Bulls at 76ers 6pm on CSN+

The Bulls roll into Philadelphia to play their third game in four nights, and their loss to Nets on Wednesday should prevent this from becoming a let down game before their tilt against Boston tomorrow. 

Philadelphia will be looking to avenge a 45 point blow out at the hands of the Bulls a couple weeks back at the United Center while the Bulls will be looking to get back into the win column and prove the dust up about Boozer's benching really is much adieu about nothing.

Keys to the game

Derrick Rose needs to step it up

Not that he's played badly, but he's the team's leader, and when the team struggles, the leader needs to respond.   The Bulls have won most of their recent games, but they've been barely hanging on in many of the wins and have notched a couple close losses. 

Look for Derrick Rose to respond early and play with high energy to help get the Bulls started on the right track.  The 76ers don't have much in the way of interior defense or perimeter defenders to slow him down, so he should have an easy time at getting off to a fast start.

Carlos Boozer will come out with a strong effort

After a statement benching for his lousy defense, look for Boozer to rebound in a big way.  He's been positive on twitter and had good things to say in interviews today.  He looks primed to go and give the Bulls a big lift.  

The 76ers run Brand and Hawes for the majority of their big men minutes when not playing small, and neither guy is the type to give Boozer a lot of trouble.   Both are guys that Kurt Thomas can handle as well, so the Bulls shouldn't be at a liability in the front court tonight.

Put them away early by winning the fundamentals battle

It's somewhat of a broken record, but when playing a bad team on the road, the goal is to control the glass, limit turnovers, and don't let them keep the crowd in the game.   The bench players typically play much better when geeked up by an active crowd so put everyone on their hands early. 

The 76ers will be missing Andre Iguodala for the game, and the Bulls should have an overwhelming talent advantage, so don't let Philly hang around.

Final thoughts

Philly just doesn't have the horses to hang in this game with Iguodala out.  The Bulls need to focus, take care of business, and should be looking another big win in the eyes at the end of the night.

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  • LETS GO BULLS!!! I hope D has a monster game

  • Key to the game

    Play your second best player in the 4th quarter

  • In reply to jpbaker81:

    looooll

  • In reply to jpbaker81:

    I am sure they will have the energy with having a day off. Deng should go bonkers with Iguodala injured. If Boozer controls Brand, we should win. I also think Evan Turner might have a good game with Iguodala not being there to hamper his game.
    I also think Taj/Asik and CJ will be critical for this game in guarding Brand and Holiday respectively.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Turner has been coming on as of late. Deng will defend him well though.

  • In reply to jpbaker81:

    OMISSION:

    I don't see any mention of Jrue Holiday. He's playing some damn good b-ball lately.

    - 4 out of his last 6 games he's had 20+ points
    - 5 out of his last 6 games he's had 6+ assists

    DRose better play some defense or Thibs may bench him...uh-oh.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Jrue Holiday's Game Log:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/4622/gamelog

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    And I'm quite sure the Sixers will be looking to avenge the 45 point blow out. Bulls shouldn't look past them cause if Jersey can beat them on their home floor the Sixers can do the same.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Yea they've been talking about that 45 pt loss, they'll come out fired up. Unfortunately for them we will also come out fired up because of the embarrassing NJ loss.

    Bulls by 18

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    for betting purposes I would have expected us to be heavy favorites but the odds are almost dead even.
    Bulls win $10 bet pays $18.70
    Sixers win $10 bet oays $20.00

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    More games then not the Bulls have been struggling on offense recently mainly due to lack of production from the bench. Of course the Toronto game was nice breakout for Taj, Omer, and Ronnie has been the lone bright spot all along. But Kyle other then hitting a couple of threes here and there has been in a slump for quite a spell. He's gone from .450 to .418. Yikes!. Thibs seriously maybe it's time to put him in with Derrick, and give him open looks/quit running him through mugging squad/hazing screens.

    Kurt Thomas has been playing well, but I'd still prefer to see 26 yr old Taj Gibson who can easily give you 12 and 10(along with running on the break) then Kurt the 38 yr old who will give you a trotting 6 and 8. Taj sure maybe he gets into foul trouble or Boozer does at center, but you need your best players on the floor not Kurt Thomas for 25-28 minutes unless maybe it's Bogut or Howard.

    Collins will be out for bood after that humiliation in his old stomping grounds. I suspect Derrick will need to go off unless Taj and C.J. and Ronnie give considerable points, assists, and steals for the Bulls from the bench. Omer chipping in would help too. Even if Boozer does have a monster game it seems to make the rest of the Bulls players stagnant in the half court at times. I'm not convinced this will be an easy game at all. Hopefully D-Rose will be in MVP mode.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    typos/have to laugh "bood" equals blood

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    guru,

    Stay out of the prediction business, okay.

  • In reply to jpbaker81:

    I disagree with playing your 1-3 best players in the 4th quarter, hopefully not even the 3rd quarter because this should be a blowout by half time without Iggy in their for the 76ers!
    Please rest Rose, Boozer, Deng for Boston tomorrow and jump on the 76er from the start so we can rest our starters!

  • In reply to jpbaker81:

    or, you know, get your second best player to motivate himself to play the whole game

  • In reply to jpbaker81:

    Philly is not going to avenge anything, the Bulls have a recent history of kicking the crap out of Philly

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    ChiRy,

    Don't make anymore predictions okay. You aren't good at it.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    wow, look who's talking

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    4/5 times they kick this teams ass, didn't happen tonight, so I was wrong

    what do you got for me though? Give me something, not that same old tired BS you trot out every day. Give me a prediction.

  • Maybe we should bench Bogans and see if he can respond.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    benching bogans is a response.

  • i guess thibodeaus half time defensive pep talk didnt have much effect today...

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Doing better now Thibs pulled Boozer.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    The Bulls are a bad basketball team right now.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Check that: the bulls are a terrible basketball team right now.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Thank you again, Captain Obvious.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Wait...those were my REALISTIC expectations, not yours.

    I forgot, Doug Thonus and his CLUELESS followers thought this team was good enough, as is, to get a #1 Seed and contend for an NBA championship.

    Let me do the talent evaluation from now on.

    Thank you.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    It's like when a baby learns to throw food out of their high chair, the first couple of times it's cute, then it becomes tiresome as you realise they're just leaving a big mess all over your carpet.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Shakes,

    Being UNREALISTIC and a HOMER gets old.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Man, you are straight out of a comic book seriously! You're calling someone else unrealistic? Do you ever take a second to listen to yourself?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Indeed it does, I'm tired of hearing some homer on this blog tell us how a Deng and JJ package can net us the stars of the league! Are you tired of hearing it too?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Ok, please let us know your opinion of Boozer and Rose. Individually and collectively.
    Thanks in advance.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Spoke too soon

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    LOL... cant do nothing but laugh at this team cause they are terrible.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    55 win team my ass

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    PERIMETER PLAYER NEEDED ASAP...

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    bulls still look like a team with no confidence whn they fall behind

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Three players have 65 of the 78 points.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Too many turnovers + Terrible defense = LOSS.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Is it normal to puck in your mouth multiple times when watching basketball games?

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Carlos Boozer's switch defense on Louis Williams is awesome....

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    .................not.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    lets go for 3 in a row tomorrow!

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I can't believe we lost to the Nets and 76'ers. In the words of Charles Barkley "Turrible, just turrible".

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    45 point loss for Sixers...AVENGED and insult to injury, NO IGGY... another bad loss.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Reesel,

    That makes 5.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Somethings not right with this team.
    They don't run. Don't defend.
    Heads are down.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    I think that finally the heavy minutes are taking there toll with Rose and Deng. Noah was lucky to get hurt. Thibs have been a criminal with these guys. He played Thomas (38) for over 41 minutes the other night. Paxson needs to grab Thibs by the tie and push him a couple of times like he did with Vinny...

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Don't know if going Deng/Boozer down the stretch was the way to go, I know they wanted Watson in at SG because they were playing two points and so Korver had to move up a spot, but Korver wasn't even getting the ball, surely going with Rose/Watson/Deng/Boozer/Asik would have provided better chances of getting a key stop.

    Boozer may have responded to the benching, but only on offense. But as bad as the defense was at times if the offense didn't fall apart for stretches of the second half it was still a winnable game. At times it just seemed a case of chuck the ball around randomly and hope a shot presents itself. Which of course it wont because we had two starters who didn't even trouble the scorers.

    Not that the bench did much more ... everyone knows Watson/Korver/Brewer/Gibson/Asik are more limited players than the three main options, but you have to run some plays that get them some shots, you can't rely on just three players to take 3/4 of the shots like the Bulls did.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    maybe this will end the 55 win homerism finally

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    I seriously doubt it Ironflex, some of these fans dont see what some of us see in the problems with this team, some fans excuse will be Noah isnt with the team but it is more than that.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Without Noah this is a 500 team. I know we are 7-4 without him, but lets face it, we are not playing good basketball. Don't forget the "ugly wins".

    Losing could be a good thing in terms to force management to make changes that can help us down the road. And force Thibs to put Bogans out of the rotation.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    1. Missing Noah made an impact against quick guards. There was no one to control the paint against the quick guys who had a field day
    2. Perimeter defense is still a big issue with this team. Brewer was MIA. Wade, Joe Johnson, Ray Allen will kill the Bulls if the perimeter defense is like this.
    3. Thibs has to do something about Korver on how to use him. It is not working right now
    4. Boozer without Noah was exposed big time on defense against a small/quick team. Thomas isn't quick enough and is good only against the bigger centers such as Bogut, Lopez, etc..

    Let's see how the Bulls respond at home tomorrow against an equally tired team.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Yeah we certainly could have done with less Big Sexy. I don't mind if Thibs wants to start Thomas but he should be getting more time for Asik, without Noah he's the guy who is big & athletic enough to provide help.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    It would be nice if the Bulls could bring in Courtney Lee and Shane Battier, 2 player that are really committed to playing team defense. Don't know what the Bulls would have to give up but it's something they should really look into.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I forgot to mention that both players are pretty descent perimeter scorers as well.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    ixon,

    The CLUELESS still exist. Don't worry.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    This team has a number of problems right now ...

    Our lack of aggression and energy is appalling ... and it starts with Rose.
    Our lack of defense is bad as well ... and it starts with Rose.

    I love Rose ... I really do, and he's going to be great.
    And everyone is going to look at his stat line and think what a great job he's doing, but there's far more to this game than the stat line shows.

    And don't think I'm not on Boozer for the exact same things, because I am ... but if Rose is going to be our superstar, then he has to take the bad with the good.
    Everyone talked about how Boozer got benched ... well, so did Rose, and I believe the only reason that Rose came back in the game against NJ and Boozer didn't, was because Rose is the Superstar and Boozer is the Star.

    These two guys need to start setting a better example of aggressive defense, desire to win, hustle and effort.
    Yeah, the whole team needs to get into those things, but it starts at the top, and if you want to be your team's leader, you need to be willing to set the example.

    There has been far too much complacency lately without Noah out there, and it's caught up to the Bulls these last two games.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Well said

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    It feels like Rose is getting worse defensively as the year goes on. I'm not sure if it's the lack of Noah exposing him more, but it also feels like he's trying to rest on one end at times.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    You know, some Bulls fans keep saying that the Bulls should wait til next year or longer to make some changes to this team. I say... who exactly do they suppose to be waiting on cause there aren't any more impact players in the league that are free agents that might want to come to Chicago after Carmelo is gone. I would make every player on the Bulls available for a trade except Rose and Noah cause this team needs to be more committed to defense while having some players that know how to score when needed.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    There are no impact players after Carmelo!!C'mon...How do you know that everyone is not available for trade. Who will take Boozer's contract now? If we trade him...we are back to last year again.
    And although we are struggling, it is important that we don't trade our assets for 2nd tier players. That will set us back big time.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Reesel,

    Carpe diem, right?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Do you happen to know the latin for schadenfreude?

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Shakes,

    Nope.

    And I don't care to know. It's all about SEIZING THE DAY.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    That's not what people are saying at all, they're saying that you can't just make a trade happen and it seems unlikely right now that one will. Everyone would like to be able to pick up someone to improve the team. We're not waiting on anyone as such, we're waiting and hoping that a deal lands in our laps.

    Making everyone available? I'm quite sure everyone outside of Rose is. Probably even including Noah if the price is right. The reality is that Rose and Noah are the only players likely to have the sort of trade value that might net you an impact player, and obviously if you trade one of those two you're just trading one need for another. We're not waiting because we want to, we're waiting because robbing someone is the only way to improve the team to the next level.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    That's right.
    Plus every time a potential trade is discussed for, it seems that the Bulls are mentioned.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    P.S. I'm new here, but are Reese1 and Mr. Happy the same person?

  • In reply to Waldock:

    No, MrHappy is a troll, Reese1 seems to be genuine in what he's posting but just happens to agree with some of the things MrHappy writes.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Thanks.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    WALDOOCK,

    I have a feeling you will SETTLE right in.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Your right about me being clueless, I've been a season ticket holder for 33 years.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    REALITY CHECK:

    Well, it looks like Doug and his CLUELESS followers are getting what they wanted.

    A Division title, but not an NBA Championship. Woo...hooh.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    You're right again. That's exactly what I want. Damn, you're good.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    Waldoock,

    I know.

    Like I said, you'll SETTLE in nicely on here.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Agreed, Shakes!
    "Robbing" (i.e. a lopsided trade) is how both the Lakers and Celtics became the dominant teams of the last 3-4 years. Namely, the Pau Gasol and Kevin Garnett trades.

    Bulls have to add a significant asset without giving one up. You are right, that's the only way to take this Bulls team to the next level.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    TRADE BOOZER BECOME THE OKC THUNDER:

    This Bulls' team is not contenders. They should go the route of the OKC Thunder.

    To Bulls: Aaron Afflalo, Kenyon Martin and a draft pick
    To Nuggets: Carlos Boozer, Keith Bogans and James Johnson

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=2eco89q

    Since the Bulls' management doesn't seem to aggressive enough in the Melo sweepstakes, at least they can keep him off of the Knicks and/or Nets by making this trade. He'll re-sign in Denver and the Bulls can then go after Kevin Love, Rose's friend from Team USA, when he's a free-agent in a two years.

    What's the point of signing a 29 year old All-Star level PF to a $80 million dollar contract, if the Bulls' management doesn't plan on going all in for Melo and a NBA championship?

    There isn't any. They should just go young and follow OKC's lead.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Here's a better trade idea.

    To Bulls: Kevin Love, Aaron Afflalo and Kenyon Martin
    To Nuggets: Carlos Boozer and Kurt Thomas
    To T-Wolves: James Johnson, Keith Bogans, Charlotte's #1 and the Bulls #1

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=2b2gjzr

    - Denver can keep Melo and be contenders in the West.
    - Minnesota can get get ST-contracts and picks.
    - Chicago can become the OKC Thunder w/ a few young All-Stars.
    - Melo would stay off of the Knicks and/or Nets.
    - Rose and Love could team up like they have been talking about.

    I'd buy into this roster, minus Luol Deng, who stinks.

    PG - Rose/Watson
    SG - Afflalo/Brewer
    SF - Deng/Korver
    PF - Love/Gibson/Martin
    C - Noah/Asik/Scalabrine

    * Add 1 or 2 D-League players to bring the roster to 13 or 14.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    you're an idiot, there is no way Minnesota is trading Kevin Love, infact, that package probably isn't even good enough for Afflalo

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Like I've said to your trade proposals before, if you think they're fair, go to the other teams blogs and ask there. I eagerly await the response on a Wolves blog to that Love trade!

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Thank you Captain Obvious.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    ixon,

    When does it ever have pep?

  • At least offensively.
    Apparently he's not capable of Defending the screen and roll.
    Two of Korvers 1st half fouls were caused by Boozer not switching.
    Even Stacey can't believe Boozer can't defend Hawes.

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