Winners and Losers from Week 2 of the Chicago Bulls' Preseason

Mike B.Correspondent IOctober 15, 2012

Winners and Losers from Week 2 of the Chicago Bulls' Preseason

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    With the second week of preseason ball underway, who are the winners and losers for the Chicago Bulls?

    You can't call Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau a winner lately, as his club has lost its last two games after winning their opener.

    If you're a Chicago sports fan, there's no need to worry, though, since it's just preseason. Remember these games don't really count for much.

    Thibodeau, undeniably one of the NBA's top coaches, will surely get his troops to play impressive basketball once the regular season rolls around, just wait.   

    Nevertheless, let's take a look at the Bulls' winners and losers, focusing on the team's last two contests against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Winner: Joakim Noah

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    Joakim Noah missed Chicago's final three playoff games last season with an injured left ankle.

    The injury also denied the Bulls big a chance to represent France at the Summer Olympics in London.   

    Noah, however, has looked pretty good in the preseason thus far and it doesn't appear that the ankle is bothering him. He has shown improvement on his mid-ranger jumper, which isn't one of the league's most beautiful shots, as everybody knows.

    In the game against Cleveland, Noah recorded four points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two assists.

    And he scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds versus Minnesota.

Loser: Ryan Allen

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    Ryan Allen, an undrafted rookie from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, didn't play the last two games after logging a whopping one minute in the preseason opener against the Memphis Grizzlies

    Two DNP Coach Decisions aren't great, seeing that Allen is attempting to make the Bulls' regular-season roster.

    Allen is one of Derrick Rose’s best friends and is known as a solid defender. However, the Chicago native won’t make his hometown team—at least not this year, anyway—unless a miracle takes place.

    Sorry, but that miracle just isn't going to happen.

Winner: Nazr Mohammed

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    The Bulls chose not to bring back reserve center Omer Asik, allowing him to take his talents to the Houston Rockets. No doubt about it, his defense will be missed by Bulls fans everywhere.

    Nazr Mohammed, who the team signed this offseason as a replacement, isn't quite on Asik's level, but he's no scrub.

    Mohammed has looked rather impressive in the preseason, pulling down 11 boards against Cleveland and producing 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks versus Minnesota.

    Will he help ease the pain of losing Asik? We'll see.

Loser: Kyrylo Fesenko

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    Like Ryan Allen, Kyrylo Fesenko has seen the letters "DNP" next to his name in the box score for the last two contests.

    And also like Allen, Fesenko is a long shot to make the Bulls' regular-season roster.

    The former Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacer would make a decent third center for Chicago.

    It's just too bad that he can't get any time on the court.

    How can you make a team if all you can do is collect DNPs?

Winner: Jimmy Butler

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    Jimmy Butler rarely saw the court as a rookie in Chicago last season. This season will be a totally different story, as his minutes should increase dramatically.

    Coach Tom Thibodeau played Butler 48 minutes in the team's most recent outing against Minnesota. Yes, that's right, he played the entire game.

    Filling in for All-Star Luol Deng (out with a sore groin) in that game, Butler put forth an all-around effort with nine points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal.    

    In the game against Cleveland the night before, Butler recorded nine points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.

Loser: Marquis Teague

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    Marquis Teague played a combined seven minutes in the Bulls' last two games versus the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves. 

    Well, it must be true—Coach Thibs just isn't a fan of playing rookies.

    Teague, the team's first round pick this year (29th overall), has yet to show fans in Chicago just what he can do.

    You can go ahead and label the University of Kentucky product a loser so far in the preseason.

    Hopefully, he can pick up some minutes at some point in the regular season, backing up point guards Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson, while Derrick Rose is out with an ACL injury.