Many people did not believe in the Chicago Bulls with all the injuries and uncertainties they endured throughout this season. Now they enter this All-Star weekend playing some of their best basketball. The Bulls ran away from the Brooklyn Nets, 92-76 in physical fashion.
The Bulls are really finding that chemistry they had last season. They are sharing the ball and trusting one another on defense. This shows the great job coach Tom Thibodeau can do with any type of roster. The Bulls have scratched and clawed to get two games over .500 and Thibodeau is leading the charge. The system he implements of playing hard nosed defense and efficient offense is finally starting to click. The team is playing unselfishly and no one team wants to see them in the playoffs.
Taj Gibson led the Bulls’ balanced attack with 16 points. Carlos Boozer returned to the lineup from an injured calf muscle to add 15 points. Boozer was out for the last three games with the injury. His offense was much needed in this game. Joakim Noah, who will be playing in his second All-Star game this weekend, had another dominating performance. He put in 15 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. The Bulls as a team held the Nets to 39 percent shooting from the field and out-rebounded them on the glass, 45-27.
Coach Thibodeau has to love where the Bulls are at headed to All-Star weekend. They have put together a three-game winning streak and are currently sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. There is still a lot of work to do and they can improve in all phases of the game. But as of now, the Bulls are riding very high.