Bulls host Jazz while honoring the 1st title team 7pm on WGN

The Chicago Bulls continue to honor the 20th anniversary of the first title during the season with their best chance to win one since the end of the Jordan era.   With Boston losing two straight, the Bulls now have a legitimate chance to take the East and the much easier playoff route that goes along with it.

To continue on that journey, they face the Jazz tonight.   The Bulls will still be missing Carlos Boozer, but the Jazz have been in a funk since long before losing Deron Williams, and it hasn't gotten any better with the trade deadline.

Keys to the game

Same thing as every night pinkie....

Games against mediocre to poor teams typically have similar keys; defend, rebound, control turnovers, and play with energy.   If the Bulls control those basic keys to the game they'll have an easy win.

Jam the paint on defense

The Jazz aren't really filled with sharp shooters, so If the Bulls can keep them out of the paint, they should have an easy job slowing the Utah offense. 

Attack the paint on offense

The Jazz don't have much interior defense or shot blocking to scare you.   Outside of Kirlenko, who's playing through an injury, there's not a lot of help defense coming.  As such, Derrick Rose and Luol Deng should do plenty of damage at the rim.

Enjoy the half time celebration

There really aren't many opportunities to celebrate the dynasty Bulls with the players who brought us the titles.  It's a shame that Jackson and Cartwright can't be there, but when was the last time you saw Horace, Scottie, and Michael in the same room?  

It's going to be a pretty special night to relive some memories, so soak it up.

Final thoughts

I can't imagine the Bulls dropping a game to the Jazz at the United Center, but stranger things have happened.   Paul Millsap has been out, and while I can't find any official confirmation of whether he's playing or not, I'll assume he's sitting again which should make the game all the easier. 

However, Millsap or no Millsap, I look for a Bulls win.

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  • Going to my first game at the UC!!! I love chicago best city ive ever been to! Youguys are so lucky it is just freezing when the wind blows!!! How.does Dues pizza work? Do u really have to order an hour in advance??

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Bulls, Chicago pizza. I am jealous on so many levels. Have fun!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    No, but you may have to wait to be seated. Unos is right down the street as well.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    UNO is better. I actually prefer Giordano's although that is not the local consensus.

    As far as the game goes - Utah sucks on a lot of levels without Williams. This is one the Bulls will win, especially because the '90-'91 team will be there.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    ... made ME gasp...

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Anyone notice that two or three of DRose's moves to the rim last night were even more Jordanesque than usual? There were a couple of in-air hesitations and shifts that made gasp, like His Airness used to do... I'll be watching this on NBA League Pass, and they usually drop the half-time coverage, maybe they'll show us this special commemoration. Go Bulls! Have a great game time, everyone...

  • In reply to petert23:

    ... made ME gasp... sorry for confusion above, and sloppy editing...

  • In reply to petert23:

    Given the way Boozer was trying too hard against the Jazz last time around this might be a good one for him to miss.

  • In reply to petert23:

    Sorry to post lots, but I'm on the Left Coast, and I DVR and watch the games later, by which time you've all commented, gone to bed, and moved on the the next topic! So I'm starting earlier today...

    I don't see how the Bulls fail to pass Boston and take the #1 Seed in the East. Just look at their remaining schedules. I've picked what look like "challenging" games for each team.

    Boston have three difficult home games, against the Griz, Knicks and 76rs. WE have three difficult home games, against the Griz, 76rs, and the key game against the Celtics. Call it a tie.

    On the road, however, we still face 3 tough teams: Hawks, Hornets and Knicks. Boston still has to go on the road to face the Hornets, Knicks, Spurs, Hawks, Heat, and us Bullies! That's 6 pretty challenging contests...

    And if EVER #1 means a lot, this year it's the difference between facing Indiana / Charlotte / Milwaukee or facing New York / Philadelphia / Atlanta in the first round, and presumably forcing Boston and Miami to play each other in the second round... No wonder we're all a little excited and wordy lately!

  • In reply to petert23:

    Hmm pretty easy game so far, hopefully this points to an easy one and guys like Deng can get some rest.

  • In reply to petert23:

    Great start

    and RW - JoNo's offence is back!!!!!!!

  • In reply to petert23:

    WGN link for halftime 1990 show

    http://gtctvhd.blogspot.com/

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    Awesome, thanks!

  • In reply to petert23:

    I'm OK with Rose shooting kick out threes because he can make them.

    On the other hand Utah really is at the end of an era, under Sloan you could always count on the Jazz to be competitive, they look like a complete mess now.

  • In reply to petert23:

    This is fun to watch. All over by the half so we can see some more of Butler (and The White Mamba of course)

  • In reply to petert23:

    The Jazz might want to consider guarding the three. Or not, I don't mind them giving Korver 5 seconds to line one up.

  • In reply to petert23:

    Derrick putting on a show for the Honored Guests!!

  • In reply to petert23:

    This game is making the case for Jerry Sloan to win coach of the year.

  • In reply to petert23:

    Great half by the Bulls helped by some ridiculously poor guarding of the three point line by the Jazz. Still you have to hit them.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Wow you picked a great day to go. The noise at the half time celebration on the TV was unreal so can only imagine what it was like to be there

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Now lets ride the crowd's emotion and don't let the Jazz back into it

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    How do we convince the 1990 team to show up for every game in the play-offs? The way they are playing they would certainly be championship bound!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Just tied the franchise record for threes in a game at 15.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    And now the record.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    CJ 4/4 from 3 and 5/5 overall

    Proof we need to see more of this small ball line up with Derrick and CJ in the backcourt

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Team has really played the second half like they have a big lead and don't need to play as hard. So much for the starters getting their rest. :/

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    18 threes in a game, I could have offered better than 100/1 on this team being able to do it at the start of the year.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Tied with the Celtics! Go Bulls.

    CJ was awesome. Best game from him so far.

    15pts (5/6: 4/4 from 3) 5rebs 8ass in 17 mins; great line

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Wow, great game! Especially the first half. That defense was stifling. The 3rd quarter was rough, though when Bulls got called for fouls for breathing on them too hard. The barrage of 3 point shooting was weird too. I'm not sure where that came from. Bulls are unbeatable if they can hit 3s with that kind of consistency and volume.

  • In reply to walrus:

    I don't think we can expect too many 18 three games. The team would be unbeatable though!

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    No...not that many! But upping their proficiency from 3 up a notch would be nice come playoff time.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Great game! Great ceremony! Go Bulls!

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Great win, giggly fun first half, another tough lesson - it was impossible to keep that pressure up, the long distracting half-time gave a proud playoff team the time to grow a pair... mostly, I'm glad to see that Bulls learned their lesson, were ABLE to stiffen their defense in time to keep the lead in safe territory. Rememeber, Utah (albeit a different team then) had all those incredible come-backs early in the season on the road? They tried, and we were good enough to asborb their best blow and put them away. Whee! I LOVE this game! And especially this year... Have fun, y'all!

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Some cool quotes from the 90-91 Bulls tonight in Isaacson's story.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nba/columns/story?columnist=isaacson_melissa&id=6211527

    Seriously who pulls off 1.7%? Pretty amazing.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Thanks for the GREAT link, Z. What a delicious story! Yeah, I hope we all felt the magic tonight, lord knows we can probably use a little cheering up these days. EVERYONE is jumping on this bandwagon! Horace want's Derrick's shoes, that's so cool!

  • In reply to petert23:

    There's a little more room on the bandwagon but people better jump on fast.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ7pdTMmT14&feature=player_embedded#at=244

    Derrick for MVP

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    http://www.008design.com/site/?p=1686#more-1686

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