Portland: 98 Chicago: 110
Hot Deng! The story tonight was the African native and his scorching 40 points, which led Chicago in a dominating performance against the formerly undefeated Portland Trail Blazers. This game was never close. Rose was Rose and as usual stirred the drink for Chicago. Where was Roy? I propped him up big time in my preview and he didn't get it together. Here's everything else I thought about while watching this game (and my thoughts on one game I didn't watch).
*Coach T. has clearly defined that defense is a priority for the Bulls this year. They looked organized and passionate about this side of the ball.
*Noah is fast and has unique handles running the break off boards.
*Sick passing, sick ball-fakes, sick penetration all evening long from Rose. The no-look under hand lefty, yikes! What else is new?
*Deng is a soccer fan.
*Deng took only 19 shots? Effective, SOB.
One Game We Didn't Watch Last Night: Sacramento Kings Vs. Toronto Raptors
Kings: 111 Raptors: 108
Seriously, I'm getting a little pissed here. I sit through a non-competitive Bulls game so I've got intelligent things to write about, and I again overlook a Kings game that was high-scoring, close throughout, and came down to the final possession. I need to get my shit together. From the highlights, this game looked incredible. Evans was dope for the Kings with 23 points, 7 boards, 5 assists and 2 steals. While Casspi didn't have a double-double as predicted, he did have 14 points and shot 3-6 from beyond the arc. Bargnani lead all scorers with 28 points on 10-17 shooting; great night from him. With the win, the Kings move to 3-1 and for the first time since the '03-'04 season have won three out of their first four games. Kudos! They are going to be scary, scary good one day. And I might even watch them play soon.