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News » Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2008-11-02

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2008-11-02

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2008-11-02
As a franchise, the Bulls are well aware of the benefits that come from having an outstanding player who can salvage victories when the team doesn't play its best. Michael Jordan did that hundreds of times during his career.

Rookie guard Derrick Rose showed the same ability Saturday when the Bulls shot 38.1 percent from the field but still managed to beat Memphis 96-86 at the United Center. In a loss at Boston the previous night, the Bulls were even worse, shooting just under 30 percent.

Rose scored 26 points to help pull out the win over Memphis and has been brilliant since training camp began. So far, the Bulls are 2-1 on the season with victories over two of the league's worst teams a year ago, the Bucks and Grizzlies, plus an ugly loss against the defending champion Celtics.

The Bulls will get several more chances to test themselves against good teams this week. They start with a road game in Orlando on Monday, where they'll try to deal with a long-time nemesis, All-Star center Dwight Howard. The Bulls then visit Cleveland before coming home to face Phoenix and the Cavaliers a second time.

When the season began, Rose figured to do much of his damage by setting up his teammates for open shots. But the Bulls have missed so many of those open looks, Rose has been forced to become more of a scorer. Through three games, he's averaged a team-high 18.3 points and 4.3 assists.

BULLS 96, GRIZZLIES 86: The Bulls delivered their second consecutive poor shooting night but managed to pull away in the fourth quarter to defeat Memphis on Saturday at the United Center. Rookie guard Derrick Rose led the home team with 26 points, while guard Kirk Hinrich added 18 and center Drew Gooden grabbed 20 rebounds, one short of his career high. The Bulls led 83-80 with 6:54 remaining before creating some cushion with a 7-0 run. Rudy Gay led Memphis, which started three rookies, with 20 points.

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Added: November 2, 2008


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