Rose wins the PG battle to drive Bulls to victory

Well, I think it's safe to say that Jazz fans aren't missing Carlos Boozer any, and if I had my way, he wouldn't have played in the fourth quarter.    Derrick Rose gave the Bulls enough offense while the team defense stepped up and did the job.   Big kudos to the bench for coming in and really changing the game.

Who's the best PG in the NBA?   Derrick Rose

I think these head to head matchups are sometimes overrated, and if you're a Jazz fan, you'll want to downplay this one.   There was a stretch in the second quarter where Rose and Williams went back and forth, but other than that, all Rose.

Derrick's night may not have been quite as good offensively as the 29 point total would lead you to believe.   Between his turnover and two possessions on trips to the line he took 29 possessions to get 29 points.   However, in a defensive battle, 1 point per possessions isn't too bad, especially when you're creating all your shots and don't get the easy ones.

Derrick struggled on defense in spurts of this game, but I think his defense looks worse due to playing so many minutes with Thomas/Boozer helping him rather than Asik/Gibson.   Derrick had a big steal near the end of the game and then drew the foul to put the Bulls up three with just one possession left for the Jazz which ended up icing the game.

The Jazz sure don't regret losing Carlos Boozer

I think Al Jefferson is pretty similar to Boozer, but Jefferson simply had a better shooting night.  However, Jefferson costs much less and has fewer years.   Don't even get me started on Millsap.  He's one of the best value contract big men in the NBA.   

Boozer played gauge your eyes out bad defense for most of the game.  I was somewhat sickened that they let him back in the game in the 4th quarter, but he did play pretty well down the stretch of the game making a couple nice defensive plays.   

On offense, the Jazz did a nice job smothering Boozer, and unfortunately, his 14 points on 6/16 shooting was even worse than it sounds.   The Bulls offense bogged down considerably while they tried to force the action in to Boozer who simply wasn't effective at all tonight.

The refs had it in for Kurt Thomas

He picked up a cheap technical and a cheap flagrant.   He also just looked like the older, slow, undersized center that he is.   Whatever voodoo and magic he used to play quality defense for the past 25 games or so seems to be wearing off.  

The Bulls looked much better, for a change, while he was on the bench rather than on the court.   Still, it's hard to ever be too mad for Thomas who's giving you toughness and quality minutes when he plays.

I wouldn't have brought him back in during the 4th though, Asik was playing at a much higher level.

Keith Bogans played well in this game

Look, I don't get the Anthony Parker thing.   Sure Parker is okay, but he's no better than what Bogans has given you since January.    Do you really trust Parker more than Bogans down the stretch?   Bogans fits in the locker room, the chemistry is good, and he's a similar caliber player.

I trust Bogans more on defense than Parker as well.   As far as this game, Bogans had some nice hustle plays and knocked down 2 of his 3 threes tonight.

Luol Deng did not have it going on

He couldn't hit the broad side of a barn for most of the game, but he does what he always dos and worked on defense, passed the ball well, and hit the glass.  It was an ugly game for Deng, but I liked the fact that he found a way to contribute even when his shot was off.

Ronnie Brewer gets the big steal

Brewer may have only scored six and didn't hit a shot from the field, but his energy was much higher than in some of the recent games.   He drew fouls, rebounded well, and he iced the game by shooting through the passing lanes and coming up with the big steal.   Then with a three point lead, he calmly knocked down both FTs to give the Bulls the win.

Kyle Korver knocked down the big three

The Jazz know Korver as well as anyone and as such, there weren't many open looks for him.   However, he did knock down a big three towards the end of the game that looked like it would have been huge until Al Jefferson hit a three point play 10 seconds later.

Korver only had three shots, but he hit two of them for five points.

Omer Asik gave the Bulls some great minutes

There's no way his 7 rebounds accounts for all the taps he made that gave the Bulls an extra possession.   He's continuing to play aggressively, getting the ball and going for the dunk without hesitation or a care of who's in his way.

His new found aggressiveness has had him generate fouls better and get more dunks.   I really like the way Asik has played recently, and if he continues this he'll find his way into the regularly rotation for a larger role.

The team defense looked much better with Asik in the game as he did an excellent job rotating and contesting shots.   

Taj Gibson also brought a ton of energy off the bench

Much like Asik, Gibson played some great defense and the Bulls interior d tightened considerably while he was in the game.   I loved how fast Gibson played and how much hustle/rebounding/shot blocking he brought to the table.

Final thoughts

The Bulls bench did an outstanding job tonight.  Gibson, Asik, Watson, Brewer, and Korver all contributed big things in their own ways.  If those guys continue to play that well, this team will be difficult to beat.

It's nice to see the Bulls pick up this win and bring the defense back.   At absolute worst, the Bulls will finish the road trip 2-3, which isn't ideal, but isn't a disaster either.  Hopefully, they can pull out the next one against New Orleans

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  • Good to see the Bulls snap their 2 game losing streak and I will continue to say win the Bulls are focused their chances to win games are very high. Boozer really needs help defensively but I guess at this stage of his career there's no teaching that to him.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Well no team is likely to win when they are unfocused.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Yeah I know that's why the Bulls need to stop being unfocused.

  • Deceptively great game from Asik. Brewer played well, too. Don't put too much into Rose's shot totals. His job is to break down the defense and get the ball on the rim so the bulls can use their rebounding advantage.

    And how bad was Boozer. To open the second their was one sequence where he failed to get in front of Dwill and watched him go by, then watched the ball go over his head on a dish to Jefferson and then watched Jefferson go in for a layup. If he had moved his hands from his side at any point he would been hit in the arm with the ball. To his credit, he did get the tip in the last minute that saved the game. But he was terrrrrrible the rest of the night on D and not a lot better on offense.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    Sadly, there were lots of plays like that too.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    Newsflash: Boozer played poor defense...I would've never guessed...

  • 1. Thibs needs to figure out a way to get Korver open a little more. We can see the difference between Bogans and Korver. When Bogans plays, he almost always is left open at the 3 pt line while Korver looks like he just robbed a bank and is running for his life. There is always a defender running with him.
    2. Taj has to stop taking jump shots like Asik. Taj's range has come down to Asik's range now or maybe slightly better.
    3. Watson is terrible as a PG. The Bulls need another PG to spell Rose for 6-8 mins/game.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    It's tough to get a slow player open. I think they just need to run more plays to exploit the fact that they won't leave Korver open.

    Run Rose on the strong side with Korver in the corner, Korver's man can't help, so in order to provide help you have to effectively leave the weak side entirely wide open.

  • We still have offensive lapses, and it showed we need another legit scorer. I know I'm in the minority. But we could really use Melo's scoring abilities. Before you make sarcastic replies, think about it first. This trade idea works for all sides.
    Bulls Get:
    F Carmelo Anthony
    F Shelden Williams

    Bulls get a legitimate scorer and a post player who can defend and replace Taj.

    Nuggets Get:
    F Ekpe Udoh
    F Vlad Radmanovic
    C Dan Gadzuric
    Bobcats 1st Round Pick from Bulls
    GSW 2011 First Round Pick

    Nuggets get a young talent in Udoh, who has a big upside. They also get expring contracts in Gadzuric and Radmanovic, and they get two potential high draft picks.

    Warriors Get:
    F Luol Deng
    F Taj Gibson
    F James Johnson

    Warriors are interested in Deng and they get young talents in Taj and JJ. This trade makes the Warriors way better and can potentially make a strong run at the playoffs.

  • In reply to BullsFTW:

    Udoh has been horrible. No way the nuggets want him over even landry fields or gallinari

  • In reply to bullsman24:

    Udoh has a huge upside, very similar to Favors, remember the guy Nuggets want from the Nets? They also get The Warriors 2011 First and Bobcats 1st, both are lottery potential too, and they get expiring contracts.

  • In reply to BullsFTW:

    If anything the Warriors can send Reggie Williams or Dorrell Wright to the Nuggets to sweeten the deal

  • In reply to BullsFTW:

    I'll agree on Bogans, if he continues to play the way he has since the new year then he's at least bearable. He's hitting those threes and doing a solid job of eating up 16-18 minutes without hurting the Bulls too much. I'd like to upgrade him but given a new player would take time to integrate, it's got to be a better guy than Parker to really be worth it.

  • In reply to BullsFTW:

    Mmmmmm ... do you smell it?
    The oh so sweet smell of victory!

    Yeah, it wasn't the prettiest game to go to. And we didn't play our best. Frankly, I have a ton of thoughts about the game. But for now, I'm basking in the warmth of knowing that we won and I won my bet. And that has nothing to do with the fact that my wife won't speak to me at the moment ;-) LOL

    Just a couple quick thoughts ...

    Boozer looked out of sorts, I don't know if it was the crowd getting to him or what. Yes, they were all over him every time he even looked at the ball. Kinda funny really.

    It was great to watch Rose play. He played well I think tonight. But the thing that I noticed the most and I absolutely loved ... Several times the crowd really got going and tried to will their team back in ... and every time I'd look at my wife and say, watch out, here comes the MVP (she actually punched me the last time) ... and every single time, Rose answered with a clutch play. It was like the D-Fence chant was a personal motivator to him. Fun, fun stuff to watch.
    And I'd also like to note that it's very evident when Rose decided to turn up the intensity. He became a lot more focused and aggressive several times during the game. I wish the team could play like that all the time, but maybe that's just not realistic.

    All in all, a great experience tonight. Family loved it ... even if I was the only one who came out satisfied in the end. And don't worry, my wife will start talking to me within a day or two. She can't stay mad forever right? ... right? hehehehe :-D

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Congrats on the bet, and enjoy the quiet time :)

    I expect a full report in the morning, you too UtahBullsFan

    and to me, Boozer has looked to be in a funk for the last 3 games or so, way to many fadeaway jumpers

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Ya for sure man

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Chiry did you dvr the game??

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I did but I erased it, shoot!

  • In reply to BullsFTW:

    Anyone with league pass record the Utah broadcast of the game I was getting a ton of call and texts saying that everyone saw me at the end of the game holding up a Bulls Flag!!

    I set my DVR and came home to find it didnt record anything I am so mad!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    that sucks man

    btw, I saw like 3-4 guys in red Bulls jerseys with ladies in black jerseys in that section, lol. Not sure but I think I found you, ha

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    haha i was the one waving the flag throughout the game and most of the end of the 4th

  • In reply to BullsFTW:

    I don't think anyone would accuse you of being in the minority for willing to give up Deng, Gibson, Johnson and a 1st for Melo.

    In fact, I don't think there are many Bulls fans who would say no to that deal.

    However, Melo doesn't want to come here, and the Knicks have better deals on teh table.

  • In reply to BullsFTW:

    Sheldon Williams is real bad.

  • A few thoughts on our injuries this season...

    if Noah and Booz are healthy all season I see the bulls winning those 6 games to loosing teams this year. That puts our record at 41 and 10.

    I also think that of those early losses to good teams we win at least 2 of those 10 games for a 43 and 8 record to this point.

    the upside to their injuries in particular to the future of this team is One, Omir is getting a lot more minutes in his rookie season and is finally learning to take the ball strong to the basket. His development in the NBA has been advanced greatly as a result.

    Kurt Thomas has become a reliable rotation player down the stretch for the playoffs by giving Thibs confidence in his play. This makes us a much deeper team for the run.

    Taj is also getting himself more minutes for the run from Thibs because of his work on the floor.

    So would I prefer a team gunning for the record or a group developing as a deeper team?

    I say a deeper bench will give us a better chance for in the playoffs.

    PS as an illinois alum, I LOVE D Will, but I'm glad D Rose showed his him up as the better player tonight.

    Go Bulls

  • Good trade proposal but a legit shooting guard will probably be the teams best chance to acquire cause Melo wants N.Y. and if Denver can't get the Knicks to up the ante they just might do the deal with the Lakers cause that trade would make a lot of sense for both sides.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I don't undestand what's so great about Andrew bynum. He's always injured and he make all star money. Why would a team looking to shed salary do that?

  • In reply to bullsman24:

    There's nothing great about Bynum, what you have is the fact that L.A. is a glamour city so they get a lot of trade rumors surrounding their players that aren't ever going to happen.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Maybe nothing great about him but he has contributed to 2 championships for the Lakers. If the Nuggets can't get nothing better why not trade for Bynum so they can at least have someone to sell to their fans.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Half of the Knicks deal is better than the entire Lakers deal.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    Bynum is a better talent than anything that the Knicks have to offer, and certainly more unique.

    If he didn't have the injury issues, he would be either the second best center in the league or maybe even the best because he makes Howard look like a midget.

    Of course if he was healthy the Lakers would not even consider trading him, even for Carmelo.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    There's no f'ing way the Nuggets take Bynum for Carmelo.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    In hindsight, I feel that Broussard from ESPN is being fed all kinds of rumors by a few teams,agents or sources on some kind of agenda. We definitely do not know what is going on with Melo in a way.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Couldn't disagree more. Bynum will be a much better offer than anything the Knicks come up with.

  • In reply to RichG:

    There was one deal that was spec'd out with the Knicks which they got a trade exception and a couple weak prospects. Given their tax situation, that's much better than getting Bynum who costs 15 million a season and isn't any better than Nene.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    If he can get over the injuries, Bynum is a potential star in the league, and his contract is very advantageous to the team that acquires him. He's owed $15M for 2011-2012, and then a team option the following year.

  • In reply to RichG:

    He wont get over the injuries, he is the next Yao Ming minus actually having a few solid years of good youth and health.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    Bynum is the biggest mos athletic center in the league, when healthy.

    If truly healthy he would be the closest thing to a Shaq type player.

    Unfortunately for him and the Lakers he does not appear able to be fully healthy.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Ya this is the most interaction in 4 or 5 years straight that I have went!! Last year I did talk to Jo it was after the Portland game where he had 20 rebounds and I was like "Jo are you gonna get us 20 boards again?" and he was like "i'll try man" haha it

    Jo took pictures with a bunch of fans before the game,he's way fan friendly. The only one that wasn't was Omer after warm ups when players usually sign autographs he just ran by everyone. They seem like just a good bunch of guys they are way friendly.

    No that wasn't me at the beginning of the game but I was 2 seats away from that guy. Bur if you look at the Brewer steal Im the guy jumping up and down haha.. im like 2 rows behind the guy with the Red Drose Jersey with a long sleeve shirt under it !

    Also there was an Illinois State Police Officer with the team is that normal or was it because of the whole Boozer thing?

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I didn't know the Bulls brought police officers from Illinois with them? That seems really odd.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    I dunno the guy just had a black suit on with a tiny little bulls pin and he had a lanyard around his neck that said Illinios state police and it was holding a badge of some kind it could have been the badge to be low or something I'm not sure but he was watching the crowd for most of the game

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    He's out of his jurisdiction!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    It could have just been security for the bulls with an Illinois state police lanyard haha

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    he is a hell of a lot bigger,

    and the Lakers deal was a multi team deal with the Lakers taking back other bad Denver contracts by using cap space or trade exceptions from other teams, thus getting Denver out of luxury tax territory.

    Just like the Knicks deal, a Laker deal will not be a straight 2 team deal.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Awesome man, I saw your face up there big on local TV here, peeking over Ronnie Brewer's shoulder with 13 secs to go in the game. Great to hear about good interactions with the Bulls players. I think a lot of the players from recent Bulls teams would've bigtimed you. One year when I was a lot younger, probably about 9-10 years ago I went to a Bucks game and the only players that would pay any attention to the small contingent of Bulls fans was Ron Artest and Michael Ruffin. Everyone else just ignored us. So good to hear, I think these group of Bulls players are the most cohesive and fan-friendly since Jordan. Although it is probably easier to be friendly when you are winning.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I'd have said that too, but Nugget fans seem pretty keen on it, on the assumption that their management doesn't want to rebuild so at least Bynum is a player who can (if healthy) help you now.

  • Tough night for Thibs. Good thing the Bulls won.
    Out of time outs with 5:11 to play. KC thought that Boozer called a timeout on his own and Thibs was pissed Actually, he was pretty upset with Carlos all evening.
    I suspect keeping him on the bench in the 4th crossed his mind.
    This team has the personality that he talks about when Taj is playing.
    The most exciting aspects about tonights game were Rose's conversation ending performance and Omar's breakout.
    Otherwise, after Utah's free-throw shooting they are going to called the Bulls of the West.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    Booz did call that timeout because he thought Thibs called it ... I was standing right there Booz called timeout to the ref and the Drose was like he didnt call it and then they both looked at Thibs and Thibs just shook his head

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Great game for you! Hope you enjoyed it. I bet it was worth it!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Heah UtahBullsFan is this you and your lady in the video clip in the beginning when Boozer was introduced? :-)
    http://www.nba.com/games/20110209/CHIUTA/gameinfo.html?ls=gt2hp0021000780#nbaGIboxscore

  • In reply to Waldock:

    Its late here but I cant sleep so I will do my best to give you guys some live notes

    So if some of you didn't catch it in the other thread I was in the 3rd row behind the Bulls bench (WAVING A BIG BULLS FLAG HAHA!! DID YOU GUYS SEE?)

    KEITH BOGANS

    Honestly I hate to say it but I can see why Thibs starts him. He talks a lot on defense makes sure guys are in their spots he's kind of like a less crappy Scal.

    He seems to have a lot more range than Brewer it seemed like every time Brewer got the ball he would just try and drive it similar to what Deng does.

    With all that being said I saw Keith land on his ankle wrong or something I'm not sure exactly what but he got hurt and I turned to my wife out of pure spur of the moment reaction "Yes Bogans got hurt!" and didn't come back in at all after that.

    BOOZ

    I thinks Thibs game plan was to try and go to him early and often to get the crowd out of it if he torched the Jazz. It seemed like a lot of the early plays were set up for Booz. Too bad Booz couldn't take advantage.

    He said it wouldn't bother him but I think it really did the look in his eyes he just wasn't focused. It seemed like all his offense came off jumpers... The Jazz were def trying to take it to him they were playing really aggressively on him, they were roughing him up as soon as he got the ball. Then when he would drive (which wasn't very much) they would send 2 or 3 guys at him.

    Lu!

    For all of the Lu haters (which I was one of before this game) If you are gonna judge him you can't just look at the box score. This guy does a lot for the team. Doug touched on this but on D he stays aggressive, aware and talks a lot. He crashes boards and just flat out leaves his heart out on the court he gives 100%

    He also kept coaching the guys up clapping telling lets go guys on timeouts.

    Kurt

    I think he played pretty well D for some of the game. He was what we all know him to be a smart vet. When he did get scored on he just seemed tired he didn't really jump to contest the shots.
    HOLD ON BIG FELLA JO IS ON HIS WAY BACK

    Jo

    I know Jo didnt play but I thought I would just mention that he looked very good in pregame workouts as far as ball handling and shooting goes. That is with a small cast still!

    Drose

    He was frustrating Williams no doubt about it! Thank you Batum for running your mouth because his D was pretty good for most of the game!

    I heard Williams go over to the ref and say "hey he's grabbing on my wrist holding me" I watched the whole play and Rose didn't grab or hold him.

    Rose was amazing offensively... yes his volume was high but he set his team up for some great looks that they didnt knock down. He could have easily had another double double if half of those shots fell...

    In Staceys Words he is just TOO BIG! TOO FAST! TOO STRONG! TOO GOOD! for Williams he blew by him so many times. Williams seemed kind of reluctant to try and score on Drose he would drive hard and the kick it out, or kick it into the bigs.

    Drose DOMINATED WILLIAMS NO DOUBT!!!

    THE BENCH

    CJ- He actually played pretty well he came out early looking for his own shot but kind of settled down, handled them ball well, I think he has done all of what we have asked him to do. Though the offense did kind of seem stale when Rose was out.

    Taj - From pregame warmups he just seemed to have a lot of energy. He brought a lot off the bench, he was just giving his all on both ends of the court. The thing I really liked was that he got us some second chance points, huge blocks(2 on one possession) and hustled like crazy to pressure on fast breaks.

    Omer - I loved the energy Omer brought to the floor he stayed more aggressive on offense than usual and was a great on defense. I think he just got excited and tried to do a little too much on offense on one or two plays. A positive note is that JO is really teaching him I heard him telling him and showing to spin and put it in once he came back to the bench.

    Thibs - I think Thibs did great! Is it just me or did he make a lot more subs this game than usual. I think he knew one big key was to shut down Miles off the bench. He is a huge spark for them if he goes off they usually win... Thibs succeeded

    Side notes: Doug was spot on about them running about 100 pnr's on us it seemed like every other play was one.

    Sorry if their are a lot of errors and/or I worded things in a weird way its just late!!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Thanks for the recap, it's always different when you are right there on the floor and can see the game that close.

    It's amazing how fast the game is when you are right on the court.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I know it was way too short of a game for me!!!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    they always are. thanks for the detailed info

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Glad you were able to see a Bulls victory. Nice recap. I too feel like Thomas may be getting worn down. It could be that the vet has established a woman in every city and is getting worn out with this road trip.lol

    I also saw the Deng really working with Asik in the warmups of the Portland game. They seemed to have a good relationship which was great for Omers future with this team.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    hahahahah woman in every city. Thats great.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    u are giving a good appreciation to everybody. C'MON be serious even keith bogans !! Deng played as a crap yersterday ; he scored only 2 point the whole second half. Gibson never knocks down a shot. If it wasn't Rose, bulls would have lost. It is good to play D, but offensivly Rose is too lonely. It's starting to get ugly seeing the bulls play : It's brick after brick.

    Rose's haters say that he shoot too much for a PG. But watching Rose teammates, I understand why Rose play like that I would tell him even to take all shot.
    Gibson, Brewer, Bogans, Deng, Watson, Asik Thomas : If these guys continue to play like that playoffs won't be easy for bulls.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    We got a win which is great but Doug, u are giving a good appreciation to everybody. Deng played as a crap yersterday ; he scored only 2 point the whole second half. Gibson never knocks down a shot. If it wasn't Rose, bulls would have lost. It is good to play D, but offensivly Rose is too lonely. It's starting to get ugly seeing the bulls play : It's brick after brick.

    Rose's haters say that he shoot too much for a PG. But watching Rose teammates, I understand why Rose play like that I would tell him even to take all shot.
    Gibson, Brewer, Bogans, Deng, Watson, Asik Thomas : If these guys continue to play like that playoffs won't be easy for bulls.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    Oh and it was an amazing game!! If you guys saw a bulls flag being waved behind the bulls bench that was me haha!!

    What a great experience ...

    Derrick Rose signed my brand new drose shoes I brought to the game

    Jo signed my flag I was waving and smiled at my wife I thought she was going to die haha

    I yelled "Ya Go Big Sexy" to Kurt as he walked in the tunnel at half time (Even though he doesn't really like to be called that)and he gave me a 5

    Also on the way to the tunnel I told Taj "sick blocks Taj" and he looked up and smiled at me.

    And then at the end of the game I yelled "Scal I love you man" and he smiled and gave me the rock on sign

    Then I got my pic taken with Stacey!

    What a great night capped off with a Bulls win!!

    Thanks Doug for the great articles and thank all of you guys for the discussions game after game.

    This is an awesome place to share our thoughts, opinions and experiences and I think we have formed kind of a community here

    Also after the game there were a couple fights between Jazz and Bulls fans... You wouldn't believe how many people just looked at me and said F the bulls or the bulls suck (After we won!!!!)

    I carried my bulls flag high and started a WE LOVE BOOZER chant on the way out it was EPIC!! haha

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Sounds like a pretty epic night for you, I'm glad had so much interaction with the team, that's pretty rare.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Utah,

    I saw you sitting up there above the Bulls bench. It sounds like you had an awesome time. It's pretty cool how you got to interact with some of the Bulls players on a road game. I live here in Chicago but when I went up to Wisconsin to watch the Bulls crush the Bucks 3 years ago, most of the players wouldn't even look at us. I did get to talk to Joakim, Aaron Gray, and Shandon Brown though.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Good recap on your part. BTW, did you see Scal getting up to cheer if there was a sense that the Bulls need a time-out even when one didn't happen...I saw that once yesterday. He looks like an alert cheerleader.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    You need therapy, but I love it!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Awesome UtahBullsFan!!! Now that's how to use your good seating behind the Bulls bench and interact with the players and give them some love on the road! Thanks for bringing them smiles and for not being shy! :-)

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Nice recap Utah.

    Derrick signed your shoes and Jo signed your flag? You must have good karma going. I've been to several games at the U.C., and I've never seen them interact like that. That's awesome. Nice to know those guys do do stuff like that once in a while. I guess on the road maybe it's easier with fewer fans clamoring after them to do stuf like that once in a while. And Stacy took his picture with you too. What a night. Congrats.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I wish my facebook wasnt private I could show you some of the pics it was awesome!!

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    When you guys say the didnt interact much did you go to the game early? I went at 5 and they let us in at 530 they signed stuff after they got done shooting around ...

    They do like a shoot around before the shoot around you usually see on TV

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Hey man, loved your write up. Loved the game :-)

    I could see a couple rows of what looked like Bulls fans down there behind their bench and I thought that was great to see.

    There were plenty of Bulls fans up above too. I was surprised.

    Been listening to a bit of sports radio ... Jerry Sloan is set to retire. Unbelievable.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Thanks man I we should have met up before the game or something!!

    Ya its bad and good about the bulls fans it seems like alot where bandwagoners

    I know that is so crazy about Sloan!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsjazznotes/51230268-62/story.csp

    If this is true, it's strange to think that I may have attended his last game here. He's been such a permanent figure here.

    Would that be the second coach who resigned or was fired the day after they played the Bulls?

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    yep, that ugly Indiana coach got fired too! Who's gonna be #3 this year?!

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I think they are more accomodating on the road

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I wish I were you !

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Man, you can't beat that kind of interaction. How did you go about getting autographs?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    also, Sam Smith touched on the dichotomy of the Utah community, how everyone is so polite & respectful in public, then in a setting like the Jazz game you see all the hatred come out. What';s up with that? Losers. Probably bitter & it comes out after a life filled with supression.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Dude Sam hit the nail right on the head!! I hate jazz fans I think they are the worst and most disrespectful in the league!

    That is why a win is so sweet there haha

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I got there early and they go out for a shoot around before the shoot around that you usually see on tv and waited in the seats by the tunnel it was an epic night

  • In reply to Waldock:

    I would have benched Boozer the fourth, but Booz did play decently in the fourth and made a few defensively plays even if they looked like he made them nearly accidentally beacuse guys just dribbled the ball into him.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I agree, I would have gone with a lot more Asik and Taj, and less Thomas and Boozer.

    I don't know what Del Thibideau has against Asik, but the more he plays the better he gets. He only got some extra minutes in the second half because of Thomas being in foul trouble.

    Wow, that sounds familiar, exactly what I said about Noah as a rookie and sophomore when the Big Douchebag(Wallace) and Drew Gooden were stealing his minutes.

    If I am the Bulls, I am not trading Asik this year no matter what. I want to see his development next season after spending a whole offseason in an NBA regimen.

    If it comes down to it, I trade Taj before Asik.

  • I don't think they miss Boozer at all though they certainly have other problems. I think the miss Korver and Matthews more.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    What a contrast... LeBron's return to Cleveland vs. Boozer's return to Utah. I think Cleveland fans left the game crying while Utah fans left smiling with respect to the loss of the respective star players. Boozer is an above average NBA power forward who can post impressive points/rebounds over the course of a game, but shrink to mediocrity when the game really counts, when you most need superstars.

  • In reply to igotpar:

    double bogey

  • I agree. Boozer has struggled a bit recently, you wonder if he had this game circled on his calendar, and was looking ahead a bit. HOpefully he's more focused now.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Doug, you spoke to it in your article: "On offense, the Jazz did a nice job smothering Boozer..." Golden State and Portland did the same thing. Smothering Boozer and Rose is the blueprint to defending the Bulls. That's why it's even more important for Deng and Korver to knock down outside shots (and for Noah to get back).

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    If we have seen the best of Boozer, what a huge disappointment! Frankly, I believe Deng is more valuable to Bulls than Boozer. Even if he stays healthy for next 5 years, $80M is a gross overpayment for a player who disappears under pressure.

  • In reply to igotpar:

    its just a funk man

  • In reply to igotpar:

    as I said earlier, it all depends on how fast he goes downhill.

  • MW speaks the truth.

  • You appear to be unusually angry today.

    The scary part about Boozer struggling against Utah is that they have a very undersized front line. Boozer usually struggles against size/length. he really should have been dominant last night.

    One thing that has surprised me the most about Boozer, is how ground bound his game is, he basically plays totally below the rim.

    This makes me wonder how quickly his game will dissappear. Will his ground-boundedness cause him to become useless fairly soon, or does that mean that his game won't decline much as he crosses 30 because it is not based on athleticism.

    Also, to me Boozer looks less buff and more out of shape than he has appeared in previous season.

    If he does go downhill fast, it will get ugly for him in Chicago just like it did in Utah.

    I don't know what will happen, but my gut is that things will go down hill faster than we think that they will.

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