11 December 2010
There isn’t a whole lot to really say about this one. The Bulls dominated this game from the opening tip to the final whistle which is evident by the 113-82 final score. It was nice to see the Bulls avoid the letdown factor. They refused to play down to their opponent, burying the Timberwolves in the first half, outscoring them by 21 points.
Once again Derrick Rose led the way for the Bulls. It looked too easy for the Bulls point guard tonight. He scored 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, which included making 5-of-6 3PT shots. He also dished out seven assists and was serenaded by Bulls fans and their “MVP!” chant all night long. Luol Deng scored 19 points and Carlos Boozer added 17 points to complement Rose. Kyle Korver and Taj Gibson both added 12 points off the bench. Kevin Love was once again very impressive for the Timberwolves in a losing effort, scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.
The most encouraging thing for the Bulls lately may very well be their defense. Over the last 4 games against Oklahoma City, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Minnesota no opponent has topped 90 points and only the Lakers shot better than 40%. If Tom Thibodeau can continue to get this team to play solid defense they will be very dangerous as they have plenty of weapons offensively.
Central Division Update:
The Bulls have won 5 in a row and the Indiana Pacers have lost 4 of their last 6. This has given the Bulls a nice little 3 game cushion in the standings. The two teams will play in Chicago on Monday in a game that probably means more to the Pacers than it does to the Bulls.
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