of him(and Snell) for something potentially useful over the longer term and getting the Sacto pick this year, plus dropping our own pick into the lottery would have been a grand slam home run. But now, we can listen to Sam Smith(and apparently others)count Gullivers double doubles for the rest of the regular season, while looking forward to a first round playoff ouster under team turmoil circumstances. Yea, you are right Gasol is giving us a big FU when we are left with a sour taste in our mouths this spring and nothing to look forward to in the draft or next season unless the Bulls miraculously "win" free agency this summer. and the teams that actually "win" free agency this summer will likely be the ones that keep their powder dry for the following summer.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I wouldn't have had a problem if the trade would have gone down, though we really have no use for McLemore or Koufas. McLemore can only play SG, and I'd rather see Moore there.

    And I'd rather see Portis get minutes at C than Koufas, not to mention I'd rather see Fellatio get developed than play Koufas as well, Fellatio certainly has a better offensive game than KK.

  • Finally, I too was thrilled to see Brazil 66(Feliciano) get minutes ahead of the Aussie Dufus, hopefully that is a trend that will continue into perpetuity.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Well, it continued last night, so I hope CamBear has a contact in the Australian League...

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