Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls played nine games during the first two weeks of this season. With the season starting over the holidays and with the dizzying pace of this shortened NBA season, it is likely that even the most avid Bulls fans missed out on some of the action. So, let's review.
On December 26, the Bulls suffered their first loss, falling to the upstart Golden State Warriors, who were led by Monta Ellis, the shooting guard who was often associated with the Bulls in trade rumors this offseason.
On December 30, the Bulls played their fourth and final game on their California road trip against the Los Angeles Clippers, a game which pitted Rose against the newly acquired Chris Paul and saw Rip Hamilton sidelined with a groin injury.
On January 3, the Bulls ground out a win at home against the Atlanta Hawks behind a 30-point performance by Rose, who struggled against the Hawks in the playoffs last season.
On January 4, the Bulls won on the road against the Detroit Pistons in Rip Hamilton's first performance at Detroit in a Bulls uniform. Hamilton's homecoming was marred by the fact that he re-aggravated the groin injury he incurred against the Clippers.
On January 6, the Bulls ground out another win beating the Orlando Magic on the road. Rose received help from his supporting cast in this win, most notably from Kyle Korver who was 5-7 from three point land.
On January 7, the Bulls' six game winning streak came to an end against the Atlanta Hawks. The Bulls were in their fourth game of a seven games in nine nights stretch and leaned heavily on their bench.
The NBA regular season is hard enough to follow for the casual fan in a normal year, but with the blistering pace of this season—66 games over the course of 126 days—even the most devoted fans will struggle to keep up. To assist fans of Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls, this is a recap of the action of weeks one and two!