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Bulls @ Hawks 7pm on TNT

The first time around, the Bulls gave up a 19 point lead to fall in Atlanta.  The Bulls then proceeded to blow the Hawks out at home.   They now travel back down to Atlanta where an early lead could give them a home court vibe amongst the crowd as Atlanta typically is filled with fans for major market road teams.

Maybe they'll sell Derrick Rose shirts in the stadium.

Keys to the game

Slow down Al Horford

The Bulls dominated the Hawks when they kept Horford in check and lost when he went off against them.   The Bulls need to make sure not to give up easy points inside the paint to Horford who can hurt them if they let him.   Force Horford to work hard for his points and hit from the outside, and you're in good shape.

Run them off the three point line

The Bulls do a great job of defending the three most nights, and they'll need to make sure to run the shooters off the three point line.  I'm not scared of Jamal Crawford or Kirk Hinrich driving the lane.  I've seen how that works for many years, and it's not too dangerous.   Don't let their shooters get open clean looks from the outside, and the defense should be in good shape.

Move the ball on offense

While Derrick Rose needs to play well for the Bulls offense to go well, I'm a bit concerned, up until that Sacramento game, on how much they're relying on Rose to create everything.   One of the problems with the Indy game was that by the time they got to overtime, no one else felt comfortable taking a shot because they had spent too much time going Rose ISOs.

Final thoughts

Road games are always a bit scary for the Bulls, and they fell to Atlanta on the road once already.  However, I don't think the Bulls are going to take the game lightly.   The Hawks, meanwhile, are coming off a terrible loss to the Heat while the Bulls are coming off a slaughter of the Kings.

Do the Hawks come in dejected or motivated?   Do the Bulls come in on a role or cocky?    Watching on tape delay tonight, we'll see if I make it to the end without cheating and finding out the score.

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  • When i dvr games, i can never resist the temptation to sneak a peak at the score on nba.com

  • Derrick Rose is a sick, sick man.

  • Excellent. Bulls coming out strong and kicking some a**.

  • Bulls have been playing well in their high profile/nationally televised games. That is continuing tonight

  • Do we even need the first team to play? The bench seems to demoralize the opposition. Why not just start them and bring Rose off the bench;-)

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I know you're kidding, but there are probably at least 10 teams whose starting five aren't better than the Bulls 2nd unit.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    22-point lead this time. No let-up, please.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I know its just the first half, but all I got to say is pooh my... the Bulls are rollin!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Excuse phone typing I meant to say oh my...

  • In reply to Reese1:

    This is the Boozer we all want to see...physically dominating his match-up

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Boozer had some nice moves in the paint!

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I've never seen Rose play a better half of basketball. Amazing.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    he was putting on a clinic out there

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I do notice I never see McHappy posting after big wins like this or much at all lately. He must not be happy about the bulls success while doing nothing of what he wanted for the team in regards to moves

  • In reply to bsampso2:

    I'm sure he's on a Knicks forum somewhere telling them if they trade Amare & Fields for Nick Young in the off-season they'll win a championship now they have Melo.

  • In reply to bsampso2:

    wow. a total demolition. high praise from C-Webb at the half, said he wanted to come back and play for the Bulls, loves the way they are playing.

  • In reply to bsampso2:

    Keep it quiet, as they say, it is best to let sleeping dogs lie.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I have never been this excited for the Bulls as I am now, even during the dynasty 90s. D Rose is amazing and I love this team's chemistry

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    To do this on a road-back-to-back is HUGE!
    Last night Bulls didn't let up when ahead. Tonight they closed out the half strong.
    And I think Thibs is now in the locker room telling the players everything they did wrong in the 1st half! lol GO BULLS!

  • In reply to Edward:

    Thibs is probably telling them how they let the Hawks shoot 50%, and that they need to step up their D.

    Gotta love that guy. Always looking for a way to improve.

  • In reply to Edward:

    It is time for the team within the team. Second unit that is...

  • In reply to Edward:

    thibodeau wa actually waiting for the lead to hit 40 to get deng out.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    he is either his favorite player all time or he hates him and wants to kill him before next season

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    that my friend is some funny sh**

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    LOL Atlanta's scrub must be so proud getting a steal and hitting a three when the Bulls were just standing there letting the clock run out.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I know, if your going to double like that I wanted Watson to pass the ball to the Turkish Ambassador and let him lay the hammer down! You dont double like that just like you dont try to score in that situation when ur up that big. But if they want to double then I'd be fine with a pass and score.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Wow, what a beat down. It's funny, watching the early part of the game, it looks like Atlanta migh tmake it a game, they hang around, then they have a few bad breaks, then they just get crushed.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Just left the game. Who were the TNT announcers tonight. Man the game was awesome.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    I think Bulls players and coaching staff really took very personally both the @Indiana loss and the early March 2nd half meltdown @Atlanta. It seems their focus has risen to a new level.

    Regarding the #1 seed, I saw a quote by Rose saying,

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Rose with the buzzer beater three just to rub it in. He can take all the threes he wants if he's going to go 4-4. ;)

  • In reply to Reese1:

    OH MY GAWWD!!! Are you serious?!

    Rose drainsssss it at the buzzer. 72 points at the half? Please don't tell me there's any doubters still out there. THEY ARE FOR REAL.

  • Hopefully we just keep stomping on their face this time, no letting them back in the second half.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Mhm, strap on those s***kickers and stomp away.

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