January 2012

Bulls Rebound After Sunday Loss

The Bulls brought the league’s second best record to face the Washington Wizards on Monday night. The Bulls winded up winning by ten with a 98-88 final. They were led by last year’s MVP, Derrick Rose, who nearly single-handedly beat the struggling Wizards team. The win brings the Bulls record to 18-5. The Wizards, who are tied for the 3rd worst record in the NBA, drop to 4-17 on the season to this point.

Rose led the team in points with 35 in the contest. Rose also led the team in assist and made sure to get others involved. Teammate Carlos Boozer, for example, added 18 of his own. Noah led the team in rebounds with 13. The bulls are now 9-4 away from Chicago and bounced back well after a tough loss to the Heat Sunday night.

The Wizards are now just 3-9 in their home arena. They did not get much of anything done offensively and failed to get over 20 points in three of the games four quarters. John Wall led the team in points with 20. He, Like Rose, also led the team in assist with 6 on the day. The Wizards, surprisingly, are not the worst team in their division thanks to a struggling Charlotte team who has just 3 wins on the year.

The Bulls remain in first in their division and will look to build on that. They will have to wait, however, as they have Tuesday off. The Wizards also get a much needed break on Tuesday.

Bulls Destroy Cavaliers Without MVP

The Chicago Bulls improved to 14-3 this season after a 114-75 slobber knocking of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. The win came despite not having last years NBA MVP Derrick Rose. It was clear he was not needed in the contest though as the Bulls outscored the Cavs in every quarter while letting the Cavaliers score over 20 points in just one quarter. In the meantime, they made sure to get 20 plus points in each quarter and scored nearly 30 in 3 of the 4 quarters.

Luol Deng who put in 21 points led the Bulls on offense. Carlos Boozer led all in rebounds with 14 while CJ Watson led the Bulls in assist with 7. The bulls showed that they are ready to make a run deep into the playoffs and will win with or without their star and do so convincingly. The Bulls also are continuing to show that they can win away from Chicago as they are 8-3 away from home this season.

Bulls Make the Celtics age Show

The Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 88-79 on Friday in a low-scoring but exciting matchup. The Bulls had a huge lead in the game and were winning by as many as 20 in the game. The Celtics battled back to get within one before Rose took over and closed the deal for Chicago. Chicago, with the win is now 11-2 and at the top of the league in wins. The game was won at TD Garden in Boston against a Celtic team that seems to be over the hill this season. So far on the year the Celtics are just 4-6 and have been a shell of their former selves. 

The Bulls rocketed out of the gate and led 26-13 after the first quarter before letting Boston back into the game. Rose led all scorers with 23 points and scored many late in the fourth to get the win for Chicago. Deng helped out as well with a 21 point performance and 16 rebounds. Noah also had a lot of production as he collected 10 points and twelve rebounds. The double-doubles by Noah and Dang were critical in extra possessions and points for Chicago. Rose continues to show up when his team needs him most and makes things happen by attacking the hoop. This trend should continue to produce wins as teams have trouble containing Rose and not fouling him. 

Boston's struggles continue with veterans who have been anything but productive. Ray Allen led the team in points with just 16. Rondo, who was believed to be the guy to watch for Boston did get a double-double by getting 14 points and 11 assist. He was simply not as effective on this day distributing the ball and his long time teammates did not get enough production. Paul Pierce, for example, had just 13 points on the day while Kevin Garnett was a non-factor. Boston is simply not the championship team they once were and it has been showing. 

Chicago Continues to Cruise

The Bulls latest win over the Pistons on Monday was the 13th consecutive win over their old rival. the win, which came at Home in Chicago, was a big one with the final being 92-68. The Bulls are now 8-2 on the season and are yet to lose at home. Carlos Boozer and Derrick Rose led the Bulls scoring 45 points between them. That was nearly half of the Bulls total scored on the day. The Bulls are really looking like a team to be weary of this season and are beating teams handily. Their combination of speed and power will help down the stretch and if they can stay healthy they look to be one of the favorites to win it all. 
Leading the Bulls on Monday was Boozer with 23 points. Derrick Rose was close behind with 22 and nearly had a triple-double as he added 8 rebounds and 8 assist in the game. His rebounds and assist led the team and the game was an overall showing of just why Rose was the MVP last season. The Bulls really opened things up late in the game and finished strong behind Rose scoring 24 in the fourth compared to just 9 points from Detroit. The Bulls The Bulls travel to Minnesota for an 8 pm game against the Timberwolves on Tuesday. Away from Chicago, the team is 5-2 this season and will have to continue to win away from home if they really want to be considered the team to beat. 
The Pistons loss drops their record to 2-7 this season and they have yet to win a game away from Detroit. Greg Monroe led the Pistons in all major statistical categories. He had 14 points 10 rebounds and 6 assist. This season he averages 15 plus a game and has been the only bright spot on a dismal team. The Pistons will travel back to Detroit to play the Mavericks Tuesday. There they will hope to get another win at home and try and get their team headed in the right direction.