Bulls thrash 76ers as Thomas proves I'm a moron

I ripped on Kurt Thomas, I said he was done, but Kurt Thomas gets the game ball for this win as much as anyone gets a game ball in a rout this large.   When the game was still in doubt (like 2 minutes into it), Kurt Thomas made play after play.   He had two clean strips and a block on Elton Brand in the first few minutes.  He played outstanding help defense all night long, rotated well, and knocked down his mid range jumper.

He didn't just fill in, he looked like a stud.  

As for the team, this was a game where everything went right.   The Bulls nailed all their jumpers, the 76ers clanked all of theirs, the Bulls won in energy, they won in skill, they won in the paint, they won from the perimeter, however, you broke it down, the Bulls just dominated the crap out of the 76ers.

This is how good Derrick Rose is

He scored 22 points on 13 shots, had 12 assists, 5 rebounds, no turnovers, and a steal.   That in and of itself isn't that big a deal, but it felt like he barely even tried to play in this game.   He rarely looked for his shot, just set up others and only played 29 minutes and still ended up with a monster stat line.

Carlos Boozer's pretty awesome too

After the first play of the game where Boozer's defense on a pick and roll was so bad I wanted to stick a fork in my eye, Boozer settled into the game and proceeded to put on a clinic.  He only had 16 points, but he had whatever he wanted whenever he wanted, much like the rest of the team, and showed off a variety of moves around the hoop.

Both Boozer and Rose could have done so much more if the Bulls needed them at all.

Luol Deng gets an honorable mention in the game ball hunt1

Outside of a couple shockingly bad turnovers, Luol Deng just destroyed the 76ers defense with his slices to the basket and then his mid range jumper.  More impressive still, is that he was crushing Andre Iguodala some of the time, one of the premier defenders of the NBA.

More often though, the Bulls started playing a SF/PG pick and roll with Deng/Rose.  It's a play I really wanted Vinny to use more last season as it showed great success when the Bulls tried it.  Tonight, the 76ers switched the pick and roll, and Deng just abused Holiday something silly.

Kurt Thomas was awesome enough to mention him twice

Nothing to add, but seriously, Thomas was awesome.  I was really impressed with how mobile he looked, and how comfortably he played.  He was helped by having to defend Elton Brand, one of the few PFs in the league who can't kill him with speed.   That said, Brand's been playing really well lately, so it was still outstanding work.

Ronnie Brewer made sure there was no let up when the bench came in

His harassing defense annoyed the crap out of the 76ers, and he initiated several fast breaks to keep the Bulls momentum going.  He found ways to get out on the break and find easy baskets for himself and had a really nice reverse layup finish on one fast break.    Overall, a great game by Brewer, who also knocked down his first three of the season.

Omer Asik showed some moves

Okay, it looked like he took about 8 steps, but that crazy one handed dunk he had for his final basket was pretty awesome.  I still can't believe he didn't travel on that play though.   Still, a nice effort by Asik who showed that if he's single covered in the post he can make 1 dribble and a strong move to the basket and score.    His defense was a little up and down as it's been lately though.

Kyle Korver, scored 10 points on 4 shots

Really there's not much else to say about Korver, though there was one play where he was trying to box out Elton Brand which was kind of comical (though successful, hooray Kyle!).

C.J. Watson played well for the fist time in awhile

He's struggled recently, but he had his shot going tonight, forced a foul on a veteran move behind the three point line, and moved the ball well as the back up point guard.

Brian Scalabrine got a standing ovation every time he touched the ball

Am I the only one who finds this disconcerting?   I don't really get it.  It's like a half genuine love, half mocking, half victory cigar type of scenario, and yes, that's three halves, but three halves make as much sense as giving Brian Scalabrine a standing ovation.

For his part, Brian plays up to the crowd which probably encourages them more, he plays along with it, and takes it in a positive way.

Final thoughts

When did Doug Collins turn 95?   Seriously, that guy doesn't look good.  Get out while you can Doug, it's not worth the money.   It's scary to see what this business does to people, they just seem to deteriorate before your eyes, or maybe he just had a ton of TV makeup on before.

Tough to give much real analysis or take much from this game.  All you can really say is that the team wasn't going to get discouraged and was ready to bounce back, but every break that could go the Bulls way did, and they never looked back.

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  • REALITY CHECK:

    Doug Thonus' headline for this topic...haha.

  • Why no mention of JJ or Bogans? Just curious.

    (REALITY CHECK...needed.)

  • Good bounce back win for the Bulls and I think by Thibs not using Thomas as much just goes to show that he needs to better his rotations of some of the players that he use cause I'm sure a lot of us along with Doug thought that Thomas was pretty much washed up. So in My opinion this is on the coach for using the wrong players at times, I guess that's why we are still seeing Bogans start.

  • Good game by Kurt. Bring the Wizards and we'll show them some magic.
    Still Bogans needs to hit the bench. at this point Lucas 3 would be an improvement there despite everything.
    Please start Brewer. His defense pisses of the other team every time.

  • I forgot Rashard Lewis might play for the Wiz tomorrow, and you know how Boozer does against stretch fours (Antawn Jamison/Cavs gm). But Lewis might play SF though, maybe. Guess we will see...

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Good luck with Lewis playing PF without Howard to rebound for him. It'll be a feast on the boards for the Bulls if they do that.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    It was nice to see Asik actually finish some moves, lately teams seem to have worked out you can just hack him because he wont make the shot or the free throws.

    Deng seems to be the Bulls key player, when he shoots well they usually win well, when he can't hit a shot they struggle.

    With his three Ronnie Brewer is shooting 33%, and fast approaching a total domination of Bogans, the only thing Bogans now has better stats for is turnovers.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    To go back to the pre-game thread, we have to have patience with this group. But this kind of a blessing in disguise. We hopefully get Asik, JJ, Brewer, Boozer, Korver some burn in Thibs's game strategies. But the downside is Rose, Deng and Taj will be putting in a lot of extra time. I hope JJ gets some time to increase his trade value

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    I'm liked your analysis from today's game Doug. You should write up postgame more often.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Hah, we were due for a laugher! Get that bench some decent garbage time! Me, I cheer when JJ comes on... the new Tyrus! Didn't we hear that Scottie Pippen was working with him? Keep it up...

    Really, only a couple more points. I LOVE so many aspects about this current Bulls team, but especially their spirit. They bounced back REALLY well from a game they knew they shouldn't have lost. Shyte happens, and for me it's all about how well they recover... And that's yet ANOTHER team we held to their season low! That's six of our last eight opponents - this time, we did it without two of our very best defenders. I LOVE THIS GAME!

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Wake up at 2am to watch the game only to find the internet is down - lightning strike lol! And only now got online to find out the result. And what a result (and thanks for all the game feedback guys). So glad the Bulls bounced back from the Clippers defeat in such a positive way and just maybe shows we can compete against all the sub 500 teams without Jo (and Taj).

    Go Bulls!

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    It takes a big man to admit when he's wrong. But Thomas obviously has to keep it up.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Asik! You scallywag! Those plays he made in the second half...man does he have upside or what. This game has to calm some of your worries. I know the Bulls wont shoot like this on a game by game basis, but this showed that we should still win a vast majority of the games Noah is out. Don't forget that Philly had won 8 of 11 including wins against the Magic and Hornets, as well as a one point loss to Boston. This wasn't as if we were playing a joke squad.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Thanks for feedback guys!
    I have a fun game to watch since I recorded it last night but couldn't watch it! Cool to blow out the 76ers and allow them only 76 points too! :-)

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Doug Collins does look terrible, although I'm convinced it's 80% lack of makeup. They really doll these guys up for HD these days.

    But seriously, I could see him coming back to coach for a team like the Bulls or something, but the 76ers?

  • In reply to bentheredengthat:

    I know he even turned us down and we had to settle for VDN

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Don't get me wrong, that was a great win, but the Sixers are 3-11 on the road. And their defense was supposed to be very good(2nd in defensive field goal percentage). But usually when a defense is dominating that team outrebounds the opposition by at least two, three, or four rebounds per game. Whie the 76'ers are getting outrebounded by one.

    This isn't devaluing the win completely by any means as the Bulls get credit for major energy after a tough loss. I like what Omer Asik showed no matter who was defending him those moves were quick for a big. But lets see him do that against guys that actualy play defense/body him up/have good defensive reps/lat quicks. If he can up his free throws to say 65%(being realistic) he could be a very valuable big. Especially if he can put on some more weight/muscle(Taj as a good player already could use the same).

    If this game doesn't show Brewer and C.J. Watson should be getting all the minutes Korver is not playing at SG/Bogan's worthless minutes I don't know what will. Honestly, with Brewer showing he can produce coming off the bench, I'd be tempted to start C.J. if you believe he can produce for your ballclub. Because he and Ronnie are it and two guys producing is better then one. Reduce slightly Deng's/Korver's minutes for a game or two, and let C.J. show if he can emerge as the producer we need along with Ronnie.

    I'll tell you what I did love about this win is this: comraderie. Sure guys will pal around, and yuck it up during a pasting like this. But you see Derrick and Joakim genuinely having fun together.(D-Rose said he's going to Joakim's house over Christmas - does that mean he's bringing his mom? Kidding.) But you see Kyle, Kurt, Booz, and a lot of the other guys really seeming to bond/enjoy each other's presence. The Bulls to me have a lot of character guys. If they can find a way to get more production out of guys like C.J. Ronnie etc. it's contagious. And then the relevance of everyone, and team momentum becomes that more dynamic. I hope to god Thibs will play C.J. more, and get his game on track instead of stifling it with Bogans just worthless occupation of space.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Lets hope Jo's mom isn't there (at Jos house on Christmas) or we could have a Lebron & Delonte West situation on our hands his mom is pretty hot lol

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    And that actually wouldn't be a bad idea to start CJ at the 2 .... and then divide the minutes at the 1 with the bench between rose/cj/ and a little to Lucas

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    I texted my friend in the 3rd quarter with "easiest 20/10 of DRose's life"

  • Yea, I almost lost and eye in the opening minute too. Luckily things got much better after that. Boozer can be scarily bad/disinterested on defense.

    Philly is a really small team, apparently with no legitimate NBA center on the roster.

    Hard to complain about much else, but how the hell did Deng still play 34 minutes in a 50 point blowout when the starters didn't even play in the 4rth quarter.

    Also Deng has never scored a single point on his world famous jab step move, somebody tell him to knock it off.

    This game should have been more fun to watch, but it was just too easy.

  • Just picked up Thomas on my fantasy team.

  • James Johnson, Artis Gilmore and Behavior Modification

    If JJ takes more than 3 dribbles, his performance declines. Why can't he learn to avoid over dribbling and making turnovers? Is that so hard to teach?

    The classic example of a Chicago Bull in need of behavior modification was Artis Gilmore. If he caught the ball in the paint, he would lower the ball below his waist, gather himself for a dunk, and be attacked by shorter ball players.

    Taj was a keeper and Omer Asik is developing decently. It sure would be nice if Coach Thibodeau could find a way to correct JJ's turnovers.

    Wasn't Scottie Pippen working directly with JJ? How's that going. I'd sure like to see James Johnson succeed.

  • I was loving this one live, and I too found the Scalabrine chanting & cheering both disconcerting, & incredibly unoriginal. Come on Chicago, that's Boston's thing.

  • wrong again Doug, admit it, he played well against the athletic Griffin the other night too

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Agreed. Thomas played well against the Clips and was a monster last night.

    IMO - Thomas doesnt play much because you need him in emergency situations like this and will want a veteran presence and extra fouls for some playoff match ups. Remember, Thomas is 38 years old. It is hard to play him regularly and keep him fresh.

  • also agree with you Doug, in that its done in a somewhat mocking way, as there were some people chanting MVP in reference to Brian. Come on, that's going a step further than the human victory cigar, clearly mocking, for what reason I can't really understand, but it really gets to me for how unoriginal & potentially mean spirited it is.

    Come up with something better Chi Town

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I'm surprised that you guys didn't bring in the BOOOOOOOZER thing from over here haha... I am sure he will get enough BOOOs when he comes back here to last him awhile lol

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    That reverse slam by Asik was top ten Bulls plays of the year for sure!!!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Glad to see that Thomas does have something left in the tank. Last nights game was a major exhale after seeing them choke against the Clips. Sure you cant expect Thomas to look that good all the time...but no need to assume he's done either. He did have a great 2nd half of the season last year...no reason he cant contribute here when needed as well.

    On a side note its still sinking in that one of the teams that absolutely kills the Bulls (ORL) just blew up their team. I can wait for us to play teh Magic again once we are full strength.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    The guy has made nearly 20 million bucks playing basketball without ever even approaching average, let alone good. Let the crowd have their fun with him, that seems to be what he gets paid for.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I don't care how much someone makes, or how he takes it & what attitude he has, you don't treat someone that way, but more importantly, do something of your own Chicago

  • although on second thought, there is an element of the running Bill Bradsky joke, which became Chuck Norris, & then The Most Interesting Man in the World, sponsored by Dos Equis....however 2 of those 3 are fictional, and the other, Chuck Norris, took offense & even hired lawyers to try to stop the movement.

  • I think Shakes meant his comment in gest Doug. But the point stilll stands - no more Bogans!

  • LOL I don't actually want Brewer out there shooting threes, I just think it's funny he's even got a better percentage at the one thing Bogans is supposed to be able to do.

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