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Bulls Tue Oct 23 2012

Bulls Win Game, But Lose Hinrich

Bulls_200.pngSay the following in the same way as Homer Simpson does, 47 seconds into in this Halloween Classic clip: "No D-Rose, No Westbrook, No KD, makes season ticket holders in attendance go something, something..."

OK that was a "treat," now for your "trick." The Bulls pulled a cohesive offensive performance out of their "hard hat, lunch pale". The Bulls "won" by a final of 94-86, though they "lost" post game injury report when Kirk Hinrich left the game halfway through after straining his right groin. The contest gave reason for the overused buzzword of the Bulls year: optimism. Yes, Oklahoma City played without two of their three gold medal Olympians, but preseason isn't about the team you played, it's about how your team played.

The Bulls starters, minus Hinrich, played between 32 and 36 minutes, scored a total of 73 of the teams 93 points. Overall the team tallied five three-pointers, continued the pre-season league-leading offensive rebounding dominance with 13 boards and only turned it over 13 times.

Game Note Riffs

Nate Robinson took the place of Kirk Hinrich after minor injury. Rookie Marquis Teague only saw three forgettable minutes of action.

It took Marco Belinelli 12 minutes to score zero points on one shot. Looks like Rip Hamilton is going to have to play Luol Deng type minutes this season...

Carlos Boozer (24 points, 12 rebounds) and Joakim Noah (15 points, 10 rebounds) both had double-doubles. They were played by OKC's starting big men, Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka, so you can get excited and draft Booz and Joakim two rounds early in your fantasy basketball draft.

Taj Gibson still hasn't been given a contract extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, so I'm not even going say too much about his zero point, two turnover, four foul performance. He's 27 years old, so he knows that his next contract will be his biggest and second to last of his career. He's understandably distracted.

Stacey King broke out his first "poster" from his poster machine, when Jimmy Butler got a put-back dunk over Logan-Square, New-Wave-Cafe-Hipster-archetype James Harden.

Again, this is another sobering pre-season game showing where the Bulls are at without Derrick Rose. Alas, this regular season will be fun/frustrating to watch while drinking a couple of dank Daisy Cutters, which will help you smell the rose and know #thereturn is one game closer.

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