Bulls Beat #186 - Rose just MVPd the Pacers

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Bulls Beat #186 - Rose just MVPd the Pacers
Derrick Rose went off on the Indiana Pacers to steal back a game that the Chicago Bulls probably didn't deserve to win. I break down the game and discuss the outlook for the rest of the playoffs.
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  • I haven't listened to the podcast yet, the Bulls got the win in the last couple minutes of the game but they need to understand that this is not the regular season. They were not off 5 or 6 days, there is no excuse for the team to come out that flat and almost lose the first game of the first round to an 8th seeded Pacer team. This is why no one has respect for the Bulls right now, they need to take this team out sooner than later cause this Pacer team can't be taken lightly. I have had a chance to watch a lot of their games this season and they have had some quality wins on the road and at home against the best teams in the league. And as I have said before, Boozer is not the answer for the Bulls at all. I know they are pretty much stuck with him but unless someone really works with him on his defensive rotations this summer, this guy is going to cost the Bulls big time in a negative way. Yes he is good for his scoring at times down low but over the last few weeks he has not looked good at all with his lift and his conditioning hasn't been good either. I'm not trying to be totally negative on Boozer but as of right now... he's not the answer for the Bulls cause Hansbrough right now is killing him. Boozer and Noah need to get together this summer and develop their chemistry on the court cause it's effecting Noah as well. Taj needs to be in the game when Boozer starts to have his lapses.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    You can't take anyone lightly as an NBA team.

    As a fan, I know the Bulls will do enough, and I take this series lightly, but if the players actually start goofing around they'll be in trouble.

    Derrick Rose won't let that happen though.

    As for Boozer, I'm with you in your view of Boozer, but I doubt there's anything at all the Bulls can do about it except to make the best of the situation.

    Ignore his salary and just look at Boozer as a piece you can use. He has some offensive ability, some rebounding ability, and he's a terrible defender. You can still use a guy like that.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Looking at the Dallas/Portland game, Wow!! we could have any of the two PFs in the game...Nowitzki or Aldridge(he was almost a Bull). Just thinking about what's not going to happen:-)
    What Boozer is doing is atleast opening up the lane for Rose by drawing attention but if he keeps sucking like today, teams will put 5 Vs 1.
    I like the Vogel comment...Rose has Iverson's speed, Jason Kidd's Vision, Billup's shot making and MJ's athleticism. That's a good description of Rose.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Derrick Rose doesn't really have Kidd's court vision, but otherwise, otherwise, yeah.

    How do you think we could have had Dirk?

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Well, Cuban might have taken Rose for him.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Well..getting Dirk was a dream but he was a FA after all last year. I know he didn't even consider moving out of Dallas but even you had an article about Dirk being the best fit for the Bulls among all the FAs.
    I agree about the court vision. That's probably true. I think though it will come with a little more experience and when the Bulls get a legit SG.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Now is probably not the time, but I've been thinking about taking a poll for who would be the ideal power forward for this Bulls team.

    My first 2 choices would be Al Horford or Lamarcus Aldridge who we actually drafted, sort of. I have to admit, that I was worried that Aldridge was going to be the second coming of Brad Sellers(I was a Brandon Roy guy in that draft). Also, Hordord does not seem to like Noah, so I don't know if he would be able to overcome that as his teammate again.

    I probably lean toward Horford, because I think that he is just a tougher dude than Aldridge, and thats what I look for in a power forward.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Either guy would be ideal, but neither guy is really obtainable.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Love the comment about how DRose scores the fewest "empty" points you'll ever see. 100% agree. The entire Wizards current frontcourt (McGee and Blatche specifically) score nothing but empty points, pretty much.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I was wondering if Dwights techs carry on into the post season cuz he received one today so that would mean after his next one hed be suspended

    I doubt it but just wondering

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I think the count starts again with the playoffs, but it's some lower count before you get suspended.

    Still the Hawks won and they have a real shot against he Magic, I don't rate the Hawks at all but they seem to have the Magic's number which is great for the Bulls.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    You get 6 playoff techs before getting suspended.

    Your 7th tech is a suspension in the playoffs.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I think that Indy should be very confident after this game. Rose had a career day and the bulls didn't have a single lead until the last minute of play.

    They played the exact same game in the last regular season game, except the Bulls could only tie the game at the buzzer and lost in OT.

    So they probably think that they have figured out how to play the Bulls, they just need to not collapse down the stretch. Home court energy could be enough to prevent that from happenning.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Saw a tweet from Inside Hoops this morning suggesting they were pumped for Game 2 after seeing how well Indy did in Game 1. I'm not sure I think it's a sign this will be a series, though. Indy is well coached and has lots of heart. They won't quit and will fight every game, especially at home. They just won't shoot like that again, and the Bulls won't play this flat again this series. This was their best shot, and they lost.

    While it's piffy, I also don't think this was "a career day" for Rose. This is what MVPs do several times a year.

  • In reply to muhammond:

    I tend to agree with this rather than the other theory.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Atlanta beats Orlando by 10 by letting Howard score 46 while everyone else not named Dwight or Jameer scored only 20.

    How nice would it be to get Atlanta in the second round.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    That would be awesome, but Atlanta also shot over 50% from the field, that's not going to happen again. The Magic/Hawks game was similar to the Bulls/Pacers game, lots of anomaly's that won't happen again for Atlanta, though I sincerely hope I'm wrong.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    that was Hansbrough that Deng pushed, not Foster. Foster commited the first hard foul where he went to Rose's head

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I've been watching a lot of Boozer and Bosh the last 2 months. As much as it pains me to admit, we Bulls fans must fess up. We got the short end of the stick in the power forward free agency department.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Boozer is definitely a terrible defender...buuuttttt....we need and we should use his offensive ability! I'm still missing pick and roll....or a little bit more pick and pop!

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    It will be a difficult film session for Boozer.
    I suspect he'll come out the Monday night with intentions for redemption and payback

    Don't know if that's good or bad.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    I agree. But, I think something is not right with this guy. Whatever his defensive issues are, he usually makes shots. It looks like we are making excuses for him but we just have to give him the benefit of doubt for now. We have no other options. I just hope it was first game jitters for Boozer.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    So far I have not seen any positives that Boozer brings to Noahs game only negatives. Noah is the ultimate helper, but as a team you have to help the helper, the next time that Boozer does that will be his first.

    We all thought that with his offensive game, Boozer would be a perfect compliment for Noah, or vice versa, obviously that is not the case, Noah helps Boozer, but Boozer actually lessens Noah's value. Noah needs another quality help defender at his side to maximize his value.

    next year we need to find that perfect scoring 2 guard to get our offense from Rose, Deng and the shooting guard while getting our D from Noah, Taj and Aisk with Boozer playing a secondary role.

    I cannot see Thibs tolerating his shit forever.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    You need interior offensive threats. You just described a better defensive version of the Jason Kidd led Nets. I just don't think you can win without at least some offensive option in the front court.

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