Bulls at Suns 8pm CST on CSN

Sorry folks, late on the pregame thread, this is basically just a stub for game discussion.

Biggest news is that Taj Gibson is out for the game against the Suns.  Hopefully the Bulls can overcome his loss, otherwise, I'll go back to what I said prior to the Lakers game.   Don't try and kill yourself to beat the Lakers and lose, only to lose the Suns game due to your overexertion in a loss the night before.

The Bulls played with fire playing Gibson 40 minutes against the Lakers, and Rose/Noah played a 40 minutes as well, so the Bulls are now undermanned and fatigued in a winnable game after killing themselves in a loss.  If they don't manage to pull this game out, then it's a lesson for the coaching staff.
Keys to the game:

Rose crushes Nash.
   Seriously, Nash has no hope of hell of staying in front of Rose and the Suns have no interior defenders to bother him in the paint.  They can't defend, so Rose should kill them.

Noah can dominate the paint.
   The Suns have no big bodies to harass him, so Noah should be the best big man on the floor tonight.   Look for him to kill on the glass and have effective offense against the Suns.

Luol Deng should play the four, and play it well.   He'll be going up against Hedo, so the Bulls should still have an advantage at this point.  Hedo's not a good defender, nor is he a high pace player at this point.  I expect Deng to come back and show us he has something left in the tank.

The bench must give us something.  Last night the bench was an abomination, tonight they need to give the Bulls something.

Final thought:
The Bulls should win this game.  Even without Gibson, they're the favorites.   The only thing that slows them down is the fatigue from last night.  Hopefully it's not that big a factor.

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  • The Suns were actually favored coming in, and they're showing why. Pathetic first quarter display for the Bulls, and the game is all but over already.

  • I cannot wait until Luol Deng is traded off this team.....HE IS TERRIBLE!!! He might be the softest player in the league! HEDO IS PUSHING HIM AROUND!

  • He cant create for himself, cant shoot, cant hold onto the ball....get me a athletic SF that can score 10-11ppg instead of this bum....HE DOESNT EVEN KNOW HOW TO FOUL EITHER! Last night he allowed 2 AND 1's! The guy is a BUM!

  • ALL-STAR ALERT:

    KLOVE is putting 30 and 20 on Tim Duncan and the Spurs.

    Hey, maybe Doug Thonus will write about that on here tomorrow.

    Just kidding.

  • leave it to the bulls to spend all their energy getting a moral victory and then getting blown out in a winnable game the next time, seems like we've been seeing this for years.

  • rose really pissed at Johnson on that last passs

  • holy shit james johnson, thats the grim reaper

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    single handedly 4killing the momentum at the end of the 3rd

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    rose getting emabarrased in slow motion

  • I didnt say Hedo is killing us....i said he is pushing deng around....an hedo is soft.

  • About time he did something! He isnt good....i hate watching the guy lol

  • Refs suck tonight....i thought they were going to start calling flops in the NBA?!?!!?

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Yeah, the Bulls deserve to be losing considering their atrocious play to start this game, but the refs really haven't done them any favors tonight.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    When a NBA ref sees Omer Asik out on the floor....the whistle is pretty much already going to be blown.

    We CANT GUARD THE PERIMETER AT ALL

  • In reply to Csharp:

    how are the bulls leaving 3 point shooters open, the suns dont have any inside players

  • In reply to Csharp:

    J Rich just kicked Korver in the head?!?!?! What dont they get?

  • In reply to Csharp:

    watching this with suns annuncers sucks

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    what are they saying lol!?

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    There you go....call a timeout, lets get a good play here

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    JAMES JOHNSON WHAT R U DOING SON!!!!!

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    idiot foul there

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    cj watson NO NO NO NO!

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Come on...lets get a good play...send it to OT! OR Korver for 3!!!!!!

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    what is james johnson thinking. what a bonehead.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    fuck this im not watching overtime if they tie this shit

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    YES ROSE GOT A FOUL CALL!!! WOW

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    lol ^

    Big free throws by Rose there...way to step up an knock them down

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    James johnson tried to hard.. but he deserves some props,

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    OT baby. let's steal it.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    OT baby, let's steal this!

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    LUOL STAY ON YOUR MAN!

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    GREAT PASS NOAH!

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    SETTLE DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    BRICKHOUSE LUOL DENG

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    stupid stupid long 2 followed by giving up 3, just stupid

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    why are we settling for jumpshots?

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    these guys cant score in any way other than shooting 3s and you give them up

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    i think deng if certain he can make that stupid long 2 any time he wants, delirious

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Becuase Deng cant create for himself....Rose needs to take every single shot here on out...unless he finds somebody open

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    big idiots

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    LOOK AT THE MONITOR! THIS IS TO BIG OF A CALL!!!!!!

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    time to sleep

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Rose is gonna drive an dish to Korver!

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    that was a good play

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    D ROSE BABY!!!!!!!!!!! NOAH GREAT PASS!!!!!

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Really suprised Noah got the ball there....but i guess Thibs just siad...Rose get open off the 1 on 1 matchup

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    LUOL DENG COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    here we go.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    thats one dumass foul

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    What a freaking terrible call.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    grant hill you pussy

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    yea CJ WATSON representin

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    knew they had it the whole time......lol

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    I guess the lesson here is never count out a team with D-Rose and Joakim Noah. Those guys despise losing.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    don't think Thibs like it either

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Whoa! Lots of Bulls fans out there in Phoenix!

  • you didn't miss much....alot of hair pulling play tonight

  • This is a big big win. I think we may just end up with our first winning Circus trip since the Jordan years. A lot of Chicago transplants out in Phoenix LOL!

  • With this come back we are the Utah Jazz of the East indeed ;)

  • Suns analyst Eddie Johnson is gushing all over Rose. He even said "He's my hero" on air.

  • HUGE. JUST HUGE.

  • The beauty of having Noah on the team, Thibs can just say "Oh you guys put our PG in foul trouble? No worries, we'll just have our C guard your PG".

  • The next 2 games are more than winnable...especially if Taj comes back. If he doesn't, both games are still winnable but tougher. I'm trying not to get too high on Rose right at this moment because the season is still early and I don't want to get my hopes shot down, but he's making it impossible not to get crazy excited.

    I've said it before and I have to say it again. Rose transcends a specific position. He's like a compact LeBron with much more humility on and off the court and without the tacky, shameless self-promotion. He's classified as a PG only because he's 6'3". In reality, dude's just a baller and a winner. I can't imagine the kind of numbers he'd have if he was 6'6" or taller. South Side represent!!

  • Amazing how fans rag on Deng when he is playing so many minutes and we expect him to a superstar which he is not.
    It is better to let JJ play through his mistakes then having no upside Bogans play. Bogans seem more suited for a bench role and being productive when he plays against 2nd tier players and an occasional feel good minutes against starters. I hope the Bulls don't neglect JJ as they did Shannon Brown,Sonny Weems and guys like that...

  • Amen brother!! And I'm glad he's on our side!!!

  • They could be over .500 for the circus trip itself! Just one more win does it.

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