The Bulls finished up another lackluster performance in the preseason, beating the Toronto Raptors, 110-103. The Bulls were without the services of Joakim Noah (Flu-like symptoms, bro – ya know?) and Kyle Korver (an ankle cyst – huh?), but welcomed Taj Gibson back into the line-up. The starting line-up featured surprise starters Omer Asik and Keith Bogans, who was questionable with a sore back (I’m getting’ too old for this shit*). Asik looks a bit lost on the NBA court. He displays strength at times, and certainly can dunk, but he seems to be perpetually out of position. Taj picked up two quick fouls and never developed a rhythm in the game. Enter: Scalabrine. Michael Rapaport has been getting scary minutes in the preseason for a fringe player who does not have a guaranteed contract. With the Bulls being Beardless, I very much hope that Scalabrine’s minutes do not transfer over to the regular season. Another worry I started having in FIBA play and has continued through the preseason is the lack of finishing Derrick Rose has had. Last year, damn-near every floater, reverse lay-up, or what-have-you that Rose threw at the rim, dropped right in. Lately, so many of these same shots are not dropping at the same rate. And with his jumper still needing convincing, this is a major concern. Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad…
- And now the goodness. Mr. Luol Deng is gaining a stride that is mouthwatering thus far. The Man From Sudan is hitting his shot, moving well without the ball, and playing that signature d he is known for. And not that we should host a parade, but the Bulls only had 16 turnovers tonight. This is still not where they need to be, but it is an improvement. Besides his 20 points, Rose did pull down eight boards, dished nine assists, stole a steal, and blocked two shots.
- Three Point Fever Update! Derrick Rose: 4-19 (21%), Luol Deng: 12-24 (50%!), and Taj Gibson has still not chucked a three.
- Derrick Rose has new commercial with that dude that became famous (for a second) from The Hangover. Hopefully, his shoe is legal and contains no PEDs.
Sam’s Town odds for the Chicago Bulls to win the 2011 NBA Championship: 6-1
*NB realizes that Keith Bogans is only 30 years old, but a “sore back” is just a little too Sergeant Roger Murtaugh for us.