Bulls smack around the Hawks as if they were the Kings

Bulls smack around the Hawks as if they were the Kings

A 40 point drubbing of the Kings was only surprising in the way the Bulls kept the foot on the gas at the end of the game.  However, the big reason the Bulls can turn these blowouts into super-blowouts is that when both teams empty the bench, the Bulls bench would probably win 30 games as starters. 

The Hawks kept it close for the first 10 minutes or so, and it looked like we might have a real game.   Then the Bulls caught fire  in the last three minutes scoring on 5 of 6 possessions while getting stops on 5 of 6 on the other end to push the lead from one point to ten points. 

After that they never looked back, and the fourth quarter looked like a preseason game with both teams just finishing it off with the end of the bench.

The irony is the absolute blowout means Kobe Bryant probably helped his MVP chances more than Rose on the night

The Lakers needed triple overtime to knock off the Phoenix Suns on their home court while the Bulls went into Atlanta and absolutely annihilated a team that probably wins 47-48 games this season.  

However, the Bulls game was unwatchable if you aren't a Bulls homer, so Rose probably won't get all that much credit for completely dissecting the Atlanta Hawks (quality) defense.

The MVP is still Derrick's to lose IMO, but in a game where there's not much to recap except shear dominance and great play by the team, it's an interesting side note.

Derrick Rose hasn't stopped launching threes, but he's knocked them down

One of the interesting trends with Rose recently has been the heavy volume of his three point shooting.   He's shooting 34% on the season which is good enough that he's not hurting you with the threes he's taking overall, but he's streaky enough that it can really spoil an otherwise good game.

Rose likely has increased his three point shooting, because on average, it's not hurting the team's offense, and it's giving him a few possessions of offense where he's not working quite so hard and can conserve a little more energy.

It also sets the precedent that teams have to come out and guard him which opens up the drive.    Improving his three point shot further is probably one of the things he'll do this summer to come back even more dangerous next year.

Over the past two games he's launched 12 threes and connected on eight of them which is pretty good.   Up until recently, it was fairly rare for Rose to shoot more than six a game, and most games were around four.    However, in the past seven games, he's shot 9, 11, 7, 5, 8, 4, and 8 three point attempts.  

That's 7.4 three point attempts per game over that stretch.   The most threes anyone shoots per game in the NBA this year is 6.1.   Rose is now 13th in total threes taken and 17th in threes per game.   I'm not sure that's where we want Rose's three point attempt numbers to be while shooting 34% on the year.

Bulls keep the pressure on Boston

With a win, the Bulls pull a half game ahead of Boston who hosts Memphis tonight.  You'd expect Memphis to be an easy win for the Celtics at home, but I don't know how much I trust the Celtics anymore. 

Despite gutting out a win against New York, they just don't look that good to me.  I don't agree with Rivers, they don't look soft, they look like a bunch of thugs, but they look like a bunch of thugs who have to mug it up because they aren't what they used to be.

The Bulls are crushing it on national TV

One of the big reasons Derrick will have so much MVP hype is that his team always wins on national TV.  It's the anti-2006/7 Bulls, and it probably separates the men from the boys.

No one wants to lose on national TV, and the Bulls play their A game in those times now.  In the past, the was pretty good, but when the good teams really focused, the Bulls lack of talent was exposed.    They were just motivated and could grind out wins otherwise.

This Bulls team is the opposite, they drop games here and there that they really shouldn't win, and while I think they do a nice job staying motivated and grinding things out, they have shown the ability to crank it up a notch when the lights are teh brightest.

The Bulls have three national TV games left.   Boston, @Orlando and @New York.   I'm not sure if the Bulls are underdogs in any of the three (certainly not against the Knicks I'd imagine), but they're certainly the only games on the schedule you could consider making them underdogs for.

Has anyone ever gotten so many road MVP chants going?

The Bulls had homecourt advantage by the end of this thing.  Probably 30-40% of the stadium was Bulls fans to begin with, and it didn't take long before the Hawks fans left and the Bulls fans were all that's left.

The Atlanta crowd probably rivaled the UC crowd in how loud they were chanting MVP.   Has any player ever gotten so many road MVP chants?    Maybe I just didn't follow Kobe closely enough, but every single game Rose is getting road MVP chants, and I just don't remember that ever happening for anyone else.

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  • I recorded the game and will watch it tonight but I saw the Bulls have a very comfortable lead when I checked my Droid X phone! :-)
    The Bulls are almost becoming boring in these blow outs as they were in the Jordan/Pippen years! Which is kinda of nice I think but suspense is good and I guess it's easy on our blood pressure and stress levels not to have a lot of nail biter games! :-0

  • Correct me if I'm wrong Doug but didn't MJ shoot a career 32-33% from behind the arc?

  • In reply to Jmax:

    That's correct. MJ was never launching 7 threes a game either though.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    The 3pr shot was introduced to the NBA in the 1979-80 season. The NCAA adopted the 3pt shot nationally in 1986. So all through high school and college, Jordan never played with the 3pr rule. He had to develop a 3pt shot as an adult.

    In contrast, every player in today

  • In reply to Edward:

    excellent point. And the 3 really didn't take off in the NBA until about 5-8 years after it was introduced

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Is Rose shooting 51% on his non 3 point attempts, I doubt that he is, so his 3 point shooting even at 34% is at least as effective than his 2 point shooting, without factoring in free throw attempts, at least this year

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Good point--but you do have to factor in free throw attempts because he is much more likely to get fouled on 2-point attempts than 3-point attempts.

  • In reply to Jmax:

    I was at the game last night, what a great experience for a father taking his son to see his first D Rose live game. To start the night off we got their early for shoot around. The players all signed my son's jersey so he knew already this was going to be a great night. Even had some good conversation with the beat writers... Then to watch the Bulls just dismantle the Hawks was a blast and by the end of the game we were sitting right behind the Bulls bench. You can see how much these guys really like each other. The other thing that was quite interesting was how different these two teams are. The talent differential between these 2 teams is not that great but the difference in coaching and attitude is amazing. Take for instance Joe Johnson who the Hawks are paying $130M and the guy only averages 3 free throw attempts a game. He simply does not want it bad and this is your leader?
    The interesting thing about a few of the Rose 3's last night was Kirk was in his grill.Also after the game it was nice to Jo really acknowledge the fans and he actually gave his shoes to a young kid. You gotta love this team.

  • In reply to treticker:

    Great stories, that sounds like an awesome night for you and your son.

  • In reply to treticker:

    Omer scored 7 pts on 1 field goal attempt last night! I hope he works on his FT shooting a little in the off season, but it's pretty good offense when a guy gets you 7 points and only takes 1 shot all game.

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    He's actually considerably better this year than he was in Europe which is scary ;)

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Tough Competition helps you Excel

    I think the tougher competition in the NBA either knocks you out of the league or improves you. Not to mention Asik is surrounded by some very good players and a very good coach.

    All things you know, of course...

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    the interesting thing about Asik's free throw shooting, is that when he makes a free throw his form and the shot both look very good, when he misses it is a brick, and interesting conundrum, but one that gives us hope that with a little coaching and work he can become at least an average shooter at the line.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    most of his misses are on line but a little long, hitting the back of the rim. Which means to me with a little tweaking & a lot of consistency work, he can get it up to a good percentage. I think he can be a 70% guy in the future.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    one of the announcers, i forget who, was saying that he never misses in practice. it almost seems to me that he is just bashful or nervous that the whole game stopped and everyone is watching him. it just seems like he is anxious to get it over with. watch how fast he goes for the two fist bumps after the first free throw.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    yeah, he is probably the rare euro player who is better suited for the NBA, though it does speak to his potential as well

  • In reply to treticker:

    Every time there's a report/shared experience from a Bulls fan at a visiting stadium I think everyone appreciates it. Thanks BFA. Jo really gave a fan his shoes? So he walked all the way to the locker room in his socks? A superior human being. And his offensive game is creeping back just when it's needed/before the playoffs.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    He was doing post game interviews on the court then stayed out for another 15 minutes to talk to fans. Pre-game he talked to my son and I for about 5 minutes. You could really see how much he appreciates the fans. It's so amazing to think this guy came from a pretty good life and has the work ethic he does.My son got like 7 autograghs and just had a blast. The crowd was chanting MVP all night long. It will be a father son moment I am sure neither he or I will forget.

  • In reply to treticker:

    Hopefully the good karma from Jo's(and Derrick's) graciousness will revisit them/us come playoff time!

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Awesome man! Congrats I had a similar experience when they came to Utah! It is like you said something you will never forget thanks for sharing ma

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Derrick Rose' was on fire from three as he lit up Atlanta, and then watched it burn. C.J. Wwaaatttttssssonnnn(copyright Stacy King) almost stole the show with that hang time 180 peekaboo over the shoulder lay in. This after he left Kirk Hinrich, I believe, stranded and depantsed in just one of the behind the back dribbles of the night(see D-Rose).

    Somone brought up the parallel between M.J.'s and D-Rose' three point shooting percentage. Before I get to that let me say there is one other parallel I see. And I know they both played for Chicago so it's easy to make comparisons that are reaches/don't wash. But D-Rose to me is one of the best hang time players I have ever seen. He can glide/hover around the basket so long as to make him impervious to defenders/blocks. And make incredible shots while doing so. Now that is one of the abilities that made Michael so invincible in my opinion, and took all the pressure off/fueled his J. But back to the three ball. Sure Mike shot .327 for his career. But to me career stats like this can be so misleading and maligning. Money aka(Michael Jordan) shot in four very relevant seasons .376(3 APG), .352(3 APG), .427(3.2 APG), and finally .374(3.6 APG) in his last quality three bombing year at the age of 32. Derrick is only 22. He can't master every aspect of basketball at 22. As much as he's been hyped his "can't shoot" label in response to this years threes has been in utterance ad infinitum(?) aka a hell of a lot. Truth is somebody said that one of these advanced b-ball stat sites showed that mid range he was actually one of the more accurate shooters. It's just that now he can shoot out further/long range/threes. Hopefully in the future if they add a three shooting quality starter at SG Derrick's attemtps will subside to 3.something a game at percentages hopefully somewhere in the range of Mike's peak years.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Rose started the season shooting 25% on 3s, then suddenly on the circus trip he found his shot and for the next month or two he shot well over 40% on 3s (maybe close to 50%?). Around February, Rose started missing and he

  • In reply to Edward:

    I think the 3-pt shooting is the mystery thing about Rose. I am not sure what Thibs likes about this...does he want Rose to keep working on it and shoot them in the playoffs or he wants to drive in and try for mid-range shots.
    I hope somebody in the media asks him about Rose's 3 pointers. I mean does he want him to take in the flow of the offense? That may mean a lot though because Rose will probably have the chance to take 8/10 3 point shots. I know Rose was terrific yesterday and I think that shot is going to make Rose almost unguardable but do you want him to take this shot during the end of a close game?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    anything above 33% is decent efficiency from 3. But when your opponent has to honor your 3, and you have the speed of Derrick Rose, then its a whole new ballgame. Its important for him to keep shooting the 3, and I don't mind one bit that he has averaged 7 a game lately. Next year that shot becomes a knock down shot after another summer in the LA gyms.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Agreed. Let him shoot it. Stop nitpicking his attempts. Shit, hasn't he proved that when he puts his mind to something, he produces?

  • In reply to zentastic:

    Yes, Agreed!! In mid-season we watched Rose go from career mid-70% FTs to near 90%. And from 25% 3s to 50% and back to 25% again.

    I think he will regain his 50% stroke and, like ChiRy said, after another summer Rose will be automatic.
    Given Rose

  • In reply to Edward:

    That game put Rose definitly on top of the MVP Run. He shutted haters' mouth up !!
    That kid is awesome. As i see him, if the bulls keep it the next years he can win several MVP awards like MJ !!
    Deng was also great yerserday but i would have prefered that he saved some good shots for the playoffs. lol.
    If Deng can play at this level in the playoffs, we will certainly be champions !!! LET'S GO BULLS

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    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 Edward:

    GO BULLS!!! - that was a typo.

  • In reply to Edward:

    Much better!

  • In reply to walrus:

    ha, yea it is much better.

    I'm Ron Burgundy?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    LOL...nice!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    The Griz help us out by beating the Celtics! Bulls outright #1 now.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    hell yeah! It would be nice to have everything clinched by game 80/81 to get an extra days rest

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    BOSTON lost!!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Boston goes down!!!

  • In reply to Edward:

    I try to avoid calling guys that play pro sports "thugs" unless of course they live that lifestyle outside of the arena. But looking at the definition of "thug" and visualizing Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and those guys. There far from "thugs". Granted KG likes to act tough but he really isnt. I think Boston has JUST enough to make it to the ECF and i think thats it. My prediction for the playoffs is that the bulls will beat Boston is 6games in the ECF ending their reign. Doc will be gone next year,KG,pierc,ray will all be a year older. So this is it for them. Pretty fitting that a team like the bulls just Starting their run will be ending Bostons. FYI Doug... You shouldnt be so quick to throw the "thug" word around. Trust me i live in schaumburg also and since there arent many thugs around there you may be quick to label someone that way. Just be careful.

  • In reply to StephanH:

    I think 'thug' in this context is pretty clear. In the basketball context it means a guy who plays overly physical to beat up opponents rather than playing through skill.

    KG is a basketball thug. He's constantly picking fights with guards and pushing them around rather than guys his own size. Rondo is a basketball thug, who is overly physical with his defense.

    No personal context was intended, nor do I think anyone would take it as such.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Good points Doug...What Garnett did to Channing Frye and Villeneuva is definitely thuggish behavior. There is a limit to things you can do to get that edge.
    And Rondo if you observe always is trying to do the bad thing more than the good way of stealing the ball or defending. I think Pierce and Allen don't do/imply that way.
    And unfortunately, I don't think Garnett was ever like this in Minnesota and probably assumes he has to do this to win. There is a reason Noah called him out.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    You nailed it Doug! Garnett and Rondo are both thugs, no need for an apology there. The only people that would disagree are Boston fans and those that are just awaking from a long coma! AND THEY ARE UNAPOLOGETIC ABOUT IT. Especially Garnett! He looks mean and throws his weight around, but the truth is that he is a coward and when challenged by people his own size and with a mean reputation, Kurt Thomas is a good example, he backs down! What a phony. He should have been left buried in Minnesota where he would have ended up without a ring.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    and Garnett is a raging jackass too, I have never found anything to like about him in any way despite his basketball skills.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Wow you guys should check out the video on espn chicago from 1st and 10 today on espn

    Skip Bayless is a complete Moron, he has even said that the bulls better watch out if they meet NY in the playoffs

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6250542

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Skip Bayless is paid to be a complete jackass who says jackass things in order to get people to comment on what a jackass he is to drive ratings.

    It's the Howard Stern effect. You get a guy whom no one likes that people pay attention to just to argue about what a dumbass he is.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Lol you summed it up perfectly

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I am so sick of people saying Rose isn't a PG like Skip in the video above. Its like you cant be a PG if you are a more talented scorer that 98% of the league...

    Call Rose a 2 guard fine but the last 2 guard to average 24 ppg and 8 apg was his Airness

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    its such crap. I mean, what is it based on Skippy? What makes a point guard a PG? He seems to be basing his whole argument on the fact that Rose is his team's leading scorer, but that all of a sudden means he is not a true point guard? Come on. All of u here know that is crap, and that Derrick is top 10 in assists, would have even more if the Bulls would hit more open shots, and is an exremely willing passer, and a good passer. He hits guys with precision and in stride. And besides that, he does other things that a true PG must do:

    -defends other PG's, and well
    -is an absolute elite level ball handler
    -plays with his head up
    -sets the tempo
    -knows what the team needs, when it needs it. Knows when to take over. Doesn't defer when its not in the team's best interest
    -has almost a prototypical PG body

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    and the BUlls wouldn't be on pace to win 60 games with their best player playing out of position. This is the most laughable aspect of his argument. I mean, if that's a knock on Derrick or the Bulls ability to win, then why isn't it showing up in results? Its not, because its not.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    triple post continuation:

    simply put, you don't make this argument with a team that is winning. Maybe that can be a reason for a struggling team, not an elite one. Just goes to show you that he is looking, no stretching, to find a reason to knock the Bulls down. People in Chicago know though, just how biased against us he is. He was a jackass back when he worked for the Trib too.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I know seriously!! We honestly know if Rose wanted to be selfish then he could easily be the NBAs leading scorer!! He's said it over and over again that his teammates are the ones that gave him the confidence and go-ahead to shoot more!!!

    He knows his team just as well as Rondo does but is an ungodly talented scorer!! Could you honestly f&#*ing imagine if this team had Ray Allen for Rose to feed 3's to! His assists would be in the 10-12 apg area!! And I think it would open up his scoring even more because teams would actually have to guard Ray its so stupid the way anti-bulls fans think!!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I hear you man

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Amen!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    the reason one makes this argument is to get people so riled up they take three posts to rebut you.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    +1. that's being blind. People are locked with the traditionnal idea that the point guard must average 10 ast like Paul or Rondo. Rose knows when and how to pass.
    Chris paul, when his team is loosing in the 4th, instead of taking care of business he continues to passs to West or Okafor whereas he is the most-talented guy in his team : that's why NOLA is ranked 7th.

    Rose know when to score and when to pass.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    True, that's also my beef with Rondo. He can't shoot so he only passes. If he didn't have great shooters on his team, he wouldn't look like a top point guard. Put Rose on the Celtics and I'm sure he doesn't score as much because he wouldn't have to, but he would get 10-15 assists a night. Rose passes when he should and scores when he has to...he's a smart point guard who can do what his team needs. I'm really curious to see how Rondo looks on the Celtics when Allen, Pierce, & Garnett retire.

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    Dead on!

    I am getting excited to see what will happen! I am not dogging on pass heavy PG's Dwill and CP3 both are Elite!!! Rondo is just overrated to me...

    No player can be considered elite when defenses dont have to worry about them taking a lost shot at the end of a game

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    exactly, i've always said if rose takes Paul's place or D-will'S place(when he was in utah), thoses teams would be better.
    And if Rondo took Rose's place last year, bulls wouldn't have made playoffs last year.

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    i wandered onto espn boston to read the memphis/boston wrap up, and the comments section was just full of boston fans KILLING rondo and his lack of shooting, over-dribbling, and settling for pick and pop 19 footers for big baby davis instead of getting the ball to allen, pierce, or garnett more. it's just bizarre to me that rondo has no confidence in his shot, as it looks decent, everyone who has ever played basketball loves to shoot, AND HE CAN GET HIMSELF AN UNCONTESTED 17 FOOTER ANYTIME HE WANTS! all he has to do is hit that shot consistantly and boston would be awesome. and ironically, probably wouldn't have felt it was necessary to trade rondo's buddy perkins. anyway, it was weird to see that boston fans seemed to be in total agreement that rondo was the cause of the team's offensive problems.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Rose averages 24.9 and 7.8. If you're going to round that 7.8 up, you have to round Iverson's 30.7/7.9 season up.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I think Rose can get his assists up to 8 before the end of the season

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Anyone nervous about Fridays game? Memphis has been playing good with Batier and it's the crappy teams that we don't take seriously that we have trouble with

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Its not the good teams that have worried me, but it will be no cake walk

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Just a matter of home court in the finals now:

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6251859

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Agreed 100%!!!
    If Bulls have homecourt over Lakers I believe they will win the Finals!
    Regarding the #1 seed, I saw a quote by Rose saying,

  • In reply to Edward:

    Finals prediction:
    Lakers take Game one on a Lamar Oden three pointer with 10 seconds left. Derrick Rose misses a shot at the buzzer.

    Game 2 the Bulls pull away late, highlighted by an unbeleivable drive down the lane and left-handed lay in by derrick rose.

    Games 3 and 4 go to the Bulls on the road in LA, and with a chance to finish off the aging champs in Game 5, Rose finds Korver repeatedly for wide open jumpers that seal the deal for the first title for this young bulls team.

    Go Bulls!

  • In reply to bucketball:

    I like your prediction because it has Bulls with homecourt over Lakers!
    Go Bulls!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    http://www.chitownclothing.com/product/omer-asik-t-shirt

    Someone beat you to it Doug

  • In reply to jrmart5:

    that is awesome. i want a red one.

  • In reply to bucketball:

    Did you guys hear the color guy on Thursdays TNT game say that last time he saw Asik he played like King Kong, that was awesome.

    anybdoy still want to trade him for Lee.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    besides Houston of course, and every other GM in the league that has Lee and not Asik.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    It seems like when the Bulls get dialed in defensively they win, and it doesn't matter who the opponent is. Memphis a playoff hunt and they just beat Boston. That should make the Bulls take them seriously.

  • In reply to magestew:

    "Memphis is in the playoff hunt and they just beat Boston."

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Wheres Mr. HAPPPY???????? I don't hear him talking now!!!!!Hows the CARMELO thing working out for the KNICKS???? Get your negative ass out of here Mr. Happy, your a hater just like father SKIP BAYLESS!!!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    not nervous. we are locked in. i have made the transition over the year from hope to think to expect to win.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    and it works obviously as we are talking about him right now. God I hate that jackass!!!

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I like it! Bayless is a jackass AND a dumbass -- when it comes to being an ass, he's as versatile as they come.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Is he the MrHappy of ESPN....Ignoring him is the best way. He has been ragging on LeBron too. I think he used to work for Chicago Tribune and might have some axe to grind about Chicago. He knows the fanbase and he is playing upto it to get ratings. He throws hundred things at a wall and some of them stick and he appreciates himself for that.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Skip Bayless speaking seems not to like D-Rose. It looks like he has a personnal issue with rose. lol

    Again in this video, he isn'T for rose

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/video/clip?id=6250501

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    the Bulls would destroy the Knicks in 4 games. I'd rather play them than Charlotte if we fell to the 2. I might want to play them over Indiana

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I'm soory not Charlotte, Philly

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Wondering if Deng's increased minutes this season are what's keeping him healthy. It's definitely more wear on his body long term, but maybe it's what he needs so he doesn't sit and get too relaxed and then goes out and injures himself.

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    The human body & mind can really get used to anything. Consistency is king.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Anybody notice that Boozer spends more time battling Noah for rebounds than he does the opposing power forward. On one free throw attempt by Atlanta, Boozer nearly tackled Noah and ripped the ball out of his hands to pad his rebound stats.

    This is disturbing to me, because it shows Boozer to be a self centered guy, who will become a disruption to the bulls phenomenal team chemistry in the next few years. I can see why Utah fans turned on him, as we likely will also.

    He may not be a raging jackass, like Garnett, but he may well be our jackass.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Boozer also frequently gives up on defending a shot in order to secure rebounding position in case the shot misses. There is a lot to dislike about Boozer's game, but he does help the team considerably in other ways.

    I wouldn't want to get so lost in his faults that I'm ignoring his strengths. We're a much better team with Boozer in the lineup. That said, I'd prefer to go with Gibson at the end of games.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Actually, during the Atlanta game I started wondering, hypothetically of course, if we would be better off if we had had the opportunity to sign Joe Johnson to Boozers contract rather than Boozer.

    Johnson hasn't been great, but neither has Boozer, 2 guard is our biggest weakness, and other than Rose front court depth has been a strength.

    Just wondering if anybody else thinks we would be better now with Johnson(at Boozers contract level).

  • In reply to BigWay:

    yeah he does that. This is the ugly side of Boozer that I hope doesn't rear its ugly head in the future

  • In reply to BigWay:

    joakim's definitely noticed this. boozer is definitely a different kind of guy.

  • In reply to Edward:

    I agree that the Bulls may need to win out to get home court against the Lakers. Their remaining schedule is easy, and I believe the Lakers would own the tie breaker (which is conference record even in the finals when you play in different conferences, which is ironic, because it'd make more sense for the tie breaker to be record against opposing conference for teams out of conference).

    I think the Bulls get the #1 seed though. Boston has righted it's ship some, but they're still not playing that great and have a really tough schedule left. If Boston plays well through that schedule then I'll believe the ship has been righted.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I was disappointed Lakers won in 3OT against Phoenix. I was hoping for a Lakers loss while Andrew Bynum was serving 2-game suspension, but Lakers hung tough. I saw somewhere that Phil Jackson is talking about wanting homecourt over Bulls, so this is very important!

    If Bulls have homecourt over Lakers I believe they will win the Finals!
    Last year in LA, Lakers shot 20+ FTs in the 4th quarter of game 7 to beat the Celtics.!

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    If you like to hop around the NBA watching sites/news outletts the Bulls are everywhere. YahooNBA, CNN S.I., CBSSportsline it's the Bulls on every cover(page). Here's a little snippett found on the marquee covering the Bulls latest trouncing on NBA.com no less.

    http://www.nba.com/video/games/hawks/2011/03/23/20110322_nn_rose.nba/

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Nice to hear that.

    A far cry from what people were saying about him when he was drafted, during his rookie season and into his second.

    Some of us knew all along that he had something of an it factor, and supported him from day one.

  • In reply to treticker:

    Great post BullsFaninAtl. I like the point about the great team chemistry of the Bulls and their great appreciation of the fans' love, That bit about Noah giving his shoes to a young fan just warms your heart. He's a quality guy. Pax knew what he was doing when he targeted him in the draft.

  • In reply to treticker:

    yeah man. Noah is nice guy.

  • In reply to treticker:

    great to hear those stories, thanks for sharing. those memories will last a lifetime, i'm sure.

    i guess you had the anti-"Derrick Rose make kid cry" experience.

    Youtube "Derrick Rose makes kid cry" to see what i mean - basically a young hawks fan had trouble handling the outcome of the game and made the end of some highlight show. i feel bad because i could see one of my kids or a younger me do the same thing in that situation. frankly, if i was a hawks fan now i might be crying, too!

  • In reply to Jmax:

    as to your last point, I was thinking the exact same thing as I was watching the game. I know Bulls fans are in every arena (we travel well), but I can't recall any player, not even MJ, getting MVP chants on the road like that. it's really something to see. just puts a smile on my face and reminds me of how incredible this season is.

  • In reply to wukrza:

    This is very typical in Atlanta, there is no real home court advantage, only 6 games above 500 at Phillips. There is always a big turn out for the visiting team. There was way more Bull's jerseys in the building than Hawks. It is a blast though seeing all the love the Bulls are getting on the road, reminds me of the 90's. It was kind of funny to watch Hawks fans shake their heads and by the end of the game were cheering for the Bulls.

  • In reply to treticker:

    and it's not the first time. I've seen this now in Milwaukee, Washington, Orlando, even early in the year, while not cheering MVP, but crowds in Phoenix and LA as the game went on started cheering for Rose quite a bit, just begging for him to pull off a spectacular move. again, amazing season.

  • In reply to wukrza:

    Hell yeah, man, we went crazy in Phoenix. After the LA game last night, that was probably the second best game of the year. It's funny how Phoenix keeps ending up on the wrong end of those.

  • In reply to treticker:

    I looked at my wife last night and said, "This team is beginning to scare me" -- as in, there's no longer any question they are good enough to win a title and anything else would be a heart breaker at this point. The Bulls now lead the league in point differential at +7.4, historically a better indicator than won-loss record when predicting who wins the title.

    Whatever happens, this has been an incredible ride so far...but it's time to fasten those seat belts, it's going to get a whole lot more exciting when the playoffs come around.

  • In reply to walrus:

    I agree with JA that leading the Eastern Conference(if so), and then not making it to the Finals would hurt some. But it still could be a hell of a ride/precursor of things to come.

  • In reply to walrus:

    Love the point differential stat.

  • In reply to rkraneis:

    It has taken all season, but the Bulls have worked their way up to the top of most of the significant stats in a meaningful way.

  • In reply to walrus:

    You are right about the point differential stat, but guess who we just past with these 2 blowouts, Miami, and the Lakers are right on their heels.

  • In reply to treticker:

    I love the way this team plays and it's potential, but they aren't this good. A lot of teams crumble after the all-star break and I don't see Miami or Boston playing dumb or quiting like the Kings and Hawks did. Blowing out Atlanta isn't that big of a deal this season. Being disappointed if they don't get a championship now is silly.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    I understand your points, and respect what you're saying. And I agree Atlanta is in disarray. But that doesn't mean the way the Bulls are playing is not contender caliber because I think it is. At least in many games since and including Derrick's Jordanesque(in my view) assault on/in Miami. That's when I saw a leader that could get it done in an elite setting. Despite Miami's struggles they still posed an elite threat in that marquee Eastern Conference showdown. And then after that sick New Jersey game, as I said after that I'm all in. As I think are many Bulls fans. And yes they may not win it all, but you'd have to think a Finals appearance(I mean they are the Eastern Conf. leaders in wins) is a distinct possibility. Thus the dissapointment if they don't make it.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    My point is just that looking great against a couple of mediocre teams in March doesn't mean I expect them to be playing in June. The Celtics played a lot better in the playoffs last year than they did in the regular season. Miami could take it up another notch too. I expect the bulls to make it to the ECF, especially if they get the top seed, but this isn't the NFL where a team can get hot and make it to the superbowl because they were hot at the end of the season. Let this team win a series before we start expecting them to bring home a trophy.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    Dude! They've been playing great all season and step it up bigtime whenever they're playing a top team. Haven't they not lost to a contender since the Boston game in dedember?! This team is serious man.

    I can't remember a game that they played well and still lost - bottomline is when they step it up7n they win. They're going all the way this year, IMO

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    The point is Miami was really desperate to win against the Bulls but still lost and Atlanta is a good team who just couldn't handle the Bulls when they were rested and had everything to play for.
    That said, I will be disappointed if they don't win 2 rounds now. The problem is everybody respects what Boston and Miami guys have done last year and the failures they have gone through but think Bulls are not going to have that extra gear to defeat these guys when it matters.
    We just have to be like the Bulls team and enjoy the team each day without worrying about how they will do in the ECF or the second round. That, I feel makes it more enjoyable atleast for me.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    There are a lot of SO-CALLED Bulls fans out there who are disgustingly negative! They know who they are.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Very true and funny igotnext! :-)
    We are the rising Phoenix and Boston, LAL, and Spurs are dying vultures! :-)

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    What a silly comment by you bullshooter. To put it mildly, you're full of bull!

  • In reply to Normie:

    So when is it OK to enjoy this team? A lot of glass half empty people on this board. Come to think of it Happy almost never posts anymore now that the team is good. Unless he's agreeing with some other negative post. He must be so bummed that Deng is playing this well. :-)

  • In reply to bullswin60606:

    It's entirely possible to both enjoy this team and it's accomplishments, yet still be disappointed if they don't go all the way.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    Why shouldn't we be disappointed, bullshooter? This kind of opportunity doesn't happen all the time. I was disappointed when the Bears didn't make the Super Bowl thi past season, even though they probably just weren't good enough. This Bulls team, however, IS good enough, so there's no question there will be some disappointment if they lose. It doesn't mean we can't enjoy what's going on now, or that we can't look back on it later and reflect on a great season, but if the moment comes when the Bulls are eliminated -- in any round -- it'll be impossible not to be disappointed.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    Thats bullshoot, they are this good

  • In reply to treticker:

    I've been to Hawks games and I believe they have the worst fans ever. I don't believe I've ever seen the arena filled unless Kobe or the Heat come into town. Cavs fans are even better than them.

  • In reply to treticker:

    Wow this Bulls team is really putting it together. Awesome to blow people out and get rest in both back to back games.

    Only thing I disagree with is how mulitple OTs helps Kobe's MVP status vs Rose killing it in 3 qtrs so he can rest. If Kobe were the MVP couldnt he have won the game in regulation, ha. :-)

  • In reply to bullswin60606:

    GOOD POINT by you bullswin60606. I was thinking the same thing when I read that comment about how multiple OTs help Kobe's status vs, Rose committing murder on Atlanta in 3 quarters so he can get some much needed rest. Where's the logic there. Only on a Bulls blog!

  • In reply to Normie:

    I agree that Kobe's 3OT win shouldn't help his status more as MVP than Rose putting up 30 and 10 through 3 quarters, except for the ESPN factor. Watching Sportscenter this morning, Kobe's 3OT game got a ton of time, especially talking about Kobe's clutchness in that game. There's more excitement and intrigue for the ESPN commentator to discuss a close triple OT game than a blowout. They did definitely give the Bulls their due for blowing out Atlanta and mentioned D Rose's 30 and 10 but never mentioned the fact that it was all in 3 quarters. IMO, unless you're a serious fan, you probably didn't realize that he did that in 3 quarters.

  • In reply to Normie:

    the point is that more people were watching Kobe

  • In reply to treticker:

    Also, did anybody notice that the bulls didn't score in the last 6 minutes of the game, and still won by 31? They should have put up at least 125 and won by 45. Sick.

  • In reply to wukrza:

    BTW, that profile pic is D Rose signing my son's jersey last night!

  • In reply to treticker:

    That guy right there behind Drose is the one I was telling you guys about that had the Illinois State Police Lanyard around his neck!

  • In reply to wukrza:

    Very Good 1st Unit, Best 2nd Unit

    This is a very good team (news flash).

    I don't think we have the best 1st team unit in the league. But I do believe we have the best 2nd team unit. But I think we have the best team, top to bottom.

    Is it just me or are the starters getting more and more rest? Not just the last two blowouts but before that.

    Coach Thibodeaux must have enjoyed strengthening the 2nd unit by letting them finish the 4th quarter. Rose and Deng get some rest (and Noah and Boozer get even more rest.) Meanwhile, Kyle Korver and CJ Watson are locking in their positions for next year by helping Omer Asik play better offensive basketball with great feeds.

    And how did that guy named Rose do? Wow. 30 points and 10 assists in 3/4 of play.

    I did feel sorry for Hinrich watching this mess from the sidelines, not being in a Bulls uniform. Does anyone remember when Bill Walton gave up a high salary to play with Larry Bird and the Celtics for a ring? Here's hoping a veteran SG out there is wishing he could join Rose & Co. next year and is willing to flex on salary to do it.

    Go Bulls. Go Defense.

  • In reply to rkraneis:

    Great point! When a team is good and a clear championship talen like we are, not to mention a young team like us with humble leaders, and amazing chemistry....players will be begging to get in on it in the offseason! :-)

  • In reply to smiley:

    I dream that one of those guys is Ray Allen

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    DONT MAKE MY DROOL ON MYSELF LOL he is the only one on the big 4 I actually like

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    me too man, but I would put the odds around 5% or under. Still, a man can dream can't he!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    pretty sure that he signed a 2 yr extension before this season.

  • In reply to rkraneis:

    It kinda sucks but Drose has to average 9.16 assists over the last 12 games to get his average back to 8! I wont be heartbroken if he doesn't but it would be really cool especially because he could actually average 25ppg and 8 apg instead of 24 and 8

  • In reply to wukrza:

    exactly man. Rose is incrediBULL ! i think above this game, people like his personnality(behavior, humulity ...)

  • In reply to Jmax:

    Jordan's career percentage was certainly dragged down by his early years while he was learning to shoot 3's which he didn't have the opportunity to do in HS and college.

  • In reply to Jmax:

    That also happens to be the only stat that Kobe leads Jordan in, 3pt%.

  • In reply to efaily:

    Yea, by .something of one percent.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Ooops, I forgot Kobe leads Jordan in turnover rate also, as in he has more turnovers per game.

  • In reply to Jmax:

    Hell, even Justin Bieber made a 3pt shot in this year's Celebrity Game during all-star weekend. Scottie Pippen was playing in this same game.
    http://sitimun.tumblr.com/post/3461823191/justin-bieber-3-point-shot-via

    So as I was sayin

  • If the Bulls keep up this intensity, Boston, Miami and LA will be $hi%%ing in their pants. Tim Legler on ESPN yesterday called Rose as probably the best PG after Magic. Wow!!...I feel Rose should keep working on his 3 pointers and if he gets to the level of Deron Williams in consistency of 3 pointers, look out.

    Boston's thugness will be similar to Ewing's teams in the 90s and Garnett will be the new Oakley with more BB skillset. I guess we can now unleash Asik on Bynum.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    "Boston's thugness will be similar to Ewing's teams in the 90s and Garnett will be the new Oakley with more BB skillset. I guess we can now unleash Asik on Bynum." You nailed it schaumburgfan. Couldn't have put it better. It caused me to have a good laugh!

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    +1. what is really scary about Rose is the fact he is only 22 years old. He can still improves a lot.
    why are taking Deron as an example ? Chris paul is a better shooter from downtown.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    ??? no he is not... Christ Paul is more selective with his 3-pointers and gets more open looks because of his quick driving ability (like D-Rose), whereas defenders guarding Deron have to respect his shot. If D-Rose can develop a 3-point shot on par with D-Will's defenders will not be able to press him to stop the shot and still handle his tazmanian devil drives. Deron is the correct example but Rose can take his game above both of these guys

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I really don't think that Kobe Bryant will be having any emergency laundry needs, no matter what the Bulls do.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    If the Bulls appear to be a serious threat to deny that 6th title Kobe covets so much, don't be too sure...

  • In reply to efaily:

    The Lakers, just like the champion Bulls know that they have to beat 4 teams to win the title, they don't really worry who they play.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Did anyone else hear the announcers talk about when CJ was playing like way good and Drose was waiting to come in he asked Thibs if he wanted him to sit back down??

    Would any other Elite player do that in the NBA!! LEBRON?? MELO?? WADE???

    I love that guy

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I love all our guys man. We are so lucky to be watching this team right now! Enjoy it Chicago!

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