The Chicago Bulls fans assembled tonight in the United Center and finally got the chance to see Derrick Rose for the first time since #thereturn. As a bonus, they also saw Joakim Noah in his #leretour. They weren’t disappointed either; both players shined and the Bulls obliterated the Pistons 96-81.
Chicago spent most of the second half with a lead in the mid-20s. The Bulls were dominating on both ends of the court. It was a straight-up stomping. The Bulls were hitting from anywhere and everywhere, passing the ball, pressing it down the court, and involving everyone.
The Pistons had no idea where the next shot was coming from. They spent most of their time trying to figure out what just happened more than how to defend what would happen next. On offense they couldn’t hit a barn with an elephant from inside the barn, shooting .325.
If the Bulls are already in this kind of form, they are definitely championship contenders. Their defense was just as stellar as it has ever been, but the offense was at another level.
The only downside for the Bulls is that they still haven’t ever played their starting five together. Jimmy Butler sat with a bruised knee, and Mike Dunleavy started in his place.