Bulls notes: Augustin continues to bounce back

Bulls notes: Augustin continues to bounce back
March 4, 2014, 3:45 pm
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After struggling through a stretch of four rough offensive showings, Bulls backup point guard D.J. Augustin has bounced back strong in his last two games. Augustin averaged 7.5 points per game on 7-for-47 shooting from the field in the team’s four games last week against Miami, Atlanta, Golden State and Dallas, but rebounded with a 23-point effort in Sunday’s home win over the Knicks and 16 points in Monday’s defeat at the hands of the Nets at the Barclays Center, shooting 11-for-19 in the two-game span.

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Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau kept his faith in the diminutive reserve floor general, whose midseason acquisition has greatly bolstered the team.

“He had a couple tough games, but I tend to look at more, ‘What has he done over the last 10?’ And then when you look at it that way, you see that he’s shooting not a good percentage, a great percentage from three,” the coach explained. “He’s a big shot-maker. In the fourth quarter, he’s going to make shots. So I told him the other day, ‘I don’t want you overthinking it. I just want you to open-shoot. Let it go,’ and his teammates believe in him, we all believe in him. When he shoots the ball, I think it’s going in.”

Gibson’s streak continues

While the Bulls’ run of four consecutive wins came to an end Monday night in Brooklyn, another streak continued.

Sixth man Taj Gibson notched his 12th double-figure scoring effort in a row against his hometown Nets. In fact, the fifth-year big man has reached double figures in 21 of his last 22 outings, demonstrating his offensive emergence in a career-best campaign.

The tale of the turnovers…

After setting a franchise-record low of three turnovers as a team against New York, the Bulls looked like a completely different team when it came to ball security Monday, as they committed 25 miscues on the evening.

Thibodeau probably won't want to admit, but that’s closer to normal than Sunday’s aberration. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 15.8 turnovers a contest, which is third-worst in the league, just ahead of Houston and Philadelphia.

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However, as the coach likes to point out, they are a relatively high-assist team, averaging 21.9 a night, good enough for 11th in the league.

Special event for Bulls fans approaching

The Bulls will have their first-ever Chicago Bulls Insider Session: Championship Edition on the evening of March 12. The special event, which is also presented by Gibson’s Restaurant Group, will be held at The Montgomery Club, located at 500 W. Superior St.

In attendance will be former players from the franchise’s championship era, including: Randy Brown, the organization’s current assistant general manager; Stacey King, the team’s television analyst; Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen; and radio analyst Bill Wennington.

The event will be hosted by WGN’s Dan Roan and the team will also bring the likes of mascot Benny the Bull and the Luvabulls. Guests will have an opportunity to take photos with the Bulls’ championship trophies and receive a gift signed by the aforementioned retired players, as well as enjoy a cocktail hour prior to the proceedings.

Interested parties should visit Bulls.com/insider or call (312) 455-4000. Proceeds from the event will benefit Chicago Bulls Charities.