After being dismantled by the Heat a night earlier, Friday night the Bulls toppled the Bobcats in a much needed bounce back win. The Bulls shot the ball very well tonight, ending with a 50.6% FG mark while holding the poor Bobcats to 33.3% shooting.
Tonight was the exact opposite of last night in, literally, every way possible, going from getting beat by an elite team to demolishing the lowliest of lows. The statistics were no different. After struggling with 27 turnovers last night, the Bulls managed only 6 tonight. After struggling to even break 70, the Bulls broke 100. They even managed to dish out a whopping 37 assists as a team, a new season high. The Bulls were able to get a well-rounded effort from the entire group, although Calros Boozer continues to slowly return to his usual self after that amazing run he had last month. Over half the roster managed to score in double digits, led by Taj Gibson and his 17 points.
There’s not much else to take from the game tonight. It was the Bobcats. Sure they beat the Bulls earlier in the year but that was more of a failure of the Bulls to play at their standards rather than the Bobcats actually having some kind of advantage over us. The Bulls were on fire all night and the Bobcats never seemed to recover. This is the kind of dominant performance that we’ve come to expect from the Bulls during the regular season.
The other good news here is the more blowouts the Bulls secure early like the one tonight, the more the starters actually get a chance to rest. As was pointed out by K.C. Johnson on Twitter, Luol Deng, the league leader in minutes played per game, played less than 35 minutes for a fourth straight game. Rest is going to be important down the stretch if the Bulls are to have any shot at making noise in the playoffs. Plus any time Deng is on the bench is probably time spent on developing Jimmy Butler, which is never a bad thing.
It’s always fun and refreshing to watch a game like this after getting run out of the building on national TV just a night ago, but as Tom Thibodeau would have it; it’s always time to focus on the next game. The Thunder come in boasting the second best record in the West and looking to catch San Antonio. The last time the teams met, the Bulls were able to keep close with the Thunder right up until Kevin Durant decided to take over and just close the game out despite a terrible effort on the defensive end from the Bulls. Hopefully with a little confidence restored after tonight and a good day off, the Bulls will be able to put together a better fight against yet another elite team.
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