Bulls win; Noah rules; A look at the schedules

Joakim Noah was the man and about the only thing worth watching in the second half of this game was to see whether Noah would become the first seven footer since Tom Boerwinkle to get a triple double for the Bulls.   He fell three assists shy, and part of me is still angry for the assists he would have had if not for the intentional fouls teams made to stop layups off of good Noah passes.

The important news is that the Bulls won the game.   Playoffs?  Are we talking playoffs?

The Bulls control their own destiny now.   They are one game up with two games to play, but they lose the tie breaker, so the one game is most tenuous.    The Bulls still need to win out to control their own destiny.

As discussed before, the Bulls play Boston and Charlotte (on the road) for their final two games.   How hard and how much those two teams play may determine how successful the Bulls are in making the playoffs.  

If Atlanta wins on Monday, they will lock up the three seed over Boston which would give Boston nothing to play for against the Bulls on Tuesday.   Given Boston's age, it would not be surprising for them to start resting guys and preparing for the playoffs.

It's also highly like that Charlotte will have nothing to play for in the finale though they may be more prone to play their players anyway since they probably aren't expecting a long playoff run and have a home game.

The Raptors have games against the Knicks and Pistons remaining, and while neither team has anything to play for, it's not inconceivable the Raptors lose one or both games.  They are simply a sack of trash without Bosh, and the Pistons have won three of their last four with Ben Gordon starting to play like we remember Ben Gordon playing.   Maybe Ben does us one last favor and knocks of Toronto for us.

At this point, I'd say the Bulls odds of making the playoffs are about 70%.   I think there's an excellent chance that Toronto loses a game, and I think the Bulls, at the very least, split their games.

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  • MONDAY:

    Atlanta @ Milwaukee...ROOT for Atlanta, because that eliminates Boston for 3rd.

    Charlotte @ New Jersey...ROOT for New Jersey, because that locks Charlotte for 7th.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Thanks for telling us something that Doug already said in the article. You're very helpful!

  • That being said, it still would be nice to see the Bulls finish strong at .500.

  • Great win.
    1. Any idea on how James Johnson is doing. He was looking decent in the last month.
    2. Taj is kinda of slowing down. He is working hard but his rebounding/scoring is a little off from a few months back.
    3. Deng is ok. I still feel he can be kind of 3b or 4th option on a
    good team after Rose, Bosh/Wade/etc., Noah. He has to work on his 3 pointer. But I also feel he is learning how to play with Rose

  • MONDAY (part 2):

    Oh yeah, I almost forgot.

    Toronto @ Detroit...ROOT for BG7 and the Pistons.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I'll be less sarcastic here. Thanks for nothing.

  • Never mind Detroit, I think the Knicks have to be favourites against the Raptors. The Knicks have nothing to tank for (don't own their pick), have been playing better than the Raptors lately, and we just saw what Noah did to them, David Lee is going to be similarly brutal on their Boshless front line. Plus they're in the Bosh sweepstakes too, they don't want him in the playoffs any more than we do.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Every game matters.

    Go Pistons (vs. Raptors)...haha.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I agree about DLEE. I'm guessing he will have his way with the Raptors. Plus, the Knicks have (CBOSH) incentive to win that game.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Let's not be picky, here. I'll take either Toronto loss, or even both if it's not asking too much.

  • The Raptors suck. They look good on paper every year but it never shows on the court.

    Last year it was the dynamic front court tandom of Jermaine O'neal and Bosh, DIDN'T WORK! Then this year was the SUPER lineup of Calderon/Derozan/Turgkolu/Bosh/Bargnani and guess what IT DIDN'T WORK!

    I wonder what it will be next year...

  • I was impressed by the win, but once again, why couldnt Acie get playing time considering it was a blowout. I mean warrick didnt get to play until the game was out of reach also. Noah dominated this game.

  • In reply to Snypershawn:

    Acie Law doesn't play, because VDN is a DUMB coach.

    Pargo - 34% from the field.

    Hinrich - 39% from the field.

    * Acie Law should be getting more minutes...simple as that.

  • SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

    Boston looks like they will get the 4th Seed. Assuming that happens and they win their 1st Round match-up, they will be getting Cleveland, unless the Bulls or Raptors pull off a MAJOR upset.

    So, here's my question.

    "Who do you think Boston would like Cleveland to play in Round 1?"

    I'm guessing the Bulls. We might find out if that's true on Tuesday.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    You are stretching way to far for this. This isn't something Boston or anyone else needs to concern themselves with.

  • In reply to WearShades:

    Is it a stretch? I'm not sure.

    Boston might feel like the Cavs would run through an UNHEALTHY Raptors team, while a HEALTHY Bulls team could steal a game of too.

    It's something to think about.

  • In reply to WearShades:

    Hamilton goes out with an injury again, and Gordon gets inserted into the starting lineup and starts to light it up again - what a coincidence.

  • In reply to WearShades:

    Doug, do Hawks really lock up their 3rd seed if they win today? That is only 52 wins for them, and Boston still can win 52 if they win out. And according to http://www.nba.com/standings/team_record_comparison/conferenceNew_Std_Cnf.html, Boston seems to win the tie-breaker.
    I hope I am wrong...

  • In reply to eerun:

    Charlotte locks it up with a win vs. Milwaukee.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Excuse me, not Charlotte I mean Atlanta.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I am asking "how". I explained why I thought it might not be the case.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Love Noah but hate this comment

    "It's good that we have Boston coming up," Noah said. "That's an easy game to get up for. If we were playing in front of [a crowd of] 2,000 in New Jersey, it's a different situation. We understand what's at stake."

    so you take NJ lightly when your playoff hopes lay in the balance?

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    well Noah doesn't take anyone lightly.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    JUST OUT OF CURIOSITY:

    Does anybody know who holds the tiebreaker between Charlotte and Milwaukee?

    If Milwaukee losed tonight and Charlotte wins, they are only separated by 1 game in the standings. In other words, Charlotte's game with the Bulls will matter, assuming they have the tiebreaker.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    HEAD-TO-HEAD:

    Milwaukee and Charlotte are 2-2 this year.

    Who owns the tie-break, if they end with the same record?

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Noah or any other member of the Bulls shouldn't need a game vs. Boston to get pumped up.

    Newsflash to Noah. That New Jersey game mattered.

    For once, we agree.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    BG will shoot Pistons right out of the game tomorrow to stick it to Bulls, just watch.

  • I read the tiebreaker rule here.
    http://www.nba.com/standings/team_record_comparison/conferenceNew_Std_Cnf.html

    TIEBREAKER BASIS:
    (1) Division leader wins tie from team not leading a division
    (2) Head-to-head won-lost percentage
    ...

  • Chicago will NOT beat, BOSTON or Charlotte, Noah is overrated, Rose is all you got going for you, Toronto will slip in to the 8th seed, You people in Chicago should read more into the standings as Atlanta has not clinched 3rd seed and it is reported Boston will be dressing everyone tonight!....Goodnight Bulls!

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