This was the type of game the Chicago Bulls love to play against the opposition. Any game that is slow paced, grind it out and defensive, the Bulls usually pull it out. On this night, they played against a team that likes to play the same way. The Memphis Grizzlies came into Chicago and roughed up the Bulls at their own game, 85-77.
If you wanted offensive fireworks and highlight reel plays, this was not the game for you. This was a rugged and tough defensive battle, in which both teams beat up on each other. These two teams play in such a similar manner; they have difficult times scoring on the offensive side of the ball, but they have exceptional passing big men. The Bulls’ Joakim Noah and the Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol are two of the best passing big men in the game. The Grizzlies’ big men of Gasol and Zach Randolph was just too much for Noah and the Bulls in the second half. The Bulls were outrebounded in this game, 45-38, which barely happens. That means they were overpowered, outmatched and pushed around inside.
The Bulls were led by Taj Gibson off the bench and he contributed 18 points. He is playing more down the stretch and keeping starter Carlos Boozer on the bench in 4th quarters. Noah, who is playing with a sprained thumb, did not have any effects from the injury. Noah played 40 minutes and put together a stat line of 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists. He did commit six turnovers, which has to be cleaned up.
The Bulls can’t hold their heads down too long, because they have an upcoming game against the Miami Heat. They have to put this physical game behind them and prepare for another tough game against the Heat.