Luol Deng totally redeems himself

A couple days after emotional Bulls fans declared James Johnson the new Bulls starting SF, Luol Deng responds with 40 points on 14/19 shooting, 3/5 from the three point line, and 9/11 from the charity stripe.

The Bulls pull off the (very minor) upset of the Blazers holding a 10 point or greater lead for nearly the entire game.   While my nerves didn't calm down until Deng's final three gave them a 16 point lead causing Portland to yank it's starters, the game was never really in doubt.
After a rough start in his first two games, Luol's shot fell, and because his jumper fell he found ample room to drive to the basket and score layups.   Pretty much everything was working for him, including his defense on Brandon Roy at spurts.   Obviously, Deng gets the game ball for tonight's phenomenal effort.

Derrick Rose was having a very nice night as well.   It's funny that 16 points seems like a poor night from him offensively after the past two games, but he didn't take many shots and had an efficient offensive night overall.   He racked up 13 assists, matching his career high, including several passes for open dunks, his night was only marred by four fourth quarter turnovers.

Joakim Noah struggled through foul trouble and was abused, like everyone on the team, by LaMarcus Aldridge.   You know Noah has arrived when he throws up 10 points, 10 boards, a block, and 4 assists, and you think he had a pretty poor night.  It goes to show how quickly we've come to rely on him.   I'm not sure if his defense was really that bad as much as Aldridge simply had it going tonight though, and he wasn't matched up on Aldridge all night, so he certainly wasn't solely responsible.

On the plus side, Noah's ball handling and court vision helped set the tone for the Bulls.   The Blazers aggressively trapped the Bulls at times, but Noah makes it easy to break the traps with his ability to handle the ball in the open court.

Omer Asik fouled out in 26 minutes, but he used his size well while in the game, defended well, rebounded well, and looked every bit the backup center I hoped, but doubted, he could be.   If he could only hit foul shots, he'd be so much deadlier.  While still raw, I owe Omer an apology, because he's already providing so much while still having so much room to improve.  He's clearly a player and an excellent back up center for the team.  You never feel like he's killing you on the court when he's out there even with the high foul rate and low free throw percentage.   As he fixes those things, he'll develop into a solid big man.

James Johnson got the chance to prove himself again, but wasn't able to capture the same magic.  His man defense is very solid at times, but he ends up fouling a lot when he gets caught gambling. 

Taj Gibson continues to shoot at a very high percentage, but he's getting mostly opportunity baskets.  He did end the game with a sick drive with a spin move into a baseline reverse dunk though.    While Taj has looked good in the offense with his basket cuts, his defense and rebounding have both been sub par on the season.  Perhaps it's nothing to worry about given the Bulls have performed well on the glass as a team though.

Kyle Korver played his best game to date capitalizing on the numerous plays the Bulls ran for him and providing much of the offense while Deng was on the bench.  

If Rudy Fernandez was trying to impress the Bulls into trading for him then he did a poor job.  He finished with 6 points on 3 of 10 shooting and 0/6 from the three point line and finished with four turnovers (though several were offensive fouls in a weird stretch where the refs called about alternating offensive fouls on both teams multiple possessions in a row).

All in all, big win for the Bulls.   It was a game I felt they were minor underdogs, but they came through and won.  It goes a long way towards helping them through the brutal schedule to get a game like this early.


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  • Just when I thought you couldn't play any worse Deng, with your .6 PER, her you go again....AND TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF!


    How did you like my PREDICTIONS?

    #1.) Deng would have a GREAT game...CORRECT.
    #2.) Noah might STRUGGLE says history...CORRECT.
    #3.) The WINGS will decide the game...CORRECT.

    What's up next?

    #4.) The Bulls will go 10-5 to start the season.
    #5.) Melo future will come down to the Bulls/Knicks...Bulls get him.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Please! Stop your nonsense for one night. Haven't we discussed enough about Melo. This topic is about the win against Trailblazers and not about you or Melo.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:


    Shhh....I'm on a roll.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Yea a delusional one.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    It's not delusional, if I'm right.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Deng with a once in a career game, what can you say. Although I thought he was going to choke the free throws and miss 40 like Rose did the game before!

    With Asik and Gibson both in foul trouble Noah had to stay out on the court above all else, so I don't mind that he "only" put up the numbers he did, he kept the minutes given to Scalabrine to a minimum which was the most important thing. Noah and Asik out there together showed signs that they could become an absolute monster defensive pair too, really looking forward to seeing Asik once he works out his foul issues (probably not until next year, rookies always do it tough).

    Any word what's going on with Brewer? Only 6 minutes, if he's still hurt why is he playing at all?

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    They played JJ a lot at the 2 this game, taking away Brewer's opportunity, & Bogans was playing good on Roy (I never realized how much Roy bitches BTW, don't like that guy now). I actually thought Brewer looked good in those 6 min, especially on one sequence when he cut to the hoop & scored with the foul.

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    In reply to ChiRy:

    They played JJ at the 2, and what was the result? 5 fouls in 11 minutes. So, just when he starts to show his potential as a small forward, let's try this crap. Lovely.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    he didn't play that bad, refs were calling it T-I-G-H-T, almost had 3-4 guys foul out, certainly a guy with JJ's experience & lack of respect stood no chance. I like the look Thibs, worth a shot

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I thought Brewer looked OK when he was out there too, that's why I ask whether he's still injured and couldn't play more. I know JJ played some against Roy, but I'd have thought it would have made much more sense to play Brewer at the 2 and JJ at the 4 and not let Scalabrine within sniffing distance of the court.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Brewer had a nice defensive play too

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Gotta get that game against New York at home, almost a must win, b/c that 2nd half of the back to back against Boston caries a degree of difficuly of a 9.5, only thing helping the Bullies is Thibs' inside knowledge of Doc' Celtics. Gotta get that NY victory to remain above 500 before the Western trip

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    We need the Knicks game and the following week 2 of 3 home games against Denver, Golden State, and Washington. That will set us up nicely for the circus trip.

    Bulls can win 2 and maybe 3 on the west coast. I like us against Houston and Sacramento, and we have a chance against several other teams except the Lakers.

    Even without Boozer, I believe the circus trip will not be a disaster. It will be a growth experience for this team.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Was Portland guarding Deng with shooting guards? Deng looked like a man among boys.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    And JOMER played well together. Although Aldridge still got his points, JOMER is going to prove very helpful against teams with big frontlines (playoff teams).

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Rose seriously??? He just proves that he can be whatever the team wants him to be! Best PG in the league no doubt

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I know, I hate all that national media crap about him taking too many shots! He is adapting to what his team needs, he is not afraid to niether take over, nor set up teamates who are hot & be a facilitator

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Deng always has a good game after I rail on him.

  • In reply to swolty:


    Actually he likes playing vs. Portland.

    This is the 2nd time he has gotten his career high in points against them.

    - 38
    - 40

  • In reply to swolty:


    I think I dislocated my shoulder patting myself on the back for being 3/3 on my predictions.


  • In reply to MrHappy:

    think I dislocated my eye socket rolling my eyes at this shamless post :)

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    think i laughed at your response.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    When Deng gets open shots he's a different player. Deng did a great job of getting open and Rose did a great job getting him the rock.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Good win for the Bulls and Damn good game from Deng. Now hopefully he will put a long string of games together like this one and make us forget about any trade talks. Oh, and let's hope he stays healthy. If Denver would bite though... I still would make that deal without Noah being included, can't forget we are talking an all star player for a good player.

  • In reply to Reese1:


    Philly, Sac-town and Minny...that's all I'm saying.

  • In reply to Reese1:


    The Bulls still need a SG/SF that can help with the scoring.

    Bogans needs to the the 3rd SG/SF, not the starter.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    throw enough shit against the wall, and some of it will stick.

  • In reply to BigWay:


  • In reply to swolty:

    needs to have a good game after a good game which came after you railed him, then turn around and have a good game after that and....

  • In reply to swolty:

    1. It has to be noted that JJ checked in before Brewer. Whoa!! he is struggling. Unfortunately for Brewer, this game was kind of close in the 4th quarter. He needs a couple of blowouts(where is Cleveland?) to get his game back.
    2. Asik is getting valuable experience. I guess he is the guy most benefiting from Boozer's absence. It will be fun to watch him against the slower guys like Shaq, Perkins and also Howard. Basically, the guys against whom Noah struggles.
    3. Taj picks up a couple of fouls when he is not even near the ball. He needs some coaching on defense.
    4. We don't even need to talk about Rose. That's very good news that we expect him to be a stud every time.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Taj seems to have no clue defending on the ball. I really like him but this is getting bad. It seems as if he's always on his heels unless the ball's in the air.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Alright, good game all around. Some really nice designed offenses last night. Congrats Luol, Im really hoping this increases your market value :).

    That being said, there was a clear difference in the way the offense was run, and we all know Deng needs to come off screens or get open looks to score and thats exactly what he did. Nice W

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Also, in the future, if you want to refer to Lebron as the best player in the NBA (BY FAR! you guys say) then you have to include this disclaimer:

    The best player in the NBA by far, who has not won anything.

    Which brings me to an honest question, can you really be the best player in a sport, if you have never led your team to a championship? How do you define best? To me, best is being a leader AND statistical contributor to a title team. After all, what are they playing for in the end?

    I see a lot of comments regarding Melo being overrated because he's just a scorer and his team "hasnt won anything and dont bring up college titles..etc". So what does that make Lebron?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Also, can you be a quitter and be considered the best? Cause it sure looked like LBJ quit on his team last year. That's what you consider the best?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    The Best player in the NBA's message to kids:

    "Quit, and you will ultimately get to play with your friends."

    There's the new Nike slogan...Just Quit.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:


    Not at all. I know Lebron is better than Melo..

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Im just tired of being told that a quitter with no championships is the best player in the sport and thats not even up for debate....

  • In reply to Dmband:

    AGREED! Way to put it. Great players have that fire, and elevate themselves during the most important, pressure filled moments. Haven't seen that yet from "The King".
    Its what made Jordan so great. What Rose I think has, as he alluded to dying on the court before excepting defeat 4 nights ago form the Pistons.
    Just because a player is the most talented, doesn't make him the best. And what is talent? Is it athleticism & skill? Can hustle be a skill? Can competiveness be a skill? You certaintly can't put that in a man or take it out. Is talent innate? Is work ethic innate?
    No doubt LeBron is among the most talented in the NBA, but I don't like all that 'its not even a discussion crap' either. If he is the most talented, than what is he doing with it? Why is he not dominating when it truly matters, the only time it matters?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I'm not the biggest Lebron fan, but I'm going to play Devil's advocate and point out the 2007 playoffs when he single-handedly took the Cavs to the Finals with an absolute monster series against Detroit. Remember the 25 straight 4th quarter points? Granted, the team got swept by the Spurs in the Finals, but Lebron's supporting cast (Boobie Gibson, Donyell Marshall, Sasha Pavlovic, etc.) was no match for San Antonio's defense. Not discounting how he played the last couple of playoffs with the Cavs, but you can't say he's never stepped up when it mattered most.

  • In reply to tekioko:

    ok, you're right, he stepped up on a rare occasion, when it almost mattered most, but still not when it did matter most, and he still is a quitter

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Im just tired of being told that a quitter with no championships is the best player in the sport and thats not even up for debate....

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Best player is obviously subjective. I think you could define it by asking teams to take a player at #1 overall in a league wide redraft. One player to start a team, but for only 1 year. LeBron would get some votes, but he is not unamimous, so it is up for debate certainly.

  • In reply to Dmband:


    No doubt. Its bad enough I have to watch ESPN's coverage of Miami Heat practices all summer long, but enough's enough! Look Im not a LA Lakers fan AT ALL, but they got a raw deal....bascially, if you had never watched the NBA before you would assume Miami won last year. Bogus.

    Why do I all of a sudden feel like former Arizona Cardinal's head coach Dennis Green!!!?!?!

    "If you want to crown him, then crown his Ass!. Lebron is who we thought he was!"


  • In reply to Dmband:


    Why can't JERMAINE TAYLOR do for the Bulls what MARCUS THORNTON does for the Hornets?


    They look like similar players to me.

  • In reply to Dmband:


    The TRUTH comes out as to how Carlos Boozer really broke his hand.;_ylt=AkuWJCcDVs_vfXf7SHhE0w68vLYF?urn=nba-281766


  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Just watched this commercial, WOW, haven't laughed this hard in a while. Boozer's initial reaction to the missing hot sauce is priceless

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    We need another 30 plus performance from Deng. Just to entice Denver into a three way deal for Iguodala and Melo

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:

    I also think Denver will be intrigued with the Bobcat's pick that the Bulls own cause after Melo is gone, they will really be in rebuilding mode and it will take them a few years to get good players to come to Denver. They may as well get as many possible high picks as they can cause no big name free agent will sign with Denver. I still say the Bulls have a slight edge into getting Melo cause the Knicks have no good players and as of now no first round picks for the next 4 years and Melo is hesitant on going to the Nets cause they are still the nets and not the Knicks.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    WOW, funny stuff, haven't laughed that hard in a while. Carlos' inital reaction to the missing hot sauce is priceless!

  • In reply to Dmband:


    I cant access that website at work, can you give me a summary?

  • In reply to swolty:


    Make that 4/4...I forgot I predicted a BULLS' WIN tonight too.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Look, I wasn't going to buck you back after mentioning it once, but now you have congratulated yourself a handful of times on your "predictions". Look, Noah having 10 points, 10 boards, 4 assists and a block and a steal isn't really struggling. Especially considering the foul trouble he and the other bigs were in. He had 2 incredible games leading up to today, but you cant expect him to have 15+ pts and 15+ boards every game.

    Overall though, nice predictions :)

  • In reply to bcz1980:


    Did you watch the game?

    Noah struggled and so did JJ, Gibson and a few others.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I am batting 100% also, everyday I predict that Mappy will be a douchebag, haven't been wrong yet.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Bigway that is like predicting there will be stars in the sky at night, or that the earth will be round tomorrow. Not impressive predicting such obvious things.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    And it's yours too. Shadow-man.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    CLARIFICATION (for all the IDIOTS out there):

    The "business is good" comment I was making over the summer was in regards to the Bulls meeting with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and NOT LeBron James, DOUG'S BOY.

    I NEVER really went all out and predicted Wade and Bosh to the Bulls. I did however have it RIGHT that the Bulls were more focused on going after Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, not DOUG'S BOY, LeBron James, who Doug kissed the ass of the whole summer.

    How many LBJ topics were there again on here? I lost count after 25.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Just like you lose count on how many times you repeat the exact same inane comments and trades over, and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over anod over and over and over again, was that 25, I lost count.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Everyone that disagrees with your crap is an IDIOT?

    What does that make you, that lithium freak,


  • In reply to BigWay:

    *cough, cough* ...Bill O'Reilly...*cough, cough*

  • In reply to BigWay:

    You got to take your hat of to loul deng

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Fair Weather Fan

    I stopped watching the Bulls one or two years ago. Call me a fair weather fan. Aside from Rose, the basketball was ugly.

    But these Boozerless Bulls are making me a fan again. One night JJ is showing signs of life. The next night Dent surprises everyone with 40 points. And the big stiff Asik isn't a stiff after all (I've been waiting for him for 2 years, but I don't know why).

    At the end of the season, Boozer missing 1 - 2 months may seem like a good thing. Others are developing and getting playing time in Boozer's absence. And ultimately, the Bulls will hopefully peak at playoff time with a young team that has many ways to entertain and/or beat you.

    It's fun being a Bulls fan again...

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Deng is an outstanding "system" guy. When the system is run well like it was last night he looks like an all-star. And Jet made an excellent point about him not having to guard Roy full time. If the Bogans / Brewer / JJ rotation can consistently and effectively defend the other team's best perimeter players, it will help Rose and Deng tremendously.

  • In reply to BigWay:


  • In reply to BigWay:

    The great thing about Deng's game as Korver was telling yesterday is that they did not even run many plays for Deng. This must rank as one of the better performances of all time in that sense...scoring so much against a quality well rested opponent with not many shooters to take attention.
    Whoa!! If Deng is even half of this when Boozer gets back...we will be in great shape. What was surprising was he was shooting 3 pointers in the 4th quarter when he is usually missing.
    Portland do overvalue their pieces....they want lottery picks for their previous year's 2nd round pick....I wonder why they have so much injury karma...

  • In reply to BigWay:

    What are the Bulls grades for last night's game?
    Can we do a quick grade...helps to put a letter grade or number then this guy did good. I'm an Accountant that's how I work! LOL

    I'm liking our team! Wow Korver gets his shot off quick and it's nice that we ran some plays for him. He is a gun slinger western shooter...and pretty deadly!
    Bogans did a awesome job on Roy!
    I like JJ and Korver off the bench, dont know about Brewer he is athletic and long but him and Deng seem too redundant in the starting lineup. I'm liking Noah and Asik out there together and Noah going to PF with his athletism and energizer motor! :-)

  • In reply to BigWay:

    other than Rose the bulls back court looks awfully thin....Watson is a MAJOR drop off from Rose. This could spell trouble

  • In reply to drob:

    Most backup PG's are a MAJOR drop off from Rose when Rose is at his best. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for upgrading whenever possible, but I don't think will Watson will be a liability as Rose's back up.

  • In reply to drob:

    Boozer's absence may have a positive effect. Asik and Taj are getting quality minutes that will help them to develop. That will make the Bulls' bench that much more potent when Boozer returns.

  • In reply to magestew:

    I agree and brought up the point weeks ago. Overall it would be better to have Boozer in there from the get go, but there are positives to take from the situation.

  • In reply to magestew:


    They still could use a GUARD THAT CAN SCORE or a PF FOR DEPTH.

    Ideally, I would like to see Bogans, Scalabrine, and Thomas be the 12th, 13th and 14th men.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    agree with you on the terms of: "Ideally, I would like to see Bogans, Scalabrine, and Thomas be the 12th, 13th and 14th men.". Excellent point, but we need boozer back and we need brewer to step up and find his defensive game and the rest will follow.

  • In reply to magestew:


  • In reply to BigWay:

    Jealousy is your (Matt) forte.

  • In reply to swolty:

    Okay, I tried to get the Asik - Judge Reinhold thing going a week or so ago, someone recommended Omer "The Judge" Asik...I like it.

    This week its JJ playing the role of Marlon Wayans. James "Bugaloo" Johnson in honor of his fine work in Above The Rim

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I hope your prediction on Melo does not workout as well as your prediction on Lebron ;)

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:


    I didn't really make any predictions about LBJ. I dislike the man.

    Melo > LBJ

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    at what, smoking pot.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    RE: "Melo > LBJ"

    Your dislike doesn't make Melo better than LBJ. That's just silly. And that's the only thing you have to support such nonsense.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Hey when you're right you're right! Shoot, I'm so drunk on Bulls cool-ade I could kiss you you happy son of a bitch! Mr. Happy for fan of the week !!!! Whoo-hooo Bulls win! Bulls goin 14-7 to open the year!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    and D Wade is actually the starting shooting guard for the Bulls, not Keith Bogans

    and Chris Bosh is the starting power pussy(I mean forward) for the Bulls, not Taj Gibson.

    Your a freakin after the fact genius.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I never said that Wade and Bosh were coming here.

    I did say that the Bulls were going after Wade and Bosh more than LBJ. That was proven given the FACT that the Bulls' brass met with both Wade and Bosh 3 separate times and LBJ only once.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    What about the prediction that Wade was coming to the Bulls? What?................Nothing?...........That's what I thought.


  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Never said that.

  • In reply to MrHappy:


  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Awesome game by Deng! WOW!!! Nice Dumb and Dumber reference Doug! lol Brewer played a little better and hope he gets his confidence back along with Korver...they are very important to us!

    We should do a report card on the Bulls players after the game!

    I miss seeing this and grew used to it on when I lived in Sacramento but they have a full website with a personal section that Mr. Happy would dominate over here for sure! :-)

  • Doug, this is the 2nd time you have mentioned Taj's offense coming mostly off of easy opportunity baskets, as I think you just did in your podcast as well. I remember a couple of jumpers this game, and last game as well, and urge you to go back & watch the tape. He is shooting that mid range very nicely.

  • DENG HAD ZERO TURNOVERS TOO!....Carmelo who?

  • In reply to joeacook3:


    Bite your tongue and then go look up Melo's resume.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Mr. Efficiency, no turnovers & 40 pts on 19 shots

  • How do we feel about a 7-8 start now Bulls nation? Actually if you look at the schedule, the 1st 21 games are really tough, the 1st 15 just take us to the end of the month & end of circus trip, so I think it is more important to look at the 1st 21 games. If we go 10-11 its a victory, anything more is a bonus & if we stay healthy after getting off to that good of a start we could really be looking at 50+

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I'd say 7-8 is the most realistic ceiling. I wouldn't be shocked if they only won six going into December, losing both against the Nuggets.

  • traded the van for it straight up, I can get 70 miles to the gallon on this hog

  • I read'ya, I read'ya

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    starts with an S... ssswimy, sss sswummy, slippy, slappy, simmon, salmon, simmons, ss swa swenson ss swanson? .....ohh yeah its right here, Sampsonite! I was way off!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Deng was efficient tonight because he didn't have to guard their best perimeter player most of the night and he was able to conserve his energy for his offense. I mentioned before that it is very hard to play on both sides of the floor with the intensity that Thibs wants.

    Bogans did a good job being a shut down defender and limited Brandon Roy. We need JJ to be another lock down defender so we can free up Deng to be efficient offensively. I want to see more of Noah and Asik.

    I've been disappointed with Taj's inability to stay out of foul trouble.

    Aldridge and Noah are getting paid the same, who deserves the contract more?

  • In reply to truniac307:

    *** Horford and Noah are getting paid the same, who deserves the contract more? I believe that Noah will beat Horford for the All Star slot; as long as Noah stays healthy.

  • isn't this what the new rules about complaining are supposed to be about?

  • Unfortunately, his whiney pompous ass routine worked.

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    Yeah, Taj is basically playing the kind of game we'd hoped to see from Brewer. Not mad at him though, and remember he spent the entire offseason rehabbing and played no ball whatsoever.

  • Doug,

    Don't be a SMARTASS or a KICKASS for that matter.

    I NEVER said Wade was coming here. I said the Bulls were going after Wade and Bosh more than YOUR GUY LBJ, who you KISSED THE ASS of the whole summer on here.

    Get a clue Doug.

  • Doug,

    Or actually KNOW THE GAME of basketball.

  • Not just Rudy... I was reading somewhere that they value their backup PF Dante Cunningham as good as a lottery pick. It is their history in general and look at how Minnesota got fooled(I know we can say it is Minnesota's mistake) but they seem to be a kind of organization which wants to win 1000-1 on every trade rather than winning 100-50 or something little more fair. And they seemed to have missed on twice on once in a generation kind of players(MJ and Durant) that's karma for sure.

  • It will be interesting to see how Portland does against Milwaukee tonight especially Aldridge and Roy against the vaunted Skiles's system.

  • he hit at least 2 mid range jumpers last night, plus that nice baseline drive

  • but how likely do you see one, not only after the win, but how good we looked, particularly in the 1st quarter with that great ball movement?

  • I agree, they should address that

  • interesting, guess I can't blame him, NBA needs to adapt. Still don't respect him now. As much as it would Rose, I would hate to see him turn into that.

  • November 2nd and Mappy is in mid season(prepubescent) form already

  • Really feel good about this team. Maybe Boozer going down will turn into a positive, not only for guys like Taj & Asik, but for Deng & the team in general, as it really tests them out of the gate & forces them to play their best.

    The offensive & defensive system, & the cohesiveness will continue to improve & gell. When Boozer comes back, and are schedule moves into the 2nd quarter which features many games against weak opponents, we should be hitting full stride. And we are so deep! How do the Bulls keep the 10-13th man ready for action? Who do they deactivate when Booze returns?

    Offensively, we have a guy like Rose, who will receive some attention similar to the way Portland played him last night, where they either pick him up full court, deny the ball full court, or trap him in the half court, bottom line; you have to pay special attention to him the length of the court, and maybe with 2 defenders. So that opens it up foir the rest of the team, where you have Boozer drawing attention down low, Deng in the middle or at the 3pt line now (a la Paul Pierce), and another guy the D needs to attend to at the 3pt line in Korver, who is pretty good at moving without the ball himself. Don't sleep on Noah either, or Taj or Asik for that matter, b/c they will be lurking down low to stuff the ball home.

    With our D which Thibs will tighten up, plus what should be dominant rebounding, we will be scary.

    Matching up with Miami, you got to give Miami the top 2 best players on the court, but then we have the 3rd, 4th, maybe the 5th & 6th and probably the 8th -10th as well

  • I don't think that it would be a stretch to suggest that Asik is where Noah was as a rookie, and that all he needs is playing time to get his game together, and he does not have the Big Bum(Ben Wallace) and the less big Bum(Drew Gooden)in front of him stealing playing time.

    Asik probably doesn't have Noah's feel for the game, and may be even more offensively challenged, but he looks to have the energy, rebounding and defensive instincts similar to Noah.

    I hope that Asik and Noah become best buds, and Noah works with Asik in the offseason to show him how to improve his game.

    There would certainly be nothing wrong with having 2 Noah's in 3 years, especially a bigger one.

  • I've been really impressed that he's backing guys down and making moves with the ball to score in the low post. It's not like his scoring's just been open opportunities at the rim.

  • Yeah don't get the anti-fair weather sentiment. I think these are the same people who like a band up until they become famous, then when everyone else jumps aboard, they either jump off or remind everyone a million times that they were listening all along.

  • MW-

    Agreed, it is a matter of opinion, and I can use unquantifiable things to determine my defintion of best.

  • Actually, there is a lot of room for debate. Yahoo's fantasy site offers a cumulative all around rating for every player, and while LeBron's is right up there, hsa lost to both Durant & CP3 in the last 3 years. When CP3 is healthy, he puts up amazing stats.

  • Actually, there is a lot of room for debate statistically.
    Yahoo sports has a cumulative ranking for statistical player performance, and when healthy, Chris Paul has topped James over the last 3 years. Also, Durant topped him last year.
    I absolutely think it is a debate, despite what ESPN wants us to believe

  • RE: "I do think if we go 8-7 or 9-6 it shows this team is much better than I thought it would be at the start of the season."

    Same here, hence 7-8 being the "most realistic ceiling" :p

    I agree with you on Dallas. That game will come down to execution on both ends. The Bulls showed it could control the pace and apply a method against Portland, but the Blazers let everyone do that, being so slow, just trusting their method will beat others'. Without Boozer, Taj's untrustworthy feet and Asik playing catchup could put Nowitzki at the line 15 times. If they run Marion/butler on the wings together and Brewer's still playing with blind aggressiveness and no method, it'll be really messy.

  • I don't recall the split and I honestly wasn't watching Deng as much on defense, but I remember Deng being guarded by Batum, Wes Matthews, and Fernandez. I saw Brandon Roy being guarded mostly by Bogans in the 1st half, JJ and Deng more on the 2nd half. I like how physical Bogans was guarding Roy and I think Roy was mainly bothered by Deng's length. I don't know if I agree that Deng guarded Roy for majority of the game; I think out of Bogans, JJ, and Deng, Deng guarded Roy the least. Again, I could be wrong. I already deleted the game so I'm unable to check if I'm correct or not.

    I still believe that Deng is either more effective on offense or defense, but if he exerts his effort on both ends of the floor, he is not capable to be very productive on both; it's either one or the other with Deng. I have no data to prove this but it's just my observation when I watch him play and from my playing experience how difficult it is to exert energy on both ends of the floor. Once you start getting tired and your legs started feeling heavy, your jump shot starts to suffer and that's when cramps creeps up on ya. It's kinda like you have to pick if you want to put more effort on offense or defense.

  • What do you guys think about trying this starting lineup out against new york?????

    2. Lu
    3. Taj
    4. Jo
    5. Asik

    It'd give good size down low to help slow Amare and maybe keep deng hot by playing him at a smaller spot?? At this point bogans isn't putting up much more offense than omer so it wouldn't hurt us there I dunno its just a thought

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Leaves the bench too thin a with the bigs. Taj and Omer foul too often and Kurt Thomas has not shown anything.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    You're right! I never thought about that

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Trade Luol Deng now before he scores only 12 points vs the Knicks! lol He plays well against crummy talent an sucks against good talent...lets see what he does tomorrow night!


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