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.
Ever since returning from a hamstring injury, E’Twaun Moore has had the opportunity of starting, and he has been effective so far.
He scored in double figures in three out of the team’s five games. In the other two, Moore came close, scoring eight points in each one. Overall, Moore averaged 13.4 points 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 32.8 minutes. He shot 49.1 percent from the field and 55.6 percent on 3-pointers and proved he could fare well enough to be in the starting lineup.
Jan. 31: 120-93 loss at Los Angeles Clippers
In his second game back from his hamstring injury, Moore was one of four Bulls to score in double figures in the loss to the Clippers. He shot an efficient 4-of-7 from the field, 1-for-2 on threes. His five assists, however, tied b>Pau Gasol‘s team-high five assists.
Feb. 1: 105-96 loss at Utah Jazz (OT)
Moore’s eight points came off a not-so-efficient 4-for-12 shooting and missed all three of his 3-point attempts. Despite that, his two blocks made it so he was one of four Bulls to post a block in the game.
Feb. 3: 107-102 win at Sacramento Kings
Moore started in place of Jimmy Butler, who was out with left knee tendinitis, and he performed admirably in the win, scoring a career-high 24 points. He shot 9-of-16 from the field and a near-perfect 4-for-5 on 3-pointers. His four made 3-pointers were also a game-high.
He also added five rebounds, four assists and two steals in his 38 minutes.
Feb. 5: 115-110 loss at Denver Nuggets
With eight points, three assists and a block in 31 minutes, Moore had a nice game, but it was nothing special. He did, however, make both of his 3-pointers to contribute to his 3-of-7 shooting, but he also committed two turnovers and four fouls.
Feb. 6: 112-105 loss at Minnesota Timberwolves
This was easily Moore’s second-best performance of last week: a near double-double of 17 points and seven rebounds. He was one of four Bulls to score in double figures and the team’s third-leading scorer, coming just behind Derrick Rose‘s 18 points. In fact, Moore’s 38 minutes outdid Rose’s 33 minutes for the night.
Bobby Portis played consistent minutes throughout last week’s stretch of games, averaging about 23 minutes per game. In that average time, Portis put up 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds while shooting 48.9 percent from the field.
With his 15 points in the Bulls’ loss to the Timberwolves, Portis scored in double figures for the first time since losing to the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 20.
Portis was also the bench’s leading scorer against the Clippers, Jazz and Timberwolves.
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