Monday, October 7, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 106, Grizzlies 87
By Nick Friedell
ST. LOUIS -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 106-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night at Scottrade Center.
How it happened: Carlos Boozer had 16 points and four rebounds to lead the Bulls to their second win in a row in the preseason. Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson each scored 15, while Derrick Rose and Luol Deng each added 13 points.
What it means: This wasn't the prettiest game in the world, but Tom Thibodeau has to be pleased with the defensive intensity his team showed at various points, especially in the second half. They were active and forced Memphis into plenty of turnovers.
Clearly the most important factor in this game was that Rose looked like his old self again. He played with a burst throughout the night while racing up and down the floor. There's still some rust Rose has to knock off, especially at the foul line, but he looks comfortable and confident on the floor again.
Hits: Jimmy Butler only had nine points, but he made several nice defensive hustle plays and was active going to the rim.
Misses: The Bulls had 17 turnovers.
Stat of the night: In his second game in more than 17 months, Derrick Rose's line went like this: 23:01, 3-for-8 from the field, 1-for-1 from beyond the arc, 6-for-10 from the free throw line, four rebounds, three assists, three steals, one turnover and 13 points.
What's next: The Bulls head off to Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday night. They face off against the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.