Chicago Bulls Get First Preseason Win, Cruise Past Washington Wizards
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On a night where John Calipari sat courtside, Derrick Rose and John Wall did their best to show who was the better point guard.
With Kirk Hinrich making his United Center return in Wizards blue, the game was all about Rose and Wall.
Rose ended up getting the best of Wall, tallying 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in 30 minutes of action. While his counterpart, Wall, had 11 points and 6 assists in just about 29 minutes of action.
Although this is just a little sample size of things to come, Wall admitted that he is looking to get on the level of All-Star Derrick Rose.
"It's going to be a great challenge," Wall said. "All I can do is try to hold my own and … try to get his level."
Rose also had words of praise for the number one overall pick out of Kentucky, “It’s challenging, knowing you can guard a guy that fast. It gives me confidence for the next time I’m out there against somebody that mobile. He’s a good player.”
Wall's coach, Flip Saunders didn't want to make a big deal out of the Rose/Wall matchup, though.
“I think if John has a great game, I don’t want him to think he’s arrived already,” Saunders said. “If he has a bad game, I don’t want him to think he’s not worth a (darn). … I think John will be more excited to play against him than he’ll look at it as a measuring stick. John loves to compete, no matter who he plays against.
“(Rose and Wall) play each other four times a year, and (these matchups) are how they’re going to be judged.”
Saunders didn't make much of the Rose/Wall matchup, but the matchup of the two point guards will be something to follow for years.
Hinrich, who played seven seasons as a Chicago Bull, scored 4 points in 28 minutes of game time.
However, Hinrich found it quite strange returning to the arena he played seven strong seasons in.
“(It’s) a little bit (weird), being in the other locker room,” Hinrich said before the game. “I’ve never seen it before. It was weird the first time I put on this uniform, too, but I’ve gotten over that.”
“He don’t even look right in that jersey,” said Rose, Hinrich's backcourt mate the past two seasons.
Overall, the Bulls played a energetic game. They forced 17 turnovers and outrebounded the Wizards 48 to 32.
However, allowing the Wizards to shoot 46 percent from the field will be something that will get on the nerve of coach Tom Thibodeau.
Joakim Noah stuffed the box score against the Wizards, scoring 12 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, had 2 blocked shots, and even had 4 assists in nearly 31 minutes.
Omer Asik, who played a little timid the first two preseason games, had his best showing as a Bull, and was relentless on the glass. He grabbed 10 rebounds and scored 9 points in 27 minutes. However, he went 3-9 from the free-throw line, which was a major weakness for him during the FIBA World Championships.
Asik also had five turnovers on Friday, which shows he is still adjusting to the speed of the NBA game. He's still a work in progress.
Kyle Korver turned in another impressive showing, scoring 17 points on 7-12 shooting in 19 and a half minutes.
Keith Bogans scored 11 points on 4-7 shooting, 3-4 from the three-point line, as he had his best game thus far in preseason.
Several positives for the Bulls in their victory over the Wizards. Nevertheless, there is still things they need to work on.
Friday night was all about Derrick Rose versus John Wall. Looks like Derrick Rose got the first punch.
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