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Game 31: Bulls 121, Kings 115

15 Feb 2012

Three Stars (leaderboard)
1. Luol Deng: 23 points (.549 TS%), 7 rebounds, 11 assists
2. Joakim Noah: 22 points (.735 TS%), 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks
3. Taj Gibson: 15 points (.845 TS%), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

First off, let’s give the Kings credit for playing tough. After seeing them last night, I’m not surprised they have beaten Oklahoma City, Portland, Golden State and New Orleans in the past two weeks. They definitely have talent, and no doubt Keith Smart is doing a better job with them than Paul Westphal was.

I don’t see the point of holding the Bulls to championship standards when they play without Derrick Rose. They still should beat most teams, but expecting greatness from a top five of Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, Ronnie Brewer and C.J. Watson is a recipe for frustration. That’s a one-and-done playoff team.

Cheers, then, for a gritty win, and special kudos to Deng for an impressively assertive game. I liked the stat line, of course, and loved the way he took the game by the throat for a time in the third quarter.

Box Score

Record: 24-7, first in the Eastern Conference
Next: Thursday 2/16 vs. Boston, 7:00 CT

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2 Comments
  1. I forget if it was Hollinger or Pelton but a few years ago, someone did a study that showed that teams were often a tad flat both in the last games of long road trips *and* in the first game back. So last night’s close game neither surprises nor worries me.

  2. Jim Reedy permalink

    It seemed fine to me for a Rose-less night. Obviously they’re not going anywhere unless he’s in good form.

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