Bulls at Hawks at 6pm on WCIU

The Bulls are running through the final remaining gauntlet on the schedule right now, and are about to kick off the toughest part.   After these three games, the Bulls should be able to hold on to a 75%+ winning percentage the rest of the season.   The question is how can they do against Atlanta, Orlando, and Miami on the road?

They start off with the easiest of those tough games tonight in Atlanta.   The Hawks are 2-1 after trading for Kirk Hinrich while playing all three games on the road.   They're well rested as they are coming off two days off from a Sunday tilt against the Nuggets and returning home from a long road trip.

The Bulls aren't a great road team, but the Hawks have the worst home crowds in the NBA even when playing well.   Don't be surprised if the makeup of the crowd is 25% Bulls fans and if those fans don't combine to make more noise than the actual Hawks fans.  Expect some road MVP chants again tonight.

Keys to the game

Keep them launching jumpers

Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford all tend to fall in love with their three point shots.   If you can force them into long twos rather than threes all the better, but these guys are collectively shooting around 33% from the three point line.   Keep these guys out of the paint and keep the ball out of Al Horford's hands, as he's their most efficient offensive player, but tends to be under utilized.

It's about the team defense

The Hawks bring an offensive threat at every position on the floor, so the Bulls need crisp rotations, and they need to make sure that while they keep the Hawks shooting jumpers that they aren't wide open jumpers.  

The Bulls defense typically is good at ganging up on isolation players or a primary threat on offense, the Hawks offense typically has a medium level threat at every position on the floor, so the Bulls will might adjust their strategy to overload the defense on the strong side.

Joakim Noah's ability to get out and help quickly and rotate from one side to the other will be key for the Bulls to defend the Hawks.  You know Al and Jo will be pumped to go at each other and each will be looking to bring a little something extra to the game.

Who can stop Derrick Rose?  

Rose's bad games typically come when he just gets a little sloppy with the ball early or tries to do a bit too much.   However, the Hawks have little hope to stop Rose as they're completely lacking in perimeter athleticism.  Joe Johnson's not a stiff, but he's more SF than SG, and Kirk Hinrich and Jamal Crawford don't have the athleticism to stay in front of Rose.

What the Hawks do have is a lot of interior shot blocking with Josh Smith and Al Horford, so after making his foray into the paint, Rose will need to know where those two are in order to decide between the pass and shot.  

That said, I think Rose is in for a monster game, as I think teams that can't stop him at the perimeter have little hope to stop him on the interior even with quality help defenders.

Ramp up the pace on offense, slow it down on defense

The Hawks will look to slow it down on both ends which should bode well for our offense.   The Bulls should look to get out on the break on offense though.   Derrick Rose should blow by whomever is defending him and should have lots of leak out opportunities to get easy chances in transition.

Final thoughts

This is really a critical game for Chicago if they want a shot at moving up in the seedings.   They need to hit 2-1 on this road trip to have a shot at the 2 seed, and this is the most winnable game on the trip.

Road games haven't been easy for the Bulls, and I think the Hawks represent a difficult opponent because of their ability to score from every position.   However, the Bulls are the better team, and I think they'll find a way to win this one.

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  • This will be a tough one. Atlanta is pretty athletic an the Bulls usaully struggle with athletic teams. I think our defense is going to be big tonight...if we can make them get into half court sets, I like our chances.

  • ON THE LINE:

    We are going to find out over these next 3 games how bad DRose wants to be MVP, how bad Thibs wants to be Coach of the Year and how bad the Bulls want to be the #1 Seed.

    It's all on the line...righ now!!!

  • Are Hinrich and Josh Smith playing tonight? Hinrich had a calf injury and Smith was clipped in their last game. Could be a much easier game if both are out.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    Crossing my fingers

  • Off topic. I expect Rasual Butler to sign with us today. Any chance we pick up anyone else after him?

    This ATL game is a good test for our Bulls. As we all know these next three games are crucial. Go Bulls!

  • Off topic. I expect Rasual Butler to sign with us today. Any chance we pick up anyone else after him?

    This ATL game is a good test for our Bulls. As we all know these next three games are crucial. Go Bulls!

  • In reply to Vedo:

    I dont think we are....but i wouldnt mind adding someone else. Looks like Miami wants Eddy Curry. I know he is a slob an everything but i guess he has been working out in Chicago with Tim Grover.....maybe we should try to block Miami just in case Eddy turns back the clocks?

  • I don't know much about Butler but hope we sign Carlos Arroyo who the Heat just released! He should be a good backup to Rose and let CJ play his natural SG position or be a backup but we are 1 backup PG short now. Too bad we couldn't sign Troy Murphy as he is a Peja type 6'10" and a good shooter. We already have a defensive guy in Ronnie Brewer but if we could get him cheap I think we should reunited Cory Brewer with Jo although Jo will be reunited with Al tonight in a tough battle with the Hawks! :-)
    Cory gives us size and defense something that TT likes, hopefully this would give Deng some rest and/or allow him to play some backup PF in a small ball lineup if Cory plays some backup SF.
    You can never have too many options and size when competing against the good teams in the NBA like the Celtics, Lakers, Spurs, etc.

  • In reply to smiley:

    Exactlu. we all know that we need a SG but having a real PG as rose back-up would also help. Most of all With Arroyo, it will allow CJ to play SG(he is a good shooter).

  • If you have ever seen the workout room that Joakim has assemblemed at his house, then you have noticed the pictures of rival big men hanging on the walls to provide a little extra motivation. Pretty sure Horford is up there. Let's go Jo! Own him!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Ya, big game for Jo....im sure he wants to come out an outplay Horford. Show him who the real all star is.

  • Hopefully bulls sign Corey brewer as well. Wud like thibs to bench bogans start Ronnie brewer. C. Brewer relieving deng. K kover gets same minutes maybe more. He gets in foul trouble quick though but we wud have r butler for insurance.

  • In reply to sharynlewis:

    Ya i wouldnt mind that. Brewer is like 6'8 6'9...we could bring him off the bench. Our SG spot would be lock down defenders. Not a bad thing. Both Brewers arent very good shooters though, that could hurt.

  • When do Bulls need to pick up a 13th man... i know the buyouts pool can sign till end of season, but when is it required for Bulls have 13 men on their roster?

  • In reply to tkhan1:

    its a nba rule.

  • In reply to tkhan1:

    2 weeks from the day we traded JJ and went to 12 players

  • In reply to tkhan1:

    korver keeps making pointless (pun noted) passeson O rather than shooting coming offa screens and such....he looked best in preseason. Thibs seems driven mad by his over passing let alone his "interesting" defensive rotations....if he canget back on track with when to shoot he can be really useful. if not he will drive us all nuts.

  • In reply to drob:

    I agree. When we have a good offensive rebounding team, he should just let it go. He atleast gets the rim when he misses compared to Bogans;-) Is he worried about his shooting percentage? About his defense, he needs to scale down his ability. Maybe he is trying to be Ronnie Brewer...but he better try to just stay with his man and let the other guys rotate and help because he doesn't have the foot speed others have.

  • 9-0

    You can't argue with 9-0, the Bulls record against top 10 teams since Dec 3rd. Bulls have 5 more of those games in the next week & 1/2, 3 on the road. I like this team's ability to step it up a notch when the games matter a little more, and now its time to do it on the road. The Bulls need an incredible run here to close the season in order to get that 1 seed, at the very least they need 60 wins with Boston's weak schedule.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    We need to AT LEAST win 1 of these next 3 games imo. No way we can lose all 3...that would be bad...real bad.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    +23

  • In reply to Csharp:

    I'm not feeling good unless we take 2/3, and I think all 3 is possible

  • At this point all the games are critical. Are we going to say it isn't critical when they play Miami or Orlando on the road? If anything, that is more critical because it is a win for us and a loss for them. But yes, this game is also critical.

    Sometimes I think the Bulls hear more cheers on the road than at home. The home crowd tends to sit on their hands, and the Bulls often have strong road support, especially in the East. I expect strong fan presence in Atlanta and Miami, maybe not so much in Orlando.

    I hope Rose corrects whatever he was doing wrong on threes in Washington. He tends to leave his misses short, and I think he knows how to correct it once he looks at the tape. I have a feeling they will give him room tonight, and he'll be eager to show he can hit that shot. If the Bulls can hit a few threes, it will make everything else so much easier.

  • In reply to TimS:

    I think in some ways losing to Orlando and/or Miami is kind of expected. You can't win every game.

    There are the majority of the games the Bulls are favored, a small few where they are underdogs and a decent amount that can go either way.

    It's the ones that can go either way I'm most worried about them getting.

  • In reply to TimS:

    One other thing on the Shingles(sorry the Heatles as the self- annointed "King") named "his" new team. Did anyone watch the Miami vs Knicks game? Comical at the end(just as he did in Chicago) LeBron had Wade wide open for the game winning shot, but instead blew him off for his somewhat contested clanker. Well Wade, how do you like your buddy Bron Bron now?

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Love it. I hate to admit it but watching the Heat lose is almost as much fun as watching the Bulls win. Watching the Bulls beat the Heat...priceless :-)

  • In reply to bullswin60606:

    lol couldnt agree anymore with you....im still feeling great about that bulls win. I really didnt think we could do it.

  • In reply to bullswin60606:

    +23

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Ya i saw that lol Melo was taking the ball right at LeBron too....i loved it.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    i dont know why but i prefer Melo to James. Of course james is a better player but Melo has nothing to eny James.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Trouble in South Beach (Paradise)! :-)
    They sure have a 3 ring circus down in Miami now!
    I would like us to pick up Arroyo as we could use a true backup PG and have CJ be our 3rd PG option and play more of his natural SG position.

  • In reply to smiley:

    +10

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    They had a good discussion on the radio if superstar NBA players can be coached. Hubie Brown said that they can be coached if they want to win. But, in this era when LeBron and Wade are watching/reading TV/Blogs etc.., will the criticism of him not going for the last shot play into his ego while wanting to win. Also, I think it is not that LeBron and Wade don't want to win, but will them thinking they need to give their supreme effort(I mean do whatever to bully and take the last shot) screw their team mentality more.
    I guess the NBA works well when the coach decides who is #1,#2 on the team and the #1 decide when he wants to be #1 or not. They are now completely confused which is great with their big egos.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    +1.lol. they didn't choose Chicago that summer. I hope they gonna pay for it.

  • In reply to TimS:

    Look for a lot of the media to say that Orlando and Miami are back if they win against the Bulls. But, they will not care for Atlanta whatever happens. The media(ESPN) likes to see how superstars and their teams do and predict the future.

    I agree....I hope Rose keeps that three going even if it is not very efficient right now. That will be one of the game changers in the future.

  • key to the game, & every road game coming up:
    Get off to a great start. Washington is hardly on the level with the teams we are about to see, however the Bulls did it against the Wizards & ended up routing them. They avoided the road trend to fall behind early which has doomed them. Good starts are huge on the road, and this is where Joakim can help us with his energy, and can transform us from a 500 team, to a quality road team.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Another 1....Keith Bogans MAKE YOUR OPEN 3....it will help us out tremendously. lol

  • In reply to Csharp:

    If the Bulls were considering trading for Anthony Parker... and thinking about playing him....then I would think Butler would be in their plans somewhere. Hes just as good as Parker if not better. And Ric Bucher kept saying that the Bulls had their eyes on a different SG....so we will see what happens. Maybe they didnt mind Butler if it came down to getting a guy off the buyouts.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    he needs to take 3 a game

  • 1. Atlanta is like the elite version of Washington in that they have a lot of talent but have low BB IQ. They are inconsistent in that they can lose by 40 to a lousy team but win easily against a great team.
    It would be fun to see them play Miami in the first round because they can upset the Heat as they match-up well. They are definitely a team very much under the radar than the Bulls.
    2. It will be interesting to see if Noah struggles against Horford, will Thibs put Asik against Horford? This is a game where Boozer should do great on offense.

  • Our chances improved. Josh Smith will not dress for tonights game. Sprained knee.

  • In reply to truebluefan:

    WOW thats huge........gotta win this game now

  • To Atlanta in a second, but first, how about the Mike Bibby signing in Miami?

    First it's Chalmers. Then it's Carlos Arroyo. Them Chalmers again. And now Bibby. Seriously, they should just change their name from Heat to the Miami Upgrades.

    And after after last summer's dumpfest. Riley in full spin/user mode stating that Beasley was "part of their future/absolutely not going anywhere" during Pat's slash and burn to clear room for Bosh Spice and LeChoke. Then several days later after a "change of heart" they trade him to Minnesota for a Second Round pick(correct me if I'm wrong). The number two player in the draft. For a second round pick.

    Sure Beasley bore the lost expression of someone seeking to join a cult or in dire need of rehab(or both). Yet now he's a productive player in a stable/non-user setting. And still even though troubled at the time wasn't he worth more then bold faced lies, and being dumped like a sack of dirty diapers? The guy with serious minutes and looks is shooting .457, .363 on 3's, and a robust 19ppg with 5.6 boards which is solid at the SF position where he's mostly been playing with Kevin Love at PF and Darko in the middle.

    I mean come on. And now they promote someone they themselves highly touted when they drafted him in Mario Chalmers, and then unceremniously dump him for an aging vet who can't guard a water cooler. Sure personally I wanted to sign Bibby, but even having Derrick play some two(as I think they should anyhow) is not demoting him or dumping/releasing him. And only then getting Bibby because the Bulls are in dire need of someone who can shoot from the perimeter. Miami already has Miller(who they also recently tried to dump) and House. Team chemistry/loyalty. It's a beautiful thing right Dwyane "Chicago is not loyal to it's players" Wade?

    Myself, yes I was willing to cut some minutes for Bibby and Murphy. But Bogans to me puts on a bit of a front as mister team guy when every time he gets the ball on the break he selfishly goes in for the layup instead of dishing to wing guys for an easy dunk. I do think he's a bit of a phony, and I wouldn't have minded seeing his minutes cut out bascially to accomodate Bibby(Rose at the two). But Riley just has lied to guys time and time again whenever something better happens along. He really is nothing more then a pimp as he turns out players into punks from Anthony Mason, Starks, Derek Harper, Oak(somewhat), even Ewing with his preposterous sneer likewise Mourning and Shaq tripping and slamming guys. Well all I can say is good luck to Bibby.. until the next best thing comes along. Maybe he should go talk to Arroyo so he'll know what to expect when it happens to him.

    As for Atlanta, they seem to beat the Bulls more times then not largely by (Horford)leaking out/cherry picking on missed perimeter(threes) shots. I can see Taj and Omer getting some serious burn in this one if Boozer can't keep up/make it down the court. Maybe get Booz in early each half, and see if he can annihilate Williams or whoever. Then switch to Taj and of course Omer in this game not Thomas as has been the pattern lately anyhow. Save Kurt for Dwight.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    You are right that Riley/Wade/LeBron will not mind dumping Bibby in a minute if somebody else better becomes available.
    But, they are desperate to win now and are kind of scared because they can't win against elite teams. They are also probably scared any kind of injury to Wade means their hopes are gone forever and the new CBA looks like is going to be tough on them to get quality players. Bibby does bring make that veteran presence who can probably make better decisions than Arroyo and Chalmers if not anything else. I don't see anything wrong with them dumping Arroyo as it is a business. Don't we see this in the corporate world and this is a merit based dump.
    That said, whatever anyone says the Miami guys are still learning to play with each other and will not be at their peak until next season provided they are healthy. But to your NY and Riley reference, I think Riley realized that was the best way to beat MJ and Pippen with more heart than talent. But he failed. This is a kind of an opposite problem in Miami. He has talent now but more ego/less heart. So, he is searching for the best fix for that.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    If employees in the corporate world got traded, dumped, or flat our switched companies as much as pro athletes do it would be absolute chaos. Most corporations fire people because a)They suck as an employee b)Because of money. You don't see a guy who's a solid employee get fired just because some Harvard grad becomes available. Sure it happens, but not like in the NBA.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    An Wade called Chicago Unloyal.....Get the hell out of here D Wade

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Don't think I'm shocking anyone, but word around the campfire...Butler is, indeed, Chicago bound.

    http://bit.ly/gWLoKB

  • In reply to brad73:

    Nice Bulls have a couple of options now...

    1. We could slowly work in Butler...maybe after we play these next 3 games (because there pretty important)....replace Bogans for Butler. Just throw him in there....all he has to do is play some solid D and make the open 3. Shouldnt be that hard to work him in there.

    2. Start Ronnie Brewer an bring in Butler off the bench. Bogans now becomes what he should be...12th man.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    While I think the Butler signing is okay, I don't know that he can or should replace Bogans. Bogans has been the better player so far this year.

    I think what Butler gives us is some extra depth and insurance in case any of the guard rotation goes down with an injury. He has some nice height which could work in some SG matchups and he could also possibly give Deng an occasional breather at SF --though the way Thibs continues to gush over Deng, that's probably unlikely.

    He'll likely only see spot minutes, but you never know. He played very well down the stretch for New Orleans a couple of years ago, but we really shouldn't expect him to be any kind of answer.

  • In reply to walrus:

    Well, it all depends on how disciplined Butler is on defense. Hopefully, being a veteran he has a better understanding than JJ had not to make Thibs angry.
    Also, we probably need to see how much VDN's offense screwed up his stats but that said isn't being just a top of the rim shooter is what we want?

  • In reply to brad73:

    Butler's agent just confirmed he is signing with the Bulls.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=NBA&id=899&line=154696&spln=1

    I wouldn't be surprised if Butler got more playing time than everyone thinks. We heard rumors of us getting rid of Korver. If he struggles look for Butler to get a chance and take some minutes away from Bogans and Korver.

  • In reply to brad73:

    Butler's agent just confirmed he is signing with the Bulls.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=NBA&id=899&line=154696&spln=1

    I wouldn't be surprised if Butler got more playing time than everyone thinks. We heard rumors of us getting rid of Korver. If he struggles look for Butler to get a chance and take some minutes away from Bogans and Korver.

  • In reply to Vedo:

    I'm not sure if Thibs is going to use him much. Just seems like the extra body we need and a veteran. He's still not a great career 3 shooter, but his length might be used in situational minutes, and Thibs really loves Bogans...

  • In reply to bpmueller:

    Bogans has dirt on TT that's why he continues to start and lately the argument against him starting is a little less since he is hitting his open 3s with a little more regularity. :-)

  • In reply to bpmueller:

    Road games haven't been easy for the Bulls...

    It's a fact, but why?

    What is it about playing on the road that's so hard for the Bulls?

  • In reply to rkraneis:

    I think its more a case of playing bad on the road against bad teams. We've struggled with giving good effort/focus in games against poor teams, even at home. But on our home court we've been able to turn it on late and put poor opponents away, whereas on the road replicating that late effort is much harder. I haven't seen us play poorly on the road in games against tough teams aside from that drubbing at the hands of Orlando in Booze's first game back. You could include the Spurs loss in there, but we led by 15 in that game and gave it up late. All the other losses against good teams we close games that of which we likely would have won a number of if at full strength. I don't see us having any issues on the road as far as games against good teams go because we come in with the correct focus/attitude.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    +1

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    +23

  • In reply to rkraneis:

    because on the road, we've the pressure of the crowd. And Rose and Noah still young to stand it while Deng (it's his nature, he panic under pressure, that's why he never socres the 4th quarter).

  • In reply to deewaves:

    DENG?? DID YOU NOT WATCH THE HEAT GAME!!!!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    ok deng hit a game-winning shot, does it mean he is clutch ?? don't be clueless, so deng is great becuz of one game ?? be realistic !!! stop judging because of one game !! it's silly. do u know what's luck ??

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Sorry for being CLUELESS!!! Mappys brother

  • In reply to deewaves:

    It's really a toss up as to who is more annoying. At least Mappys thoughts are more coherent.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Bulls kicking ass and taking names early in this game. Unfortunately, I took my kids to the indoor water park and their local wi-fi blocks streaming video.

    Will probably miss the whole first half.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Bogan's just caught fire. Maybe he's motivated by the Butler signing and wanting to remain the number one suboptimal SG in the rotation.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    wow, nobody can score when th bulls have the bench out there... and i mean for both teams, happens every game

  • In reply to deewaves:

    The Bulls really blew their chance to run away with this thing. Up very early, they inexplicably starting shooting early jumpers every time down the floor. Even more inexplicably, Bogans was the only one making his.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Looks like this team needs to give up a million points to the Raptors more often, seems to have got them playing much harder.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    So of course they start the second half sloppy as hell.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    whats wrong with rose, hes played like garbage lately

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    he should stop taking 3pt everytime. He force 3. that'S not smart.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Rose should stop taking difficults 3pts shoot. He wastes possessions

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Deng is having a great year. Do you even watch the games?

  • In reply to deewaves:

    making al hoford look like a superstar is really embarrasing

  • In reply to deewaves:

    horrible game by rose, maybe worst all year

  • In reply to deewaves:

    wtf is rose doing out there

  • In reply to deewaves:

    total choke job

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Pathetic.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    worst second half of basketball for the bulls all year

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Well that sucked. Rose was just awful most of the game, and I have no idea why he didn't realise he should hand the ball to Korver for the last shot until he was in mid air and Korver was no longer open.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    rose played like a total douchebag

  • In reply to deewaves:

    DEMORALIZING LOSS!!! NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT IT.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    the hawks really played like garbage, the bulls just handed them the game

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Would think Rose would get up competively playing against ex-teammate in Hinrich but it looked like he was STONED out there tonight. Pretty said performance. Good game for Deng, Bogans and Asik IMO too bad it was wasted.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    and where the hell is boozer, I though he could score. Noah got punked by pseudo-allstar horford

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Only thing worse than watching them lose like that was having to watch it on NBA pass and have to listen to the Atl announcers all game.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    CHOKE!!!

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    i think this the first lost where we have to blame rose. he took bad 3pts shoot(0/5). he shot bad (5/20) and turned the ball over 6 time. Most of all he should stop taking 3pt everytime. He force 3. that'S not smart. he waste possessions.
    Once again Deng didnt score in the 4th. neither did boozer. how are we supposed to win in playoffs if players can help rose in the 4th !!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    i wanted to say in my last sentence. 'how are we supposed to win in playoffs if players cant help rose in the 4th !'

    rose should stop taking bad 3pts shoot. he force too much on three. that'S awful (0/6) !!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    that lost in definetly on rose !

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Did Derrick score in the second half beside one layup?

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Rose doing his best Larry Hughes impression. I don't think he has any chance at MVP if his shooting percentages continue to nose dive.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    ORLANDO and MIAMI up next...NOT GOOD...

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Why didn't Asik so more minutes? And why is Korver taking only 3 shots? C'mon, Rose is showing his youth...He has to learn when he is feeling and when he has to pass.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    rose should stop this Kobe nonsense, it jsut doesnt work

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Usually dont comment here... But that was the worst game ive seen derrick play all year. He seemed extremely disinterested. I can honestly say he played like sh!t.... Noah too. He got manhandled by horford. Every loose ball....every second chance point. Horford just wanted it more. Plain and simple. Not even ATL.. Just horford.. He alone won the game for Atlanta. Unbelievable. Im not going to overreact since its just one loss. But you Cannot lose a game like this.... They needed this one because they play ORL and MIA this weekend.

  • In reply to StephanH:

    +1.

  • In reply to StephanH:

    Another example of how the playoff will be. Rose will have to prove he's the MVP cause the KNICKS will be praying that they draw the BULLS. Hopefully this loss wont define the rest of the season.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    +1. standing pat was definetly a bad idea !!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Boozer sucks so bad... I wish we had Amare. I know he wanted a crap load of money but id rather have him than boozer every way to sunday. He cant block shots, he will leave his man just to get a rebound. Or even bump his own teammate out the way to get a rebound. I dont know the inner workings of the salary cap and everything like that, but id rather have amare. Boozer started the season hot and has slowly but surely fallen off.

  • In reply to StephanH:

    we didnt even approach amare for some reason

  • In reply to StephanH:

    This was a pretty bad game by Rose but i expect him to bounce back in Orlando....YOU CANT LOSE GAMES WHEN UR UP 19!!!!!!!! Unreal!

  • In reply to StephanH:

    I'd like to try and defend the team ... point out that we need to not overreact ... but I can't tonight.

    I'm very disappointed right now.

    Mainly because, I can accept having nights where a team just plays better than you. Nights where you can't seem to stop anyone, or nights where everything the other team throws up magically goes in.
    But none of that happened tonight.
    We were outplaying them ... on both ends of the court. Our defense was great ... our offense was clicking as well as I've seen it in awhile.
    And then we stopped after halftime.
    Atlanta didn't start playing any better. We stopped playing.

    Rose, Boozer, Deng, Noah ... take your pick. They looked like All-stars in the first half and D-League'ers in the second.

    We needed this game, but I could have accepted a loss if Atlanta just came out and played great and earned the win.
    They didn't ... we gave it to them instead.

    Young team and they have a lot to learn. Closing out a good team on the road is a big one of those things. I'd like to hope they learn it before the playoffs, but I don't really think they will.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    couldnt agree more. closing games on the road is a big issue !

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Sadly I have to agree with everything you just said.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    I had a chance to calm down now lol!!

    We lost and we shouldn't have it is inexcusable yes. Is it time to push the panic button? Hell no!!

    We were rolling and got complacent and let off... We beat Miami and won two straight on the road! We were up big at half time and I bet the guys at half time where like hell ya we got this!!! And just let off and got their ass's kicked!

    There is a little positive in all of this! Last year we weren't even close to being as good as Atlanta and in the first half we showed our true talent level! We showed that Atlanta isnt even close to our level!!

    I am still pissed...

    from rose:
    I made some dumb passes, some careless passes, but I guarantee it won't happen again."

  • In reply to StephanH:

    A big issue with Rose is he needs to decide when to pass and when to shoot more accurately. He is not like Rondo who decides to pass first most of the time.I know he is really struggling after the all-star break. Maybe he needs a few back-to-backs to get into a rhythm.

    And if Korver is not attempting more shots, there is no point him being in the game.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    that is the first i saw how bad korver is on defense !

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Moreover if Rose wanna win the MVP award he has to have better 3pts shoots selection. It's decreasing his FG% !! Not easy to be mvp when u shoot under 45% FG !

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I hate Lebron and I am a rose freak but how can Rose be MVP when he played like that tonight I am so pissed off right now its rediculous they knew how bad they needed this win ... First round exit against the Knicks I can feel it

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    +1. exactly .Rose should stop taking difficults 3pts shoot (0/6). He wastes possessions

  • In reply to deewaves:

    u'Re also weird utahbullsfan !! aren'T u among fans who think bulls could win a championship !!! u change ur mind one game. i bet u if chicago beat miami this sunday, u'll say that they can win a championship !

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I am just pissed off right now let me calm down!!

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    don't look now, but rose is shooting 35% (20% on 3s) since the all star break, plus 4 turnovers and his scoring is down 4 points. I think his demeanor got all f#@$d up, he is taking the mvp talk to seriously. Everybody's gotta stop overrating him, its probably doing him more bad than good.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    oh.. and BOOZER SUCKS, he doesnt do shit

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    The way he responds in the next couple games will (to me anyway) determine if he is the MVP. The only other MVP candidates in the race are Howard and James. If he doesnt respond well and has another game like this then he wont win. And honestly everyone seems to be sold on the bulls beating the knicks in the first round. I wouldnt count on it...

  • In reply to StephanH:

    this mvp crap is not good, its making him a more selfish player. Its time to start a let[s not turn derrick rose into lebron-wade type douchebag campaign

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    HOW DOES KORVER AIRBALL THAT 3! r u serous! THEY DIDNT EVEN HAVE JOSH SMITH PLAYING TONIGHT....here comes 2 more losses this weekend

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    i couldnt agree more. He wastes a TON of posessions shooting those threes. He better respond this weekend or we'll have our first 3 game losing streak this weekend. Because i guarantee LBJ wont lose to the bulls again. Especially at home

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Did Rose hit even a single jumper tonight? I don't think he did.

    13-21 on free throws didn't help either.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    WOW how do we lose that game tonight???? WE WERE UP BY LIKE 17!

  • In reply to Csharp:

    D-rose is the answer!

  • In reply to Csharp:

    I don't know if I'm more disappointed in Rose's shot selection, Boozer disappearing, all the missed FTs, or Korver missing that three.

    I'm so mad at the Bulls I can't even talk right now.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I think this is why the bulls werent too interested in Brewer they want to save some cap room for trades around draft time!!

    Deal will start in $2 million range. Mavs capitalize on fact they could outspend Spurs and Celts, who made strong impressions on Brewer

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    ^ Exactly

    Im pretty confident the Bulls will solve our SG issue this summer. We have alot of draft picks, a couple players we can trade. We will get something done. Brewer in Dallas is a good spot for him.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    he won't play a lick in Dallas wiht how loaded & deep they are

  • In reply to Csharp:

    great article on Rose & his quest to become the best:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1182627/2/index.htm

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    among other topics, talks about how Rose's plan for this summer is to work on his post game....scary

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    HELL YES! I was just gonna say....now he needs a post game....which is imo pretty easy to get. I wanna see a turn around j, some up an unders, im sure he will get a hook with that vertical he has. Maybe he will start using THE DREAMs shake a little more. Show the ball, make the defender go up and come back the other way. Rondo uses that a lot as well. D Rose is gonnnnnnna be even more UNREAL! He also needs to work on selling contact this summer so he can get to the line more.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    HAHAH Great point about what Wade said with Chicago not being loyal to its players, take a look at your organization Dwayne.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    +1.lol. James and Wade are going to regret their choice !!

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