Marco Belinelli: Top 5 Games from 2012-13 Season

James Tillman IIIAnalyst IJuly 3, 2013

Marco Belinelli: Top 5 Games from 2012-13 Season

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    Marco Belinelli is one of several players who stepped up for the Chicago Bulls during an injury-plagued season.

    While he struggled at both ends of the floor initially, Belinelli eventually proved to be a valuable asset to Tom Thibodeau's rotation.

    He averaged nearly 10 points per contest overall and 13.6 points per outing as a starter while playing multiple positions.

    Despite his contributions to the team, Belinelli's days in Chicago appear to be numbered as the team is expected to sign Mike Dunleavy, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago.

    That being said, here is a chronological look back at some of Belinelli's memorable performances from the 2012-13 season.

5. Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks: Dec. 8, 2012

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    Prior to his arrival in the Windy City, Belinelli was categorized as a shooter for the most part. 

    However, this is one of the many outings during the season in which he showed the ability to score in a variety of different ways.

    Belinelli scored 22 points (including 15 in the first quarter), grabbed four rebounds and recorded three steals.

    As a result, the Bulls defeated the Knicks 93-85—giving Chicago its first three-game winning streak of the season and its fourth win in five outings overall.

4. Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets: Dec. 15, 2012

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    In the previous slide, I stated that Belinelli proved to be a player who can score from different spots on the floor.

    What I neglected to mention is that he also has a knack for hitting shots in clutch situations.

    In the closing moments of this game against the Brooklyn Nets, Belinelli explodes to the rim for any easy layup—giving the Bulls an 81-79 lead.

    Chicago went on to win a close one, 83-82. Belinelli led the charge with 19 points, three assists and two steals.

    It should be noted this is not the only game in which Belinelli had a good outing against the Nets.

    More on that in a bit. 

3. Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics: Jan. 18, 2013

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    Carlos Boozer posted a double-double with 19 points and 20 rebounds. Joakim Noah also had a solid outing with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

    However, with the game on the line and the Bulls in desperate need of a basket, who comes to the rescue?

    Marco Belinelli. That's who.

    In looking back at this game, I thought there was no chance the Bulls would get off a good shot with the way the possession began.

    Looks are often deceiving, though, as the saying goes. That was the case here.

    After holding the ball for several seconds at the top of the circle, Noah found Boozer on the left baseline and Boozer in turn fed the ball to Belinelli. The Italian nearly missed the pass, but collected himself before calmly hitting an off-balance, fade-away jumper—giving Chicago its 23rd victory of the season. 

2. Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz: March 18, 2013

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    Chicago had dropped four of its previous six contests and the team was hoping to correct the trend against the Utah Jazz

    Once again, the Bulls found themselves down late in the closing seconds.

    Once again, Marco Belinelli helped lift the team to victory.

    After missing a shot from close range that would have tied the game, Belinelli nailed an open three-pointer from the left baseline—helping Chicago outlast Utah 89-88.

    Belinelli tied Carlos Boozer for team-high scoring honors with 22 points and he also grabbed four rebounds to go along with three steals. 

1. Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets: May 4, 2013

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    Bulls center Joakim Noah promised the Bulls would win Game 7 against the Brooklyn Nets and he backed up that bold statement with a 24-point, 14-rebound, six-block performance.

    However, he was not the only player who had a huge game for Chicago in this series-clincher.

    Marco Belinelli also torched the Nets for 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.

    Belinelli also grabbed six rebounds and handed out two assists—helping to lead the Bulls to their first-ever Game 7 win on the road.

    When the Bulls first acquired Belinelli, my opinion was somewhat biased because I was disappointed with the team parting ways with Kyle Korver.

    However, Belinelli endeared himself to Bulls fans by proving he was more than a one-dimensional player.

    His outside shooting and ability to finish strong at the rim with either hand are just a few of the attributes that enabled him to become a valuable part of the team.

    Needless to say, he will be missed.