Bulls Experience the Agony of the Feet, Show Bobcats the Agony of Defeat

January 21st, 2012 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
The Chicago Bulls might be experiencing a plethora of foot and ankle problems, but even with four rotation players sitting out, they still handled the Charlotte Bobcats 95-89 in a testimony to why they are widely regarded as the deepest team in the NBA,. 

The Bulls were without the NBA's reigning MVP Derrick Rose, All-Defense center Joakim Noah, their sixth man candidate, Taj Gibson, and their third-string point guard, John Lucas III. Normally the absence of Lucas wouldn't be a concern but with Rose sitting, he became more important. 

The response? Chicago's fourth-string point guard, Mike James, produced more than the Bobcats entire starting backcourt, scoring nine points, and adding 10 assists. Forwards Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer stepped up to score 45 points combined and Richard Hamilton added his first 20 point game. 

The six point margin of victory is a bit deceptive as the Bulls led by 19 midway through fourth, but the Bobcats put on a late run which never really put the outcome in doubt. 

There were some positives to this game. The biggest of which is the continued play of Carlos Boozer. His 23 poin ...

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