Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 100, Bucks 94
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 100-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night at the United Center.
How it happened: Nate Robinson had the best game of his brief Bulls career, scoring 24 points, dishing out 13 assists and pulling down two rebounds. What has to be most impressive to coach Tom Thibodeau is that after watching Robinson turn the ball over 10 times in his first three games, Robinson did not commit a turnover Tuesday night. Robinson started the game because Kirk Hinrich was out nursing a right thumb injury. Rip Hamilton also had his best game of the preseason, dropping in 23 points. Joakim Noah added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
What it means: Given the way the new Bench Mob has struggled so far, Thibodeau has to be pleased with the performance of Robinson. He was in control of the offense and pushed the offensive tempo when needed. He has developed an solid relationship on the floor with his teammates, especially Noah. That was evident throughout this game. After Saturday's (rest) Hamilton looked like his old Detroit self at least for one night. He was moving well up the floor and knocking down most of his shots.
Stat of the night: The Bulls had 28 assists.
Hits: Nazr Mohammed continued his solid play with nine points off the bench. If he and Noah keep playing this well during the regular season, Thibodeau will be happy.
Misses: Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer were a combined 4-for-13. Deng took just four shots. Boozer had 10 rebounds, but he still is struggling to find his shot and missed a few point-blank looks at the rim.
What's next: The Bulls have the day off Wednesday. They return to the practice floor Thursday afternoon.