The Chicago Bulls continued the preseason Tuesday night, narrowly edging out the Milwaukee Bucks in a 100-94 victory. Let’s go behind the box score to see what went right and what went wrong in the win:
Nate Robinson absolutely tore it up tonight, finishing with a game-high 24 points. Drawing the start for an injured Kirk Hinrich, Robinson gave Bulls fans a glimpse of how special he can be, facilitating the offense and opening up the floor for the rest of Chicago’s players. Robinson also finished with 13 assists, two steals, four three-pointers and zero turnovers in 37 minutes of action.
The Bulls got a vintage performance from veteran Richard Hamilton, who shot the lights out for 23 points on 7-of-16 from the field. Hamilton’s health will always be his biggest concern, but if he can stay healthy he could help the Bulls fill that shooting guard void that has been open for several years in a row.
Joakim Noah had another high-energy game, finishing with a double-double. Noah also hit a few more mid-range jumpers, something that has been hit-or-miss for the big man since entering the league.
Carlos Boozer, though finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds, looked pretty bad throughout the game. The veteran picked up three fouls in the first quarter, and shot just 3-of-9 from the field. The Bulls need more from Boozer offensively while Derrick Rose recovers, and tonight’s performance was not a good start.
Rookie Marquis Teague looked every bit as lost as he did during the summer league games, and the offense stalled frequently with him at the point. I know its early and he’s young, but I haven’t been impressed with him once since he joined the Bulls. With Tom Thibodeau‘s anti-rookie gameplan, Teague might not get much of an opportunity outside of these preseason games.
Marco Belinelli looked hesitant on offense, and finished with just two points in 17 minutes. The newcomer was expected to compete with Hamilton for the starting 2-spot, but Belinelli has not looked good in preseason action. The Bulls will also need his three-point shot to start falling, as he is expected to help make up for the loss of former-perimeter threat Kyle Korver.
CSN Chicago Bulls color commentator Stacey King‘s nicknames for the new players are absolutely awful. King referred to Robinson as the “Mad Bomber” and backup center Nazr Mohammed as “Nasty Naz”. I passed the hot sauce all day with Korver, but King has to come up with something better than those two.
The Bulls continue the preseason with another matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.
Zach Mink covers the Chicago Bulls for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @zachmink12 for more news and analysis.