There was one nice stretch in the 4th, when Vinny abandoned the 3 (small) guard lineup to put Salmons in for Gordon, and the Bulls went on a 15-0 run (off several turnovers).
Then, of course Vinny 'rode the hot hand', which is just a retro-justification to say he wanted to play Hinrich and Miller a bunch and did so. The game got closer but the lead was never lost, and while I was doing my usual sad sack routine thinking of our coach, I figured at least they were playing the sorry quitting Knicks who'd mess up any chance to get back in. A couple key blocks from Tyrus helped.
Besides that stretch though, I really thought it was a fairly terrible game, especially defensively. They were over-helping (a lot of times perhaps justified due to all the tiny lineups) and leaving shooters open, and I though Thomas and Noah were way to easily pushed around by a Knicks frontcourt that isn't too bulky themselves. Does that mean Vinny should try Rose/Gordon/Hinrich/Salmons with Aaron Gray at the end of a half? (no, no it doesn't)
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