Boxscore of Bulls and Bobcats
Score: 98-89 Chicago
Bobcats record: 44-38
Offensive Efficiency: 97.8
Defensive Efficiency: 106.5
Meritorious Player:Tyrus Thomas 16 pts, 9 rebs, 2 blks
Well Larry Brown tried to do the right thing for the league but after watching Tyson Chandler go down with a hip pointer and an elbow contusion on a nasty fall in the second quarter Brown called playing his guys tonight a dilemma. This is where you have to step back and admire Brown. He admitted that you have to do the right thing for your franchise first but also said if a key player told him he wanted to rest in a game like this and wasn't injured, he'd have a problem with that.
The starters only played the first and third quarters with no starter topping 24 minutes, still you could see early on that Chicago wanted this one much, much, much more than Charlotte. That's a credit to Vinnie Del Negro, likely coaching his final season in Chicago, and guys like Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, and Kirk Hinrich. Those guys played great in their last two games especially and really help set the tone early against the Bobcats, scoring 33 points in the opening quarter.
Noah is just a ball of energy and hustle, he nearly had a double-double at halftime, and after the game could be heard throughout the player's hallway shouting, “Let's shock the world!” It was both a humorous and refreshing moment to see a three-year NBA vet so excited about clinching an 8th seed. Here's hoping the Bobcats share a similar attitude.