Chicago Bulls: 5 Observations from Their Win over the Milwaukee Bucks
The Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 107-100 last night.
The Bucks are off to a relatively slow 7-12 start on the season. They received some bad news that their starting center, Andrew Bogut, will be out at least eight to 12 weeks.
The Bulls came into this game after losing their fourth game of the season and first home game to the Indiana Pacers.
They weren't going to lose two in a row.
Joakim Noah Is Back
Last night's win over the Bucks was Joakim Noah's third straight double-double.
We knew Noah was going to have a big night on the boards with his main competition being Drew Gooden, but Noah was also an effective scorer.
Noah finished the night with 15 points and 16 rebounds in 34 strong minutes of play.
It wasn't just the stats, though.
Noah seemed more involved. He even seemed to run the floor faster. His energy. His help defense was there too.
It looks like Noah has played his way into shape.
The Bulls May Be Lucky They Don't Have Stephen Jackson
Stephen Jackson was a name linked to the Bulls at various times before being traded to the Bucks.
Jackson has struggled mightily since then. He's averaging just 12.8 points for the Bucks on a disappointing 36.7 percent shooting. He shot just 28.6 percent last night.
He's spent a lot of his career being a question mark. Some people say he's an attitude problem and others swear he's the best teammate in the world.
The Bulls don't need anything that may negatively affect their chemistry—especially someone shooting so poorly.
Derrick Rose Hits a Season-High
Derrick Rose had 34 points last night. He shot 58.3 percent from the floor.
His numbers would have been higher had he connected on more free throws, going 6-10 from the line.
Brandon Jennings started the night hot. He had more points in the first quarter than he'd equal for the rest of the game.
Rose effectively shut him down and had his way in the paint meanwhile.
Rose was aggressive and merciless against the soft defense he was facing. He made a point last night.
Bucks Crack 100
The Bucks managed to score 100 points against the Bulls defense.
The Bucks aren't a terrible team offensively. They're around the middle of the pack, but the Bulls do have one of the best defenses in the NBA.
I wouldn't be too concerned about it for a couple reasons.
Individual players got hot for the Bucks. Rookie Jon Leuer shot 81.8 percent for 19 points. Drew Gooden chipped in 23 points on a lot of long jumpers.
Then you've got a Bulls team which has to play without one of their best perimeter defenders in Luol Deng. Without Bogut playing for the Bucks, they are primarily a perimeter team.
The Bulls were basically in cruise control last night. It's all about Sunday and the Heat.
The Nets and Bucks at Home Are over
The Bulls embark after last night's win on a nine-game road trip. That's the longest of the season.
They'll be facing tough opponents like the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics. It all starts on Sunday when the Bulls face the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.
This is rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals which saw the Heat advance.
Noah said after the game that their matchup with the Heat won't be just another game and he means it.