MADHOUSE MONDAY'S: WEEK OF THE OPENER
Week in Review
The Bulls beat both the Pacers and the Mavericks this week, 103-94 and 103-102 (clearly 103 is the magic number). They looked good in both games - little bit on the Pacers game later – and hopefully they’ll be able to continue that momentum heading into Tuesday’s game against Cleveland.
More importantly, however, we learned three big things.
The first is that Joakim Noah will be coming off the bench for the first time since his rookie year and part of the second year. I have some reservations about this, specifically about how the bench will score in the absence of a go-to scorer (like Pau Gasol for example) and the defense of Mirotic and Gasol combined. However, this appears to be the best option in the eyes of Fred Hoiberg and we’ll see how it plays out from here.
Talked to Noah about his bench role some more. He's genuinely committed to role, said it's best for team because it's what Hoiberg decided.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 23, 2015
Finally, we learned that Derrick Rose can play with double vision AND a mask. More on him in a minute, but I still firmly believe that he’s the key to any postseason success that the Bulls will or will not have.
Who’s Hot, Who’s Not?
Hot: Derrick Rose
Chicago Bulls Top 5 Preseason PER Player Efficiency Leaders: 1. Gibson 36.9 2. Rose 29.4 3. Felicio 23.0 4. Mirotic 22.4 5. Portis 21.6— Chicago Bulls Rumors (@chicagobullsbot) October 24, 2015
Despite hitting the game winner against the Mavericks, Doug has not been able to hit the red side of a barn – which is ironic considering he’s from Iowa – since going 5 for 11 against the Pistons. McDermott is likely to bounce back, considering the playing time he’ll get and the looks he’ll get. Still, it’ll be interesting to keep an eye on Dougie, considering the season long funk he stayed in last year, albeit it was from the doghouse of Tom Thibodeau.
Stat of the Week:
Pacers have scored 35 points in 25 minutes after scoring 34 in first 12.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 21, 2015
One Thing I Think
I think the Bulls need to invest a draft pick in a backup this offseason – someone who can run the ship in the absence of Rose or play next to him. As much as I’ve loved watching the play of guys like C.J Watson (until he made the dumbest play I’ve ever seen), Nate Robinson and DJ Augustine, it’s time for the Bulls to get some new blood at the position. Across the board, guys like Tony Snell, Doug McDermott, Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis have the ability to contribute now as well as be key pieces in the Bulls’ future plans. While Portis is a great player and without a doubt the highest rated player left on the board when the Bulls were selecting in the 2015 draft, it would’ve been equally nice to see them pick Tyus Jones out of Duke. Getting a solid, young backup point guard to mold must be priority number one this upcoming offseason.