Trans. Dec 16 9:36 ET (Dec 16 9:36 ET ) On a disappointing Monday night for the Bulls, point guard D.J. Augustin was a bright spot. The teams newest acquisition scored 11 points and dished out seven assists in the Bulls 83-82 loss to the Magic at the United Center. Beyond his solid numbers, the sixth-year veterans playmaking ability, talent for operating in pick-and-roll scenarios and overall quickness stood out as aspects of his game that can help the Bulls. While its only his third game in a Bulls uniform and he doesnt have a full command of the teams offense, Augustin has made a quick adjustment, which prompted Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau to play him 28 minutes in the defeat it would have been more had he not got into foul trouble not to mention starting the third quarter and finishing the contest.
CHICAGO -- Guard Arron Afflalo scored 23 points, and the Orlando Magic survived a late-game dry spell to pull out an 83-82 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday at the United Center. After trailing by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter, the Bulls had a chance to tie the score, but forward Luol Deng missed a cutting layup attempt with 1.7 seconds remaining. Orlando forward Glen Davis subsequently hit two free throws to put the Magic ahead 83-79, and Chicago forward Mike Dunleavy swished a meaningless half-court shot at the buzzer. Deng led the Bulls with 26 points, while Dunleavy and guard D.J. Augustin added 14 points each.
The Bulls waived point guard Mike James today. James has been injured, so the Bulls have been using Marquise Teague and recently signed D.J. Augustin as backup point guards. James’ role, one he no longer filled particular well anymore, had been usurped. This brings the Bulls down to 13 players, the league minimum. So, maybe…
Kirk Hinrich, who missed Saturdays loss to the Raptors with a back ailment, is a game-time decision for Monday nights home game against the Magic, according to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. Hes feeling a little better, but he didnt do anything this morning, so well see where he is tonight, the coach said after the Bulls morning shootaround at the United Center. Thibodeau wouldnt reveal who would start in Hinrichs place if the veteran floor general cant play, but the likely suspects are second-year point guard Marquis Teague and recent acquisition D.J. Augustin, who split the minutes at the position against Toronto.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau went with somewhat of a platoon system at point guard Saturday night to compensate for the absence of veteran floor general Kirk Hinrich, who missed the 99-77 loss to the Raptors at the United Center. Second-year point guard Marquis Teague got the start, playing the entire first and third quarters, and going for seven points, three assists, two steals and oddly enough, three blocked shots in 28 minutes of play. Newcomer D.J. Augustin made his Chicago debutthe sixth-year veteran played in his first Bulls game in the teams win Friday at Milwaukeeplayed all of the second quarter and started the fourth, going for five points and six assists in almost 20 minutes of action.