Wow, who wouldn't want to play with the guy on the left. Seems like such fun! (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Typical All-Star game last night: started out very loose, then guys started to compete a bit as the game got late and close. Maybe that part was fun to Tom Thibodeau, but seeing offensive records fall all night probably wasn't. From a Bulls perspective though, he did a great job: of the starters, Rose's minutes lagged far behind everyone else's, as Deron Williams was part of the crunch-time lineup for the East. And Thibs also sabotaged Wade and James each with a late-game possession designed to make them look like they fail in the clutch. Or at least it appeared that way. Nice going, coach.
I'm guessing Rose was fine with sitting out most of the 2nd half as he looked like he didn't want to be there in the first place, busting out a great 'Derrick Rose face' during the introductions while the other East starters dared to enjoy themselves. On the court he didn't look much into it either, sleepwalking through his first-half stint. He did nail a few jumpers in the second-half, which helped start make the game competitive again.
Luol Deng did even less, only playing 6 minutes and not scoring a point. His game doesn't really translate to the defense-less exhibition style, clearly. Deng didn't play in the 2nd half after he fell on his injured wrist in the first. Hopefully it was all just precautionary, as Thibodeau was able to use such discretion this time.
Deng was able to make a nice gesture in his pre-game introduction with a salute to his homeland. So that was cool, as it was to see the Bulls represented in the game. They just weren't much for participating.