The first preseason game wrap up

The Bulls went against the Bucks, and it was simply awesome to watch basketball again.  Sadly, I had to watch part of the game on the stream which killed my analysis a little bit.   Still, with some early looks at the offensive scheme and defensive scheme I had the following thoughts. The offense as a whole

Despite a lack of scoring, I was still intrigued by the offense.  The team missed quite a few open shots, struggled with free throws, and had other problems.  However, the offense seemed to emphasis motion over the pick and roll.   While the Bulls ran pick and rolls here and there, it wasn't the base play from which everything starts like it was under VDN.

They used a lot of side to side passing, frequently without going through the high post to switch sides of the court quicker.  Despite having more risky passes in the offense, the Bulls did a nice job controlling turnovers with only 15 on the night.


The Bulls forced a lot of turnovers on the night as Milwaukee coughed up the ball 24 times.  However, at times they couldn't control the glass, and especially early on, the Bucks were able to get many second chance opportunities.   The Bucks also found lots of shots in the paint, and they missed a lot of open jumpers that they could have knocked down.

The overall performance defensively was so-so to me.  I expect a better effort on the glass, and they need to improve on shutting down the paint as well.   Still they didn't lose the game on the defensive side of the court as much as the offensive side.

Individual players:

Kyle Korver looked really good coming off of back screens.   He hit his
first three shots and showing off his shooting touch and quick
release.    Korver had an excellent game overall, easily the best on the
team, looking like a much more complete player than you'd think he
would be.

The Bulls as a team didn't shoot particularly well or frequently from
the three point line going 3/12 on the night.   Luol Deng did knock down
1 of 3, hitting his first three a kick out from the wing.   On the
night, Deng and Rose both played well as a whole.   Joakim Noah started
off fairly poorly, but looked much better later on.

C.J. Watson really struggled on the night, mostly looking like a train
wreck.  He turned the ball over, took ill advised shots, and shot poorly
on the night.   Taj Gibson struggled to find the range on his mid range
jumper and also had a poor showing overall.

Omer Asik looked pretty mediocre in the minutes I saw him play, but he didn't really do a whole lot one way or the other, so no real in depth thoughts yet.   For those hoping for James Johnson to have a breakout preseason, it didn't happen this game.  He struggled with decision making with the ball and finishing some plays you think he should be able to make.

All in all, I, of course, hoped for a win.  However, it was great just to watch some basketball again, and ultimately the starters played fairly well, and the Bulls have another game in two days.


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  • Dickey Johnson = D-League

    And CJ Watson is opening himself up for a trade on Dec. 15th.

    PATHETIC EFFORT, except for Deng and Korver.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Didn't watch the game, and didn't need to.

    Your comment on Watson(after the first preseason game) is assinine. As per usual.

  • Brian Scalabrine = MVP!!

  • In reply to joeacook3:


    On Neptune maybe.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Naww because I SAID SO! and Jimmie Kimmel even agrees...

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Sorry Doug, I'm still wrapping my brain around the concept that you don't like Conan O'brien. What the hell is wrong with you?

  • In reply to MrHappy:


    That's quite the breakdown. Nice work.

    1.) Not sure about that.
    2.) Me too.
    3.) Their international experience has them ready to go.
    4.) Yes he is. Expect limited minutes, at least early.
    5.) Disagree.
    6.) He needs to go down to the D-League, be traded or simply released.
    7.) His game is as pale as his skin-tone.
    8.) Agree.
    9.) I'm worried people are over-rating it.
    10.) Scruffy.
    11.) Me too.
    12.) I'm an addict too.
    13.) Bad idea. He needs to learn the game, before giving advice to others.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    1. Korver was great. He looks like a good fit. It was good to see somebody shoot some 3s
    2. Thibs sounds like a basketball encyclopedia talking...Hopefully, the team listens to him...that's the most important thing.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:


    The jury is still out on Thibs. He has a lot to prove.

    Korver has radar.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Apparently the jury is not out on Watson, at least not in Mappy World.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Thanks Doug and to everyone that posted. I live in Australia so I don't get to see Preseason games. I got that Basketball Jones bad. A few highlights is all I get so your comments are like explaining a picture to a blind guy. Thanks All!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I purchased NBA League Pass last night so now I can watch Bulls games out here on the East Coast. Ahhhh, now I'm ready!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Hi guys,

    Just a quick FYI:

    Our favourite European whiner shot 5-6 from 3 point territory today!!

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    General thoughts about the first preseason game, it

  • In reply to Hoover:

    I also didn't realize that Korver had such a quick release. I guess you don't shot over 50% on 3's without having a quick release though.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    give CJ Watson some time, as Sam Smith points out, it will take him some time unlearning everything he knows from Don Nelson & the Golden State system

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I'm sure CJ will come around as well, but he looked really bad. Did anyone else notice that he could not shoot a left handed layup? One he was fouled on a fast break and the other was when he blew by Boykins and finished awkwardly with a 2-handed lay-up.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Was upset John Lucas didn't play. I only watched the 2nd half waiting on him.

  • In reply to salahh:

    he did play. you must have turned it off too soon. he played the final 19 seconds or so and dribbled out the clock. hahaha

  • In reply to jumpmanjay:

    Na I saw that, it was like 5 seconds that he played.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    That's a good point. Don Nelson run teams are so different than real basketball that it may take him some time. Plus I'm sure nerves played a bit of a role.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    It's funny I played 2k11 for xbox 360 last night and I killed the deer. hahaha. They made the bulls a force to be wreck wid. Hope when boozer and brewer gets on full health. We can be as good as the game.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    The one thing I heard during the broadcast is this defense requires giving up their body a lot trying to stop....they said this especially when Deng fell down trying to stop someone. That doesn't bode well for Deng, Noah, Taj, Brewer, Boozer...none of them are physical players or specimens...

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Huh? Both Brewer and Noah are physical players if not also physical specimen. Take your eyes off Noah's hair and look at the progress he's made with his body. Dudes put on some serious weight. Not saying hes Dwight Howard, but his passion makes up for any shortcomings in physicalities.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    Yeah!!Everybody is big and strong in the NBA. But if Noah takes a pounding consistently from other Centers and he is supposed to play a "give-up-his-body" kind of will hurt. Noah, Brewer rely more on speed, quickness, athletic ability to play defense than the "bigness" of their bodies.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    What I learned last night:

    1. Korver Looked very good....he wont do this every game but its deff. nice to see that he can knock down open j's.

    2. Watson had a really bad game...but like someone else said, hes coming from Golden State, it might take him a little while longer to get fully comfortable. IMO hes a pretty good player though, give him time.

    3. James Johnson still is having Happy said, maybe he needs to just focus on Defense right now and let the rest come to him. Defense is the only way he might see the floor this year.

    4. Asik- i thought he look pretty decent out there...he was always fighting for rebounds and he ran really well for a 7footer. And ya at the end of the game, he made a couple really nice plays....even tried to posterize somebody.

    5. Bogans an Kurt Thomas....Both of them are just pros that we are going to be able to trust throughout the year.

    6. Noah- Since he just got paid, he is going to need to show up big every game....once he starts to struggle...the criticism will come. It will be interesting to see how he copes with that. He needs to continue to get bigger becuase he does still get pushed around. And YES GROW A BEARD!!!!

    Deng and Rose- Both played well....Deng looked better then usaul last night.

    Taj- He struggled....probably just a bad game.

    Coach Thibs- Like another poster said, the offense an defense looks totally different. Like we actually have a coach coaching our team this year.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I tuned in late but from what I saw of Asik, he looks athletic, quick, & strong w/ a terrible free throw

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Thought Asik looked pretty good actually. He grab a couple key rebounds, and he fought for a few others that he didn't end up with, which is better than him being too soft (an initial worry). And he made his only basket.

  • In reply to bzoooty:

    In the last minute or two of the 4th quarter Asik got fouled and had the chance to pull the Bulls very close with 2 free throws. Asik missed them both and that was the end of the Bulls chances.

    We heard all off-season that he could not play 4th quarters because teams will put him on the FT line intentionally.


    5 PF, 2 TO's and only 6 points. Welcome to BUST-VILLE.

  • I suppose I was meaning the scheme. I agree there were plenty of mistakes, but I think, and maybe I'll be wrong, but the Bulls are going to be a much better run team. There were even two good out of bounds plays.

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