Bulls @ Rockets 7:00 on CSN

After a second straight beatdown, the Bulls return home to face the Houston Rockets in a game where they're prohibitive favorites.   The Bulls failed against the premier competition in the East and have struggled to fit Carlos Boozer into the rotation.   Boozer himself, hasn't played well and isn't rebounding the ball or knocking down his shots.  Given that he missed all of preseason and hasn't played with the primary players here before, that's not all that surprising.

While the Bulls did lose to the Magic/Celtics, I'm glad Boozer got onto the court to get some of the rust off against the best teams.  His integration was going to prove challenging and to get some of it out of the way on games the Bulls may have lost anyway is better than losing a couple of games that they should have won.

However, in order to avoid that fate, they'll need to win tonight vs Houston.
Keys to the game

Same as last game, in terms of incorporating Boozer

The process is going to take as long as it takes.  Boozer's a good fit for this team, but he hasn't practiced with the team much or played in preseason.  It's just going to take some time, but the Rockets represent a good team to work him in against.   Luis Scola's a quality PF, especially offensively, but he's hardly a defensive dynamo.  

Derrick Rose can't settle for jumpers

The Rockets have no interior defense to speak of.   Rose should live in the paint against this team.   Part of this is simply the driving mentality and working for those shots.   Derrick sometimes gets into a mode where he's content to launch mid range jumpers, and when he's feeling it, or when it's setting up the drive that's not bad.  

However, Rose needs to attack when possible, and that should be all night long.

Joakim should dominate

The Rockets simply don't have the size/speed at center to keep up with Noah.  He needs to own the glass on both ends of the court.   Noah should also score well on the offensive end of the court against the Rockets as they don't have the size to contain him even with his limited arsenal of post moves.

Don't  beat yourself

Against poor teams you never want to turn the ball over or give up much on the offensive glass.  The Bulls have the rebounders to dominate the Rockets on the glass, so as long as they are careful with the ball they should beat up on the rockets.

Keep Martin away from the hoop and don't bite on Scola's pump fakes

The Houston offense really only has two great options.  Luis Scola and Kevin Martin.   Scola beat up the Bulls last game using pump fakes and then drawing fouls and getting layups at the hoop.   Martin also draws a lot of fouls by driving to the hoop, so play the drive and force him to shoot mid/long range jumpers.

Final thoughts

The Bulls should end their two game skid with this game.  The Rockets aren't a particularly good team, and the Bulls will be playing at home.   The Bulls are coming off a back to back while the Rockets are rested, but there's still no excuse for the Bulls to drop this game.

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  • Taj was terrible last time against the Rockets and the Bulls still won, I'm confident that Boozer's struggles wont stop the Bulls from collecting the win.

    I want to see some offense run right too, the execution hasn't been there for three games in a row now. As much as people want to blame Bogans for the slow starts, I think it's as much on the fact the Bulls just aren't manufacturing any easy shots right now. When you have offensive possessions that are dribble a bit, decide long 20 footer is the right option, launch it even though nobody is even in rebounding position (something Deng & Rose have both been guilty of at times) then of course you don't score much.

  • I believe Bulls fans are now starting to understand that this team will eventually have to make some sort of deal cause this team just do not have the offensive ability to compete with the elite teams. Let's hope they can pull out the win against a below 500. Team.

  • Acie Law just got waived, somebody call Happy! lol

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    MON,

    Thanks for the mention, but I knew that move was coming.

    I'd take Acie Law over John Lucas III and even CJ Watson.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    you're smoking crack if you'd take him over CJ, but I agree on Lucas III

  • I think Most bulls fans understand that we have to make a deal for a sg who deserves to start in this league,because we don't have any.

    Im really hoping the Bogans nightmare ends tonight. this guy has to get out of the starting lineup and every start he gets makes me question the coach more.

  • Boozer the only good thing out there so far.

  • are the bulls the worst free throw shooting team in the league?

  • In reply to bobhot:

    Kings, Clippers and Magic are worse. Although with the Clippers and Magic it's mostly one guy being horrid and getting a lot of attempts, the Bulls make it a team effort. ;)

  • In reply to bobhot:

    Boozer is looking good.....against Chuck Hayes and Luis Scola.

  • In reply to bobhot:

    Thank God Doug is back. I was about to start calling hospitals!

  • In reply to adamlweber:

    I figured he got arrested, glad to see your ok Doug

  • In reply to bobhot:

    boozer in a bulls uniform looks a bit like marcus fizer, remember him

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    might be the biggest bust in Bulls history, couldn't forget

  • In reply to bobhot:

    D-Rose keep taking long J

  • In reply to bobhot:

    Gibson doesnt like scola all that much i figure

  • In reply to bobhot:

    NBA officiating is such a freaking joke.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Couldn't agree more. The NBA has some serious officiating problems. It doesn't help that the 'free throw' is the most boring act in all of sports.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Refs are turning this game into unwatchable rubbish right now.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Bulls still suck it seems

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    why can't the bulls blow a team out?

  • In reply to bobhot:

    cause they just arent all that good

  • In reply to bobhot:

    Pretty awful defense out there

  • In reply to bobhot:

    this whole gain it seems like passing to noah is really stupid, nothing good has comoe of it

  • In reply to bobhot:

    if thebulls win this one it will be moral loss

  • In reply to bobhot:

    noah has been awful

  • In reply to bobhot:

    Just the first half the Bulls needed after the last two games, Boozer involved and getting some points, some real offensive execution and solid D for the most part.

  • In reply to bobhot:

    Got a nickname for Rose

    Heard someone meantion the surgeon or Doc before, for the way he "carves" up defenses. Also initials are DR.
    I like it but am going to take it a step forward, for both the way he carves up & slices his way through defenses, and for the way he leads his team:

    The Surgeon General

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Surgeon General's Warning:

    Letting Rose get the last shot can be hazzardous to your health

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    haha - nice. Kinda digging the nickname too.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    GOOD/BAD win for the Bulls, I don't know if this team is focused enough or the addition of Boozer have them out of sync. This was not an impressive win but... will take it. I didn't get to see most of the game but all I know is the Bulls had a pretty good lead and lost it to trail late in regulation and Rose save the game with a three at the end of regulation. Still not a lot of help from the wing guys when needed, this somehow has to stop cause the better teams in the league will beat the Bulls every time with poor perimeter play. Had Houston been a better team, the Bulls would be looking at a 3 game losing streak and becoming a 500. ball club. Again, I'm glad the Bulls got the W but this team has to make some serious improvements from the players and the front office.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I was only able to see bits and pieces of this one tonight, but the lapses on defense are scary. Saw a few pretty sweet post-up moves by Boozer, that's something the Bulls haven't had in like...forever. I think this team is going to come together. Hey, tonight, you know in the NBA a win is a win.

  • Boozer looking real good, getting rebounds and scoring off some nice moves.

  • come on, you cant say they have looked pretty bad out there,

  • boozer can get some calls out there, first guy on the bulls ive seen like that since 1998

  • horrible defense, jsut horrible, noah specially,really the worst gamew ive seen from him in a while

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    on second thought, I think all this awful defense might be boozer's fault, he isnt guarding anyone

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    It's hard to have good defense when you get stops and the refs bail them out with rubbish fouls.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Time to head for the exits... and that was no ref right there, thatwas all boozer and rose sucking on defense

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    What are you talking about? Are you gettin paid like the refs too? my god!

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    3 in a row

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Okay, can we get about 12 make-up calls in OT now?

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    the bulls are earasing slowly but surely eberything they've done on the road trip. I don't know what's going to happen in this game, but I'm definitely not impress

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Look, we should beat a bad team like Houston at home even playing 5 on 8, but anyone who thinks we aren't getting completely jobbed this game isn't watching.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Ha a little premature i guess

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    thats no offensive foul

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    how is noah gettin torched byu brad miler?

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    these idiots gotta stop going for pump fakes

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    that was one shitty-ass win

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    The officiating was shitty, Bulls played well enough to win by 15, wish they would have completely blown the Rockets out, but hand it to Houston, they played well.

    Noah had a good game, don't know what you are talking about. Looked energetic & spry rebounding, blocking shots, & playing D

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Get out of jail win there, those refs are going to get horses heads in their beds for failing to get the required result.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    bulls almost lost to their old backup center

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    The are definitly not a good team yey. I hope tey will be soon. I've been waiting for a long long time to see goog product.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    but gotta give it up to rose, man is a star... he jsut needs some help

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    he just needs to start getting some calls, Dwyane "the biggest bitch on earth" Wade wou;d-ve been to the line 20 times if doing what rose does (which he can't do to save his life anymore anyway)

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Another comment, doesnt luol deng now look more like the 6th scoring option on this team than the 3rd?

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    looks like he'll take the biggest hit with boozer back

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    CLUTCH:

    Rose was definitely CLUTCH tonight. Impressive.

    WORK IN PROGRESS:

    There is still work to be done. This team needs wake-up call.

    Thibs is doing an AWFUL job of coaching this team. It's very VDN-esque at the moment.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    i dont think it is, the VDN teams had a really hard time scoring, this team seems to have a much harder time playing decent defense

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    ixon,

    VDN-esque in the sense that this teams is playing down to the competition and has been falling behind by double-digits in SEVERAL of its' games so far this season.

    It's concerning.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    FINE:

    I usually don't bag on the refs, but Thibs should have tonight.

    Forget the fine. STAND UP for your PG!!! I don't think he did after the game.

  • cant blame refs for all that bad defense

  • He didn't have a great start either, really got it done at the end of the game. Imagine how many he could score if they gave him even a single free throw attempt?

  • he still seemed completely invisible to me, korver seemed to be much more involved in offensive sets

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    15 points, couple of threes is the sort of night I want Deng to have.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Shakes,

    20ppg and 7rpg is more like it for Deng.

    That's what the Bulls need to be successful.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    There are only 23 guys in the league averaging 20+ a game right now. To score 20 points a game, as the third option behind Rose (one of the highest usage players in the NBA) and Boozer at the pace the Bulls play at is impossible. There is not a single player in the history of basketball capable of doing it.

  • Gar/Pax need to hire somebody to cut up video tape of fouls against Rose so they can send it to league officials after every game. This blatant lack of calls is killing us, and is gonna get Rose hurt... Scola hammered him across the head with less than a minute to go and no call. That is too important of a call to ignore!

    Sure the refs missed calls against the other Bulls too, but Gar/Pax have to protect Rose. They should be sending video to the league after every game!

  • In reply to Swish14U:

    Amen

  • In reply to Swish14U:

    Derrick "The Surgeon General" almost with his first triple dub:
    30 pts/ 11 ast / 7 reb/ 5 stls /1 blk

  • they really did have $ on the Rockets

  • NO KIDDING!!! What is going on with free throws this year?

  • That was a closer shot

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Love all the emotion too

  • it felt like he had 50. Must be because they failed to send him to the line even 1 damn time! I loved the way he got in that duechey lookin refs ear a couple times though

  • don't hear the retractors calling for him to stop taking that shot still :)

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I still don't like it when he dribbles into the shot, but if he's shooting set open looks I don't mind it. Obviously if it's down 3 with 8 seconds to go the usual rules don't apply.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Acie Law just got waived by the Grizzles, can we waive Lucas and sign Law.

    i should probably mention that i am being serious and not poking fun at Mr. Happy this time. Law played pretty well last year for us and should be a great 3rd pg option, could have used him against the nuggets. plus if he does get signed it may shut Happy up about Deng getting 45pts per game

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Thibs must find a way to better utilize Boozer on the pick and roll defense... Houston had way too many layups when Boozer jumped up high to double the Lowry. Then, this put pressure on the rest of the defense. Dont know how many points it lead to, but it amounted to quite a few.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    i forgot to mention, i really liked Gibson in this game, he showed athleticism and quickness i didnt know he had with his dribble drive. also his d was either great tonight, or just great in comparison to Boozer's d. not to knock on Boozer's great night tho. Wish i could have heard what The Duck had said to Noah after the game.

  • does it quitely, meaning within the flow of the offense/not forcing shots

  • From Hollinger:

    Derrick Rose is shooting 28.8% on 3s against the other 28 teams this year, and 27.0% for his career. In two games vs. Houston he's 8-for-11

  • I was happy to have him back after last year. Was good in the couple of times he got to play with Rose out.

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