Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
Chicago battered a Timberwolves team that was missing its two starting big men on Friday night.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are adjusting to life without Kevin Love, and the Chicago Bulls did not make it easy on them on Friday night. Chicago put the clamps on Minnesota's offense en route to a 92-81 victory in their third-to-last preseason game of the year.
The Bulls were led by Carlos Boozer, who dominated a Minnesota frontline that was missing both Love and starting center Nikola Pekovic. In 31 minutes, Boozer put up 24 points and nine rebounds while also picking up four assists and four steals. Joakim Noah also worked the glass on Friday night, snatching 12 rebounds in 20 minutes, though he did go 0-6 from the field on his way to totalling just two points.
Tom Thibodeau may also have showed that he's tightening his rotation in anticipation of the regular season -- backup shooting guard Jimmy Butler played only 11 minutes in the game and rookie point guard Marquis Teague saw only 2:37 minutes of playing time.
Chicago will be back on the court on Tuesday night when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder at the United Center.