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Korver and Boozer Lead the Way as Bulls Defeat Jazz 111-97: Local Fan Perspective
When the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz met at the United Center on March 10th, the Bulls only had nine players available to suit up. Not only were Rip Hamilton and Luol Deng out of the lineup, both C.J. Watson (ankle) and Joakim Noah (flu) would sit this one out as well. After both teams played to a standstill in the first quarter, the Bulls took a seven point lead into halftime (48-41) and stretched the lead to 16 points after the third quarter, behind 12-of-15 shooting from the field. Chicago increased the lead to 23 points in the fourth, before settling for a 111-97 win. With the victory over the Jazz, the Bulls pushed their streak of not losing two in a row to 75 games, the longest streak in the league.
Prior to the game, the fans were asked to text in their response to which former Jazz player would have the biggest impact against their former team. The answer would be all three as they combined for 64 points. Kyle Korver, who was a dismal 3-of-10 against the Orlando Magic (1-of-7 from long range), had a monster game with 26 points, including six three-pointers on 11 attempts. Korver rounded out his game with seven rebounds and six assists as well. Needless to say, Korver's play was a pleasant surprise, but it probably wouldn't be wise to expect him to produce at this level consistently in Deng's absence. However, if he can average between 12 to 15 points per game, that should be enough to help keep opposing defenses honest.
Carlos Boozer posted his second straight 20 point game with 27 points to go along with eight rebounds. Boozer continues to receive criticism for his lack of defense at times, and deservedly so, but his offense has been pretty good for the most part this season. Ronnie Brewer also contributed with 13 points and five rebounds. Derrick Rose helped the former Jazz players shoulder the scoring load, with 24 points and 13 assists. While the Bulls looked impressive against the Jazz, I expect them to be heavily tested with upcoming games against the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat. They should have enough firepower to beat the Knicks, but they will definitely need Deng to play if they hope to even the season series against the Heat.
James Tillman is a resident of the Chicago-land area who has been a Bulls' fan since the 1987-1988 season. James is currently a fan blogger on Yahoo Sports and sports contributor for Sports Rantz magazine. For interesting discussions about the NBA, NFL and MLB, follow him on Twitter @jtillman9693 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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"Ex-Jazzmen combine for 64", Neil Hayes, Chicago Sun-Times
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