(yes, this is what I do in my free time — God, help me)
In the first game against the Lakers, after a horrendous third quarter (where I believe the Bulls shot an abysmal 18%) I tweeted the following:
Although DRose made that unbelievable floater over Gasol, the player of the game was really Luol Deng:
We saw the benefits of a healthy Deng last season, producing a 9.9 Win Share — the second highest of his career (he had an 11.3WS in 06-07):
I wrote last season that as Luol Deng and the Bench Mob goes, as goes the Bulls. I think Deng (Dengbang, anyone?) is the most important player on this Bulls team. I won't change my stance on this. He can do a lot of things: defend, score, rebound, pass and I do not think that we have the depth at the 3 to compensate him going down for an extended period of time (though I yearn for Jimmy Butler). Let's hope he stays healthy the rest of the season.
Which brings me to my next point...
No DRose? We'll be aaaiiight... For a little while
With Derrick Rose being shelved for turf
With Rose out, we'll survive and we'll find ways to win. And if I'm Coach Thibs, I rest Rose for as long (and often) as possible — this season is a season of attrition — the team with the most depth, less injuries, best coaching will win the NBA championship.
Boozer and Joakim
Last month I talked about the Narrative Ninja associated with Carlos Boozer and it's true; Boozer gets blamed for everything:
Boozer has a win share of 2.1 and is tied for second on the team with Luol Deng.
But Joakim? That's a different story. It seems like our center is getting off to a not so good start.
More Butler, Please
Yes, I know he's a rookie but, as a Marquette Alum, seeing Jimmy Butler on the bench is absolutely killing me!
I have the Bulls meeting Oklahoma City in the Finals — Bulls in 6.
Man, it's good to have the Bulls back.