Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Chicago

Mike Walsh@WalshWritesCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2013

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Chicago

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    The Chicago Bulls used a game against the similarly sliding Philadelphia 76ers to get back on track with a 93-82 victory.

    The Bulls were coming off two straight bad losses when they took the floor in Chicago. Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer made sure that streak stayed put at two.

    The home team's All-Star center went for his third career triple-double. He tallied a game-high 23 points, to go along with 21 rebounds and 11 blocked shots. He played just about as well as you can in this league.

    Noah's frontcourt-mate, Boozer was also dominant in the paint. He earned 21 points, going 11-of-12 from the line, and 12 rebounds.

    The 76ers carried a six-game losing streak into this game, and not even 22 points from Jrue Holiday could halt the free-fall.

    The win puts the Bulls at 33-25, just a game behind the Brooklyn Nets for the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers fell to 22-34, and are six games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the final playoff spot.

Point Guard

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    Kirk Hinrich, CHI PG: C-

    Kirk Hinrich drew the toughest task on his team, shadowing Jrue Holiday all night, while also trying to run a struggling Bulls offense.

    Holiday did wind up getting the best of Hinrich in the individual matchup, scoring 22 points on 10-of-19 shooting. However, it was Hinrich who walked away with the real victory.

    He wound up with 15 points, but took 15 shots to get there. Hinrich's six assists were a game-high, but he was clearly outmatched at the point guard position throughout.

Shooting Guard

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    Marco Belinelli, CHI SG: C

    In Richard Hamilton's absence, Marco Belinelli earned his 13th start of the season for the Chicago Bulls.

    This isn't a spot the Bulls want Belinelli to spend a lot of time, as he was predictably quiet against the athletic Philadelphia 76ers. In 27 minutes, there wasn't a whole lot going on for the Bulls' guard.

    Belinelli went for just six points and three boards, finishing 3-of-10 from the field. He missed all three of his shots from beyond the arc.

    Defensively, his sized caused problems for the 76ers, and he did a decent job shadowing the likes of Nick Young. He held the Philadelphia guard to five points on 1-of-6 shooting.

Small Forward

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    Luol Deng, CHI SF: B-

    This wasn't a particularly great game for Luol Deng, but he got his job done.

    Deng held Philadelphia star Evan Turner to just 12 points on 6-of-16 shooting. That is a pretty solid accomplishment, as he had been averaging 16.8 points per game over the last five games.

    Elsewhere, Deng was pretty clearly spent. After chasing the athletic 76ers around, Deng finished 5-of-14 from the field for just 12 points. He did pick up eight boards and four assists in a typically lengthy 42 minutes.

    Deng left the game in the final minute after taking a Spencer Hawes elbow to the neck area.

Power Forward

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    Carlos Boozer, CHI PF: A

    From the get-go, the Chicago Bulls frontcourt asserted dominance. 

    When the ball entered to Carlos Boozer in the post, the Philadelphia 76ers just had no answer for it. Boozer immediately went to work on the weak interior of Philadelphia and got to the line again and again.

    He finished 11-of-12 from the line and scored 21 points. Boozer earned the double-double with 12 rebounds. 

    He scored just two points in the final quarter but had done plenty of damage at that point.

    Defensively, Boozer held his own with Noah in the paint and out. The 76ers' bigs had a very inefficient night against the duo. Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young combined to go 11-of-31 from the field. 


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    Joakim Noah, CHI C: A+

    Like Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah played a huge role in establishing a presence in the paint. 

    Noah took things a step further and protected the Bulls' rim with such authority, there was nothing the Philadelphia 76ers could do. Noah finished with a career-high 11 blocked shots. 

    Noah wasn't just active around the defensive rim. He made a point to get position on the offensive end as well, either gobbling up a miss or leaping to tip it back in. Noah racked up eight offensive rebounds, 21 total.

    All that overshadowed his overall offensive production, which featured a game-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Noah was moving really well without the ball, and he was crafty when he got it in the paint.

    This was the third triple-double of Noah's career.

Sixth Man

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    Nate Robinson, CHI SG: C+

    Nate Robinson's gunning provided just the right amount of spark off the bench for the Chicago Bulls. 

    It was a slow night for the Bulls' bench overall, but Robinson hit some timely shots in the fourth quarter. He wasn't always on, but he scored all nine of his points in the final frame. In the fourth, he also added two of his three assists.

    Unfortunately, as a whole, Robinson finished 3-of-11 from the field. He missed quite a few mid-range jumpers, allowing the 76ers to stick around when a couple makes would have sealed the deal earlier on.


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    Chicago Bulls' Bench: D-

    The Chicago Bulls' bench really bowed down to the starters in this one.

    Only Jimmy Butler and sixth man Nate Robinson saw significant time.

    In 21 minutes, Butler scored five points and grabbed three rebounds. His most memorable play was a beautiful assist to Joakim Noah in the post during the fourth quarter.

    Nazr Mohammed chipped in two points and a pair of boards in just three minutes.