After being blitzed and ran out of the building by a barrage of three-pointers the night before against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Chicago Bulls needed to get back to winning immediately. The recipe for that remedy was a game against the Charlotte Bobcats. It wasn’t pretty and was hard on the eyes, but the Bulls pulled out the victory, 89-87.
Winning ugly is how the Bulls like to operate most of the time. If they can get teams to play their type of game, which is slow paced and physical, the Bulls have a very good chance on that night. This game was void of any offensive fireworks. But the Bulls have so much experience on winning games like this and the Bobcats were not ready for the physical play.
The man of the moment in this game was D.J. Augustin. He has been a revelation for the Bulls this season and continues to shine in their system. He has some extra motivation in this game because he was playing his former team. Augustin got to pay back the Bobcats and scored a season-high 28 points, with 15 of those coming in the fourth quarter. He kept hitting shot after shot and his aggressive nature is rubbing off on the Bulls. Joakim Noah continued to push for that All-Star berth almost putting in a triple-double. He finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Coach Tom Thibodeau continues to squeeze the most out of this group of guys who love to play for him. He doesn’t care about the glitz and glamour of the league, he just wants to win. Whether that means winning ugly like this game or winning by 20, as long as the result is a W at the end of the night, he and this team are happy.