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Bulls handle Bobcats (don’t let the score fool you)

Charlotte Bobcats 89 Final
Recap | Box Score
95 Chicago Bulls
Tyrus Thomas, PF 29 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -12

Tyrus played a solid game, didn’t force a lot of shots, and focused on defense and rebounding. A couple of nice blocks, and some energy, though 3 turnovers is too many for someone handling the ball so rarely.

Gerald Henderson, G 33 MIN | 9-17 FG | 4-6 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | -13

Gerald was solid at both ends, scoring 22 and helping hold/allow Rip to less at 20, though he got lazy a couple of times chasing Rip Hamilton around screens (but who wouldn’t?). Really appreciate the Gerald Wallace-like effort on the boards – with Henderson at the 3, the Bobcats would be in big trouble if he wasn’t battling on the glass.

Byron Mullens, C 27 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 17 PTS | -15

Byron had a fairly Byron-ish game – made some jumpers, missed some jumpers, so-so on the glass. I did appreciate his battling Boozer in the post, but his defense is still very up and down.

D.J. Augustin, PG 26 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 3 PTS | -15

The two-headed point guard attack each contributed 4 turnovers and little else. It was a disappointing effort, as both seemed passive and lackadaisical.

Kemba Walker, PG 25 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -17

As mentioned with D.J., 4 turnovers for Kemba and not much else. I actually was impressed early with Kemba harassing the Bulls guards on the perimeter, but that effort dissipated as the game progressed, and he could not get anything going offensively tonight with the Bulls strong defense.

Boris Diaw, PF 16 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | 0

All of Boris’ makes came on his post-ups (Boozer is quite clearly the weak link in the Bulls defense), and his misses were on his 3-point attempts. But, it was an overall solid effort for Boris – aggressive enough in limited minutes off the bench.

D.J. White, PF 8 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +5

Times like this call for an incomplete – D.J. was battling on the court in his brief time, but had to leave with a knee-contusion and did not play in the second half. I’m giving him an average grade just so I can note the injury.

Derrick Brown, F 24 MIN | 2-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +2

Good hustle from Derrick Brown, but still without a position – too small to guard Boozer at the 4, and Luol was too much for him at the 3. Like the rebounding and the free throw attempts – he does not lack for effort, unlike others.

Cory Higgins, G 16 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +13

Higgins did not look like a point guard, though that is what he is out there as. However, he did okay getting his own offense going and at least attempted to be a problem for the Bulls at the defensive end, unlike D.J. and Kemba.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Bismack Biyombo played just 11 minutes and was a non-factor for the most part (hence, my skipping him above) – but I did want to note: His two baskets were a hook shot in the lane and a fade away jumper from the right block. I was impressed, as he looked more comfortable on both.
  2. Good effort from the Bobcats on the glass, as they out-rebounded Chicago by 7.
  3. The blowout lineup that finished the game actually brought the Bobcats back to the respectable final margin – they were down 19 with 6 to go. Boris, Eduardo, Derrick Brown, Matt Carroll, and Cory Higgins scrapped and actually had a chance to make the game interesting, but Boris missed a 3 with 1:15 to go that would have cut the margin to 6 early enough to matter.
  4. The Kemba/D.J. pairing in the backcourt got torched again – Rip Hamilton was too big for either of them to cover and the Bobcats were scrambling to help anytime he posted one of them up. Paul Silas is going to have to get the Bobcats playing zone better or only use this lineup against squads with less potent scorers in the frontcourt.