That represents the Bulls' top four scorers sitting out. The Bulls,
who will start Jannero Pargo, Flip Murray, James Johnson, Taj Gibson and
Brad Miller, have lost seven straight.
Looks like this may have been incorrect reporting on the part of ESPN, a change in plans for the Bulls, or some other type of miscue. Either way, I'm hoping KC is right.
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Why on this earth is James Johnson not starting? Is his 13/20 shooting over the past two games as a starter going to jeopardize the Bulls run at the Golden State Warriors for worst starting five of the season?
Seriously, you're absolutely screwed with injuries and Hinrich's supsension, so let's see if we can make the worst of the situation and not start James Johnson as well.
As dicey as Johnson has been this year, he's still been better than Acie Law and Jannero Pargo [not exactly high praise, but those two are starting], and I don't know how int he world you can convince me that he's not a better fit than this lineup.
I mean you're basically starting two PGs and an undersized SG in your three guard lineup. Why not actually start the SF you've got on the bench, especially since he's better than 40% of your starting lineup anyway.
I'm sure he'll play a bunch, but it's decisions like this that make me wonder what the hell the coaching staff is thinking. "Hey we're on a losing streak, we'd better bench one of the few guys who's played well for us.". I mean seriously, what kind of message does this even send to guys? Yeah, you had a great game, but we're going to go with guys who have no hope in playing here next year who've played worse than you.