April 3, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Toronto Raptors guard Jose Calderon (8) goes up to block a shot attempt by Charlotte Bobcats guard DJ Augustin (14) during the second half at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Charlotte 92-87. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Augustin's Impact Is A Big One For Chicago Bulls


Just when we thought it couldn’t get much worse at the point guard position for the Chicago Bulls.  D.J. Augustin gave us hope again in the Bulls’ 100-84 defeat of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Bulls were off and running early and they never looked back.  Augustin had a really good first half and a really good game for that matter.  At the break Augustin had 12 points and 6 assists.  He also played every minute.  With Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng, and Jimmy Butler all sidelined with injuries, this night was huge from Augustin.

Don’t get me wrong, he had a lot of help.  Five other Bulls scored in double figures and aside from Augustin’s double double with 18 points and 10 assists, Joakim Noah had a monster night too.  Noah finished with just 11 points, but wrangled in 18 boards as well.

The Bulls didn’t get much off the bench, but at this point in the season they are basically playing without one because of how banged up they are.

Taj Gibson gave them 15 points off the pine.

When you glance at the box score, you wonder how on earth the Bulls won, let alone by 16.  They turned the ball over 21 times in the game.  Then you look over to the left and you notice the 54% field goal percentage, then it all makes sense.  Oh, and 5 three balls from Tony Snell will do the trick too.

This win was much needed in terms of confidence for this basketball team.  They currently sit at 10-16 and will take the court on Christmas Day against the Brooklyn Nets.  Keep an eye out for those hideous looking uniforms they’ll be sporting. Game time is set for 11 a.m. CT.

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