Last night's game was kind of blah. But only kind of, considering the lack of talent all over the floor. So no real 'what we learned' game notes, but instead a couple bullets!
- Here's another recap of the game from No Bulljive, worth a click just for the Thibs photo+caption, plus the classic Joakim vs. Cleveland clip at the bottom.
- As pointed out by John Schuhman this morning, after last night the Bulls are back to #1 in defensive efficiency. Then again Basketball-Reference has them 3rd-best ::shrug::. Either way, a testament to Thibs-ball.
- If you read Sam Smith's post-game tomes (and even though they're batty as hell, you probably should), there's usually a nugget in there about Kirk Hinrich being good when in fact we all know he's the fucking worst. Kirk did have a good shooting night last night though, and his back-to-back 3rd quarter jumpers were indeed quite big. Sam's seeing something more though:
he seemed to have changed his shot some by getting his elbow in and with more extension
so...watch for that. I have no doubt Kirk will eventually get up near 40% as the season rolls along and the Bulls need him less. Or he'll get hurt.
- As Bulls Confidential points out this morning, the schedule is about to (finally?) get rough. After the road game in Detroit (which also isn't a gimme), it's: Knicks, Clippers, @76ers, Nets, @Grizzlies, Celtics, @Knicks, @Hawks, Rockets, @Pacers