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Deron Williams, BKN: B+
Deron Williams had what was both a superb and disappointing offensive game. He finished with 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting and dished out 11 assists.
You had to appreciate the way he was using his angles, especially when finding Brook Lopez. I was actually surprised to see that he didn't have more assists. Chicago's defense was converging on him when he posted up to help out Nate Robinson, and he kicked it out so often, it created the illusion that he had even more than he did.
Our disappointment stems from those 12 shots of his. The Bulls really did a number on him. Recognizing how focused they were on him, though, Williams passed almost exclusively in the second half, which proved to be a good decision.
It was vexing to see how far Williams continues to play off Robinson when defending off the ball, like he doesn't respect Nate's ability to move to it.
Other than that, and not looking for his shot enough to open the second half, Williams did a fine job.
Nate Robinson, CHI: B+
Every arena in the NBA is just one Nate Robinson shot away from exploding. True story.
If you thought the illnesses that seemed to take the Bulls by storm before this game would slow down Robinson, you were wrong. Though he could be seen throwing up in a garbage can on the bench in between breaks, he still played with more energy than most of his teammates. He definitely gets an "A" for effort.
Chicago's sickly point guard finished with 18 points and four assists on 7-of-15 shooting. He wasn't bullied by Williams as much as he was in Game 5, and I don't know if this was the effect the flu had on him, but he did a nice job dictating the pace at which the Bulls played.
His transition defense was a nightmare, but he could barely stand when he wasn't playing. I therefore commend his dedication to winning. Or in this case, just playing.