Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson led the way for the Chicago Bulls on Monday night in St. Louis as the Bulls defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 106-87.
Boozer looked a little better than he did in his first game of the preseason as he tallied 16 points on 7-12 shooting. Taj Gibson however looked almost exactly the same. After 18 points against the Indiana Pacers in the opener, he went for 15 more against the Grizzlies.
Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich, and Derrick Rose also went for double figures with 13,15, and 13 respectively. Derrick Rose showed that he hasn’t lost his ability to get to the free throw line as he wound up there 10 times in just his 23 minutes played, which is 3 minutes up from last game against the Pacers.
Having a complementary back up point guard like Hinrich could play a huge role in how far the Bulls go this year. We all know Derrick Rose will be leading the way and will play most of the minutes, but if there ever comes a time where Rose gets into foul trouble having Hinrich will benefit the Bulls in so many ways.
The two rookies, Tony Snell and Erik Murphy, played 22 minutes a piece and combined for eight points. I don’t expect these guys to make a huge splash this year, but I am definitely looking forward to watching these two progress as the year goes on. Both guys have the ability to catch and shoot after Derrick Rose makes his move into the lane and kicks the ball out.
The Grizzlies got 15 points from Jerryd Bayless and 13 points from Ed Davis. The Bulls did not see Marc Gasol, Tayshaun Prince, or Quincy Pondexter in the game as they did not play. Zach Randolph only managed four points in just 17 minutes played.
The win pushes the Bulls’ preseason record to 2-0 and they will now turn their attention to Saturday afternoon when they will take on John Wall and the Washington Wizards.
Tags: Carlos Boozer Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose Ed Davis Erik Murphy Indiana Pacers Jerryd Bayless John Wall Kirk Hinrich Luol Deng Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies Quincy Pondexter Taj Gibson Tayshaun Prince Tony Snell Washington Wizards Zach Randolph