During the close season many Bulls fans felt it was a wrong decision for the franchise to extend Chapu NOCIONI’s contract for another 5 years.
But tonight perhaps they would want to regret that after NOCIONI posted his team game high performance against the Pistons.
In the second half, Bulls coach Scott SKILES went for NOCIONI and he never looked back.
He was 1-for-5 at halftime, but we kept going to him,'' SKILES said. "Nothing seems to faze him, and he's been valuable thus far this year.''
The move worked. NOCIONI had 17 of his team-high 22 points in the last two quarters.
"We have a definite problem guarding him,'' Pistons coach Flip SAUNDERS said.” We tried to stay big, but we couldn't do anything with him.''
NOCIONI, though, ended the one-man surge with a three-point play, and Chicago held on for its fourth win in five games after a 2-10 start.
"Right now, we are more aggressive and we are playing much better than we had been,'' NOCIONI said.”We're heading in the right direction.''
He also finished of the night with 3 rebounds, 5 assists & 1 steal.
Boston Celtics 112 Toronto Raptors 84
The Raptors should have known what to expect when they were playing against the PGA (PIERCE-GARNETT-ALLEN) trio from Boston without your big names. And they were ripped apart.
Carlos DELFINO only managed to post 9 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists & 1 block shot.
New Jersey Nets 89 Houston Rockets 96
Despite the little contribution, Luis SCOLA had the better of Chuck HAYES again as he posted 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist & 1 block shot.
San Antonio Spurs 104 Utah Jazz 98
The repeat of last season’s Western Conference Final. Only this time did the Jazz thought they were going for revenge against Spurs without Tim DUNCAN.
Manu GINOBILI was there to make sure that none of that will happen as for the second night in a row, he posted 37 points, to equal his season high performance that he had against the Dallas Mavericks just a couple of nights ago.
This time Gregg POPOVITCH decided to start him from the bench but anyhow the outcome of the game remains the same.
In the end he also capped of the night with 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steal & 1 block shot. Again he was our man of the night.
Fabricio OBERTO was also on the bench, the first in quite a lengthy of time I believe but did not disappoint either.
His defensive work ethics was another major factor in tonight’s game as he posted 4 points, game high 11 rebounds, 3 assists & 2 steals.