Bulls vs Bobcats at 7pm on WCIU

What can you say about the Bulls vs the Bobcats really?   You'd think this is a fairly easy contest for them; a home game against a mediocre team.    The Bobcats are on a back to back after beating the Lakers last night, though that should tell us something about how well they can play, while the Bulls are coming off of two days rest.

However, things haven't gone as planned against Charlotte in the two prior matchups this year.   The Bobcats own a 2-0 record against Chicago winning both at home and on the road and don't think the Bulls aren't aware of it.

Derrick Rose:

"We want revenge," he said, an edge to his tone.

"They create matchup problems," Rose said. "But if we play
aggressive and with energy, that game should be very easy for us,
especially because we've been wanting to play them."

  

Keys to the game

Disrupt the Charlotte offense

The Bulls lost the turnover battle pretty big in both games.   However, with 12 and 13 turnovers themselves, they didn't have an inordinate amount of turnovers themselves.   What they failed to do was disrupt the Charlotte offense at all.   The Bobcats only had seven turnovers in each game, less than half of their yearly average of 15.4. 

The Bulls have some disruptive defenders and can improve considerably in applying pressure to the Bobcats defensively.

Don't get out of control with the revenge factor

The Bulls should want to take it to the Bobcats, but at the same time, they need to keep things in perspective and play their game.   They lost the two games by a combined total of six points.   They're the better team.

While they need to have focus to win, they don't want to get so focused that they stop playing their typical game.   They're the better team, so go in with confidence, focus, and energy, but don't over extend themselves.

Execute the offense

The Bobcats have the athletes and length to disrupt the Bulls offense with aggressive traps on Derrick Rose.   Carlos Boozer needs to get the ball in the post and play with patience, using his size and strength to win his matchups down low.  He'll likely be defended largely by Boris Diaw, a matchup he should win easily.

Derrick Rose has a huge strength and size advantage on D.J. Augustin as well.   The Bobcats can be dangerous defensively by trapping Rose hard with Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace, so the Bulls need to keep their pick and rolls away from those players and have Deng/Bogans/Korver/Brewer make them pay for trapping Rose.

Keep it a half court game

The Bobcats don't have the type of offense to efficiently execute in the half court, so if the game is slowed down, the Bulls should have a large advantage against the Bobcats.  The Bobcats have guys who will tend to get into an isolation oriented game which the Bulls should do a good job of shutting down.

Final thoughts

I expect the Bulls to win this game, but given that they lost the last two, how can you be really sure?    At the same time, Rose seems to have a bit of a Jordonesque quality of allowing bad team performances to fuel him, so I expect a big game out of him against the Bobcats.   Also, the Bobcats are missing Tyrus Thomas, and he was a big component of the athletic advantage the Bobcats had against the Bulls.  

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  • I hope we come ready to play and that we make our open shots early. Keith Bogans needs to bring it again. The Bobcats will go after Rose and I think if we are all hitting our shots, we can get the win.

  • I can't wait for Reese1 to tell us how the bulls "really need to be focused for this one."

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    I appreciate the shoutout, it sounds like you are starting to learn something so thanks for saying it for me and you walked right into this one.. IDIOT... LOL LOL...

  • In reply to Reese1:

    How dumb can this person be leaving his self wide open like that.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    The bulls also need to dribble with only one hand and make sure the ball goes through the hoop when they shoot it...

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    And thanks for proving just how dumb you are.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    lmao

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Really this game will be determined by whether or not the bulls make sure they score more points than the Bobcats.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    These 2 games are huge if you're like Doug, in that you want them to beat all 29 teams this season, and I do as well. That would be pretty cool. I'd like to see a stat on that, as far as how often that gets done. I would guess it would be around an average of 1 team a year.

    From a not so trivial standpoint, these games are also huge. Factor in momentum heading into the long weekend, a close race involving the top 3 seeds, a big test against the best (record) team in San Antonio, a revenge game against Charlotte, and the last 2 games of treading water without Joakim, and you have all the makings of 2 huge games.

    I have a feeling Derrick is going to dominate this game. I know you can say that pretty much any given night, but I just have a special feeling about this one. Factor in the edge in his comments about the Bobcats with him saying they are going to try to make it easy by really getting after them, his 1st game in a while playing at home while fully healthy, a revenge matchup with DJ Agustine after coming off 2 games against 2 better PG's and dominating them, and you have all the makings of a dominant night.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    The key is Rose needs to beat Augustin this time. This year against the Bobcats Rose has 11 assists for 7 turnovers vs Augustin's 17 for 2. He's also only shooting 42% vs Augustin's 48%. Partly it's Augustin's individual play (he's one of the few guys quick enough to keep up with Rose) and partly it's the Bobcats have had really good help defense on him.

    I think he can win the match up this time, Tyrus Thomas being out is a huge help, now it's really only Wallace he needs to worry about as an athletic help defender.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I was looking at the tweets followed on this site.
    This comment post was rightly recommended.
    You may not agree 100%, but definitely well thought out.

    http://www.blogabull.com/2011/2/14/1993498/what-do-the-bulls-need-to-do-to-win-a-title-this-season

  • In reply to Waldock:

    I don't think you get Mayo for that price, Taj and a second? I'd be surprised if you could get him for Taj and two firsts. If Mayo was available for Taj and a second he'd already be a Bull.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Not to turn this into another trade post when the main topic is today's game, but..OJ Mayo seems to be the best option for the Bulls if they can get him. He has the highest upside of any available SG,his value is probably at the lowest, can handle the ball, can grow with the Bulls, needs a change of scenery, can be the starting guard or a contributor from the bench. The biggest advantage is the Bulls can evaluate him and keep him/trade him based on how he fits and should still get back a good piece if he performs(I am sure he would do better than what he is doing at Memphis where he seems to be in the Coach's doghouse).

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I too like Mayo for the reasons Schaumburg fan previously mentioned. He'd be the guy I'd like to see the team take a chance on.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Iggy is overrated! Overenthusiastic! I wonder how many of you viewers saw that atrocious attempt at a high-flying dunk which he blew the other night on national TV.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Hey, aside from comments on tonight's game, hearing the trade talk, a question regarding Doug's suggestion/mention of Iguodala.

    Does he really play much at the two/SG, and can he guard other twos Kobe, Wade etc.? I've watched a lot of games/teams this year on league pass, but haven't seen much of Philly(or in previous seasons).

    Reason I ask is because he's averaging for his career: 1.8 steals per game and 5.1 FTA's(free throw attempts) to go along with 4.7 assists. And do his assists come from driving and dishing or hitting cutters from the high post?

    Really Iggy(don't like that nick but whatever) is only averaging 14ppg this season. And he can't shoot threes very well .321 for his career. But he does have a star presence/scoring about him, and I've seen him hit a few threes in a row when he's feeling it.

    I just wonder if he really is in their long term plans? He's
    been their seven years now. And he's down to 14ppg. I just wonder if they'd be looking for a change. Of course they've been winning lately/nearing the .500 mark. So maybe things aren't seen as hopeless/rebuilding..?

    But if Philly was interested in trading Igster for multiple picks and Taj or Omer I wonder if you then do that deal? Perhaps get a third team involved, and give them a slightly higher first rounder plus the Charlotte/lottery pick, and Taj or Omer with C.J. or somebody else if they wanted one of our other guards.

    Is Iggy worth/considered by you guys as the quality SG we need to put us over the top or is he really just a wing/unable to guard many two's? If he can guard twos with his length and athleticism he would be great with Derrick, Jo, and Lu on the break.

    Anybody have the lowdown on Iggy otherwise I'll probably just check out his background and scouting on him anyway, but what do you guys think/anybody?

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I think Iggy, like a lot of big shooting guards, has become more of a small forward as he's gotten older. He's only 27, not over the hill or anything, but whether he can defend quicker SGs is something that would concern me. It seems his coaches have agreed since he's played primarily as a SF the last few years. Other than that he is a guy who you'd love to see next to Ronnie Brewer, both of them are guys who can get a ton of steals without gambling too much.

    The scoring output being down isn't that big a deal (other than the fact he seems to be down in efficiency too) because I think Collins has asked him to be more of a creator for others in a point forward sort of role. He's been more of a drive and dish player in the past but I don't know if that's changed under Collins, haven't seen enough of him this year.

    How he fits in next to Rose and Boozer I don't know because he's never really been much of a catch and shoot type player and as you note he's below average at shooting threes. I guess you could manage the rotations to have him be the creator with the second unit and that would work well but with the starters I wonder if he'd be effective.

    I think from Philly's view there was talk about moving Iggy in the off season after drafting Turner because they in theory had a similar skill set and play a similar position. But thus far Turner hasn't really shown he's ready to carry the sort of load Iggy has. Combined with the 76ers making a decent run recently I doubt they'll look to move him now. I mean the hardcore fans want him and Brand gone to turn the team over to Holiday/Turner and build long term, but management probably would prefer to make the playoffs even for a quick first round exit to keep the more casual fans interested.

    That said there's always a chance with Iggy playing well of late they decide to sell high, but I think them looking to sell high counts the Bulls out.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Bogans went on a three game double digit streak last time he scored in double digits ... looks like he's on track for that this time around too.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Great start to the game so far, explosive offensive quarter.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Bulls really not playing lights out, but still up by 6.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Brewer playing well so far, knocking down a couple mid range Js.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Watson got screwed, big time goal tend by livingston called a block.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I think gibson was also scrweed on that call and should have had a goal tend against him a play later.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Refs killing the Bulls so far, but the Bulls still up by 9.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Bobcats catching fire, but taking relatively from mid range to close the gap.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Deng playing with the second unit is playing awfully well.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Deng has had a nice game so far for the most part, definitely had a great stretch with the bench unit especially though.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    So far, Bulls have played particularly badly, got screwed on two goal tending calls costing them 4 points, and have had Derrick Rose shoot 2/7 with 4 turnovers.

    They're up 7.

    All things considering, I'm pretty pleased with that.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    rose sucks let's trade him, who can b e had for him?

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Trade him to the Wizards for Nick Young. We might need to throw in a pick to entice them though.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    How about trading Rose for MJ...they might have one of those old MJ gear lying around at UC.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Luol Deng gets at least one travel call in _every_ game. It's just so annoying!

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Oh and did I mention his famous step on the out of bounds line? Wonder when that will happen again, but I guess it's not too far ahead of us.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I really hope Augustin can't come back, Livingston doesn't stand a chance against Rose.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Rose can't guard Livingston either.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Rose seems to be taking bad shots. I know he has to make the tough shots. But, he has to be around 45% shooting if the Bulls have to win more easily

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    When was the last time the Bulls played in their "Reds" at home? I don't remember them ever doing this before.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Bulls offense has been better lately, not really any one player, everyone has stepped up a bit.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Well actually now I think about it a lot of it is one player ... Bogans hitting threes is a huge difference. Bulls hitting 7 a game on 38.5% this month.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Deng's three has gone to crap at the same time Bogans three has gotten better and the two have basically canceled each other out in terms of team three point shooting.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I think he is tired. He has the will to drive the ball or play defense. It is a great thing actually he didn't get picked for the all-star game. Hopefully, he can get some rest.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    The Bulls volume and percentages are still both up, even with Deng slumping. Bogans has been the major contributor to that happening (with Korver being pretty useful too).

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Another great win. Great job by Deng. He was +22 in his 43.5 minutes. Gotta love that. Boozer showed up. Asik defended and rebounded. Rose always good.
    Spurs next.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    It appears that the Bulls are figuring out how to score against the double team trap of DRose. That aspect will only get more fluid and consistent. Nice to see. It also gets more people involved in the offense.
    The Bulls got jobbed by the officiating, missed free throws, and often didn't finish at the rim; but the Bulls still looked good.
    Boozer and Bogans were good on both ends of the court. Actually, DRose was the one that had an off game. Seemed to be pressing.
    What this game also showed was how much Asik has improved and why he won't be traded. Also how much more important Taj is than the box score shows.
    Not pretty, but a very good win.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    The Bulls as a team did a better job of handling the pressure on Rose. They still turned Rose over a lot, but as a team the Bulls were able to attack the rim and knock down some open shots when Rose passed out of the trap. I like how Deng attacked the rim. And when AND Korver are knocking down the open jumpers, the Bulls offense is outstanding.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Solid win, the Bobcats kept pushing but the Bulls just kept it to a comfortable little lead most of the way.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Is that Steve Kerr out there with a Bogans mask on?

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    There are some absolutely phantom calls going against the Bulls here.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Shakes and ixon,

    You represent the CLUELESS so well.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    So you're telling me we'd need to throw in two picks?

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    A word to the CLUELESS: Nick Young is good because he doesn't pass to his HORRIBLE teammates.

    Link to Nick Young putting up HISTORIC numbers this season: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2011/2/15/1995170/nick-young-kobe-bryant-john-stockton

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    WIN WIN:

    Since Nick Young doesn't pass the ball to anyone once we trade for him we can get rid of everyone for defensive players.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    The CLUELESS babble on here is something to behold.

    I'm glad I'm taking care of some "business."

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    You're not making your Melo posters sticky again are you?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    bulls did a good job on whoopi this time only 6 points

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I can't tell you how relieved I am. I was worried that you were going to let ANOTHER elite player get away. Stay on the job and we can all rest easier.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    for all we know happy could be melo's new agent or... hell maybe its melo himself trolling on this BORED

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Or it might Melo's wife. That's why there is some unfinished business..

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    What kinda concerns me is that Mr. Happy couldn't come up with anything more provoking.

    He must be worn out from his Fantasy League.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    he's really run out of steam since a couple of months ago when he would go on several crusades per week... maybe mr happy's boyfriend has something to do with it, havent seen him in a while

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    oh boy, i can alerady see the bulls losing to these scrubs again...

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    This is a pretty big game...the Bulls need to try to win as much as they can going into the all star break. It will just build confidence. But ya i agree slow this game down, make the Bobcats beat you in the halfcourt. This should be a good Boozer night.

  • Charlotte has been effective as any one, maybe more so, at applying the 'Jordan Rules" on Derrick with far extended double teaming of D-Rose out to the three point line. As I've said, I wish in this extreme exaggerated defense the Bulls would respond by having Derrick give and go with a big/screener getting the ball and passing back to a slashing Rose in open space to the basket.

    Whether this play is viewed as viable or not, at this point I don't think the Bulls are going to run it if they haven't by now. However Derrick has played the double better and better as far as Boozer sagging along, and then taking off/slipping the double at just the right time., With Derrick making killer feeds to Carlos gliding to the basket. It just so happens that Carlos does have the handle to glide like this from well out to the free throw line and those either hand extended lay ins which make his delivery even sooner/quicker/impossible bascially to block/stop.

    The Bulls ran this play to perfection against the Hornets. I just hope that all the offensive game planning is focused on attacking the doubling/trapping defense, and not "coping" with it. Of course isos with everybody out at the three point line works to. And when are the Bulls going to have their bigs run to a designated spot as in efffect moving screens to wipe out the defender as Derrick cruises by. Other teams take advantage of this gap in the rules, and so should the Bulls.

    Charlotte was ahead of the Lakers last night by 28 or 30 in the second half. You have to take them seriously as a team that can play very, very well to do that. And on defense the Bulls have to realize on Charlotte's weaves that they really intend to draw the double, and then hit cutters. I think you have to back off one on ones and almost go zone/sag in the paint mode.

    This also to me is a game where Boozer should play at the top of the post, and not down low where Charlotte will just trap and double. I'd rather see something unpredictable like Booz getting slips/passes with openings from the top of the key. Just remember to use those head fakes, and then slide in for the jam and/or free throws.

    The Bulls as a team have a tendency on drives from the foul line/top of the key to just run in a straight line, and not use the head fakes and hesitations that will allow openings for dunks/easy baskets. Just because you are trying to take advantage of openings doesn't mean you still don't use skill/deception going to the rim.

    If the Bulls do these things I think with the way Derrick and the team have been playing they can blow these guys out. But if they succomb to the doubles, and Derrick is "forced" to give up the ball this could be another loss to Charlotte.

  • Talking about Charlotte matching up well to Lakers yesterday is a very lazy statement. Every team has athletes. Charlotte has a lot of different players from last year and the coach has changed. The Lakers were just tired.
    The Bulls need to make sure to take away one of the two guys for the whole game especially in the 4th quarter(Wallace or Jackson)..Bogans-> do your job on Jackson.

  • bulls cant let whoopi intimidate the hell out of them like last time... a steal and a dunk was all it took to hammer their confidence into the ground

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