Thursday, October 29, 2009
Deng, Bulls beat Spurs
By Robby Lim
We had a good live blog/chat for the Bulls-Spurs Game provided by our friends at Project Spurs.
Unfortunately, the Bulls won the game. The Spurs had a horrible shooting night beyond the arc, and so did the Bulls.
So why did we loose the game? I hate to say this, but the Bulls simply outplayed and outhustled the Spurs.
The Bulls had the advantage in almost all statistical category that counts, Rebounds: 52-44, Assists: 20-15, blocks 9-5.
We didn't play good D and Tim Duncan was the only bright spot for the Spurs. Scoring 28 points, grabbing 16 boards with 3 blocks, 2 steals and 2 dimes. Manu added 12. No other Spurs reached double figures. A complete turn around after a great game against the Hornets.
While the Bulls had a balanced scoring night, they had six players in double figures. Luol Deng had 17, Hinrich with 14 and Derrick Rose had 13 points and 7 assists. Joakim Noah had a double-double adding 10 points and 10 rebounds.
It would be nice had the Spurs won the game. But it's still early in the season, Bonner and Finley in the starting lineup still bothers me (with all due respects).
I think it's a great learning experience for the team. It's a fine example that basketball is a team game. You can't win alone with talent, everything else needs to fit into place.
Tonight, the Spurs didn't play good team basketball; they also need to work on their defense. I expect the Spurs win their next game against the Kings.
After that, they will have a long break; enough for them to make the necessary adjustments to make the team better.