The Bulls aren't just hanging with anyone, they're beating everyone

Right before the Bulls faced the Orlando Magic, I noted that the schedule was about to get awfully difficult for the Bulls.   They were facing perhaps the most difficult stretch of the season.   A stretch rivaling the circus trip in terms of difficulty, and that stretch would define how good a team they are.

My goal for the team was to win 13 of the 20 games, but I lacked confidence that this team would roll against the best of the best and predicted a 10-10 stretch which now seems laughable.  

I used to be 70 lbs overweight in college.   When I lost all the weight and became athletic, it still took me three years for my body image to catch up to my new physical image.  I promise it won't take three years for my view of the team to catch up with how bad ass the Bulls are.    Derrick Rose has blossomed into a legit superstar, and the Chicago Bulls are not just 'hanging' with anyone.   They're beating everyone.

On the season, the Bulls have beaten every team in the league at least
once except for the New York Knicks (0-2 with one game remaining) and
the Atlanta Hawks (haven't played yet, 4 games remaining).  

The Bulls don't just put up a fight, they can, and have, beaten every elite team in the league and may get a win against everyone.  Since the tough stretch started, the Bulls are 7-2 with wins against Orlando, Utah, New Orleans, and San Antonio amongst the seven wins. 

Dating back to a December 3rd loss to the Celtics when Carlos Boozer was only playing his second game as a Bull and had barely practiced while Joakim Noah had already torn a ligament in his thumb and was playing one handed, the Bulls have more or less owned the good teams of the league.

Dec 6th: Beat Oklahoma City Thunder
Dec 10th: Beat the L.A. Lakers
Jan 8th: Beat the Boston Celtics
Jan 15: Beat the Miami Heat
Jan 20th: Beat the Dallas Mavericks
Jan 28th: Beat the Orlando Magic
Feb 9th: Beat the Utah Jazz
Feb 12: Beat the New Orleans Hornets
Feb 17th: Beat the San Antonio Spurs

9-0 over that stretch against legit contenders.   Critics will say the Bulls had some luck along the way.  The Heat were missing LeBron, the Celtics were missing Garnett, the Mavs still had Dirk recovering from injury, the Jazz had some massive internal issues with Sloan leaving causing a disruption.

There's a part of me that's still nervous because of those things, but the Bulls have been missing Joakim Noah all this time as well.   It's easy to forget when making excuses for other teams that no one is making excuses for us. 

It's time to buy in.  It's time to enjoy it.  It's a great time to be a Bulls fan. 

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  • people in sports need to stop making excuses. Injuries are part of the season. Teams are built to be a team, not rely entirely on a single player. If one player is injured, another should be able to step up. The Bulls deserve every win they've earned this season. They've been playing phenomenally.

  • In reply to Silver:

    I agree, people need to stop making excuses and players need to step up when needed and this is why a lot of people don't make excuses for the Bulls. They are a good team and the so called experts are expecting a lot from this team and this is what will decide whether Rose wins MVP or not. There's no more going out in the round of the playoffs. The playoffs will tell if the Bulls are legit as far as being a true contender. I have said before that the regular season is for building confidence and seeding for the playoffs but advancing in the playoffs is what makes a team. Good win for the Bulls last night against the Spurs in front of the national T.V. audience and now we all get to see the Bulls at full strength with Noah coming back, I still hope that they can make some sort of trade to sure up the 2 guard spot but if they don't, I trust that they are confident with what they have. It should be a very interesting second half and hopefully the Bulls can get that number 1 seed in the playoffs.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Do you still think this is a mediocre team?

    You've seemed to say for a long time that this team was just average. They seem a heck of a lot better than that to me.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    lets not forget this was a home game though....we are def. great at home. I still question this team on the road.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Doug, you keep bringing this I said the Bulls are a mediocre team up, I never said that they were, I said if this team did not stop letting other teams build big first half leads on them in the beginning of the season and then the Bulls would have to expend their energy trying to get back into the game and to keep their "FOCUS" for the full 48 minutes of the game that YES they would be a mediocre team. You guys need to calm down with trying to find every excuse for my and a few others criticism of the Bulls and the flaws that they had and still sometimes do still have. Again... I never said they they are average or mediocre, I said that they are a good team and lets not get too far ahead of our selves here cause it is just the regular season and the Bulls still have a lot to prove. If they do continue to improve and just so happen to get the first or second seed in the east, how far do you think the Bulls should get in the playoffs cause IMO anything less of the ECF will be considered a failure. As I have stated in the past, I know a lot of you guys don't like to here criticism of the Bulls but it is what it is, they are a good team that are playing very well right now and I want them to have a great season but there are still flaws that will be exposed in a 7 game series and if anyone chooses to look over them then they will be very disappointed going deep into the playoffs. It's not a 1 game series and adjustments will be made on both sides. Again, I do hope that they make some kind of move whether it be minor or major to sure up the shooting guard spot cause that is their only weakness, if they don't I hope things will work out that will make every Bulls fan including myself very satisfied.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Try to spin it however you want, but anyone that read your previous comments saw your thinly veiled doubt about how good the Bulls would be. You're obviously backtracking now.

    As far as your repeated comments on being one of the few that were "realistic", tell me, what's realistic now? Here's a fact: they've beaten all the teams labeled as elite.

    You keep harping that they have flaws and other fans are blind to them. Please. We all know they aren't perfect. Is any team? Look at the Lakers losing 3 in a row. They're a mess. Orlando isn't going to win jack, even with all their trade action. The Heat aren't deep and could prove to be their failing, where that's one of the Bulls greatest strengths, and which you want to break up. I would take the Bulls weaknesses over almost any other team in the league, because who is objectively better? Maybe 3 teams, the Celtics, Heat, and Spurs. And yes, unlike you, I think they have a chance against them in a 7 game series.

    Why don't you give credit where credit is due? So they surpassed your expectations. Admit it, and don't be bitter because you were wrong.

  • In reply to zentastic:

    Great post Zentastic! Reesel belongs to a club that will not give the Bulls their due until they win the NBA title, but that's fine because they are going to bring the bacon home. And when they do, I don't want to hear a thing from them!

  • In reply to Normie:

    You will always hear from me cause I want them to prove me wrong... PLEASE CONTEND FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. GO BULLS

  • In reply to zentastic:

    Now I have to reply to the BUTT KISSER Zentastic, it's not about putting any type of spin on anything man, it's one game that was won by the Bulls at the UC against the best team in the league record wise. And maybe U need to go back and read previous posts where I have said that this Bulls team is a good team BUT... if you know anything about basketball come playoff time it will indeed be a different type of game being played. So don't think you are making some kind of point by ASS KISSING yet again in saying I need to give the Bulls credit when I have said all along that they are a good team and they still do need to sure up the shooting guard position. I understand everyone is hyped from the big win against the Spurs but realistically the Bulls still have a lot to prove and they have surpassed a lot of peoples expectations including yours so don't act as if you knew they were going to have the record that they do now. No one knew that they were going to be the 3rd seed and only 2 games behind for the top seed at the all star break which is a very big deal among all Bulls fans but it is just the regular season. I have also stated that I hope the Bulls do prove me wrong cause I would gladly be the first to give them allmof the credit that they would deserve. So next time you decide to comment and start KISSING Doug's butt again, get yourself some lip balm cause you among others seem to do that an awful lot... Now that's what you would call low...LOL...

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Ironic that this comes from someone with a mouth full of Happy d***. I'd respect your opinion more if you weren't on your knees receiving a load of jizz.

  • In reply to zentastic:

    Man please... you come better than that.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Whoops I forgot to add the word need to my previous statement. Just thought I would correct that before the grammar police sniff it out...LOL LOL

  • In reply to Reese1:

    And as far as being bitter... I don't think so, I enjoy going back and forth with the homer fans of the Bulls so keep bringing it. It should be obvious.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    BTW, it's "shore up", not "sure up". You really need to get an education.

  • In reply to zentastic:

    Not this again...LOL LOL... Nothing else better to say.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I guess anytime I use a wrong word I need to say excuse my mobile phone typing. These guys want to insult my education and all, WOW I must really annoy a lot of these guys. LOL...

  • In reply to Reese1:

    OK.
    It appears that the Bulls aren't going to make any moves before the trade deadline.
    Last week KC had and article and today Paxson addressed Bulls good team chemistry.
    In English that means, no changes.
    I suppose that if somebody becomes available through a buyout, the Bulls will consider it.
    But no trades.
    That was the whole issue with Parker. If he came here, whose minutes does he get
    Too many issues without enough upside.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/3282/pax-bulls-mindful-of-team-chemistry

  • In reply to Reese1:

    That game against the Spurs had a playoff atmosphere big time. Derrick was beyond awesome. The back screens/picks around the basket by Taj and Lu were classic. Omer is looking better and better. I thought I was watching a Jazz game there for a while. I will say the Spurs bigs look like old frauds defensively(Duncan/McDyess).

    I do think the Bulls need one more three shooter, and I wish they would pick up Parker. He looked really good in that victory over L.A. In the playoffs they will need a pick me up at some point, and having a saftey valve only helps guys like Bogans IMO/takes the pressure off.

    Final thought: as Derrick ascends along with his team to elite status with Tibs street cred on D, if the refs give the Bulls(Taj, Omer, Jo) license to play agressive D down low like Perkins/Garnett/Boston gets away with then look out. Their interior D could be stifling with Jo, Taj, Omer etc. And Lu has brought it up two notches defensively, and just keeps getting better and better IMO.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I also think it might be good to add Parker for a 2nd rounder, too. Mitch pointed out previously that he could provide insurance if someone got injured or went cold. I understand some people's argument that there aren't enough minutes to go around, but if he's alright with spotty minutes (as hopefully Thomas will do in the frontcourt), in a match-up role, night-by-nigh, then having an extra shooter might come in handy.

  • In reply to zentastic:

    Mitch is absolutely correct. If we can get Parker at our price, GRAB him! I think it will happen!

  • In reply to Silver:

    Exactly Matt! Take the win and how good we are playing and be happy about it people, no stupid asterik next to a win saying "its a win against an elite team, however so and so wasn't playing"!!!

  • In reply to Silver:

    Given how good the team has been at home playoff seeding is critical, if they have home court then IMO they're favourites against anyone in a 7 game series. Of course getting home court even in the second round, let alone the conference finals or finals will be a challenge.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    It will be tough, and the next 10 games will likely determine whether they do it or not.

  • In reply to Silver:

    So new goal, 16-4? The Bulls lost two of those 20 so far. And Noah's coming back!

  • In reply to Silver:

    Okay, I looked at the schedule. 11 of those 20 remain. They are 7-2 so far.

    It will still be tough to beat Orlando and Miami on the road. Miami next week will be tough even with Noah, since it will only be his second game back, and it will be a back-to-back for the Bulls, but not for the Heat. And another random road loss is likely. So maybe four losses is realistic, but let's be optimistic and say three losses and eight wins for a 15-5 record. If Noah gets a fast start, though, the sky's the limit.

  • In reply to TimS:

    Both of those Miami games are on the second night of back to back's. Miami gets a night off both times preceding the game. And the second meeting the bulls play Orlando the night before, and the Miami game is at 12 noon the very next day. Who schedules that? Those will be very tough circumstances to win with.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    Yeah, that's brutal.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    the second meeting @ Miami is not a back to back we play Orlando on Fri and Miami on Sunday

  • In reply to calle3:

    You're right, I read that too quickly. My bad.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    BE AWARE:

    - A regular season win is a lot different and easier to get, than a playoff series win.

    I can't see DRose putting up 40 ppg in the playoffs.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Ya he only put up 36 and 11 assists in his first playoff game ever as a rookie

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Good one UBF! Those extra 4 pts to get to 40 will be very hard for Rose to get! :-)

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    FYI:

    The next 3 weeks is the toughest stretch of games for the Bulls.

    @ Toronto
    vs. Miami
    @ Milwaukee
    @ Washington
    @ Atlanta
    @ Orlando
    @ Miami
    vs. New Orleans
    @ Charlotte
    vs. Atlanta
    vs. Utah

    * I hope they add a DOMINANT WING PLAYER (#15), because they can get that #1 Seed and win it all, if they do. Right now, they don't have the WING SCORING to compete with the other top teams in the NBA. Even it out, and the Bulls can't and won't be beat come playoff time.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I cannot wait until the trade deadline is over and then you will STFU about MeloDRAMA....

    I'd rather have the ball in Roses hands than Melos..
    And we already have one defensive liability in our Starting 5 we do not need another...

    Thank god you aren't running the team good luck against boston with a bigs rotation of Thomas, Boozer, Noah and Scalabrine

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    My dream scenario would be for the Bulls to somehow be the 3rd team facilitator in a Denver Knicks deal with Melo ending up on the knicks and Landry Feilds ending up on the Bulls.

    Add Feilds to the mix and the Bulls would be legit contenders this year, and we might never have to look at Bogans again.

    Never going to happen, but that guy is starting to look like he would be the perfect Scottie Pippen lite to Rose's Jordan lite.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Did you ever stop to think that the lack of scoring from the 2 spot isn't as bad of a liability as you think because our Point Guard which isn't usually a huge scoring spot is #4 in the league in scoring and #1 among PG's ...

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    * #4 in the league among guards

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    You guys are making his day by responding to his inane comments..

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    #15? Get with the times, we traded Salmons to the Bucks last deadline!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Which of your exceptional skills are we using today to make this prediction?

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    In reply to MrHappy:

    Good on the 3 week stretch. If there's one thing this Bulls team still needs to prove it's that they can pull out road wins against legit teams. Here's their chance.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    And what would you give up for that dominant wing player?

    That schedule looked a whole lot harder nine games ago. Atlanta, New Orleans, and Utah have been playing like crap lately. And I think the Bulls have shown that they can beat Charlotte easily when Boozer plays and Rose doesn't have a bad game. And don't forget: Noah is coming back!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I agree, after all the playoffs reduced the great Nick Young to 1.3 points a game. Can you believe that, such a stud reduced to such levels! And from your posts here I assume he averages at least 30 a game while his team rolls over the giants of the league. Playoffs must be tough!

    Still it is disappointing to think that after scoring 40 points for the first time Rose might not average that from here on out. It's nearly as disappointing as when I learnt that JJ Scoring 28 points in his D league debut wasn't more impressive than Jordan only scoring 16 on his debut. And here I was thinking we were going to get the GOAT killer back for the rest of the season and Thibs isn't even playing him! I think I will go and cry while staring at pictures of Carmelo Anthony and listening to The Smiths at this news.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    It's always amusing that when Mr H puts up the stats for one of his fantasy league stars, the team that the guy plays for in the real world loses.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    The Smiths-that's funny

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    He isn't putting up 40 per game in the regular season. Let's hope he doesn't have to in the playoffs.

    Actually, I think the Bulls could have gone to Boozer more in this game, but Rose was so hot it wasn't necessary.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Bulls didn't beat spurs. Derrick Rose did it. This guy is too good !! MVP !!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Happy is right. He only means. Even if rose is good, he cant play that way in 7 games, most of all when he'll get doubled. Yesterday he wasn't doubled. When he is off, bulls will need shooters to capitalize on his double-teams. But Brewer cant shoot and deng is too inconstistant(he was hot the first 3 quarter yesterday but didnt bury a shot in the 4th quarter).

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    That's a BS schedule!
    Ok let's schedule a loss for the Bull here, and here, also here....that is BS scheduling! :-(

  • In reply to TimS:

    How long do you guys think it will take for Noah to get back into the mix??

    I am just nervous because of what happened when Booz came into the mix but then again it was bringing in a huge part of our offense that we have never worked with

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Boozer put up 25/10 on his third game back ... and he'd never played with the team before. Assuming Noah is 100% physically ready to go then I expect him to be good as soon as he cames back.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Actually it was 25/9, near enough. :)

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Also worth noting Noah has been doing stuff with the team, even if he's not going full bore.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Weight Loss

    Doug, congrats on the 70 pound weight loss in college. In 10 months I've lost 50 pounds on Weight Watchers.

    I'm hoping to play some pick up basketball for the first time in over a decade. If you see a 59 year old setting wicked picks at Kilbourne Park this spring, that'll be me.

    Go Bulls.

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    In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I think he'll have more turnovers than usual but start putting up double-doubles right away.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    I think Noah will be alright....he does a lot of energy stuff for us...i think he should be able to come right in and contribute.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    The one thing I am looking forward is to the Knicks game(with or without Melo)...I hope we beat them up by 20+ points so that we can put a lid on their confidence a little bit.

    The other thing I am worried about is their 3 pt defense. I know we cannot stop all 3-pointers and we have statistically a good 3pt defense ranking. But, the eye test tells you that we are vulnerable to that a lot and is something that we need to improve a little bit(If Wade has a game like he had at Chicago) considering 3pt shooting is one of our biggest issues on offense to comeback.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Getting Noah back will help because we shouldn't have to double team in the post.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I see on MrHappy's list of upcoming games a couple of Atlanta games, whom we've yet to play. They've given us a lot of trouble the past couple years and seem to be the kind of athletic perimeter scoring team that can give us trouble at times, kind of a beefed up charlotte (w/horford). On the other hand, the bulls seem to be getting a better understanding of anticipating their teammates movements on offense and defense and executing gameplans effectively. so what do you think? after 4 games to get noah and the team readjusted, how do we do against atlanta and that stretch of 7 straight tough games?

  • In reply to bucketball:

    Atlanta has played well since a slow start, and they'll have plenty of motivation to beat the Bulls as they are going to be pressing hard to beat out Orlando and I'm sure in their minds, us for that #3 seed. I think the big thing will be for our guys to view games against Atlanta just like they've viewed games against Dallas, LA, Boston etc. If we go in with the mindset that this is a big game and we need to bring our best then I think we'll win 3 of 4 just based on the fact that we are a better team. But if we go in and view Atlanta like we viewed NY, Philly, and Charlotte we'll have a lot of trouble due to falsely under valuing Atlanta's talent.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    The Hawks don't have any motivation. That's why they're middle of the pack and put up some disgusting, no heart playoff games.

    I live in Atlanta, get to watch and hear all the sports talk. Atlanta has no leader on the team. Mike Bibby is worse of a defender than Boozer. Josh Smith will shoot you out of a game. Marvin Williams is on a worse contract than Deng and 1/2 the player. They don't have a true center. Horford is the man. I wish we could reunite Noah and Horford. We'd have the best front court in the NBA.

  • In reply to Dileg:

    on top of that, the Bulls will have 5x the amount of fans in attendance in Atlanta. I will be one of them. In essence, they play 3 home games against the Hawks.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    Atlanta is overrated! We'll prove it with a SWEEP!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    No matter how much Noah has prepared and practiced, it still normally takes time to get back in sync. Often it takes two weeks to become consistent. Noah may have some great games in the first two weeks, but he also may have some bad ones. And with Thomas and Asik backing him up, Thibs may choose to ease Noah in gradually.

    On the other hand, lots of what Noah does depends more on hustle than timing. It's not like they run offensive plays for him. So maybe he'll defy the odds and come back strong immediately. It would be sweet if he does, but I'm not counting on it.

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    In reply to TimS:

    Ease Noah in gradually? LOL That's like trying to sneak a tazmanian devil into a movie theater.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    LOL....that got me going now after lunch on my PC!!!! :-)

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    What a great metaphor! Lol, spills coffee on desk...

  • In reply to TimS:

    I hate when people are quick to use the word "HUSTLE" whenever they are discussing Noah. It's a DEROGATIVE! Save that for bench players.
    "Lots of what Noah does depends on hustle than timing." WHO SAID SO?
    THAT STEAL AND DUNK THAT ENDED IN A THREE-POINT PLAY THAT SUNK THE CELTICS IN THAT SEVEN-GAME CLASSIC AGAINST THE CELTICS WAS DUE TO TIMING, ANTICIPATION AND INTELLIGENCE IN READING WHAT THE OPPONENT WAS TRYING TO DO!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Noah has somewhat of a history of needing to play to get in shape, and he seems to lose it fast. Lack of playing time led to a lot of his problems his first 2years.

    It will be interesting to see how he performs in those first 2 games.

    Derrick Rose phenomenal game last night not withstanding, Noah is still my favorite Bull, so I can't wait for his return, and I hope that he doesn't struggle too much or for too long.

    Hopefully he can get in shape at Toronto and be in mid season form by Thursday night against Miami.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    THAT'S A LIE!
    Noah's problems during his first two years were mainly that "HEAD CASE" Skiles who will soon be fired by Milwaukee where he has already worn out his welcome and that joke of an assistant whose name I think is Ron Adams, who Noah got fed up with his badgering and apparently told him to take a hike. He is the one who had the nerve to call Noah's jump shot the "TORNADO." He didn't even leave it to the opposition to make such a derogatory remark. Adams' days, like Skiles, are however limited. Reinsdorf is giving him his pension.

    Thank God for Thibs, you'll never see Thibs do what Skiles did to Noah in his first two years with the Bulls. I'm talking about when in one game he sat Noah for a long time and when he called on Noah to replace some player and Noah checked with him to make sure about what he was required to do in the game, Skiles embarrassed Noah by immediately calling him back and not using him for the rest of the game.

    This is the head-case Scott Skiles, killing a young player's fighting spirit early in his career. Paxson and Reinsdorf had to get rid of him. He would have killed a back-to-back NCAA champion in his first year or two in the league.

  • In reply to Normie:

    Uh, did you know Ron Adams is once again the Bulls' assistant coach? And he and Thibs are super close? I don't think Ron is going anywhere as long as Thibs is around.

  • In reply to TimS:

    Ron Adams is an idiot and it's only a matter of time before he's shown the door, for good!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    With Noah's first game back the Bull's energy level is going to be off the charts. I almost feel bad for the Raptors who are in for an epic steamrolling.

  • In reply to TimS:

    Tell you what, I have been sick as a dog for the last several days, but for a couple of hours last night I was jumping and yelling and clapping my hands. As much as I respect Greg Popovich and the Spurs, I loved the look on his face towards the end of the 4th Q...it was an "I have no answers for Derrick Rose" look of resignation. I'm loving this and am signed on for the ride. Unless they can pull off something really amazing, I would really like to see Gar/Pax NOT disrupt the chemistry of this team and NOT make any deals...who wants to see Gibson leave? Who wants to see Asik (getting BIG 4th Q minutes and playing GREAT) included in some trade? Not me. I'm going to Milwaukee next Saturday to see the Bulls beat up on the hapless Bucks (and poor Scott Skiles) - and I CAN'T WAIT!

  • In reply to MadTown56:

    The interview after the first quarter was great, they asked Pops what he could do to stop Rose and he said something like "I don't know, we're already trying".

    As far as deals go, Bogans is doing a decent job for 16 minutes a night now, can't really ask for much more than hitting open shots given Rose/Boozer/Deng are going to take the vast majority of the load. An upgrade would be great but it has to be a real upgrade, and unless it's for picks only you have to be pretty skeptical right now.

  • In reply to MadTown56:

    +2 yep!

  • In reply to MadTown56:

    I hope everyone is not getting too hyped up...this team is not elite yet and won't get past the 2nd round

  • In reply to calle3:

    Let's see what happens next Thursday.

  • In reply to calle3:

    tis better to love and lose than never to love at all.

    why are you afraid? let it go and roll with it.

    no one knows what will happen.

  • In reply to calle3:

    Drose for mvp!! and i'm not talking about this so-called bs "default mvp" either... http://chasing23.com/2011/01/should-derrick-rose-be-mvp/

  • In reply to calle3:

    Hard not to over react to one amazing game, just like we over react to crappy losses against crappy teams, although some of those losses don't seem as bad now as they did then.

  • In reply to calle3:

    +1. we still miss a little piece. Ok rose was hot yesterday, but he cant keep it in 7 games. when he'll get doubled, we need a shooter at SG to step up. that's where we need a real shooter to take bogans and brewer places.

  • In reply to calle3:

    Let the Celtics take Parker the Cavaliers are insane with their asking price!!

    http://cleveland.sbnation.com/cleveland-cavaliers/2011/2/18/2001348/cavaliers-trade-rumors-anthony-parker-celtics-bulls

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Parker for Gibson = Hell No.

  • In reply to saigman:

    Parker for Gibson = LAUGH IN THE CAVALIERS FACE!!!!!

  • In reply to MadTown56:

    If they can get someone for picks, though, I'm for it. That's why I think they should forget about a genuine starting point guard (i.e., someone better than Brewer or Korver, who won't come cheap) and instead look for a back up to Deng or Rose (sorry, I'm not happy with C.J.).

  • In reply to MadTown56:

    but i want to see bogans and brewer leaving !

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Brewer is a superb bench player, its not easy to find guys like Brewer at his salary.

  • In reply to TimS:

    Things to ponder about the Bulls:
    1. They just have much better will to play disciplined and a team game than most of the teams.
    2. Boozer plays defense like he is an all-star game. He might just be waiting for Noah to come back. Until Noah comes back, we need to reserve our judgement of Boozer. The problem also might be that there are no big back to the basket guys whom he can defend with his girth. Amare,Bosh,Aldridge, Garnett are jump-shooters and not the Barkley type.
    3. The Bulls need an insurance of a shooter like Parker at the minimum. If Bogans, Deng, Rose are all sucking from 3 pt-line, they need a different guy to increase the probability of somebody being hot form the 3 pt line.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Boozer and Gibson are almost platooning at the power forward position now, like Korver and Brewer at the shooting guard position, offense/defense. I don't think Boozer is disappointing anyone -- that's just how he plays defense, and the Bulls knew it when they signed him. And he does rebound well.

  • In reply to TimS:

    Also I think the Bulls preference for Boozer had a lot to do with the idea of him playing alongside JoNo so it should be expected that his defensive shortcomings would be exposed in Noah's absence.

  • In reply to Silver:

    That's great to say that, but it's not realistic.

    If Derrick Rose is injured can C.J. Watson really step up and do what Rose does? No, obviously not.

    The term 'excuses' is kind of loaded. Injuries are a very real and rational reason why a team can be considerably worse.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Injuries are real, but you can't reasonably say that any of our wins are diminished when we are missing the heart of our team.

  • My adjustment is from 55 wins if healthy to holy crap with Noah back look at the schedule they might win 60. I thought 60 was out of reach but only the road game against Miami and the two road games against Orlando I'd consider the Bulls underdogs in. Going 1-2 in those and only dropping 4 games across the rest of the schedule? Doesn't seem that ridiculous now. I think they might fall a win or two short of 60, but "only" 55 seems like a letdown now.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Part of it isn't about the Bulls, it's about the suckitude of everyone outside of the top four teams in the East. For example, the Bulls haven't played Atlanta at all yet, but Atlanta is looking worse and worse as the season progresses.

  • They barely beat the Pacers when they play them lol

  • If Philly continues to climb in the East, Doug Collins may become part of that conversation.

  • Going in to the season I said that 50 was the minimum expectation anything less would have been more than a bit dissappointing to me. I thought they were at least a 55 win team, maybe even 58. I did not think that 60 was realistic.

    They need to go 22-6 to get to 60 which seems possible with the way that they have been playing without Noah. Certainly not easy, but doable given what they have already done. It may just come down to sweeping the Hawks or at least taking 3 of 4.

    I am shocked by their record without Noah, I hope that we are not shocked by our record after he returns. Being a Chicago sports fan since at least 1969 makes it hard not to expect the sky to fall. Expectations seem to have blown up exponentially.

    At best it seems like this is one year too early to climb the mountain.

  • great win from bulls last night. But that game shouldn't make us think that we are already contender. It shows us how great is D-ROSE!! MVP !!
    The thing is, can D-Rose be on fire during 7 games against miami and boston ?? In 2009, D-rose scored 36 pts the first game but after celtics had never let him have another great game during those series.

    I mean in playoffs, Rose will make us win 1 or 2 games, but after miami and boston will defend on him so hard (double teams). That,s why the bulls still need a true SG to capitalize on double-teams!!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    How does a stretch of beating Miami, Boston, Orlando, Dallas, San Antonio, LA, NO, Utah, and OKC not point to the Bulls as contenders? What exactly would need to happen for you to believe? Get real

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    Miami is another team without Lebron, so is boston without garnett. Moveover most that games were at home. One victocy doesn't against a team at home doesn't mean u can beat them in 7 games. do u think charlotte could beat us in seven games or cleveland could LA ?? I know we're a good them, but we are missing a litlle piece to get there. (a simple guy who can shot instead of brewer or bogans). If we can get at least that, then i will really believe in us !!

  • ESPN is reporting a tentative trade agreement between Denver and NJ. Could this ridiculous circus be finally over? I really hope so.

  • In reply to zentastic:

    http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/021811_Nets_Nuggets_reach_agreement_now_its_up_to_Carmelo_Anthony_to_say_yes.html

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I sure hope so!!! Someone should be with happy if this happens so he doesn't jump off sears tower or something lol

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Let's not rush into anything. I mean, they have security at the Sears Tower, and they can call the cops and mental-health professionals to put him in a nice padded room, where I think internet access is restricted :)

  • In reply to zentastic:

    HAHA LMAO!!!!!!! I still think he'd find a way to reach us and let us know we are clueless followers and that we need to trade Drose for a draft pick so we can draft Jimmer like he did with Tyreke

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Wait what, are you serious about the Drose Tyreke thing? Did he really say that?

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    I didnt witness it for myself but thats what I have heard from others!!

  • In reply to zentastic:

    Oh, please let this end.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    Nothing wrong with that...but if Melo goes to Nets it only confirms he just wants the money and fame and doesn't care about maximizing his chances of winning. I think he has a better chance with the Knicks than Nets.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I'd list his priorities as money first, location second, and winning a distant third. Nothing wrong with that. It's his life. But those that purport winning as his #1 consideration are seriously blind to the obvious.

  • In reply to zentastic:

    Of course, this all hinges on if her highness agrees to sign the extension with the Nets.

    I'd tell that diva this is the best you're probably going to get. The $$$ (which is probably his priority, or, at least, 1A), and playing in Brooklyn in the near future.

  • In reply to zentastic:

    The only thing that scares me is if he goes to NY this summer they still have Felton who has been a solid pg and then they end up signing Dwight as a FA instead of CP3 or Dwill

    That would be the scariest starting 5 in league history i think

  • Miami fans are a disgrace.

  • http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/features/rumors?date=20110218&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnba%2ffeatures%2frumors%3fdate%3d20110218#20750

    I cant read the article cuz I dont have insider I knew the bulls and the celtics where both going for Parker but this is the first I have heard about rip

  • Don't try to use logic with happy, he isn't familiar with the idea.

  • Agree...That's why all trade deadline deals happen at the last minute. The seller decides whatever is the best offer and sells rather than spend/lose more money and get some asset.
    The Bulls picks should be better than Boston and that might put them at an advantage.

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