Chicago Bulls vs Sacramento Kings, 7:00 PM CSN-Chicago

Forward Andres Nocioni returns tonight to the place he called home for five and a half seasons; the United Center in Chicago. The former energetic Bull was traded in february to Sacramento in the deal that brought Brad Miller and John Salmons to Chicago.

Also visiting the United Center is Rookie Of the Year candidate Tyreke Evans. The all-around guard has, despite his young age, a deep knowledge of how to set people up, and how to score points. He's averaging 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists on the season far, something only Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan have accomplished.
  The Bulls are coming off two straight victories, the last one against Atlanta, who saw a career-high 32 points from second year point guard Derrick Rose. The Bulls forced out the win, despite a huge 40-point effort from Hawks star Joe Johnson.

Luol Deng on the year is hitting up the stat-sheet for 18 points and eight rebounds a contest, and has reached the point where he feels comfortable shooting a three-pointer every game. Deng has looked visibally aggresive on the court, and has begun driving to the hole a lot more than earlier seasons.

Kirk Hinrich has stringed together two decent games, and the Bulls hope he keeps it up as they need shooting from the outside, as well as steady guard play off the bench. With the starting John Salmons going through one of his worst seasons percentage-wise, the Bulls are looking for players to step up and score the ball more.

Rookie forward James Johnson has not seen a lot of minutes lately, which is suprising given Vinny Del Negro's comments about giving the 6'9 rookie more minutes with Tyrus Thomas being out.

Instead, Del Negro has played Brad Miller and Taj Gibson extended minutes, Gibson has done well over the past seven games, but Miller has been having trouble finding his place in the offense.

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  • this should be a intersting matchup since rose and evans were last seen on the youtube footage going against eachother..evans went to memphis to replace rose..biggest thing about evans is he's big and good a getting to the paint while having a whole team that can shoot and space the floor while he works...i still see us winning by 8 or around there...if we lose though and it happens to be by 13+ then i could see everyone wanting vinny out...noah should rebound 20 against hawes and thompson(jumpshooters) we"ll see...

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    Please don't sleep on the Kings! One, Paul Westphal is a good coach with a .620 lifetime winning percentage. Two, even with their best player injured, Kevin Martin, they've got 6 players scoring in double digits (yes, six not including Kevin Martin). They're a young team, like us, finding their way. I wouldn't chalk this one in the win column until the final buzzer.

  • In reply to jamatokwu:

    wow nice call dude!

  • Ya, but they were without Nocini and their second best player, Thompson played like absolute crap. Noah has to play like beast for them to win the game

  • I hope the Bulls do not sleep on them. Besides the obvious of Tyreke Evans and Martin who hasn't been healthy, the Kings have legit players in Thompson, Cassapi, and Hawes. Also can't forget Donte Green who is a 6'11 kid who can play outside and cause matchup problems all night.

  • In reply to Sami:

    When did the Bulls get to the point they are sleeping on teams? (with a better record to boot). The Bulls talent level is on par (not better as DT states) with the Kings right now. This is a toss up. Hopefully home court makes the difference.

  • In reply to Sami:

    NO LET-DOWNS...that's all I have to say.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    ....and in CAPITALS to boot!:)

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I saw Evans play last week. I knew he was good but my jaw dropped when I saw him attacking the rim. Think of a much bigger Derrick Rose who is not afraid to be in attack mode all the time. I would take Evans straight up for Rose right now and I really like Rose.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Is it just me or are we blowing the kings out?!?

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    why is it a shocker? they are a young team who is just waiting to go home. Man does Nocioni still suck or what. He is still jacking up those threes with no regard.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Noah the and 1 baby.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Its a murder out there.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    God i want Brad Miller delt.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Nice move by Kirk to start the 4th.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    We're blowing out a team and VDN is still using that 7 man rotation, and james johnson still hasn't played yet....

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    I dont want to see mini Jerome James in the game anyway.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Somebody please explain to me how the Bulls let a 35 point 3rd quarter lead shrink to 12 with 4:43 left in the 4th quarter.

    WTF?

    James Johnson needs to learn how to play basketball, so he can give Deng some rest. DROSE needs to learn how to COMMAND THE BALL and STAY AGGRESSIVE for 48 minutes. VDN needs to learn how to MOTIVATE his players to COMPETE hard for a full game.

    This is BS. They should have blown this team out by 40 points. Good luck on the back-to-back tomorrow.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    what a meltdown

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    I swear to God, if the Bulls lose this game, VDN needs to be FIRED tomorrow morning!!!

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    yea its Vinnys fault, jesus Mr.happy

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Worst.....coach.....ever....

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    tie game.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Call it a season folks it we lose.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    bye bye lead. 35 pt lead gone lmao. I hate this roster.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    I want to punch Evans in his gap teeth. Its time for Kirk and Brad Miller to die.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    wow what a shit fucking team.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    What a piece of shit game.....Del Sucko, Captain Klank, and Dung need to go.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    wow Deng didnt even reach for that rebound. No heart on this team.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    and thats the game folks.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    get rid of all them

    ALL OF THEM.

    laughing stock of the league

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    I hope Bender goes for 30 while he is on his comeback trail on this shit team of ours.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Doug,

    This was an EPIC COLLAPSE. A 35 point deficit is the largest deficit ever overcome by a road team in NBA History.

    VDN just lost his job!!!

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Thats great Mrhappy lmao. Fire vinny, paxson, and gar.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Yeah i definitely don't think we will see VDN anymore after tomorrow......

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Tyreke Evans just sealed the Rookie of the Year award.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Wow. I'm trying not to be dramatic. But wow. Worst Bulls game ever.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Ev.Er.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    After reading this blog for months, the rage I went into after this game motivated me to go through the trouble of creating an account all so I could say...there's nothing to say....if it wasn't so cold I'd wander the street in a confused daze.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Boy those Memphis guards cant shoot a lick lol.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    sloppy sloppy sloppy.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    sick 1st quarter. Deng was 7 for 8 in the quarter and Noah was so aggressive with the left hand. Derrick had a monster dunk off the give and go from Brad Miller. Everything was great in the 1st half expext that Beno Udrih came in and lit it up for the kings.

  • yea right...... he should be on the block as well. everyone on this team should be availble.

  • Brad Miller looks like an 80 yr old PJ Brown with a broken leg.

  • We might as well forget next summer too....

  • Derrick Rose is as SOFT as a PILLOW. That kid has absolutley NO HEART whatsoever. He's not even close to being a LEADER. Not even close!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    i agree and his haters will just tell you he's the leading scorer. He's a flake ass bitch and I don't want him on the Bulls.

  • In reply to souleater7:

    oh I thought you wrote Deng! No Derrick is ok but he's picking up some bad traits.

  • In reply to souleater7:

    i just want to congrats mr.john paxson and gar forman for assembeling such a tremendous staff and bringing all these great players and still manage to stay right under the tax with the most overpaid players ever...such as mr kirk 9.5 mil a year hinrich(biggest joke of all of them) he avgs 9 points off the bench and gets paid ONLY 9.5 million a year? come on jerry!.lets give him more money please...he can help us move grandmas across the street for us..and how about mr i loul will only be good for 2 and a half quarters only deng..i wont bother with his contract..hey its only because he's a good guy right jerry..how about my grandpa..brad miller who i always ask why is he here with that ridiclous contract..he runs like my grandfather when he's chained up..and my grandfathers not even chained up..lmao..and ooh boy dont let me get to john salmons...hey what about our lovely coach who should be enjoying the lifestyle of running our players to the ground and using a scheme thats totally revealing our weaknesses...i really cant say enough about this guy....derrick is the only player who suited up for us tonight...del negro is officially the worst coach in the nba right now as always was..what did they expect..the guy never even was even a main guy in the front office in phoenix..where did we get this guy from?..did kerr do it to us?..but right back to our mr garpax...you had a shot at boozer didnt take it...couldve landed amare last season..didnt want to..couldve gave more and gotten bosh..and we say nah we dont want to be elite.. lets be broke! lets be poor! we want deng we want hinrich we trust salmons and vinny is a really good coach,miller is super expolsive on the perimiter..were going to have vinny run high pick and rolls 99% of the time and act like people wont know....we say hey overpaid is coming back off of another injury he can take gordons scoring...while gordon and deng score differently and gordon doesnt become vanish like loul..thanks david blain...we select james johnson...next paul pierce? no hes just another eddy curry...pick taj over blair another are you taking your job serious moment..and what about our 2010 project? what we think bosh and wade arent looking around the league..we have the worst presentable team besides derrick and joakim and yet we feel proud..thanks paxson your shooting is sure helping us knock down this franchise...and jerry please...you spend more money on talented baseball players and overpay sweethearts for basketball....

  • In reply to souleater7:

    How many times has Vinny benched Derrick in the fourth quarter, and the other team gains momentum and ends up winning? That huge lead had already shrunk, and it was clear any teams top guy/scorer Kobe, whoever would be brought back in. But Vinny waited. And waited, playing Kirk and John Salmons(does anyone run out on a fast break with three guys running beside them, and not think to dish the ball - the black hole to end all black holes).

    The first half the Bulls were running a weave with guys slipping through Sacramento's piled up players, using them as screens. The Kings being the sub .500 team that they are fell for it for a whole half. It was like the Globetrotters against the Generals. I knew in the second half the Kings would make an adjustment. And they did.

    Meanwhile Vinny had no anticipation of the adjustments or ability to delve into a different set of plays to take advantage or react. He is a helpless lump who just presided over the biggest out coaching, gag job idiocy ever by an NBA coach. It reminded me of how General Custer must have gasped wide eyed outfoxed by those bushwhacking Indians(NA's)

    That said, Derrick still should have been able to recover, and right the ship better then he did even though Vinny sabotaged him. And Deng, god is there any fourth quarter ghost more transparent then Luol was tonight. And I loved Kirk's vaunted defense on Tyreke Evans when he really decided to rock and roll to the basket. He got smoked just like he did against Billups at the end of the Denver fiasco. I swear I've never seen a guy, what is he 27 or 28 now(?), making the most immature expressions and bitching to referees on obvious fouls. He is a clown. Fire Vinny the sandbagger, and let Derrick learn to produce/play for all four quarters with a real coach. As for Deng I'm afraid there's no hope.

  • In reply to SamS:

    this is it..vinny AND gar,and paxson have to go..think about paxson's whole background...besides that one year where we beat a falling miami team and act like were on top of the world when they beat themselves..he's a failure..byron scott needs to be in contact with..hes only coach 3 point guards in his career and 2 are making the hall of fame(kidd & paul) and one is potiential multiple all star anytime(davis)..he's had success..we need a great point guard coach whos proven and forces responsibility on his guard to score,pass,and control tempo at a high rate..we need the rockets front office who knows how to win with no names and cheap players when we overpay so called great players and they play terrible..we overpay solid players...example..loul deng...he can score 4 points and the game still feels like tip off and we're still 0-0..his points never matter..non impact player..like hinrich and gordon,nocioni and co..

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    another note..vinny already ruined derrick chances of coming back strong..derrick always said he needs a rythm just like every other great player..one man cant stop a motivated team by himself..

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    derrick is doom for failure with a slowed up offense..his d is the only strong weakness about him and yet he has a chance of being the best defender at that position..he needs a byron scott..point guard coach who makes him work even harder and play both ends..

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    Yeah, great game. When was the last time a team blew a 35 point 3rd quarter lead at home?

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    Mediocore teams are not good enough to go into cruise control. This loss absolutely sucks, but it should be a great learning experience for this team...players and coaches. Everybody out there went into relax mode, and got humiliated in their own home court.

  • where the hell is the wrap up thread?

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    the one fucking thing you have ever said correct Mr. Happy.

  • Where the hell was that FAT and LAZY over-rated 1st Round Pick, James Johnson? What a waste of a draft pick!!!

  • Chuck Swirsky JINKED this team.

    He said and I quote, when the Bulls were up 35 points, "I will walk to New York, if the Bulls lose this game."

    Have a nice walk Chuck!!!

  • seriously Jerome James Johnson he cant even sit on the bench properly, deuche is always laughing.

  • i dont even know what to say. this is humiliating. our team suffers the worst losses. i couldn't imagine being a player on this team, would suck so much.

    i dont know how much more of this i can watch before i just stop following this team this year

  • Here's the song of the night.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoVvfHx8uaE

    Enjoy!!!

  • I want to thank everyone on this thread for pulling me off the ledge. I was listening to the game online and was floored when I found out the Bulls were on the winning side of a blowout for a change. I stepped away from the computer and went from elation to caution to panic to disgust as we lost a 35 pt lead. I was ready to come to this blog and voice that disgust but after reading everyone's comments I can't stop laughing and feel MUCH MUCH better. Thanks guys!

    Now, let's fire this bastard already ...

  • WAKE UP and don't be so NAIVE. Kiss DROSE'S ASS all you want, but where was he in the 2nd Half? GET A CLUE, while you are at it. An NBA game is 48 minutes long, not 24 minutes short.

    DROSE has NO HEART and ISN'T A LEADER!!!

  • Blog comment of the night:

    "wow what a shit fucking team."

    LMAO!

  • We made top story on espn sadly.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Whenever you have former football players in commenting on a basketball game someone is doing something wrong.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Does anybody have any bubble wrap? I ran out.

  • Have to agree. What do you want from this kid? He had like 20 pts, 7 assists and 1 turnover in about 30 minutes. Why was he still in the game? Brad played 20 minutes and tossed in a whopping 0 pts, 5 rebs and 2 asts.

    The players have to execute but the coaches have to COACH! Vinny's got 11 players that suit up but only 7 that play. Why the fuck is that? It doesn't matter the situation. Win, lose or draw only 7 people are going get any tick. If you can't play your scrubs during a 35 pt blowout, when the fuck can you play them? Vinny is running these guys into the ground. Now these seven exhausted and demoralized players have to get on a plane to NYC and play again tomorrow night? Way to go, jackass.

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