Both the Minnesota Timberwolves (8-30) and the Bulls (15-20) were on the second night of back-to-backs.
The Bulls had lost a close one to the Milwaukee Bucks on Firday night and the Wolves had defeated the short-handed Indiana Pacers. Both teams needed wins; The Bulls to get themselves out of a three game losing streak and the Wolves to gain some type of momentum after losing five out of their last six games.
Saturday nights 110-96 victory could either be chalked up to the Bulls being the far better team than the Timberwolves, or the Bulls finally seeing what the results can be if they play with sustained energy through all four quarters.
Joakim Noah out-quicked the Wolves frontline all night. Whether is was off the dribble or slashing to the rim, Noah got to his spots when he wanted to and tied for a game-high 20 points and 9 rebounds.
“He plays hard every night,” said Kirk Hinrich, who tied Noah for scoring honors. “You expect him to rebound the ball, but he’s been a huge part of this team in all aspects. He knows what it takes to win, he’s very competitive and what he does for us is huge.”
Derrick Rose, who has been on a tear in the last few games, only attempted 7 field goals, made 3, added 3 assists and finished with 8 points.
It was a good TEAM victory for the Bulls, who scored a season-high in points.
The win comes at a good time, as the Bulls need to continue to build momentum with only 2 more home games this month before heading out on another two week Western road trip.
To clear up some questions that I’ve been asked this week;
Out of Chris Bosh, Al Jefferson or Carlos Boozer, which one do I think is the perfect fit for the Bulls
Tough choices, but I like Big Al and from what I’m hearing (mostly reading), he could be on the trading block. Coming here, he would be allowed to play his natural position. It would give the Bulls a go to player in the post, who demands double-teams, which would free up Noah, Rose and almost anyone else on the floor.
Should the Bulls trade Thomas now and will he ever be what he was thought to be when drafted?
Now being around the players, it’s a lot easier not to criticize Tyrus. Here’s a guy who’s in his fourth year, doesn’t know where he’s going to end up next season and doesn’t exactly know his role with this organization. Everyone talks about the energy he brings to the table, but I believe he feels and knows he could be doing so much more and with Taj Gibson playing well, I don’t see him starting anytime soon. With this situation like it is, it could eventually blow up, as Tyrus believes he is a starter and is in a contract year. When he plays hard, the Bulls are a completely different team, but not starting is an issue for him and I hope there’s some way we can hold on to him, because I believe if he does leave, he’s going to flourish in another system and with the time that this organization has put into developing him, it would be a shame to have another organization get the end results.
How is it possible the Thunder are better than the Bulls?
TALENT+TOGETHERNESS = SUCCESS
One thing that I can say about the Thunder, their core guys are all close. Basically, brothers. Having that bond off the court, goes a long way as to what happens on the court. I’m one of those people who believes that the more a team is unified personally, the easier it is to go out and play because everyone knows what the common goal is, everyone knows what the other is capable of and you know what the guy next to you is expecting out of you on a nightly basis. I’m in no way saying that there is a division with the Bulls, but there are issues that certain players have to face, like contracts and playing time. The Bulls all get along with each other, but a lot of players don’t know where they’re going to end up next season, or even this season, so it can put a strain on getting too close to one another, but this is just my opinion on the Thunders’ success, not the Bulls struggles.
Your opinion on James Johnson, the next Tyrus Thomas or what?
I love JJ. The thing with him is getting minutes and gaining confidence. Right now, they use him at the three in limited minutes, but I feel as the second half of the season comes along, he could very well play his way into the rotation more. For someone 6’9, 245 lbs to have the skill set that JJ does, it’s ridiculous. There isn’t anything on the court that he can’t do, but once he’s out there, he tends to try to do to much instead of letting the game come to him. With more experience and the coaching staff continuing to work with him, JJ could become a star in this league.
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