Bulls vs Bobcats at 7pm on CSN

The Bulls fell to the Bobcats just a week ago which should prevent any fears of the Bulls taking them lightly.   Especially since Carlos Boozer is unlikely to play again [though I haven't seen official word, I doubt he plays until Saturday at the earliest]. 

Certainly, it's a game the Bulls should still take.   The Bobcats don't have the interior muscle to really punish the Bulls as they play fairly small frequently, on top of which, the Bobcats are a dreadful road team while the Bulls have dominated at the UC so far.

Keys to the game

Derrick Rose can dominate

The Bobcats are a small team without a ton of interior shotblocking which leaves Rose in good position to score a crapload of points.  If teams move to the quadruple team defense then he just needs to keep finding the open man and trusting in his teammates.

Keep bringing the defense

Derrick Rose had a triple double, but the Bulls beat the Grizzlies primarily because of some outstanding team defense.    Without Boozer, the Bulls have fewer options offensively and aren't likely to perform as well.  However, if they bring the defensive intensity and focus that they had yesterday against Memphis to the Bobcats tonight, it will hardly matter.

The Bobcats don't really have any great individual scoring options, so a solid team defense should limit them to pedestrian offensive output.

Luol Deng and the role players must repeat

Luol scored 28 against the Grizzlies, and while he doesn't need to score that much again, he needs to have an effective game.  If he can force Jackson/Wallace/whomever he defends into as poor a game as Rudy Gay, then the Bulls will be in great shape.

The Bulls will need similar contributions from their role players.  Maybe Ronnie Brewer steps up rather than Kyle Korver, or perhaps we see C.J. Watson have a quality game.  One of the three needs to step up and provide some support for rose from the guard spot though.

Control the negative plays

In a home game against a bad team, if you control negative plays (offensive rebounds given up and turnovers) then you're 75% of the way towards victory.   The Bulls have been sloppy with the ball at times, but the lack of using Boozer in the post should limit their turnovers they often get while feeding him.

Final thoughts
No game is an easy game when you're missing two of your marquee players, but the Bulls should win despite their back to back.

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  • Boozer is out per Nick Friedell

  • Just a random question here guys:

    Rose is shooting around 37% on 3's,but he takes an awful lot of last second 1/2 court, 3/4 court heaves which no doubt lower his percentage despite hitting that 1 a month or 2 ago.

    Does anyone know if anyone gives stats of 3 ptrs w/o the heaves? Or stats of last second shots significantly longer than the 3 pt line?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I don't know of such a place, but I'd wager that you could probably come up with a fair guess. I'd imagine that Rose has probably taken about 15 or so of those shots this year and made one.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    That's a pretty fair guess, I would say more than 15 though.

    If it was 15, that means he is shooting .406 on normal 3's

    If it was 30, then he is up to .450

    I would think its somewhere between there.

    I just don't think the .377 does him justice

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    That's a pretty fair guess, I would say more than 15 though.

    If it was 15, that means he is shooting .406 on normal 3's

    If it was 30, then he is up to .450

    I would think its somewhere between there.

    I just don't think the .377 does him justice

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    You'd have to go back through the play by plays to work it out.

  • DJ Augustine outplayed Rose last week, it got me wondering, do you think Rose was a little nervous, maybe tentative, playing infront of Mike?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I don't think so, Rose fears nobody. Last game, Augustine had the best game of his career against rose. I hope tonight will take his revenge and learn this kid that he's a mvp !

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I know, but I wasn't talking about fear. I mean, he is virtually MJ's successor. MJ has quite a presence, even at his age. The best player ever is sitting there on the opposing bench, and you're playing in his old uniform. Its not fear, Rose has never played afraid. I just think a little tentative. Maybe not, but it crossed my mind.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I wouldn't take Augustine lightly, he has improved this year, especially with Silas supporting him as his new head coach.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Let's get one thing straight. Derrick Rose is a great point guard. He is not MJ's successor, nor will he ever be.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    I think he's MJ's successor. It doesn't mean he's as good or will have as much success, but he's the first real star player we've had since Jordan.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I agree, and I think it is fairly obvious & undeniable he is MJ's successor.

    People get so touchy when you mention MJ in the same breath as anyone. My God, I was not comparing them.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    After reading Sam Smith's article about the Bulls win yesterday...he was making a point about the AAU style of play and how stupidly or selfishly Rudy Gay plays even though he is talented. He also states how Thibs would not accept that.
    Is James Johnson like that in practice? Is that's why is he in Thibs's doghouse?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    They really need to break that team up. There is so much talent in their top 5 rotation (when Mayo is on the floor w/ the starters). It is just yet another case that its not about basketball. Its about how you fit together, play as a team, sacrifice for each other....
    You have to have talent to win no doubt, it is after all the highest level in the world, but you have to give effort and play together and all that other stuff people constantly dismiss.

    Z-bo is almost for sure a gonner at the end of the year, but he is actually one of the guys I would bring back. If you want to develope a team, Mayo & Gay need to go, or to develope a greater understanding & team aptitude.

    I think JJ is more of a team guy, I just don't think his basketball IQ is very high. I don't think it helps that he doesn't get any PT, but I think that must be what it is at this point.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Seems a bit harsh to rip on Gay after one of the worst games of his season. How about a bit of credit to Deng, Gay has been playing outstandingly well and he got frustrated into taking some bad shots.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    How am I ripping on Gay? I like him, got him on my fantasy team. I am totally giving Deng credit, thats how this all started. I'm just saying for such a talented team, Memphis should not be 3 games under 500. They do not play as a team, at all. People need to go, Gay makes the most money and I think he has trade value.

    Do you think Memphis plays great team ball?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    sorry, I just noticed you were responding to Schamburgh, my bad

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Rose wins EC player of the week. Are these things helpful to get regarding the MVP race?

    http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/rose_eastpow_110118.html

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    It isn't in order to rip Gay. he is a good basketball player, he has good numbers but isn't a team-player as his teammates. Take a look at grizzles' starting lineup, they are enough talented to make playoffs ,good sg (mayo), sf(gay) pf(randolph) and c(gasol). It sounds great but Mayo, gay randolph are selfish players.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I don't understand why everyone thinks the Grizzlies are that talented. Mayo is at his best an average player, and this year isn't even that good. Randolph has been the same everywhere he's played, big scoring numbers from lots of shots with no defense at all.

    So you have one borderline all-star in Gay, Gasol is a decent defensive center with some offensive game, and three average to below average players in Conley, Mayo and Randolph. Their depth players suck too.

    I don't think their record has anything to do with selfishness and everything to do with just not being that good.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    u're not tottaly wrong. But i still thinks, with their roster, a great coach could bring them to the playoffs !

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    No Boozer helps us on the defensive end against the Bobcats, not just because of his bad defense but because he doesn't really have any good matchups against the combo forwards the Bobcats have. On the other hand he can abuse those guys like he did last time the teams played, so it's disappointing not to have him. I was looking forward to seeing if we'd get Boozer more than 15 shots this time around.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    it could be one the reason Johnson isn't used. I remember seeing him during the summer league, he rarely passed the ball. He was always looking to shoot once he got the ball. He's a little bit like Nick young(excuse mr happy but... lol )

  • In reply to deewaves:

    no one passes in the summer league. Its kind of like the D-league, everyone is trying to earn a job

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    loooooll

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Agreed. Rose is the successor as in worthy of Bulls royalty, and next in line to the throne which he certainly has now ascended with an MVP worthy performance for seemingly a whole season. It doesn't mean he will be as good as Jordan as he is the greatest king or ruler of the NBA probably, and certainly for the Bulls. But Derrick has greatness in his own right as a monster offensive player who is a big time fourth quarter defender of the realm/win. I.E a closer, and one who propels the team to playoff win totals by his own game/presence.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Oh yeah in that context i agree. Thought you were talking about a larger scope, all NBA.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    As I said the doubling on Derrick has been more agressive and extended in my view from Charlotte, Miami, and followed by Memphis. Now it's back to the Bobcats though at home the Bulls have been so strong it's hard to believe they won't win this one regardless. But I do not see the Bulls coaching solving the problem of the extended double on Derrick very well. And like I said Boozer does not drive t the basket after slipping screens off the double. Instead he wants to settle for the jumper. Of course Joakim is the perfect guy for slipping the screen, and taking it to th hoop or dishing, but until he comes back they will need another solution. That is if you see the doubling bothering Rose more/being more agressive/extended/persistent.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    The Bulls biggest weakness right now other than BOGANS! (sorry can't say his name without screaming in agony) is the fact that they need more ball handlers. The primary reason why Deng kills us from time to time is that he cannot handle the ball. If any of our other perimeter players other than Rose could really help initiate the offense,this team, and the offense would look completely different.

  • In reply to nucahx:

    Unless you have Rick Barry, Hondo, or Pippen, you really can't rely on your SF being a ball handler.

    I agree they need another ball handler, but I think it needs to come from the 2 spot, and another shooter is just as much, or more of a need. So you can kill two birds with one stone and get a 2 who can shoot & dribble, and in the mean time play Watson more with Rose which I think we have seen recently more, esp against elite teams down the stretch, and play Korver & Brewer more as well instead of Bogey. Once again, that is really beating a dead horse, but it comes back to your original point, the Bogans situation is very agonizing.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I am not saying that they need another point forward. Deng looks terrible when he has to put the ball on the floor though... He dribbles like a PF in a SF body.

  • In reply to nucahx:

    well yeah, if Deng could dribble penetrate then we'd all be complaining that he makes 14 mil a year instead of the 11-12 we complain about now

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    lol so true

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Ummm, the Bobcats are actually a good shotblocking team. They're actually 3rd over-all with 6.2 blocks a game, just ahead of Chicago's 6.1. With Tyrus Thomas, Kwame Brown, Gerald Wallace and Nazr Mohammed around, I think they defend the lane pretty well. However, I think Derrick can figure out how to shred those defenses at this stage.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Its just not in Loul Deng's DNA to be a take over scorer. When he takes over for stretches, you can tell he is trying to do that.

    He is perfect as a 3rd-4th option on offense, & a quality team defender & rebounder. He is about to be the 4th highest paid on the team, so may we please put the overpaid label to bed? He is also a good character guy, and I believe you can win a championship with him as your starting PF.

  • In reply to nucahx:

    loool and he always end up with travelling-call or offensive foul. It's so annoying !! lol

  • In reply to nucahx:

    precisely bogans is the bogans. Because it's our SG who were supposed to fill this role. Korver and Watson handle better than bogans. But u're right we need it most of all when Rose is benched, it hurts.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    People are so quick to rip Luol Deng, especially after the Miami game, after we won none the less! Any time he has a poor shooting night, even if he is guarding the other team's best scorer, he gets ripped.

    Where is the praise after the Memphis game? A game in which not many people expected the Bulls to win for numerous reasons. He completely took Rudy Gay, who is having one of the best individual seasons in the NBA, completely out of his game. He played his usual 40+ minutes and scored almost 30. Where is the praise? What does this guy have to do?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Agree...A lot of people want him to be like LeBron or Pierce. Pierce was almost the same as Deng until Garnett came along except for the fluky season he had with Antoine Walker. For some guys, there has to be that #1 guy to take the pressure off to perform like Kobe for Gasol, Garnett for Pierce, Shaq for Wade and now LeBron for Wade....they become HOFers.
    Deng might not be #2 or even #3 option but the main part of the game I like about him is playing without the ball. That part is so underrated and probably one of the most difficult things to learn and do. He is perfect for this team if we get a good SG who can space the floor..

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I just really can't wait til Noah gets back, for many, many, many reasons, but with relation to Deng, Noah's passing especially. You can run some of your offense through JoNo, and with his passing skills, he is often going to hit a cutting Deng on one side, or a slashing Brewer on the other.

    Noah & Deng were made to play together.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    "Noah & Deng were made to play together" ..

    And Thibs was made to coach them..

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I aknowledge, Deng is barely praised even when he has great game. I'm one those who rarely praise Deng.
    In my mind, he is good but too irregular. Like Doug said, if Deng plays everyday the way he played yesterday, bulls would be a super-team. But it won't happens becuz dengs is irregular. he plays by quarter( most of time the 1st and the 3rd then disappears) or by day. I remember a week ago, deng has a serie of 22+ pts during 3 games, then the fourth game(against boston, he scored 8 pts). How can u score so well during three and then go that down ?? he could have put 15 or 12, but 8 !!

    U know i mean ?? he isn't constant.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    It's a bit unfair to hold Deng to the standard of yesterday's game. If Deng could average 28 points on 65% shooting he'd be the best player ever.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    With respect to scoring, shouldering the scoring load I agree, but his defense & rebounding are always constants

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    i agree, but look at the other-teams 3rd option : Allen, bosh, Richardson,odom ! if deng could be as constant as them. it will help.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I don't know how you want to measure consistency, but here's the number of single digit scoring games of those players this year:

    Richardson: 7
    Odom: 6
    Ray Allen: 4
    Deng: 4
    Bosh: 1

    Deng does alright by that standard.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    where did u get this stats so quickly?? is there a site or something like that ?

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    where did u get this stats so quickly?? is there a site or something like that ?

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    If they gave him more shots...I am sure he can be scoring more like he was doing in 2006 along with Ben Gordon. He is just deferring to Rose & Boozer. He has told how he was out of sync in Vinny's system.
    Thinking in terms of Miami, if Rose's defense improves more and Brewer is playing well..together they can contain Wade and Deng along with help from Noah can contain LeBron....That's what I want to see.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    come on these are the f#%$&#" bobcats... whats going on out there

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Given how they've played being down only 3 isn't too bad, so long as they come back out and play better they should be fine.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Watson seems to be very tentative while passing. He needs more time to get a rhythm otherwise he starts trying to make tough passes or shots.
    Ball control is probably what Thibs is emphasizing during halftime...

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    That was the biggest travel I have seen outside of 4th grade YMCA.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Ugly ugly ugly game, but that's to be expected with no Noah & Boozer. Doing what it needed now though, just shut down their scoring.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    why does this scrub augstin allways have goood games against the bulls

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    some reeal middle school mess going on in this game

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    after all these years the bulls stil can't shoot... good thing they got rose now

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    The game is too close... Bobcats have a lot of offense...Diaw looks like he can score everytime... Somebody needs to shut him down.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    A lot of offense? They've shot 40% and scored 72 with the game nearly over.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    It seems like they can get a shot off whenever they need. Usually >the bulls step up in the fourth quarter

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    if the bulls lose thisone its gonna go in the real stinker vault

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    deng was doing a fine job on the bench

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    why the hell didnt they take a foul?

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    why didnt they foul!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    25 seconds left, Bobcats get the ball up one, and Bulls let them run 15 seconds off without fouling? Is Thibodeau daft?

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I think this is one where having the coach direct traffic all the time hurts you, the players were clearly waiting for him to yell something out rather than just reacting.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    brewwer gets the dumass play of the game for passing up a layup and passing to dung

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    0-2 t o the bobacts, that one guys in the vault for sure

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    goes in the vault, really embarrasing, bulls couldnt make a jumpshot

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    I dont think its the coaches fault, if the other team can just send their whole team to guard one of your players because all the other bums cant score theres nothing you can do

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Oh man I don't mind drawing up a play for someone other than Rose because you know they're going to send 5 defenders at him, but a drive to the hoop for Korver? Really? I hope that was freestyling not what was drawn up.

    That said I hate it that you're allowed to foul on the last play without it being called, Korver was never getting that foul when he was hit.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Having re-watched the Korver play a number of times I'm going to take back my WTF, it's actually a pretty clever play. Jackson is completely wrong footed because he expected Korver to spot up in the middle of the court, and Tyrus is pretty slow to come out and cut him off because he's not even looking for it. Tyrus goes up late and gets the "block" by jumping all over Korver's back, but if that gets called a foul (like it would for the other 47 minutes of the game) or he doesn't foul Korver that's a win.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    LUOL DENG IS JUNK!!! Where the HELL IS MELO? Get him on this FRIGGIN TEAM!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Melo wont even go to the Nets which are within spitting distance of New York, what makes you think he wants to go somewhere miles away?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Hey Chiry, do u understand now why we don't praise lu deng ??
    After having 28 pts yesterday with 11/17, he went 2/11 with 10 pts.
    Do u feel me ??
    Deng is too irregular !!! that's why he is underrated. He need to be more constant.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    luol deng is not underrated

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    recap for today
    bulls good defense + awful offense = loss to th e bumcats

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    they really had this game till they let themselves get intimidated by whoopi

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    I just want to ask, if a player makes a mistake why must they sit? Thibs has done this twice now. and it's cost us TWO GAMES!!!

    First Boozer, now Brewer. Yes Brewer should have comiited a hard foul on Gerald Wallace, but sit him and then match up Stephen Jackson with Kyle Korver and then STILL have Luol Deng on the bench? That cost us the game RIGHT THERE!!! That my friend is called is being too principaled for your own good.

    Yes Brewer should have not passed on the shot, but to give Stephen Jackson a free pass on offense was worse that the soft foul that Brewer committed.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    i wonder if deng just ate a big bucket of butter with his bare hands for lunch

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Don't forget Thibs comes from a championship caliber team and a lot of players and coaches have high praise for him. It's not his fault that he has a team that sometimes can't outscore more talented offensive teams. Seems to me that he is holding every player accountable for playing lousy at times.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    this is all further proof that the bulls (players) still suck... i dont figure they can fix it this year but maybe next. They are really in need of a second bailout type scorer who can create hiws own offense so teams stop playng these junk defenses on rose.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    I wouldn't say that they suck, they just need more perimeter help when certain players can't seem to score when needed.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    tired of seeing all these guys (deng, brewer, korver, watson, gibson, etc) pump fake drive and pass outside about five times in a row till the clock runs down to 3 seconds and one of these fools puts up a horrible shot and misses

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Yes it is very discouraging but that's what happens with some of these guys sometimes. that's probably why Thibs has them on the bench at times... he's tired of seeing it also.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I don't have a problem with that. But for crying out loud it'd the at 2 minutes of the game and you have maybe your best wing defender on the bench, and your starting 6'9" small forward on the bench , and you have a 6'6" slow tweener getting posted up by Stephen Jackson. Not smart at all..

    Then not to call Time-out with 25 seconds left where they could have at least turned it into a free throw contest.

    Finally, they need someone who can create a shot other than DRose. Where the hell id Flip Murray when you need him?

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Yeah they definitely need someone to do just that.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Flip was horrible, which is why he is still a free agent. Hes available lol, no one wants him.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Every player but Keith Bogans, apparently. He still gets the honor of starting, despite being one of the worst rated players in the NBA.

    Too Slow
    Too Weak
    Too Unreliable
    Too Bad

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Having a time out with 3.1 sec left would have been helpful.
    The 2 plays that were so annoying were Brewers and Bogans fouls on breakaways and not tying up the guy and letting them get plus one.
    Every team have off nights, but playing dumbly is not ok..
    The play at the end would

  • In reply to Waldock:

    Have worked better with Dang. Might have got the call and can dunk..

  • In reply to Waldock:

    I don't think it wouldn't have worked with Deng, they would have played for it. It worked (well, other than the no foul call) because nobody expected Korver to cut that way, and hence he lost Jackson and Tyrus was way too slow to come across and all he could do was jump on Korver for the "block".

  • In reply to Waldock:

    We lost a close game. We were missing 2 starters.... 3 if you count SG. With Boozer, Noah, and a SG that is starter worthy, we win by 20+. I'm only worried about SG. Rose is by himself in the backcourt. You need five ideal things from your SG. Shooting, passing, ball handling, drawing fouls, and defense. We don't have a guard on the roster besides Rose that can do two of these things. We don't need an All Star SG, we just need a guard that can do two or more things well. Ben Gordon, John Salmons, and Captain Kirk would all look a hell of a lot better next to Rose right now.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    Yes, in the LeBron chase, the Bulls hurt themselves by dumping the Hinrich and Salmons contracts and losing 3 draft picks in the process (2010 1st, and 2011 and 2012 2nds).

    They have to make roster adjustments this off-season.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    Yes it was a bad loss; but I was watching DWade and LB do exactly the same thing at exactly the same time against the Hawks - ie not executing down the stretch. The Heat with 2 of the better closers in the game couldn't get it done either (LB shooting a 28fter was the best look they could get!?) so like Shakes above I actually thing the play to Kyle was an ok play; yes he got fouled; no it won't get called unless ur Kobe et al but sh*t happens and you move on. This is why in free agency we got another scorer as the Bulls roster did not have a player for the last shot. (I like BG for that last shot but not for $10m a year).
    You are gonna hate me for saying this but KB did a good job on Jax, I was suprised we didn't see him in the game late. When the Bobcats go DJ, Jax, Wallace, TT and Diaw that is a big (other than DJ) athletic multi dimensional line-up. Last night without JoNo we didn't have the personal on court to prevent at least one of them having a mismatch - maybe JJ (who? lol) should have been given a run out against them. I think he could have marked any of those players and did a good (better) job defensively than KK or CJ did down the stretch.
    But we live and learn. No one died last night and I look forward to another all nighter on Thursday - Why do we have to have time zones?? grrrrrrr

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    You are truly pathetic ...

    Where were you yesterday when Deng was making the difference in the game against the Grizzlies?

    Why don't you have the guts to show up when he has a good game?

    This team had to play 4 games in 5 nights ... against some decent teams ... with a depleted roster ... and they still won three of them. One against the Heat.

    I thought you were the high and mighty one this past summer telling everyone to stop looking back or to the future ... and deal with the team we have right now.

    Melo will not now, nor will he ever be a Chicago Bull.
    Deal.
    With.
    It.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Silversurf,

    If wanting Melo on the Bulls makes me pathetic, then I can live with that.

    FU.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    And I want to be a max contract player in the NBA, difference is I don't post about it half a dozen times a day on someone's blog.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    A man stands up and admits when he was wrong.

    A coward keep making the same stupid mistakes over and over ... refusing to admit when he's wrong.

    To continue to attack one player over and over again, especially when it's clear that that player has done everything we've asked of him, is nothing but cowardly.

    So answer the question ...
    Where were you yesterday when Deng made the difference winning the game?

    When Deng stops hitting 3's ... every game.
    When Deng stops playing good defense ... every game.
    When Deng stops shooting better than Melo.
    When Deng stops being a quality 3rd scoring option ... every game.
    When Deng stops getting 6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and playing all around quality basketball as the fourth best player on the team.

    Then come talk to me about your silly Melo fantasies.

    Coward.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    After watching the Bulls lose to another CRAP team, I feel like DANCING.

    http://www.nba.com/nuggets/video/2011/01/18/MeloMJacksonExperiencewmv-1526957/index.html

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    It is a game where the Bulls stop 3-pt shooting and still lose.
    Missing Boozer(adding some offense) and Noah(taking some rebounds away from Wallace)impacted this.
    But this is a good lesson for Thibs and Rose. In the playoffs, there will be games like this where they have to get a 2 or 3 to tie or win. Lose or win, they need to draw up plays and practice them in real time based on the team's strength or weakness.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Can we get a coach who isn't a complete moron, please?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    cant let whoopi goldberg punk you like that

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    For all those wondering when Deng will get a rest, looks like the answer is when he plays horribly like today.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Hey Chiry, do u understand now why we don't praise lu deng ??
    After having 28 pts yesterday with 11/17, he went 2/11 with 10 pts against charlotte.
    Do u feel me ??
    Deng is too irregular !!! that's why he is underrated. He need to be more constant. d

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Great analysis. I get on my soapbox on this blog all the time about how much Luol Deng contributes to this team. The way he is playing this year, he is one of the top 5 SF's in the East. It's also interesting that people's criticism of him revolves around how he can't dribble and is soft. Don't think those people have seen him going hard to the hoop this year. And for being injury prone, hes one of the more reliable players on a day to day basis. The man can play the minutes, hes got the wind to do so, let him.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Hey Chiry, do u understand now why we don't praise lu deng ??
    After having 28 pts yesterday with 11/17, he went 2/11 with 10 pts against charlotte.
    Do u feel me ??
    Deng is too irregular !!! that's why he is underrated. He need to be more constant.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Korver's dialed in. That clutch shot over Miami really boosted his confidence. Recently his shot has been looking good, every one just barely missing. Sometimes its just a matter of seeing it go in. The same thing with Rose at the beginning of the year. He had been practicing that shot, was hitting it in practice, yet struggled to open the year. So much of shooting is confidence, and once you start seeing it go in, you stop doubting yourself.

    Korver is such an X-factor, time to amp up his minutes, get him some good looks with Rose, and let them rip.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    The Bobcats do have the athletic players to make life hard for Rose. That said I doubt Augustine outplays him again.

  • I thought it was reported D. Rose was under the weather? Whatever, Augustine can't hold Rose' jock strap and tonight will prove that

  • In reply to jpbaker81:

    I think Rose will really be motivated to dominate DJ after last week's loss.

    I love the way he came out yesterday against Memphis, he was very agressive and attacked early.

  • I disagree that the Bobcats don't have any great individual scoring options. A franchise player? No they don't have one, but Agustine, Jackson, & Wallace can all create their own shot, and get to the foul line.

  • no thanks ;)

  • Someone must offer raw statistical data that's easily mined.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    http://basketballvalue.com/downloads.php

    Unfortunately their play by play data doesn't tell you the distance of shots like the ESPN play by play does, so you can't really look for long heaves vs normal end of quarter threes.

  • 8th game in the last 11 days...

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