Bulls vs Heat 7pm on TNT

The Chicago Bulls didn't play particularly well against the Toronto Raptors, in fact, they played more or less god awful.    The team had to adjust to Joakim Noah coming back, and the offensive chemistry seemed to suffer somewhat of a hit early as they tried to get him involved in the offense while they could previously ignore Kurt Thomas.

Carlos Boozer turned in one of his classic defensive performances, and the rest of the team defense wasn't much better.   The Bulls now get a chance to completely redeem themselves or enhance the 'sky is falling' mentality.   This game might not explicitly be for the 1/2 seed in the playoffs, but it's going to be awfully hard to catch Miami/Boston if we lose and fall four back, so a win would be huge.

Keys to the game

Derrick Rose needs to prove why he's the MVP

I feel guilty lumping so much pressure on Rose, but if he wants to be the MVP, then he needs to play like the MVP in big games like this one.  He did it against San Antonio, and Miami doesn't have a lot of interior defenders.  

On the flip side, Miami has incredible perimeter athleticism with LeBron and Wade to help corral him.   If Rose comes out big in this spot and leads the Bulls to victory on national TV against another elite team, then he'll solidify his MVP case as well as restore our shaken faith after the Bulls fell to the Raptors.

Carlos Boozer needs to convince Nike to take the cement out of his shoe line

He wasn't the only one, but Boozer's slow rotations stood out the most last night.   The Heat are one of the best dribble penetration teams in the NBA, so they'll need Boozer to step up his defense considerably.

Boozer also needs to bring out his 'man' game against Chris Bosh.   Bosh has length, but Boozer should be able to beat him up enough to keep him away from the basket and take him out of his game.    If Boozer gets physical, he should provide the Bulls some great offense against the Heat.

Boozer probably needs to win this matchup against Bosh to give the Bulls a chance to win this game.

Luol Deng can't afford Carlos Boozer disease tonight

Deng's been a great perimeter defender all year round, but last night he really struggled to stay in front of his man.  He seemed to twist his ankle early in the game, and I wonder if that was a factor later on.

Either way, the Bulls will need all the perimeter defense they can get against the Heat, so they'll need Deng playing at his best on defense.

Get Omer Asik some time instead of Kurt Thomas

The Bulls are going to need more paint protection and no low post threat protection.   That means Omer Asik should play some more at center where the Bulls will need athleticism more than strength.

Get Korver some shots when you play him

You can't play Kyle Korver for nearly 20 minutes and only get him two looks.   He's not good enough defensively to be on the court that long if he's not providing more of a threat on offense.

This is especially true against the Miami Heat who have tremendous perimeter athleticism to exploit his weaknesses defensively.   I look for Bogans/Brewer to play a bit more in this game because of that, but when Korver's on the floor make sure to look for him, or run plays where his spacing opens up the floor for you.

Final thoughts

A marquee game on the trade deadline, what more could you ask for as a Bulls fan?   I guess a win and O.J. Mayo/Courtney Lee.   If the Bulls drop this game, they're likely out of the fight for the one and two seeds in the playoffs.   They have a strong lead for the three seed, and it could actually mostly lock them into third baring an utter collapse.

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  • I think we win this one close only becuase Boozer isnt playing Bosh and he can abuse their inside D. Hopefully the matchup of Big Z vs Asik doesnt make me laugh so hard i die. Father vs son. Luke vs Vader. etc.lol

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    Noah will probably guard Bosh and Boozer on Z

  • In reply to Waldock:

    Hopefully like with NO

  • In reply to Waldock:

    John Paxson and Gar Forman will be MARKED MEN if the Bulls lose tonight. If they lose, we are looking at losing 5 0f 6....holding onto Omer Asik won't look too hot. Maybe Paxson can hire another puppet to cover up all his blunders.

  • In reply to sukid09:

    I agree, if the Bulls lose this one... it wont sit well with some of us Bulls fans but the usual homers will say everything is fine it's only one game...WRONG,this is a big game at home, both teams are at full strength, so what Noah has been out, he still should be able to rebound and play all out defense. No more excuses from this team, are they contenders or pretenders, we shall see.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    and the trade deadline non movement with a loss tonight will add more venom towards the BUMBLING GARPAX TEAM.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Defense is leaky again

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    +1. they are not coming back quickly on fast breaks !

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Bogans missing open shots and Pax pulling Gar's tie:-)

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Layup drill for the Bulls' opponents second night in a row.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    they're not defending !!!!!!!! damn it !

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    The Heat have more fast break points in the quarter than the Bulls opponents average in a game.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    your deng didn't score the whole 1st. He will score the 3rd and will desappears again the 4th !!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Wrong, as usual. In fact, so wrong that your "Sir Isaac Newton wasn't a mathematician" claim now comes in second in stupid statements.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    miami is shooting 60% !! WTF is going on?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Lull could show up any old time

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Luol

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    mmmm i already dont like this. All that Bulls gotta a center an Heat dont stuff is stupid. Dampier is doing fine...still dont know why the Bulls didnt grab him, we knew the Heat would go after him. Why didnt we try to block that? Its about stars man, if you got the stars your going places. Lets see how we finish, we need to pick up the D cuz right now we look terrible.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    We gave up 16 fast break points in the 1st quarter.
    Ridiculous.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Come on Luol Deng.....are you gonna show up or are you going to hide again in the big games

  • In reply to Csharp:

    he is a wimp

  • In reply to deewaves:

    oo believe me ive known that lol

  • In reply to Csharp:

    don't know shit

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Luol needs help.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    to do what ?

  • In reply to deewaves:

    james(8/11) 16pts. and u said that Deng is a much better Defender than Melo !!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Sorry you seem to have stumbled on the wrong site, if you want to talk Melo http://knickerblogger.net/ is where you meant to go.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    nicely played!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Stellar analysis. Stellar in its stupidity.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Those calls changed the flow of the game. Rose needs to go to work and get his share of whistles.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    I think its safe to say he showed up

    But I'm sure he thanks you for your support

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Bogans and Brewer have both played some good man D on wade so far ...

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    that's why he's got 15 pts

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Do you even watch the damn game you idiot?
    Do you know what man D is?
    Do you know what fast break points are?

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    it's u the idiot. a guy has 16 pts before the break and u said he is well defended. dumb ass

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I said he was playing good MAN D you fucking idiot ... can you even read?!

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    shut the fuck up !!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Yeah, next time pay attention.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    hey be nice!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    What was everybody saying earlier this year????

    Bulls have a center so we should be able to dominate them downlow. OH an Luol Deng is having a great season 17ppg! He could be a All Star this year lol

    Luol Deng not putting any pressure on the D, he is scared of LeBron James. OH AND THE BULLS ARE BEING outscored in the paint.....mmmmmm so much for the advantage lol

    Not trying to get back into this convo....but Melo would not be scared of LeBron an he would actually put pressure on the defense.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    20 fast break points ...
    It's about transition defense ... not who's got the better interior defense.
    If we're not going to get back and actually defend, anyone could score on us.
    Melo wouldn't be helping our team defense on the fast break.
    Take away even half of their fast break points and we're leading this game.
    It's really that simple.
    In the half court game, we're outplaying them.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    For that matter, we only gave up 4 of those 20 in the second quarter ... and not surprisingly, we were only outscored in the second quarter by 1 point.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Down 9 at half. Not really terrible considering we were playing 5 on 8 and missed a bunch of wide-open threes.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    The Heat driving to the basket is getting really ridiculous

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    anyone who's watching this knows there are a million reasons why there is no way the bulls can beat the heat in the playoffs. It sucks ass, and I hate the heat but it's the truth. The talent level is so disparate between these teams its ridiculous. And the bulls don't have the veteran savy and meanness that the celtics and lakers have.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Sorry, but there is 2 reasons why they will....their 2 wins and perfect record against them already

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    SAD SORRY SORRY SAD...DENG!!!!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I agree ... but come on, you have to at least give Deng a bit of credit for trying harder than most do when they have to play Lebron.
    At least he tries.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Yeah ok but no more excuses, it is what it is.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Have lebron wade or bosh ever picked up more than 2 fouls in a game?

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    And Wade wants to sit there and whine that Bogans actually touched him.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Rose is off after the all-star game except for some time yesterday in the 4th quarter... Has the league caught up with him on some of the things he was doing during the all-star break?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    no, just out of sync a little

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    It's crazy how even when making the all defensive teams LeBron averages under 2 fouls a game. MJ averaged 3.3 when he won DPOY, so so much for the "oh it's OK MJ got superstar calls too" rubbish people use when Bulls fans complain.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Front office was right about Asik. 17 minutes more proof that Bogans doesn't belong in the NBA.

  • In reply to davebursill:

    Too bad Del Thibideau could not figure that out last night. It will be interesting to see if Asik gets more than 24 seconds next game.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Bulls still in this, keep the heat from driving to the basket there is a chance.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Deng leading the come back... bout time!

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    My god. The Heat are such prima donnas. If I'm a ref I'd whistle them on principal.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    Wade is worse than LeBron

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    if anyone remembers the officiating in the 2006 finals, that will spoil you for life

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Allowed only 4 more fast break points this quarter ... and picked up the intensity ... and look at that, we're actually winning.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    yep u r right

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    that wasnt a foul on wade?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Heat 3rd quarter 14 pts. He'll ya

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Now the Heat will turn up the intensity ... are we willing to match it?

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    SO FAR so good! keep it up!

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Why can't Deng play this way all the time????

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I DONT KNOW.....he is finally going at the D...an HE EVEN DID A JUMP STOP INSTEAD OF TRAVELING LOL

  • In reply to Reese1:

    he'll desaperas gain the 4th

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Got any more completely wrong predictions Nostradamus?

  • In reply to deewaves:

    DENG WITH THE 3!!!!!!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Wow!! Deng....seeing LeBron has ignited the African warrior in Deng

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    hahahahahahaha lol

  • In reply to deewaves:

    watch out for another and-1 play

  • In reply to Reese1:

    FOUL?! wht the F:@#

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Jesus, Taj, you're killing me.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Taj ... you have to do better than that.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I sure hope taj's missing 2 layups doesn't come back to haunt us

  • In reply to Reese1:

    because he is a second rate talent.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Miami is going to be tough in the playoffs because of Wade getting a foul every time he touches an opposing jersey on offense...

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    LUOL DENG ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!!!!! Way to show up!!!!!!! LETS GO BULLIES!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to Csharp:

    C'mon guys...don't rag on Deng. Deng is good..he had a shin issue yesterday(wearing a sleeve) and he is playing LeBron who is a beast. Atleast he can keep up with LeBron one on one for most of the time.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    why is korver in there anyway

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Gibson's missed dunks killed the momentum.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    The officials are too big a part of the Heat's game. They're pathetic.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    this is where it gets shitty cause the heat go into late game mode where they just run into the paint and get fouled every time

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    meanwhile the bulls shoot long 2s, wonderful

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    If this is true I am sorry GarPax for ever doubting you. How McRoberts and a 1st is better than this deal I will never know....

    Bulls apparently offered Brewer 2 1sts and a 2nd for Mayo

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-spt-0225-trade-bulls-heat-chicago-20110224,0,1581666.story

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Boozer wanes in the 2nd half again

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    great job bulls, way to fall apart late

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Yea F@# lebron, die MFer

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Noah isn't right yet...

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Just like his rookie year(when the big bum was stealing his minutes), Noah is a guy who needs to play big minutes to get his game in gear. He will be alright in a week or 2.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    The heat's mistake down the stretch was their defensive arrogance, they should have jsut ran out two guys at rose when he crossed mid court, that usually shuts the bulls offense down completely. I guess loser lebron wanted to prove a point.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    rose has lost his nerve, he cnat make a shot

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Reggie Miller should not talk with his famous leg kickout to draw a foul

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    If the Bulls got the calls that the Heat have gotten.....this game would be over!!!!

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Agree....same move near the basket by Wade and Rose produces different results

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Bosh is the Bulls' MVP tonight. It's not even close.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Good thing rupaul is on their team, maybe just seeing asik scared the shit out of him during warmups

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Don't forget Ru was Mappy's #1 guy this past summer, so Get a Clue.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I think he's spent all game looking at the floor to make sure Asik isn't there.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    AHHHHHHHH Lebron James....dont you know your guarding DERRICK ROSE!!!!!!

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Deng with the hustle and the HUGE rebound once again ... and nice shot Rose

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Listen, I've been as hard on Boozers D as anyone could be..but he's played very good defense tonight
    And I'm really glad that the Bulls have him and not Bosh he's absolutely killed his team all game

  • In reply to Csharp:

    I'll leave Taj alone. Bosh is 1 of 18... good lord!

  • In reply to kbar17:

    Taj and Bosh battling hard to help the other team win.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    That was a really bullshit call on Rose. Really bs

  • In reply to Waldock:

    these idiots jsut run in straight lines and draw fouls

  • In reply to Waldock:

    Refs and the foul calls against the bulls at home...crazy

  • In reply to Reese1:

    The refs have been shitty tonight, but the and one against Rose was a good call. He wasn't set.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Lebron is such a fuckin idiot

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Wonder if the Deng hatred on this board will cool off for awhile.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    boozer sucks a lot more... was he even on the floor in the second half?

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    dunno lol but thats pretty funny

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    I thought Boozer was good tonight. He didn't score in the 2nd, but he made the good pass to Korver and his d wasn't bad.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    DA BULLS .. pulled it out.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Boozer and Deng both suck compared to the other super teams 2nd and 3rd scorers.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Even after Deng had the 40 point game there were people instead of saying what a great game he had saying that it proved how inconsistent he was because he didn't score 40 points every night.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    DAMN GOOD WIN BULLS WITH LOUL DENG STEPPING UP BIG TIME!!

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Fuckin loser lebron

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I still hate him for the 1st half....but in the 2nd he was amazing

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    until he is consistent...NOPE

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    At home the Bulls are favourites against ANY team, not a single doubt about it. Anyone who thinks middle of the road teams like the Knicks are going to take the Bulls when the Bulls have home court advantage is off their rocker.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    i hope Lebron's game tying 3 attempt make the Not Top 10 on ESPN tom. He missed EVERYTHING! Too bad ESPN dick rides Lebron

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    The problem with the bulls is that in the playoffs, when teams learn all of each others plays and the game gets really slow and ugly, isolation type scorers who draw a ton of fouls become extremely important. Miami has 2 of those. The knicks now have 1 1/2 (Amare can be at times), the bulls only have one, that's why people wanted mayo on the team. He isnt an everyday dominant player, but he could have worked as a bailout guy and could have a couple killer games in him.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Slow down and ugly are the games the Bulls have excelled in. They were getting killed when the Heat were allowed to play transition basketball, once this game got slowed down and ugly was when they won. The Bulls are a team built to play playoff basketball.

    The Griz decided to keep Mayo in the end so there's no way of knowing what sort of a price the Bulls would have had to pay to obtain him. I would have liked a Mayo trade at the right price, but since they didn't end up moving him at all chances are they wanted too much.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    the bulls defense is built for slow and ugly, but their offense isn't, they couldnt score for shit in the 4th quarter. Every other game deng is not making those shots, that's enough to kill them in a 7 game series.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    You make it seem like the only way teams win in the playoffs is though having multiple isolation scorers on the wings. But most title teams haven't been built that way, they've had an outside scorer like Rose and an inside scorer like Boozer.

    The Bulls need more offense sure but I don't think it needs to be an isolation player. Actually quite the opposite, isolation offense even by superstars tends to be pretty inefficient, the Bulls probably need another system guy at SG.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    i dont mean it works for the entire game or series, but usually from game 5 on, when the teams know each other up and down, particularly in crunch time, isolation wing players who can draw fouls are by far the most important, especially because of how games are called nowadays. Look a the game tonight, the bulls were just isolating rose on every play down the stretch, while the heat alternated between lebron and wade. Big guys becomme useless offensively

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    you are all bulls fans, Jordan invented this years ago

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    its not only about scoring in isolation, its about the pressure and fear they put on the defense

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    And yet the stats show that the teams that follow the conventional wisdom and isolate players (like the Lakers with Kobe) suck down the stretch where as teams that run their usual offense (like the Hornets with Chris Paul) score at their usual rate.

    Just because most teams do it doesn't make it good.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    thats the regular season, where running sets works much better than in the playoffs, where will tends to overpower strategy. Last time I checked Kobe ahs 5 titles, Jordan 6, and piece of garbage wade beat the MAvs all by himself in 06 with that strategy.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Memo to Mr Crappy, I mean Mappy,

    Now do you understand why those of us who have actually played the game, and therefore understand the game wanted no part of that pansy RuPaul Bosh.

    7 points 9 rebounds, and the worst shooting performance(1 for 18) in nearly 40 years, even worse than John Starks.

    I'd rather have Asik, even if Del Thibideau can't figure that out yet.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    The problem with Bosh is not his shooting..He had an off-night...everybody has one on the road. But, he just does not drive or go to the rim when he is struggling..isn't 1-10 not enough to know that it is not his day.
    His flop was hilarious though..he will be the butt of jokes from other guys..

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    sniper got him.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Deng, Asik, Paxon & the rest of the Bulls dedicate this win to all the haters out there, you know who you are.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    the bulls defense is built for slow and ugly, their offense isnt. They couldnt score for shit late in the 4th, adn every other game deng is not making those shots. You saw what the heat were doing just drawing fouls on every possesions, bulls can't do that, and that's enough to do them in in a 7 game series

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    exactly. This is how the team has been constructed, and before it is all said and done, 1 damn person at least will think Paxon & Forman did a good job & pulled the right strings

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    The Buls play slow and ugly all the time. They've grooved it. No worries, we can do that.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Can we give Deng a break now?

    Rose needed to step up in the second half ... and while he struggled a little ... he made the plays he needed to tonight.
    Defense needed to pick up the intensity in the second half ... and they did.
    Bulls needed to stop all the transitions in the second half ... and they did.

    And we won. Sometimes it's as simple as that.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Yep...great win tonight...i still dont think they beat the heat in a 7 game series....but hey another thing to look at is the Bulls held the Heat to what? 89-90pts?! Thats damn impressive.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    It will be tough to beat them ... but we guaranteed an important thing tonight ...

    If we end tied with the same record, we'll have beaten them at least 2 out of the 3 times and get the higher seed.

    Who knows, that could be huge.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Boston is playing in Denver at a bad time. The Nuggets wiil be amped up for a while. And what's up with the Celtic trade? Perkins use to kill us. I'm so glad he's gone. I like the Bulls vs Celtics match-up a lot more today.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    Agreed.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    so does orlando.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    Denver did really well This Denver team is good
    I see them as more of a 1st round upset team than the Knicks.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    ohh deng surprised us !!!! continue like that i wonT anymore complain about u !!!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Promise?! ;-)

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    yeah i promise but i know that deng wont keep it. lool but i hope he will ! lol

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Also....good try by Gar Forman....offered Brewer + 2 1st round picks + a 2nd for Mayo....Grizz just said no

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Well we would have lost tonights game if that trade happens.

    Asik and Brewer were the MVPs

    not saying that I don't make that trade, but really they needed and extra second and still turned it down.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    two games now with brewer playing good d on wade, i like this. also, could asik be starting to get some respect from the ref's? no foul call on a nice block on wade. he is going to be big in the playoffs. he does not shrink.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    also offered 2 firsts for C Lee

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    I really like that about the Bulls. They're half time adjustments and the 2nd half attitude are really something

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    I gotta say I never saw the heat ahve a harder time drivbing to the bucket than when asik was out there, he really changes the game out there, very smart fella. Gives the bulls that length factor that the lakers use so well.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    And he has been in the USA for 7 or 8 months. Wait till he gets a few offensive moves. No way you could trade him for a SG.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    And a lot of guys feel like getting rid of him for a marginal upgrade. He is still learning the NBA game and is a rookie. But he is learning curve seems to be very fast.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    He's a baby Noah, but no offense, may end up better on defense.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I actually think he has some potential on offense though

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    I'm kind of annoyed that Kurt Thomas was playing in Toronto, we might have won that game too is Asik played.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Good point

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I made that point last night, I was so pissed. I think we would have.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    I had to view a Heat message board to see their reaction. They're KILLING Bosh. My favorite quote came from a response of to the writer grading Bosh's performance with a D-

    "Does Bosh have to miss 50 shots to get an "F" ? Seriously, how much worse can he play... does he have to score for the other team?"

  • In reply to kbar17:

    That's hilarious

  • In reply to Waldock:

    hilarious is bosh's shot chart on sportscenter. really hammers it home for the visual learners.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    That is why those not named Mappy are not trading him for midgets.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    No we cannot, the guy plays half a great game some of the time. He was an absolute piece of shit in the first half, he came up like chicken(shit) little.

    Great second half, but that happens once a month, I am pretty sure that in the playoffs, you play more often than that.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Yes, that's why I say Bulls need to add a SG who makes Deng the 4th option on offense.
    But Deng was tough as nails in that 2nd half tonight - taking it hard to the basket even when he was getting beat up. Contrast that with Bosh.

    But I'm so glad GarPax kept Asik. I

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    yes please, I agree completely, he should have earned this long ago

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Did you watch the first half or just sportscenter.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    hell ya it was! THAT WAS A FREAKIN CHARGE!!!!!

  • In reply to kbar17:

    Rose needs to show his nerves of steel now..

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    AND 1 wheres the foul!!!!

  • In reply to Waldock:

    We can see how valuable Asik is!!

  • In reply to Waldock:

    I guess the only defense this bitches know is flopping

  • In reply to Waldock:

    still waiting for one glorious career ending fall for wade

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    everytime they foul him it should be borderline flagrant

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    So glad we've played Asik big minutes rather than Thomas, great adjustment tonight by Thibs.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    we might see them alternate games a bit, especially on back to backs.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    It's amazing how if we keep them from running and dunking all over us in the fast break, we look like the better team.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    our defense begins requires executing on offense. heat's offense starts with their defense. this could be a very intriguing series.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    I just got back from the game, and it was AWESOME!

    To all you doubting fans, who bitch and moan about how the Bulls can't do this, can't do that, that management is the worst in the league, who are just waiting in the wings for the team to lose so you can say you were right. Well...I have one word for you, and that is CONTENDERS.

    When are you going to wake up and realize that this team doesn't listen to your doomsday bullshit. I bet you gave up on them in the 1st half, huh. That's some mental toughness you have there. Tell you what, this team doesn't give up, unlike YOU. You're a bunch of whining bitches, with no heart.

    Who wanted to get rid of Deng? Hmm, looked like he iced the game. Who wanted to get rid of Asik? Sure had an impact, didn't he? Who wanted to get of Noah, Brewer, Boozer, Gibson, Watson, hell, the whole damned team? Yeah, you're geniuses. Stick to what you do best...criticize but not build a team. Let the professionals do their job.

    Oh, and just to remind you again. WAKE UP and start to believe. They are CONTENDERS.

  • In reply to zentastic:

    Right on brother! Well said!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I sort of followed your lead from that other thread. Had a few drinks at the game and had to vent :-)

  • In reply to zentastic:

    It was a GREAT GAME live, wasn't it? THE GAME OF THE YEAR!!!

  • In reply to Edward:

    First game I've been to this year, and you're right, I got lucky that it was the game of the year. Already planning on going to a playoff game.

  • In reply to Edward:

    wish I could have been there, but it was possibly the game of the year from my couch too

  • In reply to Edward:

    I love the team and how they play. I never feel there out of a game even when behind. Do wish they would play better on the road. The loss to the raptors hurts a little more with Boston losing tonight. It was a awsome win tonight for the Bulls.

  • In reply to zentastic:

    go bulls! big win tonight. feels good. let it out.

  • In reply to zentastic:

    I thought it looked familiar :)

    God this team is fun to watch, I mean time in and time out they have been beating great teams, I just don't get the lack of support.

    That being said, this next 5 game trip, & the ensuing 3 games are going to be very tough

  • In reply to zentastic:

    Amen.

  • In reply to zentastic:

    Keep on counting....

    Bulls are now 9-0 against the top 5 teams of each conference, since Dec 6th

  • In reply to zentastic:

    This summed up all my feelings about da bulls.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    The Knick fan in Kenny Smith is really showing tonight. He knows if the Knicks and Bulls meet in the playoffs, the Knicks have a really good chance to pull off the upset. He's already said the Knicks have a chance to win a first round match up.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    After watching the first half of this game so far, I agree.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    based on what? The knicks have played 1 game together! And us only 2 now while 100%!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Heat look really good. Bulls not

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Taj getting his 2nd ticky tack is ng, but hopefully the Bulls nerves are over and they'll settle down and play their game.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Ya Brewer an Bogans playing solid D on Wade.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Another wide open brick

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    There you go Korver...we need you tonight!

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Apparently the Refs have been informed that the Heatles are all superstars and are to be given every single absurd call.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    STARS GET CALLS.....an it impacts games

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Bosh is not a Superstar ... and in no way deserves those kinds of calls.

    Crap calls combined with a real lack of effort in transition defense is killing us.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Bosh is a star...an when you play the Heat, they will get all of those calls every night

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Then hand them the championship right now ...
    Because if you're gonna give them calls when they aren't even being touched, no team in the league can stop them.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    I see everyone complaining about Noah and Deng ...
    Where's Rose?
    Someone needs to step in the locker room and remind him that there's a game going on ... it sure would be nice if he'd come and play.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Will you guys get over it. Melo is a Knick cause he wanted to be. Lebron and Wade are Heat cause they want to be. As much as it would be nice to have all 3 on the Bulls, they didn't want to come here.
    Now get over it. Move on. And don't waste any more energy on nonsense

  • In reply to Waldock:

    And yeah, where is our star?
    DRose having a poor night on both ends.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    The truth is always hard to take, when it doesn't jive with your fantasies.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    just wait til the playoffs....when you have stars, you get calls, you get to the free throw line, an you get the other team in foul trouble. That why having guys like Luol Deng doesnt help you. We could of had Rose,Melo an Boozer on this team.

    There is no way the Bulls will beat the Heat on their home floor...no way.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    U are dead on csharp, this is a preview of whats going to happen. especially on the offensive end.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    the defense will be there for the Bullsa but will they have the offense to stay with the other teams in the playoffs...AND WHERE IS DENG!!!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    he is a wimp !! o pts til now !

  • In reply to deewaves:

    gentlemen, hello from the future. you are going to like it here... keep the faith.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    he definetely showed up, and raised his game

    Just think how Heat fans are feeling for Bosh though! Now, they actually have something to complain about

  • In reply to Reese1:

    This is a preview...Bulls will beat every good team just like have been for last 2 months

  • In reply to Csharp:

    they prefered noah while we already had a great D without him !! Noah is back since 2 games, and our D is worse than ever this season !

  • In reply to Csharp:

    they prefered noah over Melo whereas we needed Offense. Noah is back since 1.5 game but our D is worst than ever !!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    you're not a very patient man are you?

  • In reply to Csharp:

    and how exactly would that have happened.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    and I am definately taking Noah over Boozer, who we will hate by next year if not in this years playoffs.

  • In reply to sukid09:

    very soon Asik will be the single most important player defensively.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Assuming that Del Thibideau lets him on the court.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Just returned from the United Center where I was Lovin' It Live tonight.

    Where now are all the losers who wanted to trade Asik for a SG?
    Asik was HUGE in this game, his defense and rebounding changed the game in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Asik was +17.

    Not saying we don

  • In reply to Edward:

    Amen

    By the way, this year the Heat are 0-5 against the Bulls and Celtics.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    I 2nd that Amen sir!

  • In reply to Edward:

    Good to see the bulls continue to play well at home. LBJ played like an MVP in the first half Derrick didnt. Derrick played like an MVP in the second half..LBJ didnt. Pretty wierd to see Kanye sitting half court. You NEVER see him around CHI. Like EVER.Deng stepped up big for us but really played like crap in the first half. Actually boozers D didnt suck donkey balls tonight. Taj Jagged those 2 fast breaks. To his credit both were contested but he should have finished. If Asik can develop some post moves or any type of offense he is going to be Ok. On another note, I dont know if i would have been in favor of trading Brewer for Mayo. No doubt Brewer cant really create his own shot or dribble or pass or finish on the break but He has certain intangibles that Most guys dont have. He is Always in the passing lanes and is pretty athletic and plays good D. Adding Mayo would have been nice but not for brewer, and DEF not for korver.. Kyle is a specialist. He does one thing and he does it well. Trading him would have been a mistake. If CHI and MIA match up in ECF.... Anything could happen. You never know

  • In reply to Edward:

    You, sir, are reasoned and rational. Let's hope it gets through to some of these knuckleheads.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    DRose is gonna be rocking the adidas crazy 8s tonight its gonna be sick!!!!!!!

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