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Game 7: Bulls 99, Pistons 83

5 Jan 2012

Three Stars
1. Joakim Noah: 13 points (.604 TS%), 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks
2. Derrick Rose: 17 points (.507 TS%), 10 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
3. Carlos Boozer: 19 points (.598 TS%), 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals

You’ll hear a lot in the Chicago media today about Rip Hamilton’s return to Detroit, because this was the most boring game of the young season.

The Pistons are awful: a bunch of under-skilled gunners (Rodney Stuckey, Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Will Bynum, Damien Wilkins, et al.) who treat the idea of playing defense with something between a shrug and a sneer. They ranked 28th of 30 teams in points allowed per possession last season, and they’re on track to be that bad again this year.

As such, the Bulls were on cruise control throughout, though you’d have liked to see the starters get out sooner. Derrick Rose played 40 minutes, and Hamilton, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng all played at least 32.

In all, a nice way to ease into a three-game road swing. Things get serious this weekend with visits to Orlando and Atlanta, starting a string of five games in six days.

And we’re not even going to acknowledge Rose was icing his elbow post-game after crashing to the floor on a late drive. He’s not allowed to be injured in any noticeable way.

Box Score

Record: 6-1
Next: Friday 1/6 at Orlando, 7:00 CT

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