The Bulls extend their winning streak to six games after DeRozan scores 37 points against the Hawks.
For the third game in a row, DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points on 50 percent shooting, while Tristan Thompson had 11 points and six rebounds in his Bulls debut against Atlanta.
Stop with the MVP, MVP serenades for DeMar DeRozan, Bulls supporters.
Hall of Fame, it’s about time you started declaring! Induction into the Hall of Fame!
Yes, the Remarkable DeMar did it again Thursday, scoring 37 points, including a dozen in the fourth quarter and the game-winning three-point play with 15.1 seconds remaining to give the Bulls a two-point lead against the Atlanta Hawks.
With a long, hard closeout on what could have been the game-winning three, Nikola Vucevic pressured Bogdan Bogdanovic into a missed three. Javonte Green grabbed the rebound and made two free throws for the final margin and the Bulls’ sixth straight victory.
The Bulls are currently 39-21 in the Eastern Conference and will face the Memphis Grizzlies at the United Center on Saturday. Zach LaVine led the team with 20 points. Vucevic and Ayo Dosunmu both scored 12 points, the latter with strong defence on Trae Young (three of 17 shooting) and a crucial block on Young with 26.5 seconds left. Tristan Thompson, who made his Bulls debut with 11 points and six rebounds in 13 minutes, fit in well with the rest of the rotation.
DeRozan began to establish himself as one of the game’s all-time greats.
Delozan’s record of eight consecutive games with at least 35 points on 50 percent shooting surpassed Wilt Chamberlain’s. DeRozan joins Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and James Harden as the only NBA players to score at least 35 points in consecutive games.
It reminds me of Jordan’s tremendous scoring streaks in the 1980s and 1990s, when every Bulls tale began with something like, “Michael Jordan led the Bulls to victory with a game-high…
“Smooth criminal, smooth crook,” Thompson said, clearly praising him. “Deebo is a beast of a player. He’s turned out the lights. To him, that basket appeared to be the size of Lake Michigan. He’s destroying them. He only missed six shots tonight, right? If it isn’t efficient, I’m not sure what it is.
“Like I mentioned in the interview yesterday, he’s the MVP of our league in my opinion,” Thompson added. He’s playing at a high level, and he’s an MVP candidate. Because of what he’s capable of with this club, people ought to give him recognition and flowers. Huge level players step up when things go stale and we need a big bucket or a big shot. I’ve had the opportunity to play alongside some of the best players in the world. When it comes to money, you hand them the ball and they go to work. That’s exactly what he’s been doing night after night. With about two minutes left, we were down four points, but Javonte got the rebound and made the free throws, and DeMar had the and-1. That’s what the league’s MVP does. We’ll do everything we can to keep riding that horse. It’s a gift to be able to see excellence. “
Thompson’s presence on the floor was the missing ingredient of physical presence that the Bulls have missed frequently this season. But DeRozan just completed something that countless other NBA players have previously done, despite the fact that they are in the pantheon of NBA greatness.
Dennis Rodman is Thompson’s hero and role model on and off the court, something certainly no one else in the NBA has ever said.
Do you want to be like Dennis?
Rodman isn’t nearly as likeable as Thompson, despite his admirable desire to emulate Rodman’s tenacity and effort. It’s exactly what the Bulls will require in the postseason.
When asked about his initial statement about becoming another Dennis Rodman, Thompson stated, “I admire Dennis Rodman, I idolise the Worm.” “He was, I believe, the first individual in this league’s, if not all of NBA history, to be a star in their job. When we were on that run in Cleveland, making championship runs, I remember saying, “Be a star in your role.” He embodied what it meant to be a star in your role, and I wanted to emulate that in myself and my game. “
It’s not quite accurate, because the NBA has a long history of gritty role players, albeit not as powerful rebounders as Rodman. Charles Oakley was a member of the Bulls. Maurice Lucas, Paul Silas, Bill Bridges, Clyde Lovellette, and Jim Loscutoff are just a few of the names that spring to mind. Okay, maybe it’s only in my head. Thompson, on the other hand, was rolling like Bluto in Animal House—no, I’m not done with the 1970s metaphors yet. There’s no need to put a halt to him.
Thompson remarked, “I remember (being) in the playoffs.” I used to study his tapes for five minutes before every playoff game to get that fire in my belly, his energy, keeping the ball alive, being persistent. The fact that I can put on a Chicago Bulls jersey and attempt to make Dennis proud on the field. That’s all I’m attempting. He’s a Hall of Famer and a man I admire for the way he plays and for all he does in life. He’s fantastic. It’s a privilege.
Let’s get this party started. They need to retire at 91. I constantly buy his merchandise and show my support. His vintage tees are fantastic. Dennis Rodman,
Imagine Thompson’s first day as a bull and what he could say.
It’s hard to believe how much better this season is becoming.
It definitely appeared that way when the Bulls went up 10-0 and dominated the rest of the game.