Good news, Bulls: Stop worrying and start enjoying this team

January 23, 2012|RedEye

Enough is enough.

Enough of the hand-wringing over Luol Deng's wrist injury.

Enough of the worrying about what's wrong with Joakim Noah.

Enough complaining about Carlos Boozer's defense.

Enough fretting about Derrick Rose's big toe.

Bulls fans have done a lot of focusing on the negative recently—and with all those doom-and-gloom headlines, they can't be blamed. But, looking at the big picture, there's a lot to be extremely happy about in Bulls nation.

Take Monday night's huge 110-95 win over the New Jersey Nets, for example. There were plenty of reasons to celebrate.

So, Bulls fans, here is your good-news-only game report.

The first 15K are the hardest

With his fast-break layup off a beautiful assist from Derrick Rose with 5:46 left in the first quarter, Richard Hamilton became the 120th player in NBA history to score 15,000 career points. He didn't score them all that quarter, mind you. But he did score 22 points and added 10 assists.

The Rose blooms again

After missing the previous four games with a big toe injury, point guard Rose returned to the starting lineup—and it didn't look he'd missed any time at all. He was hitting jumpers, layups, dunks, dishing out assists. He seemed to lack his explosive bounce … oops, sorry, only good news today.

White Mamba time

Because of the "day off" Deng and Taj Gibson were enjoying, veteran Brian Scalabrine got extensive playing time. The Human Victory Cigar and fan favorite got a rousing ovation when he checked in with 4:54 left in the first. He finished with 5 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds.

Not in our house

The Bulls remained undefeated at the United Center with their win, one of only two NBA teams able to claim that feat. The Indiana Pacers, 5-0, are the other. The Bulls are 8-0 at the UC.

We're No. 1, we're No. 1

As has been the case for most of the season, the Bulls kept their grip on the NBA's best record with their win. They are now 16-3. No other NBA team has even reached 15 wins yet, although the Oklahoma City Thunder are 14-3.

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