Chicago Bulls @ Dallas Mavericks, 7:30 PM CSN-Chicago

The Bulls are without their All-Star point guard Derrick Rose, their starting center Joakim Noah and small forward Luol Deng. Without a doubt the three best players on the team. Chicago will also play their second game in two nights whereas their opponents for the evening, the Dallas Mavericks, has had three days off.

Dallas are looking forward to having guard Jason Terry back in action tonight, after missing two weeks of action. The veteran will wear a protective mask.

Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich returns from suspension tonight, and will likely start at point guard for the injured Rose. Hinrich got suspended for one game in Miami for bumping referee Bennie Adams.

Guard Acie Law scored 18 points against Memphis, as the Bulls started three guards in Law, Jannero Pargo and Flip Murray. Murray scored 25 points and Pargo contributed 12 points on 15 shots. The Bulls turned the ball over 19 times, and got close to no production from rookie forwards Taj Gibson and James Johnson.

Chicago will look to snap an eight game losing streak, but the task at hand tonight is extremely difficult. The Mavericks have won 13 of their last 14 games, and have played well after their trade with Washington, in which they acquired forward Caron Butler and center Brendan Haywood.

Forward Dirk Nowitzki is having an MVP caliber season and is a player Dallas can go in tight games. Chicago will need an elite defensive effort tonight to get out of Dallas with a W.

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  • I've read that Pargo is starting. While I understand that VDN is hesitant to put someone like Law in there due to inexperience, I certainly don't understand why Pargo would go ahead of Murray. In what universe is Pargo a better SG option than Murray?

  • No way should Pargo be starting over Law. Right now, Law and Warrick are the only two reasons to watch the Bulls play. In fact, I think I might watch the NIT (Northwestern and U of I) tonight instead.

    VDN needs to go.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Pleas you do that.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    I'll channel surf.

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    In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    He's exactly the backup PG this team needs. Someone who can come off the bench, especially in the 3rd and put up a bunch of points while Derrick rests up for the 4th.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    I 2nd this.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    One other thing though on Johnson when he penetrates he can't keep firing the ball off to nobody in particular like a hot potato. He's got to complete plays scoring the ball. And when you get down low on a drive use the god d-n head/ball fake and you will get to the foul line, not blocked by the likes of Eric Dampier.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Law with the 3. We have a chance going into the 4th yet again.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Butler for Kirk looking better and better than it did over a month ago.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Damn Scrub of the night JJ barea. Bulls TOs in the 4th killing our rally again

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    am i the only one who wanted hinrich to throw the ball at barea's face after that bogus offensive foul?? or throw a punch at dude. i mean shit, if we cant win at least kick some ass. just looking at barea on my monitor makes me wanna punch him

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    hahaha Kirk

    hahahah what a bad ass, love it. If we are not going to win pull shit like this.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    there u go hinrich!! dont put up with that sh&t! only dude on our team who shows any heart or passion to win. him and maybe brad miller (at times)

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    we need a reggie evans type rebounder in the offseason, this is horrid. Did you see Marion get that rebound with Taj and Brad not boxing out?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    So, how is Acie Law looking? Don't tell me I'm RIGHT AGAIN.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    So James Johnson has two straight good games and you say "even Dickie Simpkins had a good game occasionally," but when Acie Law does the same thing it's "he's the next Chauncey Billups."

    You're wrong, and it's just getting funnier.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    i've had to resist punching my laptop screen on 3 or 4 occassions this quarter due to all the close up camera shots of barea. always hated that dude, and him lighting us up in 4th and getting bogus offensive calls in his favor just infuriates me. bulls need to quit "accepting" these losses. excuses are for the weak. pargo looks like rocky after he got his ass kicked. james johnson cares more about getting a fresh haircut then he does about basketball. dampier swatted jj's shit all day long. gibson misses rim on layup's/shots 3 feet from the basket. brad miller hit the front of the rim all night long. richards is just not an nba caliber player. if it wasn't for noah's injury he'd still be in the d league. murphy and warrick are never consistent players. u never know what u're gonna get from them. deng's body is made of glass.

    when will high standards, expectations and unacceptance of poor effort be enforced by this organization?????

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    acie law will be invited to camp if he doesnt get a deal elsewhere. He is not a very good PG.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Clearly you know NOTHING about pro basketball and talented players. You must be related to Vinny Del Dumbo.

    Acie Law is a solid player, who just needs ESTABLISHED MINUTES. Do me a favor and read over his BIO, so you can see all the awards he won in college.

    He wasn't a Cousy Award Winner and a Wooden Finalist for nothing.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I would invite him to camp or offer him a one year deal for a million because thats all he is worth.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    its funny to see how a scrub will blind people its like the days of 99-03 lmao. Any scrub who had a few good games fans were all crazy about that player.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    im not crazy about law. but god damn do u not see he is at least the only one with enough balls to attack the basket?? or would u rather us continue to chuck up clankers?

    i like it when brad miller gets ticked off...he plays better.
    i like it when hinrich gets frustrated. he shows passion, frustration, and a desire to win and an unacceptance of bullshit (calls, bad play, etc)
    i like it when law attackcs the basket when everyone else passes out after they drive. i "liked" it when tyrus thomas stuffed the fu*k out of people.

    i dont like it when pargo chucks shots, doesnt share the ball and loses control of the basketball during drives to the basket. i dont like it that our team can't box out or rebound. i don't like it that james johnson throws the ball out of bounds several times a game. i don't like how murray and warrick are inconsistent. i dont like how deng is injured every year and makes a killer salary. and i dont like how our team lays down and then decides, when its too late, to try and make a comeback.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    The Bulls could really solidify their PG position if the keep Acie Law.

    Not only could Law back-up Rose, but I think they could play next to each other in the backcourt in some spirts. I wouldn't mind seeing DROSE take on more of a DWADE (combo-guard) type of role (at times) with this team.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    So you're saying we should make Law the starting point guard and move Rose out of position so they can play together?

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Speaking of Derrick Rose, I like his energy and enthusiasm on the bench tonight. He was CLEARLY standing up and cheering on his teammates throughout the game, unlike the last two games.

    That's showing LEADERSHIP!!!

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    I agree. The fact we're talking so much about Law and Johnson is a bad sign. This team is short on talent, depth, shooting, inside scoring, and a long list of other things. And that list is long when we have everyone and we're healthy. I may be the only person on this board that believes we've overachieved for years. Including this year.

    The NBA is a star driven league. We have a developing star and a couple of good players being asked to play over their head. Any contending team has at least two star players. They make the Laws, Pargos, and Johnsons look good. Do people really think Wennington, Cartwright, Kerr, King, Longley, and others were great players? They were all able to play simple roles and score because they were left wide open consistently. This team needs talent. Players that can execute and not just hustle. Lebron James playing at half "hustle" would still kill 90% of the league.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Read his BIO. He's more than a SCRUB.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    He's okay. College stats don't always translate to the NBA. Ed O'bannon is the best example of this. The best way to look at Law is through his NBA performance, which is limited. He's shown flashes of being able to play in the NBA, but I have seen nothing to date that shows him being anything more than a good back-up.
    I find it really odd that you're so critical of Rose, but you're ready to fight to death to prove that Law is the bright spot on this roster. You're even using Billups and Law as a possible comparison. Can you explain yourself?

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    We ended last year on such a positive note. Raise your hand if you thought we'd play a game without Rose, Gordon, Deng, Salmons, Noah, Thomas, and Hinrich this year. If you told me that last May, I would have guessed we traded the entire team for Lebron or the team plane crashed into Lake Michigan.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    I think everyone knew or should have known that BG7 was leaving

    So, my hand is UP.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    So does that mean Dee Brown and TJ Ford are going to be great? They were Cousy and Wooden award winners respectfully.

    Hmm?

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    acie law, in rose's absence, is the only mother f*^ker on this team who will take it to the basket.

    why pargo's downsyndrome looking ass gets playing time before law is beyond me...then again vinny's our coach.

    at least our team played hard in the 2nd half...or at least end of 3rd til end of game. then again, maybe its cuz dallas just played soft with such a big lead.

    this team is just bipolar. we can't play consistently good throughout a 48 minute game....nor can we play consistently good throughout a period of games.

    its like i told my brother earlier this evening; we're not good enough to make the playoffs and we're not bad enough to get a top 10 pick...it's not a good place to be.

  • yall can keep making your excuses but this team is making me sick. we're missing our 3 best players. ok, that's understandable. but everyone else is playing like SHIT. unacceptable mistakes, piss poor defense...no interior penetration, lackluster shooting, no interest. mr. happy is right...this team has NO HEART. just a bunch of young punks who don't care about winning, and are content with sitting on the sideline laughing and joking it up. players need to be held accountable. i feel there's a "culture" of not caring anymore on this team. maybe it's a loss of faith. idk, but they need to have higher expectations of themselves AND their teammates. vinny is too much of a pussy to keep their respect. he can't manage the team.

    I can expect losses with rose, deng and noah out...but these last several games have been hideous...absolutely hideous to watch, or read about. i dont know how much more of this team i can put up with this year. no quality free agent is going to want to play here...maybe we'll land another high-paid free agent with no heart or desire to win...just another punk who likes to play, joke around and collect their paycheck.

  • For Vinny to actually learn some stuff about his team. Anyway could see Law was the best player. He plays him the least amount minutes besides Richard. Also with us with ball down 8 for whatever reason he decides to sub Flip for Law. They go on 15-0 run and we lose

  • your post looks valid being that u posted it after the game. had u responded at the time i posted this; during the 2nd quarter, you would be sharing in my frustration.

    and whats the excuse for our lackluster performance the last 3+ games???

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    Argh!
    Law...is...not...a...scrub!
    Doesn't anybody around here know a legit 6th man candidate when they see one?

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    If Law is your 6th man, that is not a very good team. Two players that were picked apart and put down by many are examples of good 6th men. Ben Gordon and Jamal Crawford. A legit 6th man is a player that could start for many NBA teams, but is playing on a team with quality starters. Law isn't a scrub either. I just see him making a roster and possibly being in a good team's rotation.

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    In reply to kbar17:

    You are correct sir. It's not a very good team.
    My point though is that for a lot of ben gordon's time here they were trying to get him to play the instant offense role off the bench. But he was never comfortable enough off the bench to be effective that way. Now we finally find someone who can do that job and he's got to contend with Pargo for minutes. Just a tad bit frustrated, you know?

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Okay, I see where you are coming from. Pargo should be getting far fewer minutes than he's getting.

    I really would like to see a complete overhaul of this roster next year. This team has tried the hustle and feisty approach for almost a decade now. It's time to realize that there is no balance in the NBA. If we strike out on the top three, we must overpay for talent or completely strip the roster so we can get high draft picks.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    Pargo definitely throws up too many shots when no one is even down yet to rebound. I actually thought pargo could play some point because he does get by some defenders, but he just doesn't have the ball handling skills or unselfishness for it.

    It's becoming clear to me that James Johnson has talent, and I wonder if his tardiness has been a response(albeit immature and misguided) to his displeasure at getting no playing time. It's no excuse, but I do think he's been handled poorly by Vinny.

    There's no god d-n way I'd allow Johnson to just camp out at the three on offense. He reminds me of Tyrus doing that crap. Maybe he doesn't understand the plays/run them properly, but he's too talented offensively not to run a couple of basic seals, screens, or curls that he is required to run when he's out there. Vinny/the coaches have got to have James get the ball on top for a pick and roll/point forward and/or flash into the lane from the perimeter/baseline, or seal somebody down low, and run up the lane on the weakside for the ball.

    And besides telling him he either executes these most basic plays, just two or three plays, hell, call them out for them if he forgets! And if he doesn't do what he's supposed to do take him out immediately. And the next timeout keep putting him in the game, and yanking him the instant he doesn't run those simple plays for himself. Then next timeout put him in again. And then say, "You want your minutes, run the f-ing play. It's simple. You can do it. Run it. Run the f-er." Somehow though I don't see Vinny being the true coach that can confront a situation aggressively and creatively, and solve the problem,/get the most out of the player.

    Mishandling James Johnson who will be a scorer/player for someone, not fighting for Taj this year when he was surrounded with starting talent and playing well offensively and getting jobbed on bogus fouls, not getting Taj to fight more for himself, not getting Derrick to use his driving ability and threat offensively to get more trips to the foul line with fakes and initiating contact which the team needed him to do to win, and leaving James Johnson to rust on the bench while Taj shined were all big, big mistakes by Vinny.

    Earlier when the Bulls were losing it was the fact that they were getting blown out so many times that soured people on Vinny. Now it's the same thing. I realize the talent isn't there and they should lose, but not just immediately be down by 15 or 20 like they've done in so many of these games.

    Vinny is a gutsy guy and players have played hard for him much of the time, but he's got to go. In a way all these injuries have a silver lining because somebody just might have been fooled into keeping Vinny on riding Derrick, Joakim, Luol, and Taj's good play.

  • Losing losing your top 3 players is magnified when your a team with poor depth. I think it's incredible how well this team has played with the product that is being presented on the court.

  • Things are looking bleak but the team is still fighting. At the very least, bench players are getting valuable game experience and the main core (Rose, Noah and Deng) are getting rested for the final push. In February I said I was terrified of what was ahead in March and that nightmare played itself out true to the script. This stretch was going to be tough even with a healthy team. We might have won a few games, but the fact that an unhealthy team can't break through against winning teams shouldn't surprise anyone. Even healthy, we've been short on talent, depth and consistency all year. But we've kept fighting. Our "playoffs" starts on Saturday when we play the 76ers. We'll have 14 games to make up the current 2.5 game lead the Raptors have on us. We'll start getting our starters back and should make a fight to the finish. Winner gets the Cavs!!!

  • "Not only did Kirk Hinrich miss Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies because of his one-game league suspension, the broadcast was blacked out at the team hotel. So Hinrich went to watch at a local sports bar, where he was recognized and mocked by Memphis fans still stinging from when Hinrich's alma mater of Kansas beat the University of Memphis for the 2008 NCAA title."

    This was posted by the Tribune. Is it just me or does this sound like the perfect NBA League Pass broadband commercial?

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    Oh my god, how was there not a brawl? Maybe the Griz fans were scared of all that fiestiness?

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    If Bulls fans had sense, they'd give him the same treatment in a Chicago Sports Bar.

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