The Chicago Bulls hosted the Golden State Warriors last night for what I thought was going to be a close game. I was wrong. The Bulls came out red hot from the opening tip and absolutely crushed Golden State. Whie the Bulls let the lead dissipate a little bit at times, they managed to clean up their act quickly and get the win.
There's really no commentary I can add about this game. The Bulls were absolute monsters and anything I could say would start singling out individual performances. So let's just move onto grades.
Noah just dominated the paint tonight in just about every aspect a big man could. He was getting his shots to fall with his back turned to the hoop and getting his put backs in. Offensively, he was one of the most efficient players Chicago had on the night He rebounded the ball incredibly (and was a huge reason why Chicago had 21 boards in the first quarter alone). And his defense was impeccable regardless of if he was guarding Festus Ezeli or David Lee. He missed quite a few free throws but I'm willing to overlook that.
Don't know what to make of Boozer's game. He secured yet another double double, was big on the boards, and played something that slightly resembled defense, yet he was fairly inefficient from the floor having taken 21 shots. His performance on offense was terrible and he was a big reason why the Warriors were able to almost bring the lead down to single digits in the second quarter. I'll give Boozer a good grade simply because his rebounding was big and I'm in a good mood, but under normal circumstances Boozer would probably have a D
Yet another excellent game from Butler. Defensively he was a monster (I feel like this is something I shouldn't have to say anymore because it should be expected). Offensively he managed to get it done repeatedly and effectively. Butler repeatedly penetrated the defense and was able to get right underneath the basket for so many (converted) attempts or rebounds and put backs. Again, he hustled like very few I've ever seen to get just about every rebound he could and it paid off.
Honestly, with everything that was going on on the floor last night with Noah, Butler, Hinrich (you'll find out below), and Robinson (again, look below), I dont even remember Hamilton being on the floor.
Where has this Hinrich been? I mean… WOW, what a performance. Hinrich just could not be stopped last night from just about anywhere on the floor. He shot and phenomenally efficient 8-of-11 from the floor with six of those coming from beyond the arc. Defensively Hinrich was fairly average in my books but he did do a good job of limiting Stephen Curry (you read that correctly). Excellent game from Captain Kirk. If he keeps this up he has more than earned his $8 million over 2 years.
The bench was almost entirely Nate Robinson. Taj Gibson and Marco Belinelli were decent, especially the former on defense but Nate stole the show. Robinson was going up against his old team for the first time this season and just absolutely pillaged them. Robinson was shooting crazy shots all night but they all somehow managed to fall to give him a 62.5% from the field. Defensively, he was almost nonsexist as usual but oh well. The offense I saw from Nate last night was more than enough for me.
Fantastic coaching by Thibs. His game plan worked (clearly) and he was calling timeouts the moment Chicago showed any signs of letting up to put the intensity back into the team. I wish I could give credit to Thibs for shot falling too but, regardless, it was still a great coaching job.
This was the Bulls first win against a top team in the Western conference this season. That on it's own deserves an A. But when you put up that kind of dominant offensive and defensive performance you deserve more.
What I Expect For Next Time:
- I'll gladly take a repeat performance
The Bulls travel to Washington DC tonight, Saturday January 26th, to take on the Washington Wizards. We hope you're all looking forward to the game.Tags: Chicago, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich, NBA, Tom Thibodeau