Bulls at Magic 3/19/12 Game Preview: Rose Out

Bulls at Magic 3/19/12 Game Preview: Rose Out
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The headline pretty much says it all.

Now of course the Bulls are 2-1 over these last three games and 9-4 on the year without their MVP point guard, but this looks to be a tough battle in Orlando.

Dwight Howard is there for at the very least the rest of the season, and he just mentioned recently how he thinks the Magic can get up to the #2 spot in the East. Now this was right before a game vs Miami, so it wasn't necessarily a knock at the Bulls since they are currently #1, but it could be used that way by Coach Thibs.

With Luol Deng struggling, someone will have to give the Bulls 20 tonight. Hopefully that will be Carlos Boozer, who should be able to score all he wants against Ryan Andersen and Big Baby Davis. The good thing is that there are at least 5 guys (Watson, Lucas, Korver, Noah, and Brewer) outside of the Bulls' top 3 scorers who have given the Bulls 20 in a game this season.

Hopefully someone will pick up the slack tonight, if not the Magic won't even need to hit a lot of 3's to win this one. If they do hit a lot of 3's, they are awfully difficult to beat anyway.

I don't know where NBA Media Central is with their game notes, if I get them fairly soon I'll post them. I do have this one for you:

If Chicago defeats Orlando tonight, Tom Thibodeau breaks Phil Jackson's team mark for reaching the 100-win plateau the fastest. Jackson won his 100th game with the Bulls in his 142nd game on March 12, 1991. Jackson, Doug Collins, Dick Motta and Scott Skiles are the only coaches in franchise history to have won 100 or more games while with the Bulls. Avery Johnson holds the NBA record for reaching the 100-win plateau the fastest (131 games: Dec. 31, 2006).

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  • Fox Orlando says "Rose wasn't there and they didn't need him." , "Sorry, we have no highlights for the Magic, because there was none!" The bulls schooled em in fundamental b-ball. I they are forced to watch the teamwork Chicago displayed.~ from Orlando Pete

  • In reply to Pete:

    Thanks for that Pete, yeah everyone knows that if the Magic aren't hitting three's, they are too stupid to just dump the ball into the post to Howard.

  • Don - What a wonderful game by the Bulls. Everything the Magic did well in Chgo they did badly Monday night - as they so often do. Neil called it perfectly - when they don't shoot well they get frustrated.

    The Bulls play Toronto twice, Denver, Atlanta and Detroit. It wouldn't completely surprise me if DRose doesn't play until maybe the Detroit game. April is no walk in the park. Some good games against stiff competition.

  • MoneyBoy, I swear as I sat and watched that game I didn't know if the Bulls were being coached by Tom Thibodeau or Norman Dale. That was possibly the most impressive display of fundamental basketball I have ever seen at the NBA level.

    All three phases- offense, defense and rebounding, the Bulls just wanted it more and "played the right way".

    This team is playing so great right now, not even the Chicken Little's on Bulls Confidential can find anything to complain about.

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