Chicago Bulls vs New Jersey Nets, 7:00 PM CSN-Chicago

The New Jersey Nets have an all-star point guard, a future all-star center, a defensive minded cast of role players and a lot of athleticism. But they also have just one win.

In one of the rarest occurances in NBA history, the talented Nets lost a league-record 18 straight games to start the season. They currently sit at 1-19, but are catching the Bulls in just the right time. Chicago started off the year 6-4, but is now 7-11. Bulls center Joakim Noah got thrown out of Saturdays game against the Raptors, a game the Bulls lost by 32 points.

The Bulls have been playing short-handed, with both Tyrus Thomas and Kirk Hinrich sidelined with injuries. Thomas with his arm, and Hinrich with his thumb. In their place, the Bulls have used Taj Gibson, Jannero Pargo and Lindsey Hunter. Rookie James Johnson is slowly cracking the rotation, and is looking to contribute as soon as possible.

Derrick Rose, often compared to Nets point guard Devin Harris, is struggling in all aspects of the game these days. The 6'3 athletic point guard averages just 2.2 rebounds over his last five games, and is down in points, assists and shooting percentage as well. The second year guard is even up in turnovers - the stat he himself focussed on the most. Tonight Rose will match up against another athletic wing in Harris, and try to get his game back on track.

Luol Deng, ironically the Bulls' iron man for the season, will perhaps be the best card Chicago has to play for tonight. Deng has the ability comfortably outplay New Jersey's forward rotation on both ends, and will look to assert himself early.

Guard/forward John Salmons is slowly finding his game after a poor start to the year. Salmons is closing in on 40% shooting from the field, after being all the way down in the low 30's earlier in the season. Salmons has shot the ball at a 48.4% clip over his last five outings, including a 39.5% clip from behind the arc over his last ten.

Defensively, the Bulls will look to stop center Brook Lopez. The second year man is averaging 18.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and an impressive 82.4% at the free throw line. Lopez is a prime candidate to back up Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard at the All-Star game in Dallas in february, assuming New Jersey improves their record.

Lindsey Hunter, the oldest player in the NBA, holds a -2.9 PER and 11.6 minutes a game on the season. Hunter has connected on 15.4% of his shots, including 8.3% from behind the arc.    

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  • Nice job Doug! I think I just heard you on the score!

  • lol doug you think this wont be vinnys last game if we lose?
    i could just imagine we would have been the first team..lol

  • we should be looking at tonights matchup of how badly noah might get played..cuz only big al and brook own him badly..i love brooks future and i rather would trade for him then any center or pf in the league because i mean this kid is really a kid..hes 21..and hes a legit 7 foot center w.offensive and defensive skills..we honestly need a legit young 7 footer with size, offense, rebound and defense..ex bynum,lopez, or maybe this years draft..

  • wow! doug look i love you because your blogs are fun and great to read...but seriously..deng only plays really hard against bad matchups or like the utah game..shows up and puts up numbers when were out of it..i honestly think that there trying to build up his stock by letting him play so much when were down by a ton..

  • i know morten wrote this...no offense but i wanna hear dougys take..

  • Let see if Derrick Rose and Luol Deng SHOW UP tonight. Oh yeah, somebody needs to go to the store and get VDN a cold pack for that HOT SEAT. Thanks.

  • Wow....what a great game so far. This is supposed to be entertainment, right?

  • I really enjoyed the 21-4 run the Bulls gave up to the Nets at the end of the 1st quarter into the 2nd quarter. It's quite inspiring.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Agreed. I think someone slipped Rose a zoloft. And Deng just flat out sucks....

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    ...and of course he had to hit a shot just when I posted that.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I hate you, John Salmons.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    IM SURE JOHN SALMONS GIVES A SHIT THAT YOU HATE HIM , YOU MORON

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    The only thing I give a shit about right now is that some colossal asswipe who doesn't know how to correctly press the caps lock key called me a moron. Keyboarding 101, douche-bag.....

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    I CANT HELP THAT YOUR MAD, AS YOU IS WHAT YOU IS A MORON!!!!!!!!!! WERE ALL THE COMMAS CORRECT 4 YOUR MORONIC PLEASURE??

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    I like what I'm seeing out of Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, so far. They have to keep it up. They need to take the LEAD and be the HEART of this team.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    They just can't disappear for long stretches in the second half, or we're done for.....to the NETS, for ****'s sake....

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    This just in phillies80s mom is getting double teamed by Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels and Phillies guy wish it was him and not the skank.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    SILLY, THATS YOUR MOTHER, MAYBE ITS NOT YOUR FAULT AS YOU PROBABLY DONT KNOW YOUR REAL MOTHER OR FATHER, THATS GHETTO CHI-TOWN 4 YA!!!!!!

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    Nah....he just likes to dry hump the corpse that is Allen Iverson's career. I have a Master's degree, boy....what do you have besides a broken keyboard and a crystal meth habit?

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    I don't see how Vinny Del Negro holds onto his job at this point, even with the injuries. They got BLOWN-OUT at home by a sub .500 team and followed up that DREADFUL EFFORT by losing to a 1 win team.

    Vinny Del Negro should be FIRED tomorrow morning.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    If we lose i will be so depressed, we need to contain them to jumpers only and not getting to the basket.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    MAYBE YOU SHOULD START TAKING FLOUXINE FOR DEPRESSION

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    if i had them i would slip them in your moms cup

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    James Johnson looks horrid.

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    Bulls getting booed, James Johnson is hot garbage.

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    and bulls fans bash Taj Gibson, I want to see what you guys have to say about overweight James.

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    what happen?

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    VHEER UP BULLS FANS THERE STILL TIME TO JUMP ON THE 76ERS /IVERSON BANDAWAGON,BUY YA BETTER HURRY SPOTS ARE FILLING FAST!!!!!!

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    Dry humping the corpse that is Iverson's carreer....again? You gots stamina, boy.

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    Jannero just killed our run.

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    its funny they still list Lindsey hunter at 175 pds.

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    DALEMBERT WILL BE A BULL BEFORE JAN 1

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    yea right. Stop posting here, no one wants to listen to your crap.

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    NETS 80 BULLS 70 4TH QUARTER HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA LOL

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    Rose and Deng need to show their HEART and LEAD this team to victory in the 4th Quarter. They are the two most talented players on this team. It's time they start showing it.

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    I CAN SEE A NOAH FOR DALEMBERT TRADE STRAIGHT-UP

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

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  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

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  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    thank you doug. Sorry i had to go that rout but I am fustrated with the game and it got to me. My apologies to you, chicago now, and bulls fans.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    thanks for cutting that out newskool. we don't like browsing and skimming through that kind of nonsense. that's why i've strayed away from blogabull some.

    stick to game talk, or player talk.

  • In reply to djphillie:

    No problem however come on did you see what phillies guy was writing?

  • In reply to djphillie:

    i worked tonight, so i missed the game. but i watched the game report video clip on nba.com of some of the highlights.

    first off, incredible play from Rose, Deng, and Gibson (should we trade Tyrus for new talent to spark an improvement??)

    then im looking at the boxscore, and keeping in mind that we lost a close conclusion to the game, am thinking that if Pargo or Johnson had contributed ANYTHING offensively then we would have won this one. they were a combined 1-13 in field goals in like 27 minutes of play.

    oh man! we are struggling...
    *face palm*

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    We make runs and than give it right back. Taj with the miss.

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    Oh come on Taj dont hurt em with the dunk lol.

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    Rose thats the move i like, keep being aggressive and lead us.

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    Big 3 by harris.

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    Nice Taj, jump ball.

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    This nets team lost 18 in a row?

  • In reply to rodneyrhea1:

    Doug tell me Vinny will get fired after the game if we lose, please offer us bulls fans some hope.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    what happened to our deffense?

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    wow embarassing truly. No offense and shitty defense.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    IS IT NOT INCREDIBLE THE CUBS HAVE NOT WON A WS SINCE 1908, 1908, 1908,1908,1908,1908,1908,1908 WTF!! THAT IS SO EMBARESSING!!!!!!

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    1908 HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH LOL!!!

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    THE CUBS SHOULD CONTRACT 4 THE GOOD OF MLB 1908???????

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    I can't see how you all can watch Bulls. If they lose tonight, to Nets, put them in the top 5 of the lotto. Xavier Henry for Bulls in 2010!!!!!!!

  • NETS 36 BULLS 23 LOL HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA

  • He be playing even better if they would play pick n roll every play

  • another Turnover.

  • wow I knew we would take a step back with BG gone but i could never have expected this.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Main problem is what don't do what we do best anymore. Run

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Let them play I guess

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Bulls defense baby, it came back for one possession. Lets goooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Oh God VDN drawing up play. Probably another iso for Deng

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Rose is playing a mans game tonight. Great play out of the timeout.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    That's what a franchise players does

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Harris with the same exact move Rose had (well kinda).

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Vinny why would you switch Salmons and Rose

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    attack the basket

    ATTACK

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    RUN! BE AGRESSIVE! REBOUND! DEFEND!

    vinny, the newest Luv-a-Bull.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Good look but just not our night.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    FU Salmons. Your biggest idiot in the world

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    dough you were right about the time outs.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Smart foul by the Nets :(

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Noah had a shot, oh well.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Hey Vinny,

    That HOT SEAT just got a bit HOTTER. He needs to go.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Only way to fix this is to fire Vinny. You only need couple of quick adjustments, but he doesn't know what the hell he is doing

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    I think the Bulls are headed back to the LOTTERY. It's just about time to FIRED the head coach and start unloading some of this MEDIOCRE talent.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    i dont trust our drafting judgement.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    They drafter rather well. It's not like they majorly pulled a brain fart or anything

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    I need some fucking therapy

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    I'm sorry to say, but it's rebuilding time.

    Losers of 8 of 9, including 6 BLOW-OUTS and a loss to a 1-win team at home spells doom for Vinny Del Negro. It's time for John Paxson to take over the role of Head Coach.

    This team is below MEDIOCRE. They don't have much HEART, LEADERSHIP, COACHING or SKILL. John Paxson put this team together, so he needs to deal with it firsthand. Let him be the coach, so he can evaluate the talent or lack their off and be held accountable for it's down-ward slide.

    Personally, I think it's time to dump most of the MEDIOCRE TALENT on this team and focus on the DRAFT LOTTERY. Realistically, the Bulls have NO CHANCE at landing Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Amar'e Stoudemire. Maybe, they can get lucky again and get their hands on Evan Turner or Cole Aldrich to name a few.

    CHANGE IS COMING. It's time to REBUILD.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    as the season has progressed thus far, i have lost more and more hope in the 2010 free agency chase. we are looking like an undesirable destination.

    and if only i had a nickel for every time you mentioned, in capital letters, "HEART; LEADERSHIP" ...I mean really, KA CHING!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    the only positive from this game (for those who attended) was the free Big Macs. haha

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Derrick has been downgraded quite a bit this year from the franchise player who matched Wilt's 36 in his first playoff game and consensus rookie of the year to "trade him."

    A fair amount of skepticism has been legit especially at times for whatever you want to call it being in a funk, lack of aggression what have you. However, we do have a six or seven game span of coming out of his funk and overcoming his injury i.e playing much better. And now we have this albeit against the lowly Nets. Still, I have a hard time believing with talent around him and a decent to good coach Rose is not going to be/is a good player in this league for years to come. Just maybe more Robin then Batman as Doug stated.

    Meanwhile Vinny couldn't even get control over a final play to get Derrick the ball. He also ran that tired, monotonous high pick and roll all night long. Clearly Meyers and Oceipka while understanding solid defensive fundamentals aren't dynamic in game problem solvers/defensive assistant coaches such as a Thibedau for Boston(though the Bulls made him look pretty mortal without Garnett in the playoffs). And Vinny offensively and vocally leading the team during a game is an abyss of nothingness. I'm thinking he might be having a very Scott Skiles Christmas. Too bad no good coach out there will walk into a mid season accident to sweep up someone elses droppings/mess. And too bad Jerry won't pay for a good coach anyway. That's how we ended up with Vinny for christs sake.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    dougy the problem with derrick rose is that he's way to nonchalant and to laid back..he needs to play with intensity and run hard every play...because thats what truely is goina make him better..he throws soft passes..loses his head on dribbling..always moves sluggish or like if hes handicap and thats been like that since day one(memphis)..i think if he played with intensity he would be aggressive,cutdown on turnovers,takeadvantage and see that if his team if playing slow and he's playing hard..it will rub off on them...get mad and not just say wheres the foul at ref? but say are you f**king kidding mee..or yell like devin harris..because rose will get calls..he just needs to go and get them...those are rose's biggest problems and they were once again on display tonight...intensity,and Being extremly vocal not on both ends but also in the locker and set the tone...

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Can't really argue with any of that. Though having no mentor/a good coach doesn't help. Neither does no all-star talent to play with. But still your points are pretty much correct. But in last year's playoffs I think he does deserve some credit for being a legit competitor.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Below mediocre, cmon man be real. the injuries the schedule. they flat out suck now, they are absolutely terrible.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    you want to know my comment.. d-rose cant leave with the hype period! he want to be the best in his position.. lead this team and be the man.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    this poor judgement of the owner.. of letting go of BG.. letting go of del harris.. were not going anywere.. BG loves chicago.. i think we have a shot of getting another top five draft picks.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    hinrich,nocioni,gordon,deng, ilove this core, adding drose in the mix, were more dangerous team.. but i'm not the owner.. i think we will be the next ala clippers now..

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    chicago bulls fans.. dont despair.. even though were gona win.. 10 games or 20 games every year.. the team still apunching bag.. just like the owner.. he never cares, wat the fans filings

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    IN ALL HONESTY.. i thing we need avery jhonson.. a defensive coach.. a black dude who can push d-rose.. and if we hired avery keep kirk.. and plz we need badly a post present..

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    if we continue on vinny.. just change the whole team.. and keep.. d-rose and noah..

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    I have no reason to support the coach or trust him going forward, but I'm not sure firing the coach solves many of our problems. It won't put Kirk or Tyrus back on the court, bring Gordon back or make the end of our bench more productive. Admittedly, though, this is one loss where fingers certainly can be pointed at the coach.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    So when's Vinny getting fired?

  • In reply to Scoot26:

    Christmas Eve has a familar ring to it.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Personally, I think Jerry Reinsdorf needs to take a page out of the New Jersey Nets playbook. They FIRED the head coach and put the GM in charge. Vinny Del Negro needs to be FIRED and John Paxson should be forced to take over for him. Afterall, he's just as accountable for putting together this MEDIOCRE team.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Except John Paxson isnt the GM anymore. Gar Forman is.

  • In reply to Scoot26:

    Maybe not, but he put the team together, so you get my point.

  • In reply to Scoot26:

    John Paxson needs to be the new head coach for two reasons. One, he can better evaluate the talent on this team up close and personal. Two, he will be held accountable for assembling this team. That's exactly what is going on in New Jersey with Kiki Vandeweigh.

  • i forgot it had to be 100+ points AND the win....
    ..looks like the inventory of Big Macs will stay high this season in the chicago area. lol

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