Bulls @ Cavaliers 6pm on CSN

Will Joakim Noah rip on Cleveland again, or have they suffered enough?   It seems almost cruel to mock the city now.    The Cavaliers have fallen off a cliff after getting blown out in their superbowl when Miami came in and crushed them.   They're also coming off a back to back, having lost at Philadelphia last night. 

No need to sugar coat it, if the Bulls don't win this one, it will be
embarrassing.  Granted, sometimes you lose games to terrible teams, but
the Bulls have done a nice job of winning the games they should win this
year, and Thibodeau doesn't strike me as the type of coach who will let
his team get complacent.

Keys to the game

Bring it early

Bad teams in a funk can fold quickly when you jump out to a big lead and rarely have teh firepower to come back even if they don't.   This team has lost five in a row and has a bunch of veterans that know they aren't a good team or going to have a good season.   The last thing you want to do is give a bad team hope.   Don't let them hang around and have fortune decide the outcome later.

Play your game

The Bulls are better at PG, SF, PF, C.   No one special needs to step up and go above and beyond.   No singular matchup needs to be exploited.   The Bulls can win at virtually every position on the court, so everyone just needs to play inside the flow of the game, share the ball, and let the game come to them.

Don't beat yourself

Bad teams usually win due to a combination of second chance points, turnovers, and great three point shooting.   There's no reason the Bulls should lose in those first two categories.   The Bulls have better rebounders, so they shouldn't struggle on the glass.  They merely need to control their own turnovers and contest the Cleveland shooters.

Don't think about the Lakers

This is a classic trap game as the Bulls face the Lakers in two days.   While it's an easy win as long as the team shows up focused, this is the NBA, any team can beat anyone else once.  

Final thoughts

This is a game the Bulls should win easily.   Seriously look at the matchups in terms of talent, and the Cavs might not win anything except SG and backup PG, and even those are debatable.   The Bulls have the Cavs killed on talent, so only a lack of focus is going to cause a loss tonight.  

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  • Yeah no need for Noah to be trash talking about Cleveland!
    That was only for the playoffs when Lebron was on the team!
    Let a Bulls dominant win stand up for itself, get off to a good lead and let's play our bench and let our starters rest!
    I hope Brewer or KK start at SG this game!
    GO BULLS!!!!

  • I think games like this tell you more about where a team is at then the big games against Miami, LA and the like. If the Bulls are serious, then they'll handle teams like Cleveland easily. When we were a middling team, these were the types of games we struggled in. I'm hoping that dogfight in Sacramento was just an aberration. With Booz back, we should handle the Cavs pretty easily

  • In reply to Juiceboxjerry:

    Juice,

    Well said. I agree.

    To be a really good team, they have to beat teams they should beat.

    They can't afford to look past the Cavs and ahead to the Lakers.

  • In reply to Juiceboxjerry:

    CHRISTMAS GIFT:

    Here's an early Xmas gift for all of my HATERS.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePjU37gY2J4

    * Check the box too.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Not that I consider myself a Mr Happy HATER, but I checked out the link. That was a nice little play. Kinda soft though. Here's an early X-Mas gift for you Mr Happy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSZ1X_vxQSo

    p.s. LOTS-O-HEART and DEFINITELY NOT SOFT!!! Enjoy.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I don't think anyone on here hates Nick Young. If you look closely enough though you may notice.....he is not on the Bulls. Is he a young SG playing well when given the opportunity? yes. Is he on the Bulls or available? no and I doubt it. He would fit the Bulls needs at SG, but most SG's around the league are an improvement over what the Bulls have so that isn't saying much. Given the minutes he is getting in NJ why do you think they would trade him away for what the Bulls can offer? If the Bulls can get him fine but to talk almost daily about a trade that doesn't seem likely is a waste of all our time.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    UnstopaBull,

    Actually, people did HATE on Nick Young. One of who was DOUG THONUS who said, "He wouldn't be an UPGRADE to James Johnson."

    We are Bulls' fans and this is a Bulls' blog. We should be discussing ways on which the Bulls can get better. Nick Young is a free-agent to be and Washington is go nowhere this season. I believe he can be had in a trade.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    We don't need the baby JR Smith on this team.

  • In reply to Juiceboxjerry:

    Props to the Cleveland tourism board for that vid.. emm hmm. Funny for sure, but could do without the drifter/homeless potshots. And no mention/play on the LeBronless aspect..? But still funny.

    As far as these game to game matchups against these bottom dweller teams really it's more about the Bulls then it is about them IMO. If Derrick continues his 25ppg(sadly the 11 spot against OKC knocked him down a bit), and does his part defensively, Booz, Luol, Jo(a little down lately - only 12 and 8 in December hopefully he can get his A/stud game back), Taj, Kyle etc. And if Thibs keeps meeting the challenge of bringing this team together as consistent winners then they will play well every night period. Which means they will indeed win games like this.

    I hate to sound like a certain somebody, and keep harping on the same thing, but as I'm hoping Derrick will continue his rise as one of the prolific scorers in this league, I keep waiting for him to start using pump fakes to both get off more open shots in the lane and also draw contact/increase his ability to get to the line. As most contending teams do have a prolific/top five(?) scorer in the league, and all those guys from Jordan to Kobe, Wade, Durant etc. use fakes and hesitations i.e have the ability to get to the line. Please Derrick, I'm begging you(and Thibs/staff) come up with some fakes(pump/head) and hesitations on the drive showing the ball getting the contact, and then putting it up(and preferably in - three point plays). Thank you.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Note: six of the ten championship teams of the 2000's/last decade had a top four scorer/27ppg or more, all were Laker teams(Kobe/Shaq). But of the rest Boston, San Antonio had multiple All-Stars. In the short term to show we're even close to contending/one big player away/make it to the ECF I don't think there's any doubt we need Derrick to be a scoring stud this season. Thus he needs to do what scoring studs do, and be able to get to the line as well as get some three point play opps which the great scorers do also. Both are strong enhancers/marks of dominance/winning.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Pretty sure the Cleveland Board of Tourism did not make or sanction that video...

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    Thank you Captain Obvious

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    My bad, does emmm hmmm = ;-)?

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    haha i'm assuming so

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Mr. Happy gets happy endings when eating Thai soup of Sum Yung Guys! LOL

  • In reply to smiley:

    Let's leave the racist/homophobic trash on the Jr. High playground. Check back in when you grow up into a real man, Troy.

  • In reply to adamlweber:

    Sorry but Mr. Happy sure does love those Youngins!

  • In reply to smiley:

    that's not even clever

  • In reply to smiley:

    troy,

    I like good basketball and player who know how to play the game. You on the other hand might want to get some help or counseling for your (immaturity) issues.

    Everyone...Hide the women and children!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    LOL

  • In reply to smiley:

    How about we get an early lead for once against an inferior opponent rather than dig ourselves in a hole by going down by 10 or 20 points at half?

    A quality 1st and 3rd period are what I'm lookin for tonight. A fast start out of the gates and after half would be a nice change of pace. Step on their throat early and don't let up.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Bulls have gotten off to good starts the last 2 games

  • In reply to Crowned:

    This one's gonna be a 30 pt blowout.

    My bold prediction: 3 scorers over 20 points, Noah with at least 10 boards at the half....Bulls cruise

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Like your thinking ChiRy, but 30 point win? I'll be happy to take the 30 points while watching the bulls win if you care to wager.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I stand by all 3 of my predictions. I'm sure Bulls got their ass chewed out by Thibodeau at the half, here comes a big 3rd quarter.
    Noah got his 10 1st half reb's

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    well I was way off

    can we get one blowout please?

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Have you guys seen this!? This vid is awesome!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3QTvYIMsLk

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    dang, I had no idea Stacey could flow like that

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Doug Thonus got the Org to play that video on the jumbo at the UC last year. Curious if they still play it

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Yep, that one is awesome. Here is a compilation of Stacey's best calls:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx0_aaZVfos

    I love how Stacey says CJ Whaaaaaaaaatson. Sort of like his old call on Thabo Sefolossshhhhhhhhaaaaaa.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Easy Wins and Hard Wins

    Tonite against Cleveland is an easy win. Or at least it should be.

    Now that the Bulls have Carlos Boozer, NBA teams will be quick to learn that even if Rose and Noah have an off night, Boozer and company will get the job done.

    This week's Bulls win over OKC was a great example of the future Bulls. The Bulls can win even without Rose having a great game, just a decent game will do. Finally, the Bulls have two legitimate All Stars on their team (sorry, Noah is on the borderline, but glad to have him).

    So the Bulls win tonite, or should win. The tipping factor is Coach Thibodeau. He'll do his job to make sure the Bulls beat the teams they should beat, like Cleveland.

    As we all know, the real test in the East will be the Celtics, Magic, and the Heat. Those are the hard wins. How Thibodeau and the maturing Bulls resolve that problem is yet unknown.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    RW I've been thinking about the pump fake thing since you mentioned it the other day. I said before that he definitely lacks the move and needs to bring it out. But looking at some film I'm seeing two things that stick out regarding the lack of pump fakes. 1. Guys don't really jump to defend Rose on long rage jumpers and 3p shots. He's been getting better and better from mid-long range but most teams still aren't doing more than getting in his face and putting a hand up to contest his shots. This doesn't mean he can't use a pump fake, but what it does mean is that he'd have to use it closer to the basket, which brings me to the other thing I noticed. 2. Rose doesn't do well at driving and coming to a stop short of the basket, partially because he usually has 3 defenders converging on him making it near impossible to dribble around that close to the hoop like a Rondo or Steve Nash does.

    I think Rose will need to keep up the good work making his longer shots before he can really utilize the pump fake, either that or work on driving down low and developing a post game. I see it in his future but these are just the things that stood out as to why he doesn't utilize the pump fake as of now.

    Speaking of needing to use the pump fake, Kyle Korver NEEDS to start pump faking, he gets guys in the air on a twitch, plus hes a near automatic free throw shooter.

  • Cavs are absolutely terrible, no excuses for losing this one, even if the Bulls play sloppy you get the feeling like with the Kings game they could play well for even one quarter and win the game.

    Hopefully the offensive execution remains sharp like it was for most of the Thunder game though, the Bulls attacking constantly was the best they've looked all year. A horrible defensive team like the Cavs is another chance to really score a heap in the paint, and get more video to send to the NBA of not getting calls.

  • The Bulls are susceptible to three-point shooting (like New York and Orlando). The Cavs have a lot of three point shooters - Mo Williams, Daniel Gibson, Anthony Parker, Antawn Jamison and even Jamario Moon. Hopefully, they won't get lucky and ambush the Bulls.

  • In reply to boogernights:

    If it happens, it happens, I'm not too worried. We'll likely lose a few like that throughout the season, but we're unlikely to lose an entire playoff series due to 3pt shooting.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Last time I checked we're not in the playoffs yet.

  • In reply to boogernights:

    And if we don't make the playoffs, we definitely won't lose a series due to 3pt shooting. I'm just saying, teams get lucky once in awhile and just kill from behind the three point line. But it's really hard to get anywhere in the playoffs that way, just ask Orlando.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Orlando has made the playoffs and Finals last time I checked.

  • In reply to boogernights:

    No Happy is saying that we want this team to be an elite team and mediocrity will not win the Bulls anything.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    so we should further disrupt our chemistry, even if we have to pay too much for it?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Exactly! That is the Bulls dilemma. They have needs (especially SG and another 7-footer) but little in trade assets - mostly Taj Gibson and the Charlotte pick. And I think Bulls would like to keep Gibson.

    GarPax need to add an asset or two without trading away much at all. They'd almost have to arrange a trade like Lakers did for Pau Gasol - very one-sided.

    So I doubt much will happen with Bulls roster till next year. Even though the holes are very apparent.

    It's

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    They are going to have to eventually cause the way this team is playing now they will be a second round exit in the payoffs.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I Agree.
    But as much as I want the team to improve its roster I have the feeling (a sinking feeling?) they will stand pat and go to the playoffs with what we have now.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    this game is putrid. I can't trust this bulls team

  • In reply to bobhot:

    AGREED... this team is just a 500. team to me right now.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    And this is a healthy Bulls team...SAD!!!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    The healthy Spurs lost to the Clippers. No team wins every game they should.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    EXCUSES EXCUSES... sOME of you guys better realize the Bulls are suppose to beat this team, but Bulls fans giving them a pass again.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    They need to stop B.S.ING AND win this game.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    The way the Bulls are playing right now, the Lakers are going to tear them a new one on FRI.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Of course they're supposed to beat the Cavs, but the reality is that every team is going to lose games, you can't judge the team based on a single game. You're saying they're a .500 team when they're above that mark after playing the toughest schedule in the league.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    You must not be a competitive person cause you don't sound like it.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    They may win this one but it shows me that the next 20 games may not be as easy or fun to watch as I was hoping they would be. = (

  • In reply to Reese1:

    You must not be an intelligent person because you don't sound like it.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Man get real you have to come better than that...LOL LOL LOL...

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I can vouch for Shakes.. you definitely lack intelligence.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    And I can definitely vouch that every time you come on here that you barely know what you are saying.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    umm.. wait so if I barely know what I'm saying, you do realize that would infer that I still know what I'm saying. Then again you probably can't wrap your mind around that statement.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    Dude please...LOL..

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Reesel,

    I told you their is a CLUELESS atmosphere in here.

    It's shameful.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I know Happy it's sad.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    it happens once in a while to the spurs, for the bulls it's a trend. Good teams don't waste time with mediocre ones

  • In reply to bobhot:

    I'm glad you are a realalist bobhot

  • In reply to bobhot:

    Not a good win for the Bulls...nough said!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Reesel,

    Every WIN is good, but that was FRUSTRATING to watch.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Yeah but they make some of their wins like pulling teeth and I know to all that's no fun to go through.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Well, they say any road win is a good win.
    But with Cleveland on the second of a back-to-back I would have hoped for an easier win and lower minutes for Deng, Noah, Rose.

    To me this game highlighted the Bulls roster weakness on the wing/SG and they still need a bulky 7-footer. Varejao had a great game with his size.

    Bulls aren't talented enough to coast through even the poor teams - they rely on hustle and energy. They are good at stepping up their effort to closeout games though!

  • In reply to Edward:

    Yeah hopefully that will carry over the remainder of the season. You are right though.

  • In reply to bobhot:

    Derrick is just amazing. As a Bulls fan, you can't be thankful enough for the 1.7% draft lottery wonder. :)

  • In reply to bobhot:

    My brilliant observation: Derrick Rose is pretty awesome. Everyone else on this team kind of sucks.

  • In reply to bobhot:

    Some clutch FT shooting by Bulls - Rose and Noah.

  • In reply to Edward:

    Still only shot 60% on the night though, game would have been over earlier if the Bulls were any good from the line.

  • In reply to bobhot:

    Noah and Boozer both played pretty bad, Rose carried the team. Ugly win but who cares, it all counts.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Korver and Bogans are a combined 18:30 minutes, 0-6 and zero points through three quarters.

  • In reply to Edward:

    Korver just scored 4 points for you. ;)

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Make it 6.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Now all 10 points in the quarter. Please say Boozer sucks so he gets going. ;)

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    It wouldn't help cause Boozer is on the bench!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    you're not a math student I can tell. Bulls are actually .600 with the toughest sched in the NBA

    Maybe it is your perception that is .500

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Didn't know this was a school course, OK LET ME CORRECT MY MATH SINCE PEOPLE ARE BEING ANAL ABOUT IT, The Bulls are a team that will hover around the 500. mark with the way they are playing right now. Is that better check my grammar...HA HA HA!!!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    MAN SOME OF THESE GUYS ON HERE ARE SO SENSITIVE.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    It doesn't matter if the win wasn't pretty. We should just sit back, relax and enjoy the rise of a true superstar. We haven't witnessed anything like this since Jordan hit the shot. I'm really greatful that I can watch him grow, especially since I missed the early Jordan years.

  • In reply to Rincewind:

    Amen, except for missing Jordan

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Ha Ha Ha!
    That is better check your grammar.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Like I said... so Sensitive

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Look in the mirror Mr. Sensitive Hipocrite.

    btw, if the Bulls keep playing the way they are now, they are likely to be around 1.000, so its not like you're that good in common sense either

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Took u that long to reply huh, I see you're clueless too.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Happy for the win. Bulls are really susceptible against teams with a lot of three point shooters. Thibs should address this when they meet the Lakers (who rained down 3s at Staples Center) and coming games against the Knicks.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Once again you are using obscene logic. The fact is the Bulls are .600 and have played the toughest schedule in the league, they've also played the toughest stretch of their season. So please explain to me how you can argue they will lose a higher percentage of their remaining games when they are against far lesser opponents. Please prove me wrong and speak without sounding like Mr Happys boy toy.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    I will make this my last time replying to you cause you have your opinions and I have mine, The Bulls record is what it is and until they start to play better they will be closer to being a 500.team whether it is a few games over or under 500... they will be around that mark until they can put everything together. So with that being said... Have a good night.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    yes, & his opinion is logical, & yours ....

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    mine...REALISTIC....

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Ugly win, Rose & Booby Gibson carried us.
    Its nice to give a win when you play like crap, but you should never mess around like that. Glad Bogans got benched for the last 23 minutes of the game.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Didn't know Booby Gibson played for the Bulls. THAT'S NEWS TO A LOT OF PEOPLE

  • In reply to Reese1:

    if you noticed the shots he was putting up tonight, then you would have noticed he really was playing for us

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Was he really... OK.... LOL

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    HELP WANTED:

    Some bench scoring other than Kyle Korver. Paging NICK YOUNG.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Sorry Hap, Nick Young nowhere to be found, his shot MIA in 1/8 shooting, totaling 3 points

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Now some DNP coaches decision player is hitting threes on the Bulls.

  • the 3rd key to the game always makes me laugh, i have the mind of a 12 year old i guess. cleaveland is just bad enough theses days to beat the bulls. like when the nets got one of theyre few wins against the bulls last year. however, odds are its gonna be a blowout. they dont really have a true center, not like we do, but id like noah to had a great game. and my buddy Keith, he ought to take advantage of this bad team. if theres ever a time to try out korver as a starter, this is it. tho Bogans can help d off of parker most of the time hes in, thus helping create turnovers on the already bot so great ball handling of mo williams.

  • True about the 4th game and 5 nights, but hey, no excuse... wasn't our double overtime road victory in Phoenix on a virtually empty tank?

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    Eh 3rd game in 5 nights, close enough.

  • We can't trade JJ for Young, he's being sent out in the Melo trade. Or sent to D league. I'm not sure which, MrHappy switches between the two ideas depending on his mood.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Shakes,

    The point being a trade or move needs to be made.

    * JJ collecting a load of DNP's does him, nor the Bulls any good.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I've said many times I think it's in JJ's best interests to get traded to a struggling team that can give him consistent playing time even if he stinks.

    However from the Bulls point of view they're better off holding on to him, as he may be somewhat useful as a minor salary matching piece in a bigger trade. If no trade comes up by the deadline then maybe they'll send him off for a second rounder just to get some value for him, but I'd be surprised to see him on another team before February.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Andrew Bynum will return to the Lakers lineup on Tuesday December 14th. I'm glad he won't be back for Friday's game with our Bulls. Gives Bulls a better chance at that game - Lakers have appeared a bit vulnerable on the road without Bynum.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/You-ve-heard-it-before-but-Andrew-Bynum-is-almo;_ylt=AtHb3dGq0FDOMUofPs2m.t.8vLYF?urn=nba-293295

  • In reply to Edward:

    I'd rather he played to give them a tougher test. Its all about building your team for the playoffs. The Bulls need to be battle tested as much as possible.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    absolutely, the regular season is a tool to hone your team down to what it needs to be come playoffs. The regular season isn't the end all that people make it out to be. Look at the Celtics, I guarantee we end up with a higher seed than Boston, does that make us better? no. Doc Rivers will rest his older players, even in games he could win, just to assure they aren't worn out come playoff time. Just look at what Boston did last year, 4th seed/EC Champs. That was Bostons regular season goal, stay healthy. The Bulls goal is to get our feet wet against the tough teams, as well as build chemistry and cohesiveness through testing games. Another example of how this works can be found in college basketball; every year Michigan State plays the toughest schedule in the country, this year they've already played 3 top ten teams. It hurts their overall record and seed come tourny time yet they've made the final four 6 times in the last 12 years, why? Because THE ARE BATTLE TESTED.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    So I guess this means the Bulls are battle-tested because they were destroyed by Orlando and Boston.

  • So if you have a zero rebound game and the refs foul you out of two others your rebounding average will be less. Such insight from Sam.

  • Mitchell,

    It's not pointless to speculate on Nick Young at all.

    The Wizards are going nowhere and he could be had in a trade.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Mitchell,

    And my list wasn't that long. I believe it had 5 or 6 guys on it tops. Two of those guys were in fact Sam Young and Wayne Ellington. Both are better players than JJ.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I don't see why the Wizards have to trade him at all. Arenas isn't in the Wizards long term plans, they're only playing him because the only hope they have of unloading his bloated contract is if he proves he's still got something on the court. Young is their future at the position right now.

    Yes he's a free agent, but he's a restricted one, so it's not like he can just walk on them. I expect they'll retain him at the end of the year if he keeps playing well.

  • I'm surprised their D has been so bad this year, clearly although LeBron was a good defensive player no wing player is worth 6 points/100 defensively. Seems like the players have decided with no LeBron it's not even worth trying.

  • We just need to take care of ball. I can't count the number of times we've just thrown it away with no defensive pressure.

  • I think this qualifies as playing down to the opposition.

  • Another horse shit game called by the refs

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Dunno, I think the officiating has actually been pretty solid this game. It's the Bulls who are playing a horseshit game.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    NO... another horse shit game being played by the Bulls.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I think its both, obviously Bulls playin like crap, but come on, the calls suck

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Look at that: Rose finally decides to start taking it to the hole and the Bulls go on an 8-0 run.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Crap half but up 6, I guess you have to take it.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Quit ****ing around Bulls!!!!

    Time for the MVP to take over & will his team.

    It was hard not to turn this one off

  • Brewer is kind of terrible running the break. Don't know if this is the one you are referring to, but yeesh! Ugly.

  • sounds good Mitchell, think I'll have one too

  • Bogans with the quick hook 1 1/2 minutes into the 3rd. I like it! Finally some accountability for your little pet, Thibodeau!

  • And now Sideshow Bob is hitting clown shots.

  • cheers! got the win, I'm getting the 6-pack!

  • Shakes,

    FYI: Noah finished with 13 and 14...another double-double. He played good.

    Boozer was AWFUL though.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Noah's defense on Sideshow Bob was terrible, and although he scored 13 points he used 17 possessions to get them. I've defended Noah after most games, even the zero rebound outing against Howard, but this is the first time this season I felt that Noah had a really bad game.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    He calls us clueless. Noah (love him) was pretty darn bad tonight. Missed a ton of shots that could have been dunks. Guess it says something that he can put up numbers and be perceived as playing poorly.

    Jamison abused Boozer. He drove right past him early and shot 3's when Boozer didn't close out.

    One of the biggest things that appear to be missing or not developed well enough for this team is LEADERSHIP. Jordan would have never let a subpar team play that close to one of his superior teams without going off on his teammates to get their heads out of their asses.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    STANDINGS:

    The Eastern Conference is so GROUPED up, at the top and the bottom.

    John Paxson and Gar Forman need to be ACTIVE come December 15th.

    - SG
    - Melo

    Both need to be pursued.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    So you're telling me you want a guy who doesn't MAN UP and play through a knee injury?

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    or a minor thigh injury?

  • Mitchell,

    I'll credit DRose with another CLOSE.

    That makes 4 on the season.

    - Sacramento
    - Houston (twice)
    - Cleveland

  • Other than his turnovers he was great, but I guess you can forgive 4 turnovers when he goes and gets 6 steals.

  • Well the game in general was a fight to see who could be the least inept. :)

  • Like I said, didn't know I was back at school, you guys are hilarious but it's ok cause that is a homers mentality. I do hope the Bulls can get to all of you guys expectations though, I'm pulling for them too.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    yeah sorry, its so hard, the real world really makes you think sometimes :(

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    WOW...I guess being a realist gets under some peoples skin.

  • Well he pulled Bogans super early in the second half so maybe the starting lineup change will happen soon.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I think Thibs could finally have had enough, he looked pretty upset at Bogans

  • Great statements from them if they feel that way cause they are 200% right. They will have to get better if they want to beat the elite teams. They need players with Jordan like mentalities cause without it they won't contend for anything. Very good to hear.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    we finally agree!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    All I want from this team is to win and win big. Bad wins like this is not acceptable, the team overall must continue to improve, this includes the management as well. They need to do whatever to make this team elite, that's all Happy and myself want from them. It's been 12 year since the Bulls won a championship and we are tired of this team and organization being mediocre. It's time to start contending again

  • In reply to Reese1:

    All the people who disagree with you and MrHappy want is you guys to be realistic about it. "The Secret" doesn't work and wanting the team to win and win big doesn't magically give the Bulls the players or trade assets to make it happen.

    The choice is simple: you can appreciate the Bulls for being a good but not great team that tries hard every game, or you can be miserable and complain every step of the way despite the decent season they're in the process of putting together. As a fan that's all your options ever are. Make do with what you have or be unhappy, because ultimately you have approximately zero effect on whether the team wins or loses.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I love that Mr. Happy has a sidekick now in Reese1. I sort of picture them like the creepy cop and the Gimp in Pulp Fiction.

    Tough game to watch, luckily Rose decided he would NOT lose to the Cavs. Someone had to realize that's an impossibility for a playoff team.

    And Happy - I totally agree with you on Nick Young. Anytime you have a chance to trade for a guard that is under 44% shooting for his career and averages 1/2 an assist per game - you HAVE to make that move.

    Dummy.

  • In reply to DanFrystak:

    Sidekick?... NO, having our own opinions, YES. Will the Bulls contend with the elite?... maybe but not right now.

  • In reply to DanFrystak:

    Sidekick?... NO, having our own opinions, YES. Will the Bulls contend with the elite?... maybe but not right now.

  • In reply to DanFrystak:

    Sidekick?... No, having our own opinions, YES. Can the Bulls contend with the elite, maybe but not right now

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    No its not about having a choice but I do have an opinion and I will always be happy cause thus is a sport and its not that serious, so with that being said, you have your opinions and I will have mine. This team can improve its roster but and remember this, they have to sometimes give up good assets in order to get assets back in return. If you feel like this team can win a championship as is then you keep on thinking that cause that's not being realistic. Every team and player in the league wants to contend for a championship, remember that.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    No its not about having a choice but I do have an opinion and I will always be happy cause thus is a sport and its not that serious, so with that being said, you have your opinions and I will have mine. This team can improve its roster but and remember this, they have to sometimes give up good assets in order to get assets back in return. If you feel like this team can win a championship as is then you keep on thinking that cause that's not being realistic. Every team and player in the league wants to contend for a championship, remember that.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Wow I couldn't have said it any better, thank you Shakes.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    WAY TO KISS HIS BUTT, NOT THAT SERIOUS BRO

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    its just my opinion, this is a sport its not that serious remember that.

  • I love trying to catch on replay, how exactly he stips the ball. He is so quick! He gets a lot of BS calls though, like a lot of Bulls

  • It goes unnoticed, but there is a lot, a lot of luck involved. As a team you put yourself in position. The Bulls just like any team are looking to get better any way they can. Deals like the Pau Gasol dump don't happen every day, and you have to be lucky to be a team to capitalize on that. The first step is getting a star. We have that now, & he is only 22 & will get even better. He is ulra competitive & hungry to win championships, so the Bulls will be in the mix for the next 10 years. They have currently surrounded him with 2 all-star level players, and several more quality young role players. They can't really make any big moves now, but they are trying, sometimes you just have to be a little patient. At the very least they will add this summer to try and plug 1-2 of their holes, in my eyes another 7 footer & a complete SG. I hope Ray Allen opts out, because even at 36 he would be perfect.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    and sometimes the best moves are just developing what you already have. That takes time. The Bulls are in position, they are in the mix. They just need a player here, or a player there, but they are in the mix now, and in the future they have the potential to be the best team in the NBA.

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