Bulls @ Celtics 7pm on ESPN

The Chicago Bulls are coming off an embarrassing blow out at the hands of the Orlando Magic, and their schedule doesn't get any easier with a trip into Boston to face the Celtics.   The Bulls will once again, go up against one of the premier teams in the Eastern conference that they might meet in the second round of the playoffs.

Keys to the game

The Bulls need to better integrate Boozer
Obviously, this is a process that may take a few games, but Boozer was rusty and tended to gum up the works more than provide any help in his debut for the Bulls against the Magic.  Boozer needs to execute better with the ball, move better without it, and the Bulls need to continue doing what worked for them before.

Boozer also appeared to struggle with the Bulls defensive scheme in his first game frequently getting caught between helping and not helping.  The result was that he didn't provide effective help or cover up his man.   The Celtics present a different challenge, and Boozer's role should be more specific.  He'll probably defend better when not having to be pushed out to the three point line like on Rashard Lewis. 

It's time to show that mental toughness
The Bulls have done a great job of shaking off losses this season.  They won a 2 OT game in Phoenix the day after losing a hard fought battle to the Lakers.  They won in Sacramento the day after losing on Carmelo's buzzer beater.  They're going to need to show mental toughness again, because it's not easy to beat Boston in their building.

They need a strong effort out of the gate, because pulling 15+ point comebacks against great teams isn't very likely.

Derrick needs to rise to the occasion
Be it deferring to Boozer, the score of the game, or the fact that Dwight Howard knocked him out of the game twice already, Derrick Rose spent a lot of time shooting jumpers and not much time getting to the rim against Orlando.   That pattern needs to reverse itself quickly against the Celtics.

Run, run run
The Celtics have a boatload of talent, but they're also the oldest team in the NBA, and the Bulls should run them up and down the floor as much as possible pushing everything towards the rim really hard.

Fast break off misses, fast break off made baskets, fast break any time you can.  Even if you don't have numbers, get into the early offense and get opportunities while the Celtics are on their heals.    Do everything you can to turn this into a battle of athleticism and not skill.

Keep Rondo out of the paint
The Bulls were killed in OT last outing by Rondo getting into the paint due to sloppy pick and roll coverage.   The Bulls need to force him outside with a strong show on the screen and keep him from getting into the paint off the pick and roll.   The Celtics don't really have much else in the way of penetrating players, so keep Rondo out of the paint and honor the jumper on their other perimeter guys.

Final thoughts
It's going to be a tough battle for the Bulls, but I think they can take this game.   They've responded well from losses in the past, and they have always played Boston tough.

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  • Bulls do not have 2 bad games in row under Thibs. I expect them to play well. Good enough to win? Not sure

  • PENETRATION:

    Whichever PG can have more success at getting to the basket or setting up their teammates for easy shots should win this game. I actually like the Bulls chances tonight.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Why don't we PENETRATE you off this blog.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    You guys keep getting on MrHappy's case but he is only stating the obvious, this Bulls team as is do not match up well against some of the elite teams in the league. This team is severely offensively challenged if Rose does not be aggressive in scoring. The Bulls will eventually have to make a trade of some sort to help with the perimeter scoring cause the shooting guard and the small forward players on this team do not score with good efficiency and this type of play is causing the Bulls to fall behind by double digits in a lot of games this year thus far. Sure we can blame the Bulls trailing in most of these games to poor defense and poor rebounding but if they could at least keep up with the scoring they could cover up the poor defensive play but they don't have the players that know how to score at a good efficient pace. Bulls play another elite team tonight and they played them OK in the first meeting, let's see how they do tonight with a healthy Shaq or shall I say lets see how Noah does since Howard pretty much destroyed him in the last game. This is a game where the Bulls could use some very good perimeter scoring with a little more help from Boozer so Rose wont have to keep driving to the basket so often and keep taking a chance at getting injured. Hopefully they get the W but it will be a tough one.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Reesel,

    Thank you.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    the Heat are actually the oldest team in the NBA, but I get your point

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    How many times are we going to mention that we need a perimeter player?? I think it's obvious that we do so let's try not to mention it 100 times on each article Doug writes.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    MON,

    Why don't you go FO?

  • DISTRIBUTION

    Random words in CAPS LOCK is all I offer to this BLOG.

  • In reply to jpbaker81:

    Jon, that is FUNNY!!! Mitchell, for once I too am forced to agree with Mr Happy.

    Much to my chagrin...

    p.s. Happy I'm just playing with you. (Kinda)

  • In reply to thegreatlie:

    Logic,

    It's all good.

  • In reply to thegreatlie:

    time to jump on the Happy bandwagon....... bulls still suck.... dont know why, but it might not get better anytime soon. I mean second round of the playoffs yes, but anything else who knows. Everybody needs to remember that a lot of nba teams have never really seriously contended, or at least not recently (think memphis, minnesota, nets, bucks, wizards, hawks, etc..)

  • In reply to thegreatlie:

    @ MrHappy...look dude no one is in the mood for you to be name calling right now. Pretty much tired of reading your comments with its name calling. Everyone on here loves the Bulls and want them to to do great. Its a sport our town our team. And although I am disappointed and pissed with this loss. I will continue to be optimistic despite thinking what we have may not be enough. Just state your opinion without the names dude. Its not necessary.

  • In reply to sharynlewis:

    bullybullzphan,

    Just responding to my fan club.

  • In reply to jpbaker81:

    The battle of the International Big men! Asik vs. Erden! Best matchup of the night!

  • In reply to jpbaker81:

    Hopefully, we will have more motion on offense that we did against Orlando.

    It seemed that with Boozer on the floor everybody started finding spots on the floor and just stood around watching Rose dribble.

    I haven't seen Boozer enough to know if he stagnates an offense all by himself, but he offense that Utah ran was based on motion, not stagnant, I think.

    In fact somebody on the Truehoop blog wrote a very good article in preseason suggesting that the Bulls personnel would be perfect to run Utah's offense. I forgot the name of the offense, but I do believe that it was a motion offense, maybe a hybrid of the Princeton offense.

    We seem to play much better against the Celtics than the Magic, so I expect a competitive game.

    When healthy their starters have tended to beat ours rather convincingly, we usually made up the difference against their bench.

    Wondering how Boozer has faired against Garnett in this career, does KG's length and activity bother Boozer?

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Bigway, here's a little breakdown of the Utah offense with Boozer.

    http://coachingbetterbball.blogspot.com/2007/11/utah-jazz-4-out-1-in-motion-offense.html

  • In reply to thegreatlie:

    thanks for the link, the video appears to be no longer available, but the article details the Utah motion offense.

  • In reply to thegreatlie:

    Good keys, I really think the Bulls will pick it up for this game.

    I expect it'll be a few more games yet before we see much offensively from Boozer. I'm just hoping he can grab some boards, any points he gets are a bonus.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Nice video from Kelly Dwyer featuring a breakdown of the Bulls breakdown against the Magic, somewhat focused on the notion that Boozer really should not have started with so little practice with his new teammates

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Video-Did-Carlos-Boozer-return-too-early-?urn=nba-291717

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Nice find. Although going by the video I don't think anyone on the Bulls should have played, they're just about all guilty of something.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Kind of irrelevant. Boozer is going to be rusty & gum up the offense a bit, & play some sloppy defense until he gets back in a rhythm.

    Better to integrate him now & have say 60 games with him & the team working well, than to have say only 54 games.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I was posing the same theory to a friend today...

    The links author say's basically the same thing.

    Here's where this post is designed to fail, though. The Bulls employ a head coach in Tom Thibodeau that is renowned for his obsession with tape-watching; and not in a Bob Crane sort of way. Perhaps Thibs needs that sort of game tape, actual on record movement against an NBA team, to prepare his squad for what comes next. And it's possible that no amount of practice will have the same effect as a 30-minute stint on camera with Boozer on the floor.

    This might be cold comfort to a Bulls team that will no doubt be fighting for needed wins to establish playoff seeding this spring, but the appalling optimist in me keeps yelling about how Thibs might be taking a game that would have likely been a loss anyway (Orlando owns the Bulls, and it was Chicago's first home game back after a long road trip; something that historically results in a loss in this league), and using it as a teaching tool. The where to go, the what to do. All that coaching stuff, that Chicago never seemed to get with Vinny Del Negro running things.

    Or, Chicago could get blown out by 30 in Boston on Friday night, and I could chalk that up to another life's lessons learned. Such is fandom.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Heard that Mayo is definitely available direct from the owner. Wonder what it would take for the Bulls to get him. Parts and a first maybe?

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Noah has a rebound tonight at least.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I would imagine he has success, b/c everyone knows Garnett hates a lot of contact.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    flex offense, & the Bulls run some of that

  • In reply to jpbaker81:

    MASTURBATION, SELF FLAGELATION

    2 of Mappy Pelosi's favorite activities.

  • true, & although more rare of a stat, probably more telling, you're right

    the Heat are going to be leaning on Juwan Howard, Erick Dampier, & Ilgauskas though, so when playing them I think you can get some easy buckets if not tiring them out (at least the big 3), esp b/c Wade & LeBron are always down on the offensive end arguing no calls.

  • I suggest we rename him to Fat Flopper.

  • Really nice run, Brewer and Gibson doing better than Bogans and Boozer.

  • Boozer starting to look better this time in the game.

  • Rose is missing a lot of Boozer rolls and pops.

  • not bad, at least we're not saring at a huge comeback at the half. Korver is really struggling to get shots off lately, or maybe just Bulls struggling to find him.
    A couple really bad calls/no calls, even the ESPN guys noticed it.
    KG acting like a punk again, throwing elbows, no surprise there

  • come on bulls, cant get blown out two games in a row, that's an embarrasment

  • i think its james johnson time

  • Bulls suck man, Im sorry, s#$%t, what a waste of time

  • Oh well... must win tomorrow, Bulls can't compete with the elite teams in the league.

  • I saw about 5 minutes of this game, any thoughts on boozer? does he suck? is he ruining the team??

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Better than the first game, but it's going to take a few more games.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    hi Doug and everyone else on this site,

    I don't know what's going on with Taj since the benching. Our defense and rebounding are atrocious. We're getting killed on the board because nobody has any respect for our wing players. If garpax dont do anything about that, we can forget about a 50 wins season

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    agghh! Losing 2 in a row hurts pretty bad.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    If THIBs is so smart why does his substitutions suck. I cant get why he continue to expect Korver to just come in the game after sitting for 25-30mins and have a good rhythm. I dont understand why Ronnie Brewer doesn't start. Bogans continues to miss wide open shots which I think contributes to our slow starts including the dumb substitutions. Yes I know the Bulls played terrible defense and missed way too many free throws but we dont need our Coach assisting us in losing games with his decisions. This team is not ready to compete with the elite teams. The bulls our basically in Basketball Purgatory. Beat the bad teams and medicore teams but cant compete against the elite. Yes I know Carlos Boozer needs to get adjusted but even Carlos Boozer wont be enough. This is just terrible..

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    How DISAPPOINTING it must be to the CLUELESS when I'm right.

    Rondo worked over Rose, once again, and the Celtics dominated the POINTS IN THE PAINT.

    GET A CLUE...FOOLS!!!

    How's that #1 seed looking?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Yes Rondo owned Rose. So what??? That's all right. Rose is just 22. Let see a couple of year from now. By the way, 2 years from now, Garnett, Shaq, Allen and Pierce will be all gone. Listen, the Bulls are building a team, right now they are not a number 1 seed candidate. It is more like 4 to 8. But next year with an upgrade at shooting it will be different. Enjoy the ride. Be Mr. Happy!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Really I feel like all there is to say about the result is that Rose got outplayed again and the Bulls are going to struggle to beat good or even average teams when that happens.

    Boozer was not good, but he was better than last time around so he's at least heading in the right direction.

    Ronnie Brewer started out well when he got on the court, went at them aggressively, but then hardly saw the ball other than for a couple of long jump shots. The SG situation is what it is, nobody likes it, but right now we don't even seem to be making full use of the players we have.

    Bit of a worry that a team can score 104 points with only 1 three and 17 free throws. Too many easy scores, Boston is good but it just didn't feel like the Bulls ever really played the high intensity D that they can.

  • Mitchell,

    Thank you. Feel free to join me and Reesel's team.

    (THE SMART and REALISTIC GROUP)

  • That stretch in the second where he came back into the game and got to the foul line a couple of times got me excited, exactly what the team needs is someone other than Rose who can make something happen.

    The rebounding is surprising me, I thought he'd come out and be good at that pretty much straight away. The defense not so surprising, I think even if he wasn't injured it would take some time until Thibs worked out how to best cover for him. I'm confident it can be done, if a team with Eddy Curry can be a top defensive team on the strength of Chandler/Davis you can devise a scheme to compensate for Boozer with Noah/Gibson/Asik.

  • I questioned several times on this blog whether Boozer could play any better than Taj has played this year. That question remains unanswered, but we know for sure that an out-of-sync Boozer is no match for Taj.

    Thibs really put himself and the entire team in a difficult position by immediately starting Boozer. Understandably and through no fault of his own, Boozer is out-of-sync. But because Thibs chose to start Boozer before he got back in sync, the entire team, which was playing great, is now thrown out-of-sync.

    Thibs should have brought Boozer off the bench until he showed he was ready to start! It's not just coming back from injury - it's a new coach, new teammates, new offense and defense, new everything! And under no circumstances should Boozer have started before December 11 when the schedule/opponents become easier.

    After the best circus trip in years, Thibs threw the entire team out-of-sync when we still had 6 very tough games through Dec 10 including Magic, Celtics, Thunder, Lakers.

    The worst part is Thibs can't bench Boozer now because it would be admitting he made a mistake. It's going to be ugly for several weeks now. Get ready for the under .500 Bulls.

  • In reply to Edward:

    I can see Thibs logic, if the plan is that he starts in the long term then Boozer is primarily going to have to get used to playing next to Rose, Deng and Noah, not Watson, Korver and Asik. So throwing him in the second lineup might slow down the process.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    We Disagree.
    Playing Boozer in the 2nd unit wouldn't slow down anything. Boozer needs some minutes just to regain a basic feel for the game. He hasn't played since May - not even a preseason game. Right now the only thing being accomplished is throwing the starters out-of-sync with a player who doesn't yet belong in the starting lineup. Boozer is a month away from being a productive starter - anyone would be under these circumstances with EVERYTHING being new in addition to the injury.

    It's no coincidence that Bulls are now getting killed on the boards when that was one of the teams strengths in November. Noah and Taj were playing great together.

  • In reply to Edward:

    There's really no way around the fact Boozer has to play himself in to form and it's going to hurt the team while he does that. If he does it from the bench then it's going to be a case of the team digging a hole while the bench is out there.

    I would have brought him off the bench, but really I don't think it matters much when he plays his 20 minutes, we're going to have to live with looking better during the time Taj is out there.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Of course Boozer has to play himself into form - all players do. But it wasn't necessary to disrupt the chemistry of the entire team - a team that was playing well - just to get a player some remedial minutes.

    Thibs bench rotations have been a work-in-process all season. Using Boozer 15-20 minutes a game wouldn't have disrupted the starters chemistry against the tough part of the schedule. The team defense and rebounding is suddenly horrible. Thibs should have used Boozer off the bench until he showed he was ready. After December 11th it

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Edward,

    The Bulls new roster?

    PG - Rose/Watson/Lucas
    SG - Brewer/Lee
    SF - Deng/Korver/Bogans
    PF - Boozer/Gibson/Scalabrine
    C - Noah/Hayes/Asik

    * Looking at the front-lines of Boston and Orlando, it wouldn't hurt for the Bulls to bring in another quality big-man, like Chuck Hayes, who happens to be a UFA after this season.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Boston has a great success adding veteran bigs (mostly 7-footers or 6'11" guys) specifically to compete against the Magic and Lakers. First P.J. Brown, then Rasheed Wallace, and now Shaq/Jermaine O'Neal/Erden.

    Currently Bulls don't have a big who can body up Howard. Remember Brad Miller always had more success against Howard than Noah simply because of bulk/strength.

    Last year in the playoffs Celtics were very successful rotating 3 bigs (Perkins, Wallace, Davis) on Howard to get physical with him without double teaming.

    Don't know if Chuck Hayes is the answer, but Bulls don't currently have the bulk to matchup with Orlando or Boston.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I like Courtney Lee. But as I look up Courtney Lee's stats - 18 min, good shooting percentages. I don't see any way Houston trades him unless Bulls give up the Charlotte pick and maybe more. JJ has no trade value compared to Courtney Lee.

    If I were Houston I might even consider extending Lee, make him the starting SG, and try to trade Kevin Martin's big contract and rebuild without Yao.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I think I would like to see more CJ Watson while Rose is on the floor. Thibs has used them together a couple times this year when we need offense and quite franky CJ has been playing pretty good D if you have been watching closely. His shot looks to finally have come around and has been a more consistent than Brewer, Bogans, and even Korver.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Also, I really cant figure out why Bogans is starting. Teams are really outscoring us in the first quarter. Brewer could help slow our opponent down and has been very active and has typically created steals while in the game. This could help to open up the game with some trasition buckets too.

    I know everyone says Tibs feels safe with Bogans because he really doesnt "hurt" you. He plays decend D and really doesnt turn the ball over. However, I disagree. He has shot like shit for almost a month now and really isnt contributing anything that makes him "starter" material. He is an extra body out there that the other team doesnt really have to cover. I want to see Brewer in there or even Korver to space the floor.

    And I am not just reacting to the fact that we lost 2 in a row. I am suggesting we need to make a change because we have been getting off to slow starts for much of the season.

    Any thoughts?

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    QUESTION:

    Seriously though, how patient should Thibs or GarPax be with Bogans or the SG position?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Happy, Gar and Paxson should already have some trade ideas in mind or they need to be working on some because other teams are figuring the Bulls out and exposing their weakness which is poor scoring from the wing players which is starting the defensive and rebounding woes. Other teams are now starting to pack in the lane.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    SG is a glaring weakness without an easy solution. GarPax can't just snap their fingers and add Jason Richardson or (insert your favorite SG here) just because Bulls have a need.

    And I don't believe a minor upgrade like Rudy Fernandez is going to solve the SG problem either. GarPax have to wait for December 15 (when the signed free agents can be included in trades), or the February trading deadline (when deals usually get made), or the perhaps more likely but far less popular for Bulls fans option of wait-til-July and the new CBA.

    We Bulls fans don't realize it, but Reinsdorf has already won this season's championship. Bulls lead the NBA in attendance, have a playoff team generating a lot of interest, and are not paying luxury tax = A Reinsdorf Ring!

  • In reply to Edward:

    If they don't make some kind of trade I will agree with you 200%

  • In reply to Edward:

    Edward,

    Well said.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    The should have no patience at all, a panic trade is needed yesterday. Luckily I have determined that Deng and Noah are the problem, they only average 23 points a game against the Celtics. Unacceptable, we can not win with players like that!

    Through the power of ESPN trade machine I have the solution though. How about Noah and Deng to the Wizards for Gilbert Arenas? He averages 25 points a game against the Celtics, so as you can see, put him in at shooting guard and this team will be unstoppable in the Garden.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    That would be giving up too much rebounding. The Bulls need to do all they can to hold on to Noah although he does need help against some of the big guys in the league. Bulls need scoring from the perimeter in the worst way. At least if the defense lags, having a scorer they would be able to keep pace somewhat.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I am officially scared that someone responded to the suggestion of trading for Arenas like it was something to seriously consider. :)

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Shakes, some people have light bulbs that don't turn on.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    And some people don't have light bulbs at all...WINK WINK... SUP UNSTOPABULL

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Bulls definitely need to make a change cause the first qtr. and 3rd qtrs. are killing them. They have trailed by some pretty descent deficits as to where they need to expend too much energy trying to get back into the game. If some adjustments are not made and the Bulls don't address their scoring problems this team will not win 50 games this year. They are hovering around the 500. mark now. I know their schedule gets easier this month but the elite teams that the Bulls have played have pretty much exposed their weakness which is the wing players not helping Rose when he does try to get assists and also not converting on open jump shots. Teams are now starting to crowd the paint which is now starting the Bulls rebounding totals to decline. But your reactions to these loses are justified cause right now the Bulls are out of sync and something needs to be done NOW,and SOON, NOT LATER!!!

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    I think Doug is pretty disgusted with the team cause he would usually have a new thread up by now.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Pathetic, just pathetic.
    Where is the heart? Where is the intensity?
    Everyone hates losing but its the way we are losing that is madening. We have to play swarming defense, we are not even playing decent on that end of the court. Screw the offense for now, we can get fast break points with good D & rebounding, but we are absolutely terrible in both departments.

    Where is the heart you showed earlier Bulls players? Where is the intensity? You're embarassing yourselves, your city, & us fans right now!!!

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Screw Bogan's pride & ego! If you don't produce, you don't play!!!

    Thibs has always stated that its not Bogans individual production he looks at, its the way the team functions. OK, HELLO! Anybody home coach? They are not functioning right now, get in a real NBA player. Maybe one with any kind of athleticism, one that can occasionally hit an open look.

    Where are your priorities coach when you are more loyal to one guy than you are to your team?

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Another tough night. Thanks for the forum here where we can all get our heads a little clearer. A few points... one, I still don't think Taj is at full strength with his feet - and that may have as much as anything to do with why Thibs chose this way of bringing Boozer back. And especially his second time in the game, Carlos showed a LOT of his arsenal. Boy, it will be great to have a real inside presence, Taj will learn a lot watching his moves. But really, several games now we've fallen behind because we miss our first few jump shots! Several games now, we could have ten more points by the 5-minute mark of the first quarter if we make our open shots, shots we usually make. Somehow we have to come out of the gate sharper! Yes, it will be good when defenses have to respect all five Bulls - but even so, we've gotten lots of open looks, just have knocked them down - and missed some layups too... I don't think we've been in a truly confident, relaxed state of mind to start games.

    Boy, I expect we'll be having some very different discussions about this team in March or so!

  • In reply to petert23:

    Taj needs to work on his footwork this summer. Way to many shuffling of the feet traveling calls

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Look Mr. Happy, despite the Bulls recent pathetic struggles against the NBA elite, the sky is not falling, nor ever was. It is December. You are the clueless one if you think the team should be playing their best right now. They no doubt need to get thier head out of their ass & play with some fire, but stop treating every game like its game 7 of the NBA Finals.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    That is the difference b/t me & you Mr. Happy, I trust this team & know it will get firing very soon, & you think they undoubtabley need to go outside the organization for help. We disagree, and its easy to call everyone cluless & insult them when things are going wrong, but just try to put things in a bit of prospective.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Derrick will come out of this two or three game malaise, and be the 25-26ppg scorer he can be. And hopefully he will go back to playing solid D/moving his feet all the time/staying in front of the man he is defending. He's not going to be the problem. He always has these couple game lulls after a huge hot streak. No biggie.

    Hopefully likewise Noah. He had such a great run. He should go back to 14 and 12-13 with active helpside D, assists, blocks, steals etc.

    Boozer should come around. I haven't seen much of the last two games. But hopefully Thibs will continue to make the successful transition to head coach, and drop the Sgt. Carter routine of screaming at eevryone and cursing them after every poor stretch. And hopefully eh is realizing he needs to sit down and shut up at times, and let Derrick learn how to/be the leader of this team on the court.

    Besides the team losing their intenisty especially defensively, which is obviously a concern(Thibs burnout/tuneout? No way that should happen this soon/would be an excuse/it's on the players right now mostly).

    But what could be killing the Bulls is other team's adjustments to the complete lack of scoring guard play. I mean who would have thought the guys we picked up would be scoring: Brewer what 5ppg or something and C.J. about the same or less other then that one 30 pt outburst? Even Korver is MIA on many nights. And Bogans.. yeecccchhh.

    Really, with the SG's we have selected so far being basically sub-par to say the least, that's just going to hurt this team in a major way until/unless it improves.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    CHICAGO-HOUSTON TRADE:

    To Bulls: Courtney Lee (or Jermaine Taylor) and Chuck Hayes
    To Rockets: James Johnson, Kurt Thomas and a draft pick

    I'd be okay with that trade, if the Bulls could pull it off.

    * Move Bogans to the #3 SG/SF and Asik to the #3 PF/C.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I like Courtney Lee. He is on my short list of SG's that Bulls can realistically obtain.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Two rotation guys for two guys who don't play and a non-lottery draft pick. I can see why the Rockets do that, any time you get a chance to downgrade talent for a crappy pick you have to take it.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Shakes, are you serious??? Gilbert Arenas???

    WOW. (>_< )( >_<) YIKES!!!

  • The Bulls defense was just subpar in this game. They were getting worked over by everyone out there by Boston. Boozer looked better today, but him and Rose need time to get used to each other. It looked like Rose deferred to Boozer a little too much when he was out there, and it hurt Rose because he couldn't get into a rhythm. Deng was off, as was Korver, and we need them to help get us into runs. Like a lot of people have been saying, it's going to take time to get Boozer integrated into the unit, but I was disappointed by the energy tonight, the Bulls just looked timid.

    I also can't stand the ESPN commentators, but that's a whole other bone to pick.

  • Who exactly is doing that?

  • This losing is very frustrating but I guess it is expected now that every team in the league knows the Bulls wing players can't shoot and they are starting to get beat on the boards because of the poor shooting.

  • I'm not getting down on Rose at all, I think he is the best point guard in the league. The back to back losses are just frustrating, and they were to very good teams, but Rose just looked a little sluggish tonight. I'm not putting all the blame on him though. Joakim didn't have a great night on the boards, and the lack of wing players is really hurting. When guys like Korver and Deng aren't on, the Bulls limit themselves so much what they can do offensively. Not a knock on Rose (or any of the Bulls) I'm just frustrated with the loss (especially to Boston, I'll never forgive them for such dirty play in the first round playoff series in 09).

  • completely agree

  • I'm starting to lean towards Korver as the starter. We're complaining about lack of offense, throw in the guy who can hit shots. I just don't think Brewer is involved in the offense much more than Bogans when he's out there, so I'm not sure starting him would have the desired effect.

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