The Chicago Bulls, understandably, have had a rough go of things since Derrick Rose went down with another knee injury a while back.
They’ve dealt with injuries to other players, as well as not having a serviceable point guard to replace Rose. Mike James and Marquis Teague, who were the backups, simply weren’t cutting it.
Teague has since been sent down to the D-League, while James was recently cut, leaving the team with no true point guard.
With James cut, the team brought in D.J. Augustin to run the point for the foreseeable future. Augustin has struggled in his time in the pros, but he is at least a true point guard, something the team was lacking.
Last night, the Bulls traveled to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies, in what would be Augustin’s ninth game with the club. He played fairly well off the bench, scoring 10 points and handing out 9 assists. One of those assists was even good enough to grab the spot on Pass of the Night.
Early in the 2nd quarter, Jon Leuer picked up a loose ball after Ed Davis had rejected a shot. Looking to give the ball up to his point guard, Jerryd Bayless, Leuer threw a pass up ahead, but wasn’t aware of Augustin lurking near by.
Augustin picked off the pass and then put on a show. Driving to his right, he faked a behind-the-back pass, getting him past Leuer. In the end, however, he did throw a behind-the-back pass to Taj Gibson, who slammed it home for two.
This is the last day of December, and as such, is the last day of Pass of the Night. Thank you for your support of the series. The feature is not gone forever, but is simply taking a break.