The Bulls haven't lost any road games to crappy teams, but they sure have made a few of them interesting. The Bulls had opportunities to put this game away, they started the fourth quarter with an 11 point lead, and you figured the game was over, but then Tracy McGrady happened.
I wasn't a fan of getting McGrady in the off-season, but it seems like a bad idea to have passed on him now. Not because he'd go off like this on some other team for us, but because we'd probably have McGrady riding the pine by now because he can't defend, and if he did play at least he'd give us a little extra shot creation.
Carlos Boozer crushed the Pistons, especially early
I wouldn't say Boozer disappeared in the second half, but the Pistons were able to adjust somewhat and keep him off the glass, and did most of his damage in the first half. He still hit a couple big shots in the fourth quarter to help stop the bleeding and gave us some offense in the OT.
Early on, the Pistons seemed hopeless to contain Boozer though, and he single handedly was beating the team. It's great to have an offensive option like Carlos down low as he does a lot of damage and allows Rose to rest some.
Speaking of which, I wonder if part of what's up with Rose is Boozer
I don't know that it has anything to do with Boozer, but you notice that the team seems to be going slower now? Part of that is probably Boozer walking up the court slower. Rose is slowing the offense down, not breaking as much.
It's probably just my imagination though.
Either way, Rose hasn't played at the MVP level he was earlier, he's settled down from playing like a top 5 player to more of a top 10 player. Which, really, is still pretty awesome. It's also worth noting his defense and rebounding which were weaknesses in his first couple seasons have shown great improvements.
Rose is becoming a guy who can help you in more ways than just scoring which is obviously the best case scenario for the team.
What the hell is wrong with Kyle Korver lately?
Just doesn't seem like he can hit anything recently. For such a great shooter, he's just really struggling out there. Nice job knocking down the clutch FTs tonight, but 0-3 in the game.
Tom Thibodeau isn't going to get coach of the year this way
Who the hell subs in Brian Scalabrine for Kurt Thomas on a defensive substitution? After doing so, who then bitches out his team for not getting the rebound, especially when one of the offensive rebounds given up was due to a bad Scalabrine box out.
After this, with .6 seconds left, why on Earth do you have Kyle Korver throw the inbound pass? Think of the guys on your team who could be a threat in this situation, and I want Rose, Watson, Korver, and Boozer on the floor.
Boozer to set the screen, Korver, Watson, and Rose because they can catch and shoot off of a screen. Of all of these guys, Korver is the one who makes his career catching and shooting quickly off screens though, so don't you want him in there as a scorer?
Keith Bogans knocked down a couple threes
Hopefully it's the start of some better shooting from Bogans, but I fear it's just going to buy him more time to play 18 minutes of relatively ineffective basketball a night.
Well a 2-1 mini-road trip isn't bad. I would have loved to get that game against the Knicks, and this game wasn't pretty, but in the end, the Bulls won, and 2 days from now no one will care that it was a sloppy OT win, it will just count as a win.
The difference between average teams and good teams is that good teams find ways to win games even when they don't play well. Without Noah, the Bulls are forced to do that, but more times than not they've been successful.