Bulls crush Kings as Celtics beat Knicks

Am I a bad Bulls fan?   I watched more of the Celtics / Knicks game rooting for the Celtics to lose than the Bulls game which was decided pretty much when Derrick Rose showed up at the UC avoiding a car wreck on route to the stadium.

I did catch the highlights, and wow, some awesome highlights.  Rose threw down a few dunks, and Asik decided to steam roll the Kings at the end.

The Bulls clearly wanted revenge for last year's embarrassment, because with 1 minute left, the scrubs in, and a 30 point lead, Kyle Korver and C.J. Watson are still launching threes early in the shot clock.   The Bulls were still defending, going for steals, running fast breaks. 

Seriously, with a 35+ lead and less than a minute left, C.J. Watson is playing the passing lanes and dishing the ball to Asik for a breakaway dunk.   With 27 seconds left, Watson launches (and hits) a three with 15 seconds left on the shot clock.

The Bulls wanted revenge, however silly that may seem, and they got it.

Other than that, well, everyone played well in the minutes I saw (most of the first half and the last 6 minutes or so.   Boozer is back and was able to get in some work against a sub par opponent.   Thibodeau rested the starters for the most part with Luol Deng's 33 minutes leading the team.

The Knicks, unfortunately, weren't able to take care of business.   They had the Celtics on the ropes for most of the game, but they completely folded in the fourth quarter, made stupid turnovers and gave up open layups repeatedly, and let the Celtics destroy them.

Final thoughts

The Bulls won fifty games for the first time since the Jordan era.  I think Carlos Boozer said it best when he said he's been on teams that won 50 games before, and that's not what this team is about.  This team is about playoff success.   They'll need to build on their regular season in the post season, or ultimately, it won't mean much regardless of what seed they get.

Still, it's great to finally have an elite team again in Chicago.

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  • This game was just what the doctor ordered. Let's hope they take advantage of the cakewalk and come out swinging against the Hawks.

    It's probably a good sign about this team that fans aren't really making much of a big deal about win #50, which last year would have seemed like a major milestone. Right now, it's just one small step on the road to greatness. It's still nice to be there, though.

  • It was a great game for the bench. Asik, Korver, Watson hopefully got some reps on their offense.
    I was hoping Joakim will try some of his jumpshots during a game. I know he tried one but he is still getting into rhythm. Noah is still not at his peak in terms of the feel for his game.
    Bogans was surprisingly very aggressive yesterday. I am guessing that Thibs had some words with him after the Indiana game or maybe he is scared of Pargo;-)

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Noah definitely still looks mostly lost as far as his own offensive game. But he has shown a few signs. Hopefully the T(ornado) J will be back in full force along with his hooks, driving outer hand banks(hooks they call them because there being made with the away hand), and spins. I really hope November Jo returns because many 14+ point games in the playoffs will give the team more balance(ed scoring).

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Part of the problem with Jo's offense is that with Boozer there are a lot fewer reps for him.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    True. For some reason that Sacramento game where Jo just went off in that comeback with the whole arsenal of moves and the TJ just to be injured ironically in that very same game.. ? I just can't wait for that rythm/offensive groove he was in to return. That guy is/was the sh*t.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Good revenge game for the Bulls. The starters were able to get the job done through 3 quarters and were able to get some much needed rest in the 4th. The game tonight...I said it before and it did not happen when the Bulls played Atlanta in the ATL, Thibs need to get Thomas some time in guarding Horford. He did it in the game in Chicago so he really needs to get Thomas some significant PT in the game tonight.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    61-34-8. If I had to guess between those being the measurements of some big titted cartoon fantasy or the filthy numbers in field goals, assists, and players in double figures the Bulls would rack up last night I would have taken the former. The Bulls simply have not been a fastbreak team, as Derrick Rose stated himself after the game, largely responsible for those outlandish offensive stats.

    C.J. each passing day is looking more and more like a quality second unit point. And Ronnie in transition can move the ball down court and dish as well. So you have to ask yourself, "Do I feel lucky..?" But seriously how many other teams have a stable of fleet footed bigs like Jo, Taj, and Omer with three speedy guards who can run fast breaks in D-Rose, C.J., and Ronnie? And all playing on the first or second best defense in the league which should be creating ample turnovers and stops/outlet rebounds? Sure the playoffs are largely grind it out half court affairs, but then there are those nights where a good fastbreaking team can make hay. We need to see more Running of the Bulls. Much, much more. Muy more. Hell the U.C. could look like Pamplona come playoff time. A kinetic energy too long dormant. Charge!

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    sorry that should have been 61/field goal % not field goals

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    1. I am impressed with how CJ is slowly getting the GS style out of his system. He looks more like a distributor than a chucker nowadays. And his defense has been surprisingly very good. And the threat of him being able to shoot from anywhere on the court makes him that more valuable.
    2. I guess that running a fastbreak requires everyone to be athletic and the first team has Boozer, Bogans who are not fast enough to beat their guys and Kurt Thomas mostly playing instead of Noah.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Good points. I still think they need to pair Taj/Omer some with Jo, and go breakin' with Derrick, C.J., and Ronnie(beyond mid court) leading the charge. That trio can D it up thus self-fulfilling/fueling the fast break pairing of those players. That game(Sacramento II: The Bloddy Vengeance) those numbers were too off the charts/remarkable not to have a message/lesson there somewhere.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    sorry, "Bloody" although Bloddy would be a good irate Scottish pronucniation.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    It's awesome to see the team coming together. Especially the 2nd unit. What a huge lift they can be. CJ, Ronnie, Korver, Taj and Omer. Lovin those guys. Of course were just one loss away from someone trying to trade Omer to the D-League right :-) Haha. Asik and Destroy, who knew Stacy was a Metallica fan...

  • Damm Knicks!. They are determined to play against us in the first round. Let me tell you this, I think that is the worst case scenario for the Bulls. Bulls don't want face Knicks with veteran players like Billups, Stat and Melo. Bulls have the fight and get that number 1 seed.

  • In reply to supercesto:

    I agree that the Bulls need the #1 seed badly, and I don't think they'll make the finals without it, but the Knicks are looking less scary by the day.

  • In reply to supercesto:

    It's the Bulls the Knick should be worried about, not the opposite...I wanna see Noah dominating Horford tonight!!!

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    Kurt Thomas on Horford

    I saw the Bulls play Atlanta at the U.C.

    I predicted Thibs would assign Kurt Thomas on Horford. He did and the Bulls won.

    Let's see how Coach Thibodeau plays it tonite.

  • In reply to rkraneis:

    I doubt Thibs will do that. He wants to establish a rhythm with Noah and Boozer. And, Noah better learn to play with bigger/tougher guys. He is going to be the future. Maybe I would put in Asik if Noah does very badly but Thomas should be for an emergency or playoffs.

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    ASIK AND DESTROY!!!!

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    Nice to see D.Rose resting for most of the 4th. Maybe Thibs has been listening that he should manage minutes a little bit to avoid playoff fatigue. I'm not saying he should take the foot off the pedal, but when he has a chance to rest guys in blowout situations, he should.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Agreed. He's been hesitant to do that in the past today.

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    Yes, more on Omer Asik

    I didn't see the first half. That's the half where Rose and Co. broke the spirit of the Kings.

    I did see the 2nd half and Omer Asik. Just two observations:

    1) Omer Asik is deceptively quick for a big guy. From 10 feet away he caught a pass, drove to the right of his defender, and slammed 2 points home. Also, saw the fast break with Asik rocketing down the court filling the lane, receiving a pass from the guard (CJ ?) and slamming home two points.
    2) Worried. I did see Korver feed a beautiful pass to Asik near the bucket. He caught the pass about neck high. And then, instead of going up for the dunk, he lowered the ball below his waist, gathered himself, and then jumped for a dunk.

    Asik has some quicks that are surprising. But he has to learn to catch, raise the ball, and shoot/dunk. This lowering the ball to waist level has to stop, the sooner the better.

    I think it was announcer Funk who said, "This team really likes each other." During the last quarter, it would have been trash time for many players. But the Bulls 2nd team played like a team that knew how to play team basketball.

    Go Bulls.

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    I know you wanted Azubukie (probably spelled wrong) Doug, but I guess his first surgery wasn't done correctly and now he needs to have the surgery re-done. Sucks

  • In reply to bsampso2:

    In some ways, I still wish we had grabbed him on a non guaranteed deal now that extends into next year fully non-guaranteed. Then he'd be an expiring trade chip, and if he looked healthy, he'd be locked up.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Agreed with all that potential value/quality risk free(?) why the hell not?

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    True. It really does suck for him though that he probably has another 8-12 months now though or re-hab

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    well doug, i wouldn't say that you are a "bad" bulls fan, just that right now you are not a "48 minute" bulls fan, and there are areas in you fandom that you can improve. obviously the idea is to get the best seed possible and win as many games as possible. you just need to focus on rooting for your team one game at a time, and if you do that, everything else will take care of itself.

  • In reply to supercesto:

    Best part of the game was the balance. Nobody scored even 20 points. That's pretty amazing considering the bulls scored 132 points. I hope Thibs didn't overwork the bench last night ;-)

  • In reply to supercesto:

    The #1 seed would be huge, but not because of a first round matchup against the Knicks.

  • In reply to supercesto:

    I just hope the Knicks get swept by whoever they play and Dolan panics and re-hires Isaih Thomas. That would be comedy gold.

  • In reply to supercesto:

    Well gentlemen, after 24 hours of hardcore internet blogging and endless argument, I've come to the conclusion that Miami Heat fans are the scum of the earth--perhaps worse than Hitler (JK). But seriously, the hatred they spew towards DRose, the insane jealousy they have towards him being a legit MVP front-runner. It's just unbullievable. I'm stoked for tonight's game. Especially for DRose and....ASIK!!!

  • Supercesto, you sound like a delusional Knicks fan pretending to be a Bulls fan. Keep posting foolishness!

  • In reply to Normie:

    Sorry dude, I just called it as a see it. And btw i hate the knicks

  • In reply to Normie:

    I love this game but I'm loving more these Bulls !!!!

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