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.
The Bulls had a light week coming out of All-Star break: They played just two games in a back-to-back. It wasn’t pretty at first, seeing as they started with a loss, but they recovered by ending the week with a win. The same could be said for how Doug McDermott‘s performance was last week.
Feb. 18: 106-95 loss at Cleveland Cavaliers
McDermott played poorly, going 1-for-6 from the field and 1-of-5 on 3-pointers. His three points were accompanied by a rebound, steal and a block. The bench, as a whole, hadn’t played poorly either like they have in previous games, so McDermott’s poor play stuck out even more. Plus, he was one of three bench players who played significant minutes with 24.
Clearly, this wasn’t what earned McDermott this “Player of the Week” honor, but he recovered well from such a low performance.
Feb. 19: 116-106 win versus Toronto Raptors
In just one night, McDermott turned his game around and flourished.
Head coach Fred Hoiberg spoke to McDermott prior to the win to let McDermott know he has confidence in him, and it certainly seemed to work.
McDermott’s 30 points not only were a new career high, but it also completely bested out his previous high of 18 points, making it the first 30-point game of his career. The new career high also beat out Derrick Rose‘s 26 points and all other scorers in the game.
Bobby Portis had a very solid week coming out of All-Star break.
He opened the last leg of the season with a double-double and had a near double-double the following game as well. His 13 points in Thursday’s loss to the led the Bulls’ bench and made him the team’s third-leading scorer for the night. His 10 rebounds were also a team-high.
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