Each week, one Bulls player will be selected as The Bulls Charge’s “Player of the Week.” The selections will be based off the player’s performance during the previous week. Readers’ views and suggestions are taken into consideration when choosing the player, but the editor ultimately makes the decision.
Last week was a rather light one for the Bulls with just two games on their schedule. The Bulls went 1-1 for the week, and, as usual, a select few players were consistent: Pau Gasol being one of them.
Gasol posted double-doubles in both games last week, shooting at least 50 percent from the field as well. So, although he was snubbed of a reserve spot on the East’s All-Star team, he still performed like an All-Star.
Jan. 25: 89-84 loss versus Miami Heat
Gasol was the team’s leading scorer with 19 points in 37 minutes — he was bested by Dwyane Wade‘s 28 points — but he absolutely dominated all players on the glass.
He nearly matched his points total with 17 rebounds: four offensive rebounds and 13 defensive rebounds. Other than Gasol’s fellow Spain National Team member Nikola Mirotic, Gasol was one of the only Bulls to really play well that night.
Jimmy Butler struggled that night, going 5-for-15 from the field and was dominated by Wade. Derrick Rose only played 13 minutes in the first half and never returned due to issues concerning his lower back and right hamstring.
Jan. 28: 114-91 win at Los Angeles Lakers
Gasol returned to his former home of Los Angeles and had a near triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
To put it simply, his performance was huge in assisting the Bulls to a blowout victory over the Lakers. Of course, this was a game the Bulls should have won, a game in which Gasol should have easily dominated, but the Bulls’ inconsistency made each of those questionable. Both of those things happened, though, so it was nice to see such domination.
Jimmy Butler didn’t do so great scoring-wise to start the week: He had just 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting against the Heat, but he managed to contribute in other areas. Butler also grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists for a nice all-around stat line; it just wasn’t that great for a player like him. But it was still good.
However, Butler bounced back from that performance by dominating his competition against the Lakers. Butler had game-highs in points (26), assists (10) and steals (4), and he also missed just six shots, shooting 11-for-17 from the field.
Butler was also named an All-Star reserve for a second time Thursday night, prior to the Bulls-Lakers game.
Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.