Win two tickets to Chicago Miami this Saturday courtesy of Stub Hub

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I've been provided two tickets to give away to a Bulls fan for Chicago vs Miami this Saturday courtesy of stub hub.   The Seats are section 212 row 8 I've been told, so we're talking about nice seats not nosebleeds.

The rules are simple.

1) Post in the comments section --  Your post should involve the Bulls, Heat, this game, one of the players in the game, or something related to the Bulls and Heat.

2) I will draw a random winner from the thread based on the posts in the thread.  Your post must be basketball related, but you will not get credit for multiple posts (though multiple posts and great discussion are of course encouraged, I don't want it to turn into a spam contest).

3) I will announce the winner (and several runner ups) on Friday.  If the winner does not come forward in the announcement thread then I will move on to the runner ups on Saturday morning.

Good luck!

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  • Let's hope that the Bulls come to play. We can't continue to have the sloppy passing that has plagued our last few games. Boozer in particular seems to be a little lazy with his passes and with his attempt to grab the ball. Not that there aren't others to blame.

    My true hope: we pull out a game just like last week's Celtics game where we had a very bad loss to the Sixers the night before, then pulled off the win...this time a loss to the Bobcats followed by a win over the Heat would be huge...LeBron or no LeBron.

  • In reply to mwils8:

    Definitely have to agree here with the effort of Boozer on the defensive end. I knew coming into the season that he wasn't a HUGE defensive stopper, but he needs to focus on being a good help side defender. We're going to need it on Saturday since we will be missing Noah as well.

    The back to back is going to be interesting. Very important weekend for the Bulls.

  • In reply to mwils8:

    If we end up beating them hopefully their fans don't make the excuse of "LeBron is hurt." A win, especially against them, would be big. Also, to even add more intrigue to the matchup is how well we've played at home against their road record.

  • In reply to mwils8:

    Doug, the use of Keith Bogans on Saturday night will be the tipping point for myself and this nonsense going on with the Bulls. The BEST thing that can happen for the Bulls is LeBron decides to sit out the last game of this long trip for the HEAT! However I think LeBron BADLY wants to play in this game and I am very concerned the Bulls will get run out of the gym. Keith Bogans will be matched up with Wade, which could be DEADLY. The Bulls are going to need to fill that SG hole, possibly with a cheap alternative like Anthony Parker who I think would be a very nice addition. Should be fun to hear the crowd at the UC, I have never been and am 24 yrs old. On TV it more resembles a library than a basketball arena, but I am assuming it will be extra loud for this one!

  • In reply to mwils8:

    I think the Bulls will put up a real fight against the Heat, but we need either Noah or get the deal done for Jackson or Mayo to pull it off I think. Hopefully we get a playoff atmosphere for this game, that would be great help.

  • In reply to mwils8:

    ughhhhhh i wish i lived in chicago...

  • In reply to mwils8:

    Is there any way we can get Keith Bogans to start for the Heat? Easiest way ensure victory.

  • In reply to mwils8:

    Hey Doug. Man, I would really appreciate those tickets. I am a Chicago native and die-hard Bulls fans. I moved to Miami a couple of years ago for medical school. And I attend every Bulls game out here in Miami. I have had to suffer through all the Miami bandwagoners up close and personal ever since this crazy 2010 stuff really took its stride. And throughout it all I still managed to convert my fiancee into a Bulls fan.

    Here's the problem, though. This season the Bulls only come to Miami once. And it happens to be the day after my wedding! With relatives flying in from all over the place, we can't possibly make it. So I'm really bummed out since we would so love to go to a Bulls/HEAT game to cheer on our Bulls and boo those diva HEAT players. Since we can't go to the game here in Miami, my fiancee and I would be willing to travel back to Chicago to see these teams duke it out before our wedding. So hopefully we'll get the chance to do so. If we do happen to get selected for these tickets, thanks so much! Go Bulls!!!

  • In reply to mwils8:

    Notice: Keith Bogans Ensure(tm) Promotional Tour visiting a retirement home near you soon.

  • In reply to reprisal:

    reply fail to my own post...=

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    reply fail to my own post...=

  • In reply to mwils8:

    This has the potential to be a preview of the ECF. Let's see how we stack up against the East's best. Go Bulls

  • In reply to mwils8:

    Bulls have struggled recently against mediocre to bad teams on the road, but they have been taking care of teams at home. Do you guys think that has anything to do with the officiating? I've been watching a lot of basketball and the home team always seems to get more favorable calls. anyone else seeing this too, or am I just a ref hater?

  • In reply to mwils8:

    Good luck to all of you guys I wish I was coming to chicago before march

  • In reply to mwils8:

    Good luck to all of you guys I wish I was coming to chicago before march

  • In reply to mwils8:

    Keith Bogans is terrible.

    Now, with that stanndard-for-every-Bulls-internet-commenter sentiment out of the way, let me just say that I will enjoy the hell out of this game (no matter how I watch it), but I wish deep down that both teams were at full strength, so we could really see what we have.

    As it is, Miami has righted the ship and is on a tear. The Bulls are looking shaky over their past 10 or so. Hopefully the hometown team will be up for this game, and just take it to the Heat's weakness, the inside. I think the Bulls are one of the few teams who could normally keep up on the break, but with Thomas in there, I'm sure they'll be exploiting the Bulls inside too, just in a different way.

    Bulls, Bears...great sports weekend ahead!

  • In reply to mwils8:

    I think this Heat/Bulls game will draw a playoff atmosphere. It will be a great measuring stick for the Bulls as they probably will be facing the best team in the League. The Heat are a great transition team that feed off turnovers that may cause the Bulls some problems. The Bulls need to control their turnovers and dominate the glass. The Heat love playing the passing lanes which enables them to run, thats why the Bulls need to be efficient in their offensive sets. Knowing Coach Thibbs he will shrink the floor and make the big three jump shooters , thats why its imparative that the Bulls outrebound the Heat and control second chance points. I think the match up that will surprise many is when Ronny Brewer checks Dwayne Wade. Ronny is taller and causes so many deflections that will both Wade some. Finally, this is the game that DRose will have to show he is the MVP. He needs to dominate the pace of the game, and be in attack mode. I dont care who covers DRose, no one can guard his speed and quickness. Instead of trying to get his teammates going early, I feel he needs to set the tone of agressiveness and attack. Also a side note, do not be surprised if Miami plays Lebron at the five down the stretch. I can definetly see them trying to do that during a sequence which Kurt Thomas is on the floor. Obviously Coach Thibbs will make the adjustment. I would love to see this game because I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I have never seen a Bulls game :). Lets go Bulls!

  • In reply to mwils8:

    I think this Heat/Bulls game will draw a playoff atmosphere. It will be a great measuring stick for the Bulls as they probably will be facing the best team in the League. The Heat are a great transition team that feed off turnovers that may cause the Bulls some problems. The Bulls need to control their turnovers and dominate the glass. The Heat love playing the passing lanes which enables them to run, thats why the Bulls need to be efficient in their offensive sets. Knowing Coach Thibbs he will shrink the floor and make the big three jump shooters , thats why its imparative that the Bulls outrebound the Heat and control second chance points. I think the match up that will surprise many is when Ronny Brewer checks Dwayne Wade. Ronny is taller and causes so many deflections that will both Wade some. Finally, this is the game that DRose will have to show he is the MVP. He needs to dominate the pace of the game, and be in attack mode. I dont care who covers DRose, no one can guard his speed and quickness. Instead of trying to get his teammates going early, I feel he needs to set the tone of agressiveness and attack. Also a side note, do not be surprised if Miami plays Lebron at the five down the stretch. I can definetly see them trying to do that during a sequence which Kurt Thomas is on the floor. Obviously Coach Thibbs will make the adjustment. I would love to see this game because I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I have never seen a Bulls game :). Lets go Bulls!

  • In reply to argie2333:

    Oh it most definitely will be a playoff atmosphere. We bemoan the UC crowd but they come out for the tough teams and know how to boo. I don't know why they sit on their hands any other time but a rival comes to town and they eat it up.

    LeBron was booed in the playoffs and will get booed again. Wade needs to be booed more too.

  • In reply to argie2333:

    According to Kennedy of Hoopsworld the Bulls have some interest in Tony Allen. Link attached below:

    http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=18457#ixzz1Ax5j45VS

    Will be interesting to see how hard the Bulls pursue him. Allen is an inch shorter than Bogans at 6'4". To me Allen is a decent defensive player that brings more quickness and confidence in his offense. At least he will take the open lane for a layup if it is available to him. Allen's 3-yr $9MM contract is a pretty good deal. Wonder what the Bulls could offer to incentivize Grizzlies to such a trade. Is Allen indispensable if Henry continues to be bothered by injury and Mayo gets traded (assuming they don't get a SG back)?

    If Bogans is not part of the Allen trade, would Thibs finally remove him from the starting line-up? Maybe Thibs is just conditioning Brewer to be productive off the bench and don't want him to be bothered by getting added to the starting line-up and being moved back to the bench once we acquire another guard (doubt that's the reason)

  • In reply to zxtreme:

    Also, what about Quentin Richardson?

    He can play SG or SF. Veteran, tough, physical defender that rebounds consistently. He was rumored to be included in the Orlando's trades earlier and his role has been largely redundant since the addition of new wing players from the trades

    4-yr contract for $10MM (4th year player option) with 15% trade kicker though. At 32/33, he'd probably take his 4th year option

  • In reply to zxtreme:

    Bulls obviosuly are very good home games team. 17-3 show that they can pretty much dominate every opponents when they are in Chicago. However, teams like Heat who has 3 superstars, its pretty tough to beat. So we all know that its gonna be a tough game to beat.

    I really think bulls don't really have to change their game plans. I think they are gonna need to just play like they used to play before. However, I think that its time to bogans to come out from bench. RONNIE BREWER SHOULD S T A R T!. Bogans is too small to defend Wade. At the same time he can also guard Lebron as well so it gives Deng more confident even though Wade might be on the floor pretty much all the time( Still better than nothing.)

    I give Bulls a shot if they start with Ronnie Brewer. I am sure if Bogans starts , Bulls are obviously gonna be trailing and they cant just wait late of fourth quarter to tie or win game like they did on the road (nets,philly,and bobcats).

    -thanks-

  • In reply to zxtreme:

    I hope Lebron's playing on Saturday, it'll be a more exciting game because this Den vs Miami game is ugly. Anyways, Bulls need to get this win on Fri night first before anything. But I think we will beat the Heat. We're 17-3 at home and D. Rose won't let us lose. Hopefully Luol Deng shows up and I would like for Thibs to give Asik and Taj a lot of minutes in this game to protect the paint, if they can stay out of foul trouble. Lets get this win...GO BULLS!!!

  • In reply to zxtreme:

    Why do they want Tony Allen?? He's the same player as Brewer, defensive 2-guard who can't shoot. D. Rose needs shooters around him.

  • In reply to zxtreme:

    I hope Lebron is out for this game otherwise it's going to be a rough game for the Bulls. I think under normal circumstances in order to win, our bench has to play out of its mind. Which means Korver, and Gibson who both haven't been scoring well would have to pick up the slack as well as Watson. Currently it looks grim for the Bulls especially with Noah out, but at least for this team this year is that they're never out of it.

  • In reply to zxtreme:

    Man, I wish Noah was healthy. I was so hyped for this game after his comments about all the Hollywood stuff going down in Miami. I hope he's back by the last meeting.

    I'm assuming LBJ plays. No chance he misses another chance to play Villain against a team he punked this past offseason.

  • In reply to zxtreme:

    It's probably a tough game for the Bulls to win considering the lack of Noah, I wouldn't get too down on a loss though. Some teams Noah will be more effective against, and this seems like that sort of team (see: any of Miami's Centers). Regardless, Boozer will need to come to play some defense in this game. There aren't really any of the Bulls' centers (without Noah) who can handle a big man with range. Personally, I'd like to see Taj get some good minutes at pf, and move Booze to C. Taj has some nice length that could bother Bosh's outside shot.

  • In reply to zxtreme:

    Sam Smith is right, Saturday's game proves nothing about how well Miami and Chicago would match up in the playoffs because the Bulls will be without Noah. That being said, this game will have some meaning as it will be the final game that James will play against a team who seriously courted him in the off-season, which will hopefully mean no one will ever mention that fact again (I'm looking at you ESPN).

  • In reply to argie2333:

    i want to see more james johnson. he makes bone-headed plays on occasion, but that's at least partly because he's so green still. the bottom line is that he has the athleticism and skills to do things very few players are capable of, and he can help key the break and finish strong while jo noah is out. he's never going to develop if he doesn't get time on the court, and the miami game is a good chance to see him get up in lebron's grill like he did in last season's playoffs.

  • In reply to argie2333:

    Wow... I see a lot of so called fans on this blog now because of free tickets. Since I've been commenting on here I haven't seen a lot of these names before... gotta love some of the bandwagonners too I guess. All I won't the Bulls to do is stay focused against the Heat and play tough D and control the paint. If they can do this for 48 minutes, they should get chewing at the UC in front of I'm sure should be a pumped up crowd.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Again, excuse the typing on mobile phone. Meant to say the Bulls should get the win in front of what should be a pumped crowd at the UC.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Wow, you're actually predicting a win? What about your previous view of them not being able to compete with elite teams?

  • In reply to zentastic:

    Trust me... the Bulls stick have a lot to prove.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    And they still need to stay focused for 48 minutes or they will lose the game just like they lost to the Nets Sixers and Bobcats.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Admittedly watching the Denver-Heat game now.

    Greg's keys to the game (shout out to Stacey)

    1. Hustle hustle hustle... Specifically on the defensive end the Heat can play soft when the defensive pressure is up

    2. Score early, none of this start slow comeback business. In general that tendency since Noahs abscence has me losing years of my life already. Derrick needs to be aggressive and try to keep his passing tight especially to Boozer who needs to get going offensively early.... Especially considering his total confusion on defense. If boozer could only rotate faster and pay attention. The Heat get lazy and lose focus when down by any margin

    3. Deng needs an efficient 17-19 point night.

    4. Bogans scores 30, ha just kidding.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    This is going to be a great game....The "NEW" big three...or "Heatles" (which i hate cause i love the beatles) vs. My chicago bulls...this is going to be a BIG Test for D-Rose and the rest of the team...Im intrested if they really go inside on bosh and Big Z and just keep pounding inside....lets hope the bench can come up big....Korver, Brewer, Taj, and Watson really have to contribute. Either if im at the game or watching from the couch...cant wait to watch this game this Saturday!!!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Very excited to see the Bulls vs. Heat. Wish we had joakim to bother wade,james, and bosh but Derrick Rose and Boozer should be able to take care of it if James is injured. If James comes back it will even make it more interesting because D. Rose will get more competitive.

  • In reply to mwils8:

    Hoping to see a similar effort to the Celtics game from Rose. Attack the front court depth and get them in foul trouble and then let our front court expose the rest of their weaknesses. The Heat are actually a decent rebounding team, but there is no reason the Bulls shouldnt dominate them on the glass, even with out Noah.

  • For some reason Chalmers seems to play well against Rose. Not sure if it's a throwback to Chalmers one-upping Rose in college, but nonetheless the Chalmers/Rose matchup always worries me when the Bulls play the Heat.

  • In reply to jstunna:

    ya...chalmers is lighting up the bulls to a tune of .522 3p% and .566 fg%.......this CANT happen if we want to have a chance to beat the heat this time because it will destroy our ability to pack the paint

  • In reply to jstunna:

    I have a good feeling about this game. Bulls have played up and down to the competition so far with Noah out. It is clear that when the Bulls are a focused team and play from the tip, they can play with anybody. Take the Boston game for example, the Bulls took the Celtics completely out of their game in the second half. The ball movement that the Celtics are known for simply wasn't there, much due to the Bulls defense. The key to this Miami game is forcing Miami to stay on the perimeter and hopefully allow them to settle for jump shots. James and Wade are probably 2 of the top 3 players in the league, and they are very hard to stop from getting to the rim. Once again, the Bulls have to play hard from the tip. We can't get down 8-10 points right away and expect to claw back into the game every time, it expends too much energy. I expect D-Rose to have a huge bounceback game, it will be interesting to see who they stick on him. Should be a great game.

  • I think the Bulls are set up well to take on this team. Who can guard Rose? Who can guard Boozer? If Miami was smart they actually would probably put Wade on Rose and Lebron on Boozer, but that would give the Bulls an opportunity to get one of both of them in foul trouble. On our end, Deng always plays Lebron tough and Brewer should be able to keep Wade somewhat in check. My big worry is Boozer on Bosh. Boozer has been slow to get out to those stretch 4's. Bosh likes to take jump shots and Boozer will have to hustle to get to him.

  • In reply to AlexF:

    bosh's impact hasnt been all that great really. in all the games ive watched hes always made a half hearted attempt to do some back to the basket then he immediately faces them up for a foul or jump shot...bosh doesnt seem to be the catch and shoot player we expected

  • In reply to AlexF:

    The one sad part about this match up on Saturday is that two of the most interesting characters in the league will most likely both be out. That's right. Lebron and Noah. Remember how they exchanged words with each other in Cleveland? At least they will both be there in their suits. Who is going to be better dressed?

    This game is a tossup because James and Noah are both out. However, I think the Bulls will win off of the energy from the best home crowd in the NBA.

  • In reply to zachmanisback:

    I thought I heard James might sit tonight, but he'll be ready for Sat's game against Chicago.

  • In reply to zachmanisback:

    I also wanted to add that LeBron is questionable for tonight due to his ankle sprain. Hopefully that slows him down when he's back (if he doesn't play tonight) on Saturday

  • In reply to zachmanisback:

    I think we'd have a good chance against these guys if we had Noah- our two strongest positions (pg and c) would be their two weakest. As it is, I hope our defense shows up, cause I'm pretty sure we won't win with our offense being a two man show with rose and boozer. Even if we do have the MVP candidate by default.

  • In reply to zachmanisback:

    It's going to stink not having Noah out there. Him and Boozer would have trampled the Heat's frontcourt. The same could be said with Rose against Arroyo and or Chalmers.

    I am curious to know what the atmosphere at the UC will be like as well as how Thibbs will gameplan for this game. He has had success in stopping Wade and LeBron before (see last year's playoffs). It will be interesting to see what he draws up. I think what you have to make 'Bron and Wade jumpshooters and limit all penetration.

    Also, Rose needs to posterize Wade. That would be amazing.

  • In reply to zachmanisback:

    I think the most important factor is for us to be physical from the the opening tip. Boozer has to back Bosh down early realizing that they don't have any good weak side shot blockers (except LeBron). And Kurt has to step up his game be physical with Big Z get his hands on some balls and get in the driving lanes.

    Also I think the bench playing well because I don't see us winning without winning the bench battle. Our starting 5 probably isn't going to out score theirs.

    The Bulls tend to play up to their opponents so lets hope they do the same here.

  • In reply to zachmanisback:

    Doug I think that the Bulls at full strength match up well with the Heat because Rose can penetrate, Boozer is physical, and Noah could put up a 30-30 against Joel Anthony.

  • We must put Indiana away early and give our starters a break, but it seems the Bulls have been playing down to the level of competition lately. But other than that I'd like to see Booz work Bosh in the post.

  • I really hope we show people how good we really can be. Yes, we are without Noah. I still think if we can stop LeBron that we can give the Heat a run for their money. Derrick Rose has to have a good game and keep Miami busy on the defensive end. He is going to have to find people open and everyone will have to contribute to get a W. I expect a big game from Boozer as well because I don't think the Heat have anybody inside to stop him.

    Luol Deng needs to be good on the defensive end on LeBron and if we can have a good game from Derrick, Carlos, and the bench, we can come out with a W. Go Bulls!

  • Kind of something cool to note as well ... If the Heat win tonight against Denver, they'll be sitting on 10 losses when they play the Bulls on Saturday. So the Bulls have the ironic opportunity to definitively end any chance the Heat had to tie or break the 95-96 Bulls record of 72 wins and 10 losses!

  • I'm looking forward to this upcoming game against the Heat on Saturday, very curious how Thibs defense will go against the Heat (though it really blows not having Noah). I think we will see Rose play his best game of the season though. Either way with this and the Bears game this weekend, its a good weekend for Chicago fans!

  • In reply to nww712:

    Well, against the big three at least, the Bulls match up fairly well. Deng on LeBron, Brewer on Wade, Taj on Bosh. If the Bulls can play the Heat well the first 6 minutes of the game until Brewer and Taj sub in, then that will be a good start to the night.

    My fear is that the Heat will try to run and attack the Bulls from the very beginning of the game. That scares me.

  • In reply to nww712:

    Really hate that our first meeting with the Heatles {bums} is on the 2nd game of a back-to-back! It would be sweet to win the next two games though and move up to #3 in the East.

  • In reply to nww712:

    Bulls have to come out with a lot of early energy against Indiana though. Can't look past them. Bulls need to put the Pacers away early. Last thing the Bulls need to is expend too much energy against the Pacers and then come out the gates lethargic against the Heat. The Heat will probably look to run and jam it out down the Bulls throats early. Bulls need to have fresh legs for the Heat game.

  • In reply to nww712:

    I think that this game will be a great indication of the fight in the Bulls without Noah. He typically provides all the intensity and emotion for the team. Boozer is doing his best to substitute but with Noah it's just natural. He would run through a brick wall to just get a rebound and the rest of the team fed off that. Now if the Heat go on one of their inevitable 8-0 runs with four transition layups, who will step up and say enough. Noah can't do that in a suit. I feel like Derrick Rose will be more emotional in this game then he usually is because he knows he needs to. He knew at the beginning of the season that he had to be more vocal, and he's done that. Now it's time for him to try and get his team motivated, especially in the first quarter. I think he can do that but if he doesn't then this game will not be close.

  • In reply to nww712:

    We definitely need to win against Miami to get some notariety throughout the the league like Mike Wilbon said.

  • In reply to nww712:

    Our first game vs the Heat and luckily it is at home. As the road woes continue, this is a godsend. Derrick, Luol and Carlos have been pretty consistent the past handful of games. The Bulls need Taj to step up and play well. Don't rush shots, but don't be afraid to shoot. It's been a rough past 3 games, but Taj adds a great element of scoring and rebounding. Going up against a weak second unit for the Heat, this may be the game to snap out of this funk.

    If Rose continues drawing fouls (great improvement for what it's worth) and Boozer continues to take charge on the glass, the Bulls have a great chance to win. Given the inconsistencies of the bench lately (except for Brewer the past few games), that will be the wild card. Everyone has to show up, but most importantly the Bulls need Taj to right the ship, especially with Noah out. If that's the case, I would not be the least bit surprised to see the Bulls pull off the 'upset' over the Heat.

  • In reply to nww712:

    This one is going to be huge. Hoping for the win, but, at worst, I'm thinking it should still be close. We just have to avoid the 4-6 minute scoring droughts of late as that would be what will kill us given all of their scoring threats.

  • In reply to nww712:

    Call me crazy, but I think the Bulls match up with the Heat as well as anyone in the league. Normally we'd have two advantages at PG and C, but Noah being gone negates. We're at a big advantage without Noah, but we still have the advantage at PG with Rose. Brewer should be able to slow Wade a little at SG, while Deng should be able to hold his own against Bron at SF. PF is a wash at best since both Boozer and Bosh are good offensive players and bad defensive players. I'm not saying we'll win it, but if we ome out he gate like we're capable of we can play with these guys.

  • In reply to nww712:

    LeBron sitting out tonight. Ankle injury. I wonder if he will be fit. I'd like him to play so we see how we measure up. I expect a win and the fans who can get the team across the finish line.

  • In reply to nww712:

    Heat-Bulls... a test of Eastern supremacy. I would love to go see the Bulls and more so Derrick Rose take over and destroy Lebrick and company... What better way to spend a Saturday night.... as Stacey Kings says... I wanna go higher!

  • In reply to nww712:

    Saturday's matchup is a statement game. I predict the Bulls and the Heat to meet in the ECF, so its nice to get a little preview. I know its hard to take this game too seriously with Noah out, and the Bogans dilemma, but Rose is playing his best ball (personally i think the all-star voting has a big influence). If Brewer and Asik can give us solid bench performances, i think it could an interesting game, especially with Lebron recently suffering the wrath of karma. Hopefully Thibs uses his defensive genius to procure a formula for Bosh Wade and Lebron, well atleast Wade and Lebron, maybe a little mixture of what came up with last year against the Cavs and the Heat. BEAT THE HEAT!

  • In reply to nww712:

    The Heat's three headed monster will provide a perfect opportunity for The Bulls to demonstrate how far they have come as a cohesive team unit this Saturday. Neutralizing Lebron and/or Dwayne Wade may be all it takes for the Bulls to pull off a win if they play solid hardnosed team ball.

  • In reply to nww712:

    Derrick Rose will go for 50. Lebron will limb off the court in the 4th quarter after Rose breaks his ankles. Wade will go 3/16 but will get to the line 20 times. The crowd will be so loud he'll miss half. Bosh will get blocked by Kurt Thomas and Taj Gibson a combined half dozen times and will start crying on the court due to complete humiliation. Bulls D limits Heatles to 35 points...all game. Final score 99 Bulls 35 Heatles. Crowd boo's as the players walk off the court; they didn't get Big Macs.

  • In reply to nww712:

    ya im reallllly interested to see how thibs defends the heat. with his supposed defensive genius i hope he can lay down a great game plan to shut them down for a quarter or two....would be great to see

  • Chalmers plays about 20 minutes a game this season, down from his career average. However, since he plays Rose well, I suspect he will get a lot of minutes Saturday. No way can Arroyo guard Rose and the Heat will not want to waste Wade's or LeBron's energy guarding Rose when they have someone like Chalmers that, at least IMO, seems to handle Rose well.

  • I say the biggest match up will be our second unit vs. the Heat's second unit. I've liked how Coach Thibs has been puttng Boozer out with the second unit and letting him get his touches. Even though Thibs said the first 5min are key, I think the second quarter is the best time to get a run going cause thats usually when Wade/Bosh sit out and Lebron goes basically 1 vs. 5.

  • Agreed, hopefully the Indiana game will give us a chance to put get our starters a lot of rest because of the back to back. Am looking forward to the Miami game because the Bulls have really been playing up/down to their competition. If they can get out on Miami early, there will be a chance for them to win this game. It will be very hard if they come out with no energy, because with the finishers that Miami has, they are able to build up and make it difficult for the Bulls to come back. Luol on LeBron should be a good matchup if Lu stays solid on the defensive end. Derrick Rose and Carlos Boozer have to come out with fight and energy and everybody has to stay focused. We can definitely pull this one out - I'm confident!

  • Agree, I have a feeling Asik will be getting some minutes. Also staying out of foul trouble is key like you mentioned. I absolutely hate it when refs call those cheap fouls in favor of lebron and wade

  • With Rose's competetiveness and how well he's been playing D recently, I wouldn't mind seeing rose on wade - at least late in the game. You can then put korver on their pg, and deng on lebron. I would love to see how that works.

  • In reply to karlo31:

    i wouldnt even try that for a second because we CANNOT have rose get into foul trouble at all.....they can afford wade but we cannot afford rose. it will have to be brewer on wade in my opinion

  • In reply to karlo31:

    The Karma for not signing with the team where his idol played will hit LeBron back. I look for him to shoot well in the 1st 3 quarters and start clanking in the 4th quarter.
    I think D-Rose will be all hyped up(I read he was sick yesterday) for Miami. I wish Noah makes a comeback tomorrow just to steal the thunder from the Heat.
    I am sure the Bulls will play well tomorrow.
    Ideally, more than LeBron, it will be nice if Wade sucks. He is the one who screwed the Bulls plans in FA.
    Bosh will be like what he was in FA...taking videos...just a spectator in the game.

  • In reply to karlo31:

    There are two point guards in the league that aren't known to be great point guards but always have Rose's number. DJ Augustine (Who got the best of Rose last game) and Mario Chalmers. I know Chalmers and Rose had a rivalry in college, but Rose really needs to step up this game. I'm guessing the Heat will have Wade, Chalmers and LeBron guarding Rose the entire night. Thibs needs to realize this and have Korver PLAYING WITH ROSE not CJ WATSON.

  • In reply to karlo31:

    NOMINATION:

    I nominate Reesel for the tickets. Smart Bulls' fans need love too...haha.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Lol... thanks for the nomination Happy although I think you me and maybe a few others should be nominated cause we say and see what's really going on with this Bulls team but some Bulls fans won't admit cause of their homerizum opinions. Bulls fans like you and I don't want to wait another 13 years for the Bulls to contend for a championship. Don't get wrong this Bulls team is good but IMO they are the Utah Jazz of the east, meaning yeah they're good but not good enough to contend for a championship til Gar/Lax prove that they can build this team into a contender since management suppose know how to build a championship team... Jordan not coming back to the Bulls anymore.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    So negative = enlightened. I didn't get the memo. From now on ill be a 'smart' bulls fan.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    Ok you do that...

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    The Bulls lately have played like old form. Playing down or up to the level of competition. I think they'll do well. I predate a win.

    Thanks for the generosity Doug!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I'm almost certain all of our bigs (including Deng) are gonna be in foul trouble, so I'm gonna take a shot in the dark here and say JJ and Scal play on Saturday. You know LeBron and Wade are going to the line 10+ each. Thus, we need Derrick Rose to have another HUGE game. And 2nd in line is Kyle Korver. We need to hit threes. Not only for our own benefit, but to create a potential mental challenge for LeBron and Wade to settle for threes. I would feel more comfortable with Noah out on the floor, but that goes without saying. I predict a close game, but I think the Heat go to the line more than they should, which wins them the game.

  • In reply to karlo31:

    I wish Noah was healthy, with Noah I think the Bulls could squash the Heat. Rose = Wade this year (or so I want to think, I'll say Rose is having as good a year as Wade and because we've not seen this kind of year from Rose, Rose feels better than D. Wade). I know Lebron's better than any of us (right now--see Rose above), but Deng, Noah, Boozer are better than softie Bosh.

    I'd love to go to this game, not only because I typically go to the Bulls vs Heat game to cheer on former Marquette alum like me, D. Wade (now the enemy) but also because I have to go to a "Couples" baby shower, which is about the last thing I want to do during the big Heat v Bulls game.

    I think if the Bulls play their game we could do well today.

  • In reply to karlo31:

    Wow, that's a terrible idea. We need Rose to conserve energy on the defensive end so he doesn't sputter at the end of the game. Also, as alcryts said, we don't want Rose to get into foul trouble.

    In all honesty, we should see a lot of Ronnie Brewer on Saturday. Brewer's defense is a lot better in Chicago than it was when he played in Utah, I think he can do a decent job of defending Wade for periods of time. Also, with Brewer constantly cutting off the ball, it forces Wade to exert more energy than he wants to on defense.

  • I think the key to the heat game is Boozer. He really needs to have a huge game. Deffintetly have to pound them in the post and win the battle of the boards. It really is a shame we wont have Noah, our strenghth against the Heat in the future will be our frontcourt forsure. Really hopin for a win, and the breaking of Lebrons ankles by Rose.

  • the heat dont really have a player that can guard rose. chamler and house haven't been terrible succesful. lebron wasn't capable of the task in the playoffs. Big z, bosh, and damp aren't the sort of shot blockers that can stop him. I can't remember wade effectively guarding rose. With that in mind, rose should have a decent game. More than anything rose needs to have a good game. We finally get to see how boozer matches up against bosh on offense. I'd rather watch noah go up against bosh on defense. more than anything i really can't wait for this game.

  • I want no less than 8 Big Z/Big Sexy iso matchups. I have been jonesing for my Big Old Slow Guy Lumbering To The Hoop fix ever since Brad Miller left the team and I don't think I'm the only one. How else could you explain the buzz around this game

  • I am hoping this might be the game where Bogans does not play. He will get destroyed by Wade if he is the one defending him. We need Brewer to be playing a majority of this game if we want any chance at slowing down the Heat. As everyone knows, the Noah injury will hurt tremendously, since the Heat don't have a center that can match him.

    I still think it will be a close game though, although I would say we would have a lot better chance with Bogans sitting and Noah playing. I actually think we match up about as well as any team can against the Heath while we are healthy.

  • I have a contest of sorts. I would like you guys, the loyal devotees of Doug's great blog to help me complete my Heat acronym. Please make a single addition and paste in the reply. I was going to make it all on my own to commemorate my blind, unexplained dislike for Miami, but i thought it would be fun if we could all join in!

    H
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    Soon to become historically irrelevant

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    His
    "Err"-ness
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  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    I really like this lol

  • Agreed, this should be a perfect opp to pull Bogans out of the starting lineup. Two predictions: (1) Omer has a solid game (7pts/7rbs/3blks) (2) JJ sees daylight.

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    If anything Thibs wont pull Bogans out of the starting lineup. Thibs has said that Bogans is his guy at SG. JJ hasn't seen daylight in quite a while, so I don't think he'll be seeing any, specially in this game. But I do agree on the Asik part. Heat lack size in the low post. Asik could exploit that.

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    The Bulls should not be partying with the Heat.

    In my opinion, it is below them.

    Go party with Cutler and friends.

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    The Bulls play to the level of their competition. I feel with the "Heatles" coming into town, Rose/Boozer and crew will be amped up and ready to dominate. It won't be easy, but it'll be fun.

    Wade comes back to Chicago for the first time since the Summer, and I am betting he will be booed. He put on a big show and acted like he really thought about coming back home to play, but I don't think anyone believes that. He was just trying to save face.

    What the Bulls need to do to win this game, not let Keith Bogans start anymore. We all know that won't happen, so limit his minutes to about 5 in each half and hope we aren't down too much for Brewer/Korver/Watson/the rest of our bench to have to make up for in Bogans' defense.

    In the words of Mr. LeBron James, Karma is a... well you know the rest. It'll be great to see when Karma once again catches up to the Three Stooges on Saturday Night.

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    I heard a stat about how the Bulls have started with an average of an 8 point deficit at the opening six minute mark over the last 4 games. Hmmm, what starter could be contributing to that deficit? *cough Bogans cough*

    Like all Bulls fans, I feel that our best roster move may not be a trade, but rather a change in the rotations.

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    There are some things that are going to be important in this game:

    1. Derrick Rose has to have an MVP Game. the Heat starting point guard Arroyo is -2.1 PER compared to his counterpart and Chalmers is -1.5. The point guard spot is beating up the Heat. Another factor is Miami's bigs are old and slow. Combine bad point guards and old and slow centers and derrick rose should FEAST at the foul line. If rose can get miami's front court in foul trouble this game is going to be one sided. Look for rose to attack and go for drawing fouls often.

    2. can the bulls exploit on offense when rose is doubled? if there is a hard double sent rose's way the other 4 bulls have to ATTACK and not look to just give it back to rose.

    3. we cannot get into a foul fest on defense. the big 3 of miami can really destroy a front court through fouls and we cannot let this happen to us. we are thin without noah and if we start losing big guys we are going to lose the important front court advantage we have over them.

    looking forward to a good game from the bulls and hope we can bring the same game to the UC against the heat as we did against boston just recently. get their bigs in foul trouble, and keep ours out of it and this game should be the bulls.

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    As a wise philosopher once said "Big time players make big time plays"

    The Bulls will have to defend the Heat as a team and be physical. They have three 25+ pt scorers and it will be extremely important to contain them. Derrick Rose will have to be smart on offense and understand how Miami will throw their defense at him. He will need to be offensively dominant and once the defense adjusts he will need to look for the open/cutting man. I expect Derrick to bring his 'A' game and show the world why he is deserving of being MVP. We are all aware of the personal issues between players i.e. Noah-LeBron (Cleveland playoffs), Noah-Wade (Hollywood comment), Rose-LeBron (not actively pursuing James), and even Wade-Chicago. There seems to be a lot of heat behind the game..(no pun intended).

    The Bulls have played well against the contending teams, I predict that the Bulls win this one by an ugly fashion. We will grind and fight for the victory. 102-98

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    JJ was terrible guarding LeBron in the playoffs last year, I doubt we see a lot of him in this game.

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    I don't see the Bulls winning this game unless Bogans is taken out of his starting role, and Thibs does something to spark the offense like start Kyle Korver. Also, playing C.J. at his natural position SG like 6'2 Eric Gordon just did of the Clippers who beat Miami.

    Of course the odds of any of this happening are slim and none. Hopefully by some miracle we will get contributions from C.J., Kyle, and Taj nonetheless.

    Also, Derrick having a monster game would be awesome regardless. If he can evade doubles(which a MVP scorer should be able to do IMO) he should kill. Honestly even if the Bulls just got some production out of C.J., Kyle, Taj etc, and Derrick just went off, and they still lost a close game I could handle that for sure.

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    Rose just saved my grandmother from being ran over by a truck being driven by lebron, wade, and bosh.......... Now I want to take her to the game :0

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    What I have been hoping to happen all year is about to happen. The Bulls will have a chance to be the team to make sure the heat don't win 72 games.

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    I saw there's a chance to win tickets to this game, and I think I should give my 2-cents on this game. Hopefully I win the tix, since I don't go to many Bulls games throughout the season. But it would be great going to a game like this.

    Well, the Bulls have certainly lacked the passion and energy against all these lower level teams, but I certainly expect them to come out and play well against this overhyped Miami Heat team. Yes, the Heat have been fantastic winning 21 of their last 23 games coming into tonight, however, the Bulls have a tendency of showing up against upper echelon teams (i.e Lakers, Mavericks, OKC.)

    I expect D-Rose to have a monster game -- what's new??. Who's going to guard Rose; Chalmers? Arroyo? I expect Rose to go off for 30+ Saturday night, and frankly, they'll need him to have a monster game to win.

    It'll also be interesting to see how CBoozer performs against his counterpart Chris Bosh. Throughout the offseason, Bosh was always ranked higher than Boozer, but Booze has clearly outplayed him this season as the featured big-man on the Bulls squad. That's clearly the matchup of the game; which big-man would fit the best with the Bulls? I'll take Boozer.

    Keith Bogans can really make his mark Saturday night. I know, I know; he isn't going to score and has been average on D to say the least, but he was brought here for his solid defense and veteran presence. Saturday night would be the perfect game to show up defensively against an All-Star guard, superstar in Dwyane Wade. Although, I see Ronnie Brewer getting lots of PT. Don't think Korver will play much; the matchups just don't seem good for him, with two athletic players at both SG and SF.

    LeBron's a handful, but Deng can certainly hold his own. Deng has played James well throughout the years, but clearly James is a force. You can't stop a stud like him, but containing him is certainly possible. As long as you make James a jump-shooter -- 3-point land being my preferred spot of him shooting -- it can happen. He has a tendency of chucking it from outside.

    Intangibles wise- I expect the Bulls to dominate the glass. James and Bosh are both good rebounders, but their center is a stiff. I like Big Z, he's a good man and has been a solid player throughout the years, but I would put him in pick-and-roll situations ALL game. He simply can't come out to guard anyone; it'll be a field day for Rose. And it should be a monster day on the glass, as well, for the Bulls.

    Well, that's pretty much all I have for now. I'll have plenty more on my Game Preview Saturday. Hope I win this contest!

    Thanks Doug,

    Shams

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    Huge game. Huge test. You know the Bulls will be focused & energetic going into this one, unlike their recent struggles on the road to sub-par teams. Its really not a fair judgement of how we would look against the Heat in the playoffs, the Bulls without Noah, & the Heat possibly without James. The heat are trailing currently against Denver with James sitting, and its difficult to imagine that James would return to the lineup the night he would be facing a hostile crowd that is well aware he spurned them in July. Still, this is a chance to get a win against an elite in conference team.

    Barring a lineup change, Bulls have to tread water while Bogans is on the floor, as at that time you would have to believe either Wade would cover Rose, or be relegated to a help defender leaving Bogans open. The Bulls really need Korver in this one, as Miami boasts one of the top defenses in all the NBA. Korver shot well last night, getting his feet set & shooting off the catch. I'm looking for him to regain his form again here, & the Bulls really need the spacing to allow Rose & Boozer to attack where Miami is weak....in the interior. Rose needs to have an MVP type game, and against the top teams this season, he mostly has. He is now leaps & bounds over Chalmers, despite some head to head struggles, and should be able to dominate Arroyo as well. Really need a 48 minute effort here.

    I'm assuming the Bulls will bring the D this game, very similar to the wins verse Boston & LA Lakers. Rose needs to play like an MVP, Korver is my x-factor here.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Agree with your assessment: tough D to stay within reach, MVP game from Rose, solid games from Boozer and Deng, and at least role player providing key plays at key times.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    D. Rose is known as MVP around the league, the Miami 3 the Heatles. Ill take out MVP against a threesome. I just want to see a win whether by 1 pt or 20 pts. I wanna see Rose to prove his ascention into the elite. Every possession will be nerve wrecking, anticipation, and crucial. The Madhouse will transform every Bulls fan's house into MADhouses and with this i say, "lets go running with the Bulls!"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEVCjUG1Mww

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    holy cow if lebron isnt playing......omg the heat are bad

  • In reply to alucryts:

    That kind of gets back to drawing into question how important a test this really is, with each team missing one of their top guys (miami/james bulls/noah) then this sort of stops looking like a potential playoff preview, or even a real statement game

  • In reply to alucryts:

    I'm looking forward to the game on Saturday Bulls vs. Heat. They say that Miami has the big three. You can say we have the big 3 or 4 when Noah is back in the lineup as well. If the Bulls big three (D Rose, Boozer, and Deng) can play how they've been playing all season long at home. We will be able to match up with the Heat's big three (Lebron, Wade, and Bosh). D Rose is going to kill Arroyo going to the rim and that's an advantage on our behalf because not many people can guard Rose. We have a bench that can out play Miami bench any given night when being consistant. Our bench gave a 50 point performance one night on top of D. Rose, Boozer, and Deng scoring and defense. The big three for the Heat scores 85% of the team's points everynight. That doesn't seem like a team effort to me. If the Bulls come out knowing how important this game is and playing like they know. It going to be exciting seeing Miami walk off the court after a lost to our home team. GO BULLS!

  • In reply to alucryts:

    bulls aren't playing they're best ball right now. But the prevailing trend as of late seems to be the fact that they're playing up(or down) to competition. Pair that with the fact that the heat have beaten up mostly on weaker teams.

    I like the bulls to pull an upset in this one.

    I can picture myself at this one now. Delonte West jersey on, Chantin "MVP" when D.Rose puts lebron on the new poster for my room

  • In reply to alucryts:

    The Bulls are fun to watch, but hearing opposing announcers talk about how amazing it is that their team is putting up points against our famous "defense" is frustrating. Carlos "the revolving door" Boozer is undermining our reputation. On the plus side, Rose is getting to the line.

  • In reply to alucryts:

    Wow; so many comments Doug - whats the reason? lol.

    Anyway unless you include the cost of flights from here in the UK I'll have to donate my tickets to another CLUELESS fan if I win.

    Was reading a good article about how the Clips went about beating the Heat. http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/3495/how-do-you-beat-heat-ask-a-clipper

    I hope that Thibs is a good enough coach to watch tape of that game and take some pointers from it. I was interested in the fact that the Clips refrained from attempting to get offensive rebounds in order to get back and stop the Heats transition offence. DWade gets a lot of his points from leaking so the Bulls will need to double team him on transition defence; one denying the pass to him and one in cover for the pass over the top (CB and SS in NFL terms).
    Also from Gomes: What we did was push up on the screens. They like to run a lot of angle pick-and-rolls and side pick-and-rolls. So we pushed up with our big men and made them take wider angles. That forces them to take perimeter shots. We know they have Ilgauksas, who can pop, and Bosh who can pop and hit jump shots. But we have to clog the paint

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    I believe its imperative for the Bulls to start off fast and get off to a quick start against the Heat. The Bulls are usually a great come from behind team. If they are able to get timely jump shots from Deng, Boozer, and Rose, this will allow them to create separation and build a double digit lead. They will need to minimize their turnovers as Lebron and Wade love to get out into the break.

    Two big keys are, if they hold Miami to 90 points and get some bench scoring from, Watson, Korver, and Brewer, the Bulls will win. Anytime the Bulls can hold their opponents near 90 points they are the clear favorites to win.

    Cree

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    To me, the key with the Heat is still to clog the paint. I would always dare Wade and LeBron to shoot their way to a win. The Celtics are going to do it in the playoffs. The Lakers will too. We need to employ this strategy and just clog the hell out of the paint.

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    Well you can see how good Miami plays without LeBron (They're getting trounced by Denver right now in the fourth quarter), so I hope he's out against the Bulls, maybe we'll have a chance then. If LeBron is healthy, I don't think the Bulls have any hope or prayer of beating the Heat, especially without Noah. Once Noah comes back, we might be a little closer, but I still think Miami wins 4 out of 5 times.

    The Bulls need to play with the same urgency and intensity that they've been playing with in the second half lately, especially the third quarter. A lot of their recent games they've been down at the half but come out blazing afterwards. If we can play the whole game 110% it might be watchable, but I think this is going to be another Orlando game where I quit watching at halftime.

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    I'm titillating at the prospect of a Scalabrine/J. Anthony matchup. Git'r done, Bulls.

  • In reply to cmodjeski:

    WANT TO GO TO BULLS HEAT GAME!!!! Going back to school and start on Tuesday. would be a great capper to my winter break. Wonder if Lebron will even play. Missed tonights game against Denver. They look like crap without him but it is the second game of a back to back. Lets give them their third loss in a row!!!!!

  • Love the analysis wiggy. Keep up the good work.

  • Haven't commented in a while, but the chance at Bulls/Heat tickets is too good to pass up.

    Hopefully LeBron's ankle is strong enough to play, so we can get a more complete look at how they play. Thibs will feast on this game footage if we have to face them in the playoffs.

    P.S. - Doug, I think you should invite Mr. Happy as a guest on the podcast. I'm not one of the Happy Haters (who are twice as annoying as Happy), but I am curious about what the guy is like.

  • The Bulls/Heat game should be... interesting. The fact that we've lost to beatable teams lately is a bit rough, yet we played very well against Boston. Our MO seems to be that we typically play up or down to competition. If Deng has a good game, our numbers could potentially offset theirs. I still think we have a better bench, and the Brewer/Wade match-up should be fun to watch... I hope to see a well fought game, and as much as it kills me to admit it, I think the Bulls lose this one closely. I hope I'm wrong...

  • I feel like the Bulls can challenge the Heat, and show the NBA they are for real. Rose is playing great and Boozer has stepped up big. Miami is good, no doubt about that so it's going to be a tough game. On defense We can't shut down 'Bron and Wade, but we can limit them. Play tough hard nose defense, and don't let Miami beat us in the transition game.

    On the offensive side of the ball, we need to limit our mistakes and score in transition. Hit the open jumpers and make the Heat play

  • This seasons true MVP shows LeBron he made the mistake of signing with his friends instead of jumping on the bulls bandwagon.

    And i could see Boozer just straight up embarrassing Bosh.

    Point guards always play spectacular against the heat; i can't wait to see what d. rose has up his sleeves. Would be great to see it live.. =-P

  • Wade is celebrating his birthday here tomorrow night and the flyer says Rose, Noah, and other Chicago celeb/athletes will be there. I hope it doesn't affect any of the Bulls' play. Noah can stay out all night party if he wants. Especially if he keep Wade, Lebron, and Bosh out all night too.

  • I actually think Saturday is a key game for Taj. If we get good Taj, our frontcourt will be boostered and should be too much for the Heat. If we get foul pron-ey bad Taj, then we'll be in trouble (esp without Noah).

    Taj can do it....he's due to do it. He's been having nice quarters from time to time of late, but we haven't seen the early season Taj really since the concussion on any consistent basis.

    I'm not saying Taj is our key (rose and Boozer are the main keys, and well Brewer doing his thing can help), but I think Taj moreso then Deng or Brewer will be our trump card Saturday....

    Plus hey, if Taj plays well maybe just maybe that helps his trade value (I like him, but with Boozer and Noah coming back, we don't need him as much as we could use a dynamic 2.

  • I don't wanna see another LeBron dunk on James Johnson on Sportscenter again! lol

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    James Johnson would be a disaster in this game. Apparently you haven't seen how many turnovers he forces, and we are playing one of the top defensive teams in the league.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    I think you are reading into my JJ comment too much - I'm well aware of the problems he has had. All I said, was that I predicted he would see daylight...

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    Too many comments to read and respond to the ones I like. Nice promotion Doug. One I did like is the idea of JJ seeing some daylight, finally. I simply don't understand how Thibs cannot find any time for this guy, but now is not the time to hold a grudge, if/when LBJ is out on the court and Deng is not there to cover him, JJ must be the guy, he's about the only Bull with the size and strength to hang with LeBron and we all know he's not intimidated by "King James". However, being a tough, hard nosed defender and standing up to LeBron might not be the best idea. We all saw how that worked out last Spring when LBJ unleashed that mamoth dunk on JJ. Either way, let's go Bulls, and here's to Rose stepping up and proving to be the best player on the floor Saturday night.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    Like the promotion Doug, as for the game, I'm looking forward to it, but it's a shame we don't get to see us with Noah. Not only is he my favorite player but in my opinion, the Bulls best match up will be Noah & Boozer against the Heat big men. I instead will hope D Wade scars Bogans so badly emotionally that he refuses to come back to the team.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    Analyzing a big game like Miami Vs Chicago, it's interesting someone brought up the Clippers recently beating Miami(and thwarting a historic road winning streak ending at 12 in a row on the road).

    That's a good paralell to contrast the Bulls offensive inferiority right now as a team. I have league pass, and watched the game, as I have been watching Blake Griffin all year. The Clippers have won 7-10. After their initial nose dive DeAndre Jordan has come on strong in his Joakim role with about six blocks, 12 rebounds, and 11 points in his last five games. He and Griffin are in the top five in dunks in the NBA. Over thier last ten games their team offensive filed goal percentage has been around 50% in many of the games I've watched.

    Blake Griffin was just phenomenal for a rookie or otherwise in the first half of that game against the Heat. His dominant presence and scoring(I mean how many games lately as a rookie has he gone for 24-25 or more points and well over ten boards?) not to mention his active, harassing perimeter defense. Add six or seven assists in a couple of those games while you're at it. His leaping on dunks even from standing still mid post, and on rebounds are beyond incredible. NBA announcers/guys all over are saying no one dunks/leaps like this guy except LeBron. That's how good this guy is looking. Even his presence and elevating his game to such heights for a marquee showdown against Wade/Miami bespeaks a young superstar almost of a Michael Jordan caliber with his incessant dunking and just sheer physical dominance on the boards as the announcers non-hyperbole to me have said of him in several games.

    And his teammates deserve some accolades as well. In the second half when Wade looked undoubtedly like the best player on that team driving to the basket with impossible shots when Lebron was unsuccessful(before LeBron tweaked his ankle) then Eric Gordon came to the rescue. His lightening drives to the basket were elite SG caliber. And believe it or not Baron Davis who not long ago owner Donald Sterling called fat during games from his near courtside seats has been coming on strong. Davis hit several key shots and made key plays/assists to help his team win that game.

    In contrast the Bulls have no Jokaim Noah(Jordan of late). They have a Griffin Jr. in Boozer. And they have Derrick Rose who is usually a stud, but struggled against Charlotte. And Gordon gets to the line twice as much as Derrick with better three point shooting and nearly as many ppg. As of late L.A. also has their lottery pick rookies playing impressively guys like Eric Bledsoe and Al-Farouq Aminu are outplaying anyone on our meek bench. Meanwhile Thibs has turned productive NBA guys like C.J. Watson, Taj Gibson, and Kyle Korver into offensive eunichs.

    So again, unless the Bulls change the way they play C.J.(more minutes and minutes at his actual historic position of SG), Kyle starting/playing with Derrick to become relevant and have open J's or make teams suffer D-Rose's wrath, and Taj sees serious minutes on the court 25 and up with several low post plays for him to get going then I think the bench and the team offense continues to sputter. Yes Boozer will have to play some at center. He's done it before, and the offense/team needs Booz and Taj on the floor not 38 yr old non-offensive factor Kurt Thomas. Plus an old guy like that is like a bank account. You think he keeps playing these minutes, and his steals/blocks etc. wont start going down? And maybe an injury. What about the playoffs? Save the bank for that rainy day when he could be huge contributing in a key situation or two.

    Bogans with 15 minutes on the court and two points, zero assists, zero steals, and zero threes is offensive kyrptonite i.e a handicap you are offering the other team of six to seven points minimum of production a game. Thibs wake up.

    Unfortunately maybe by undermining our team and players offensively with low minutes and misuse maybe we are crusing for a brusing we(Thibs) deserve. But I hope it isn't so, and the Bulls prevail. But if not, maybe it will be the wake-up call Thibs(his staff and the Bulls organization) needs.

    Also, Doug, I hope luck falls one of the cool, respectful regs like M.W., King of Crumbs, Scaumburgfan, Logic Prisoner etc. i.e not some carpetbagger/bums rush to the game. And thanks again for my trip to that Cavs playoff game.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    When are you going to announce the winner (so I know when to check back). Will you announce it here? Will you email the winner (I presume you have access to our emails since we need to use them to sign up) or will you create a new thread with the winner?

    Thanks. Go Bulls beat the Heat, I hope Lebron plays and we whoop 'em. Rose is going to go off.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    go derrick! I've become a big fan of the bulls for the past year - wish I played bball in high school instead of sitting around. I'll be watching tomorrow!

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    This years team just feels different than the last couple of years. I have a strong feeling that we could end up in the finals this year.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    Well, this game would've been a little different if Joakim Noah wasn't hurt. Either way, the Bulls need to take care of business on Saturday night and show Lebron, D-Wade, and the rest of Miami Heat that they will always regret "The Decision."

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    Rose needs to work Chalmers if we're going to win. Lebron sitting out would help too.

  • Ive been waiting all season for this game! (if i win, it will not only be my first bulls game but also the best one ever!) But anywho, i dont like how the bulls have been playing these last couple of games. I believe that out of our last 4 games, we only have won one? whats that all about? The game that i think altered our streak was that one game where the bench played more than the starters. it was the game in which omer asik had 13 pts. But if we win this game against the heat i see this as a momentum builder and will set the bulls on a right track once again. some key matchups that i cant wait to see are: i want to see how cbooz plays again bosh, also i want to see Brewer completely annihilate Lebron 'Queen' James with his killer defense. Also look for korver to have a breakthrough game. the past 7-8 games he was barely playing 20mpg and last game he finally ended his cold streak with 9 pts. i see him as another key to the game on saturday. it should be a great matchup! lets go bulls!!!!

  • I'm flying in from New York for the game with my younger brother, its his first time in Chicago and would really appreciate the tickets to save us the expense. (Flight, hotel and meals will be enough). jhoops3186@gmail.com

  • My opinion half a year after the most talented free agent off season.
    1) Wade would've been a bad fit for the Bulls.
    2) I prefer Boozer over Bosh.
    3) Our team now minus Bogans and plus LeBron, the Bulls would be unstoppable, number one team in the league for at least 5 years.
    4) If LeBron went to any team in contention for him besides the Heat, only Cleveland would hate him, even with "The Decision".
    6) Wade was a ________ for requesting a second meeting with the Bulls during the off season.
    7) Bulls right now are not championship caliber. They are in the top 4 teams in the East for 100%, but will not be representing the East in the Finals without having a better locker room. What made the Bulls with Jordon champions, was not only by beating the best teams, but by annihilating all the bad teams. The Bulls will reach championship caliber when this happens. And it only takes a few mental adjustments, that are difficult to make nonetheless.

  • Did you know that so far in 2011, Bogans is averaging more fouls than points?!?! The fact that Bogans is playing and James Johnson is not continues to stump me. I just don't get it.

    But oh well, here's to hoping we don't get embarrassed at the UC on Saturday! And here's to hoping that I am lucky enough to attend that game!

  • First off i think God was sending a big message to LBJ that he should keep his mouth shut and stop playing the "me against the world" angle with the clips game last night.

    Secondly, Bogans starting is an abomination that must end. Yes brewer is the sparkplug off the bench and should stay but there is no reason korver cannot start.

    And lastly if the Bulls do trade for a 2 guard i would prefer Courtney Lee, Quiten Richardson, or Anthony Parker so unlike our current 2 guards we can start someone who can shoot and defend their position.

  • Of course it would be nice if they controlled the game for an entire 48 minutes. I disagree that if they lose one quarter big that it'd be impossible to win, though. It's not ideal, but they've shown they can fight back, and if they can stay within 10-12 pts. through the 3rd, then they could pull it out. I see this game as being close or competitive throughout, or the above script, slow start with a flurry sometime in the 2nd half.

  • lebron better be healthy for this...i wanna see them full strength

  • They key to this game is to not be intimidated by the bravado that the Heat are going to come into the UC with, they just spanked the denver nuggets so they will come in determined. For the Bulls to win they need two things to happen; a strong defensive effort, and for Derrick Rose to MVP the heat. Hopefully he gets enough fouls to put one of the big three into foul trouble and give the bulls the edge they need to win the game. Strong bulls victory is predicted for tomorrow nights game

  • In reply to dabullz1:

    Several keys to this game is what offensive effort they can give in the 1st quarter and early second quarter. This is a game that I don't think the Bulls need to play "uphill" against.So they need to get of to a good offensive start. I would even like to see Brewer start over Bogans this game. But if he doesn't, Brewer has to be off of the bench early if Bogans doen't supply any offense.

    Also the Bulls have to exploit their size upfront against Miami's small front line. They cannot be out rebounded like they were by New Jersey.

    Finally, if I'm Eric Spolstra, I double on Rose everytime he passes half court and make other Bulls players passers and decision makers with the ball.

    This can be done with half court traps along the baseline at half court or along the baseline. This will require a lot of weakside side help. Wade and James are great at this. This is how they held Kobe in check on Christmas day. but if they play Rose straight up, send condolence cards to Carlos Arroys's family. It could get very ugly.

    However, all of this is predicated if LeBron plays...

  • In reply to dabullz1:

    It would have been nice to give the Heat loss 11 ourselves, but loss 12 works just as well for me.

    If the Heat keep losing games and Boston stays in the #1 seed, it might actually be in our best interest to continue to slip into the #4 spot. (As much as I'd prefer we just start beating the bad teams on the road and take the #1 seed ourselves)

  • In reply to dabullz1:

    Miami lost its 11th game last night against Denver. I dont think anyone was too worried but now its official that they are going 72-10 or better :-) Anyone else laugh when they heard LeBron rolled his ankle after that ridiculous Karma comment he made. Now that is justice. Looking forward to Saturday's game just to size upa a few of the matchups....namely Boozer Bosh. Go Bulls!

  • In reply to dabullz1:

    Saturdays game is going to be a tough one for the bulls, hopefully lebron will still be injured but wade has been a handful for us in the past couple of years.go bulls.

  • In reply to dabullz1:

    This game will be really tough for the defense. Rotations have been late for the past 5 games or so, and that'll be VERY bad against Wade and Lebron. On offense, the Bulls have had trouble putting the ball in the bucket, and despite the Heat's recent defensive struggles, I expect that to continue. The only way the Bulls can win is stellar defense and a great game, maybe even a career game (so far) from Rose and good supporting performances by Boozer/Deng

  • In reply to dabullz1:

    I am dying for a win over the Heat! We are going to need ALL players on top of their game though. Lets show we dont need no stinkin Lebron!

  • In reply to dabullz1:

    how many defense rotations shall Booz miss this time? I am stunned coach Sloan ut up with that stuff for so long.
    I'd love to go to the game BTW...TAKE MY KID FOR HIS BDAY

  • In reply to dabullz1:

    One of the side battles I'm really interested in is Kyle Korver vs James Jones/ Mike Miller (is Miller actually back yet?) I think one of the reasons Thibs has been hesitant to start Kyle is that against a team like Miami, Kyle can't really guard Wade or Lebron all that well (who can?) but he matches up better with their shooting wings off the bench. If we do run up against Miami in the playoffs, you'd think that would be his role, but we'll see.

    Kyle shot pretty well against the Bobcats: hopefully that carries over and he is hot for a while, because we could really use more scoring, especially from behind the arc.

  • In reply to dabullz1:

    will Boozer rotate of defense enough to stop the bleeding?

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