Spurs No Match For Bulls
It was a good day in Chicago for some basketball. The Bulls, (22-17), had a 1:00PM game scheduled on Monday, hosting the San Antonio Spurs. Were the Bulls ready for the Spurs? The Spurs, (27-12), are one of the elite teams in the NBA. While being shorthanded, the Bulls managed to flutter the Spurs 99-87. "I don't want to be short-handed, but we've been able to get away with it for a couple of games," Bulls head coach Scott Skiles said. "It's not something long-term I want to do. It gives other guys who are good NBA players an opportunity to play. You get to see other people and it helps me get a different perspective on some other guys." Chris Duhon was suspended for one game for not practicing, and Ben Wallace missed his second straight game because of a sore back, but the Bulls came with their game face on.
The Bulls, (trailing 27-23), went on a 17-5 run early in the 2nd quarter to overtake the lead. With Kirk Hinrich, looking to be back to his usual form, they never looked back. "I have been feeling good the last few games. I kind of gotten back to myself, playing aggressive on both ends and I think my floor game has been a lot better," Hinrich said. He had 23 points and 10 rebounds. "I have played a lot more loose. I think before I was kind of thinking too much, kind of worrying about what the coaches wanted me to do. Instead of going out and playing and using my instincts," he said.
But that's just one of many Scott Skiles' weapons of the day. Ben Gordon, who started in place of the suspended Chris Duhon, also helped with 20 points against Tim Duncan's Spurs. "All in all, they just outplayed us," Duncan said. "They're a good defensive ball club, very good at rotating." Good enough to limit the Spurs to 87 points, who are currently scoring 98.8 PPG, and hold them to 39.5 percent shooting.
After missing the last game on a suspension, Andres Nocioni aided the Bulls with 12 points and 11 rebounds. He also had an impressive 3 point shot, followed by another 3 point shot from Thabo Sefolosha, to give the Bulls an 83-69 lead in the fourth quarter.
Luol Deng respectively contributed 17 points against San Antonio. He's currently scoring 18 PPG and has a FG% of .533.
The Bulls are fighters, and they want to win. Even though they're coming off consecutive wins against the Memphis Grizzlies and the Spurs, the Bulls did lose 5 out of 6 games prior to that. They need to keep winning. Hopefully they can put together a good 10 game winning streak to possibly gain the lead in the Eastern Conference. How about a 20 game winning streak? Eh! Let's just take it one game at a time.