Bulls vs Clippers 7pm on WGN

Due to construction around the house, this preview is coming up late and will be short as I'm heading out to the United Center to see the game shortly.

The Clippers are coached by one of the worst in the NBA with Vinny Del Negro calling the plays.  At least he was cheap.  Blake Griffin is awesome, Eric Gordon is really good, and the rest of the Clippers don't post much of a challenge.

The Bulls are likely starting Taj Gibson along side Carlos Boozer with Joakim Noah missing his first of around 30 games due to having surgery on a torn ligament in his thumb.

Keys to the game

Control Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon

The Clippers will be without Chris Kaman which somewhat mitigates the fact we'll be without Joakim Noah.   They have no other capable offensive options, so if the Bulls control Griffin and Gordon and force other players to score then they'll be in good shape.

Abuse the Clippers inside

Griffin is obviously showing a lot of skill offensively, but he can still be beaten defensively, and the Clippers have no other quality interior defenders.   Derrick Rose and Carlos Boozer need to do their damage at the basket.

Play with patience

The Bulls have more talent than the Clippers at most positions on the court, so they need to move the ball around, show patience, and get quality shots.   As long as they control the fundamentals and don't rush, they should have an easy time.

Avoid the let down

There's obviously an emotional let down with Noah not playing the game.  He's the Bulls emotional leader, and without him, they'll need to focus to keep the energy up.   They can't get caught thinking about how much it sucks that he'll be gone for 30 games and lose an easy one here.

Final thoughts

The Clippers have the young star caliber players to be a much better team than they are.   For that reason, I think they're fairly dangerous when they take the floor.   That said, they're young, poorly coached, and missing players at too many key positions.   The Bulls should win as long as they stay focused and play with energy.

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  • Yeah VDN is still an experienced coach but lets hope he doesn't know what to do to slow down the Bulls cause lets face it... he's only a little over a half a year from, being a part of the Bulls organization and he may know what defensive schemes to run at the Bulls. Hopefully the Bulls will get the win.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Since the bulls are running a different scheme now, and Vinny didn't really demonstrate much of an aptitude for teaching schemes, I'd say the bulls don't have to worry much about Vinny pulling any rabbits out of the hat as far as scheming the bulls tonight. The bulls just have to efficiently execute their schemes to win.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I predict a Bulls wins tonite! Also I wonder with the revamping of ORL's roster does it put the East into "Panic mode"? I'm really hoping we could grab Stephen Jackson, i believe he could really bring an edge to the team that he had during the Warriors. With the winning atmosphere the Bulls have I believe he would really be motivated again. So, unfortuanately like Mr. Happy, used the trade machine lol and came up with this:

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=2c2gfcc

    With the Bulls having interest in Stephen Jackson & the Bobcats having interest in Rip Hamilton, I only thought it would be fitting for a 3-way. I know it kinda looks bad for the Pistons but maybe they do the deal if the Bulls & Bobcats throw in some picks and maybe cash for Dumars to rebuild through the draft some more. I also like Watson but if the Bulls want a more traditional point guard Bynum would be perfect. And on the bright side we get rid of Bogans lol. Thoughts?

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    If you mean the edge of a homicidal maniac, then yes, he can bring that, and I want non of it.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Lets be realistic here, VDN didn't even know his backup point guard's first name.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    hell, starting shooting guard at times

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I didn't mind Vinny, I think he will be a descent NBA coach.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    Yeah no respect from Chicago fans even tho he did what he could with what he had having a young team with injuries and guiding the team to 2 straight playoff berths. Not bad for a coach learning on the fly. I would give him a few more years and once he gets away from the Clippers to have some real success. All young coaches have to start somewhere. I didn't have a problem with him but the Bulls did need to move on if they ever were going to be serious about building a team that would get better in a shorter time frame.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Good analysis. Like I said, I think VDN is going to be a good coach. Wasn't dissapointed with the Thibideau signing though. I think we upgraded our team. Unlike Orlando aquiring Arenas for Lewis. I still can't believe that.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Omer is a beast on the offensive glass today.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    Proving that like I said the minute that Noah went down, Asik should start.

    Taj is not even a starting caliber power forward(he is too small for that position) so how the fuck is he supposed to start at center.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Can this game get any worse with the refs?!

  • In reply to rnohria310:

    That Boozer offensive foul when they were jockeying for position was absurd.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Worst officiated game of the year for the Bulls.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I feel like Tim Donaghy is out there trying to cover a bet.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    This game is unwatchable thanks to the refs.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Dick Bavetta is usually a pretty reliable guy, too.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    One way or the other.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Well...VDN to a lot of Bulls fans can't coach but he got a good coaching victory and payback win tonight. Teams sometimes have to play above the refs cause everyone knows that NBA refs are the worst. Bulls had no energy and no focus in this game, lets hope they wont miss Noah that much and hopefully Taj will be OK. BAD LOSS...

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Nice try at the end but couldn't get over the hump, seemed every run we made earlier got sawn off by the refs. Can't really complain about the FTs since the Clippers were even worse from the line.

    I do hate that Asik barely saw the floor in the second half and Thomas got so much burn, I mean Thomas did OK doing what he was asked to do but it took away shot blocking and rebounding.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Asik proves that he deserves to start in the first half and Thibs pulls a Del Bimbo and doesn't play him in the second half. Preferring to go with a veteran of the all Whale league(thomas).

    As for Bogans, I am at my wits end. I almost hope that we lose every single game, just so Del Thibideau is forced to make a change just for the sake of making a change.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    My theory: Duhon is paying Thibs to start Bogans until he breaks his team record 9 starts without scoring in 04-05. Up to 6 now, so only 4 more zero point efforts from Bogans to go!

  • In reply to BigWay:

    For a coach who is all about "the match-ups" he had a hard time realizing that Bogans cant stay with Eric Gordon. Bogans had another horrible shooting night (or non-scoring night I should call it) and allowed a quick 6 or 8 points in the 1st quarter. Is Thibs just worried that if he starts Brewer, he wont have anyone to bring off the bench? I'm sick of Bogans. And its not Bogans I'm mad at because he is playing as well as you would expect your 10th or 12th man to play. And I know he isnt playing starting minutes overall, but he blows out there!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    HAIL TO THE CLUELESS:

    I love the 0 points scored by Bogans and Johnson tonight. I would much rather have that, than the 30 points Nick Young put on the Miami Heat tonight.

    PRETENDERS!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Too bad those 30pts led to a loss.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    yeah it was a loss but he had 30 against the Heat. The Bulls shooting guard position players are...there's only 1 word for them...BAD

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I don't think anybody was even expecting any of the Bulls SGs to score much this season. Brewer was brought here for defense and Bogans was a guy who wasnt even projected to be in the rotation. Korver has scored some but I really thought we would get more outta Watson.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    HAIL TO THE IGNORANT:

    James Johnson didn't score in the game tonight.

    HAIL TO THE ENLIGHTENED:

    James Johnson did not play in the game tonight.

    That is all.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I'm disappointed, I expected to hear about how rose isn't a CLOSER.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    how is it that everybody is clueless when u keep suggesting the bulls trade james johnson for nick young please explain since nick young is going to be a all star this year why would they trade him for james johnson who u say sucks so bad?.....just because u ride a nick youngs jock doesnt make u smart it just makes u a jock rider so please post something other then a nick youngs shoe size and what he ate for lunch compared to bogans and jj thanks in advance

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Ooof! Ouch! NOT a lot of fun to watch... MVP! anyway!
    Yeah, I'd call that one of the worst refereed games this season, the offensive on Boozer, the no-call when DRose got clobbered in the face.... sigh. This had better motivate the team! And VDN gets a Christmas present to go with Blake Griffin...

    One more thing: don't feed the Trolls! Just IGNORE inflammatory statements... if you can...

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