Bulls vs Pacers Round 1, Game 2 - 8:30 on CSN/TNT

Tune in to the CSN feed if you can, because the TNT feed is likely to still be covering the Miami Heat game at the tip off today, so you'll probably only catch the beginning on CSN.  Of course, the way the Bulls start games, maybe we're better off watching TNT and just tuning in starting the last first quarter.

There's not all that much to say about this series, as I noted in my last recap, I think the Bulls just took the Pacers best shot and won anyway.  Maybe I'm wrong, maybe I'm disrespecting the Pacers, but seriously, the Pacers stink.   They're the worst team in the playoffs and while they play hard, play with energy, and have a lot of fight they lack talent.

Even Pacers fans seem to realize this.  Ryen Russillo (NBA Today podcast which is awesome) said he was going to make the dumbest prediction every in regards to this series and said it would go six.  That's how much a lock this series is.  Picking the Pacers to go to six games qualifies as one of the dumbest predictions ever.

Even the Pacers know it's over before it started.  Here's Roy Hibbert:

''We're going to shock people," said Hibbert. "There's no way they're going to sweep us.''

The Bulls winning in five rather than four is, apparently, shocking.   That's the Pacers aim to win a game on the Bulls.  They almost pulled it off in game one, and I'm sure they'll do their best in game two.  It wouldn't surprise me if they take a game, but unless Rose is hurt, I'd bet my house on the Bulls winning the series.

What to do against Tyler Hansbrough?

He's been balling against the Bulls.  He's been the difference maker in the last two outings against Chicago, and while we all want to kill Boozer, it's worth noting that Boozer didn't play in the other game Hansbrough went off.

In the end, Hansbrough is nailing jumpers.  The only adjustment I'd make here is to make sure to get a hand in his face, but really the defense on the last two jumpers he hit was acceptable to me relative to his ability.  I'm not concerned about Hansbrough killing the Bulls with his jumper over a seven game series.

In short, let's simply not overreact here.  Get a hand in his face, but we're not sending a double team or overplaying the jumper and giving him the lane to drive.

How to get more offense from this team?

Plain and simple, the Bulls need to get Boozer going better than they have recently.   Derrick Rose has been simply amazing, but it's unlikely the Bulls can win a title with Rose having to be the only option on offense.   Carlos Boozer needs to convert some looks in isolation or make some nice passes to cutters in order to establish that as a secondary threat on offense.

Keith Bogans needs to knock down his open looks a decent clip as well, and Luol Deng needs to find a way to make a bit more of an impact.   Joakim Noah should use his energy and quickness to get around Hibbert and attack the offensive glass for second shot opportunities (though mission accomplished in game one there already).

Final thoughts

I don't know if the Bulls will sweep the Pacers, but it's impossible to look at any game and predict a Pacers win.   The Bulls are simply a vastly superior team, and the Pacers seem to know it.   Even when the series shifts to Indianapolis, the Bulls will likely have a considerable amount of fan support nullifying any thought of homecourt advantage for Indiana in games three and four.

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  • Hey anyone with Facebook should go here an nominate Doug I think he deserves it me and Justin (the guy that made the unicorn video) have already nominated him!!

    to tag him in the post put the @ symbol and then doug thonus!: @Doug Thonus

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Nominate me for what?

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Though, hey, I appreciate the nomination even if I don't know what it's for ;)

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Crap I forgot the link!!

    http://www.facebook.com/kylekorver26

    Its for the biggest bulls fan you know! Justin nominated you and so did I. The winner gets a signed pair of Kyle Korver shoes!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Voted!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    While it's always cool to be recognized in some way, I don't know what I'd do with signed Korver shoes except give them away on my blog.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Lol thatd work for us!!

    We just really appreciate all of your work!

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I'm sure you could get good money for them from some teenage girl! KK's biggest fan base!

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    Haha thatd be my sister first it was captain Kirk now KK

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Haha, that's funny! When I saw in Philly in January, a girl a few seats down from me had her Korver jersey on and was holding a sign that said "Kyle, will you take me to the prom?" The Sixers mascot then took it from her and ran over to KK coming out of a timeout and rubbed the sign on him. He then waved to the girl and she almost passed out. Pretty funny stuff!

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    Haha thats awesome!!! Ya at the Utah game there were so many girl Jazz fans wearing their Korver jerseys!

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Give them away in a contest, only teenage girls are eligible

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Where is everyone? Its game time baby!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I'm ready! Hope I don't have to sweat this one out like last time...

  • In reply to walrus:

    Again, it shows why playing hard in the regular season and getting that #1 matters, it's let the Bulls get their feet against a team that is awful. The Pacers are terrible if they can't finish off a team that shoots under 40% and turns the ball over 21 times.

  • In reply to walrus:

    What up John!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I'm here, hoping for Bogans to explode for 6 points!

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    0-3 so far

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    sucking... again

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Pretty sloppy play but at least they got Hibbert with 2 fouls. Looks to be another grind it out game, hope they can get clicking.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Ugly I guess defensive game.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Ugly sounds about right.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Is the Bulls supporting cast really more taleneted than the Pacers players?
    They haven't shown it yet. We're waiting...

  • In reply to Reese1:

    The Bulls offense is very stagnant at the moment...FINALLY, someone hit a jump shot, Deng...

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Derrick Rose has finally understood that he has to take that midrange three to really be effective against Indy. He has to stop bailing out Indy's defense by taking so many threes. The midrange shot will force them to stretch some and play up on him and allow better spacing for the Bulls.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    exactly! I think that is one of the best parts of his game. Keep shooing!(or start, you've only taken 2)

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Bogans sucking always puts the Bulls back in the first quarter...

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I wanna see how the offense functions, just 1 game with Korver starting. His +/- is best on the team too, so its not like he has really killed you so much on D.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I hope the Bulls don't play this way in Indy. Maybe they are too comfortable being at home and at being the number 1 overall seed.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    The Bulls are having problems denying Indy getting position due to their athleticsim. They have to deny the entyry pass. This is a problem for Booer who can't play up on Hansbrough. Either thye have to pressure on the perimiter or our bigs have to stop Indy from getting so deep in the paint.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Bulls seem to be more comfortable as underdogs...They don't seem to cope well when considered favorites...

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    no they don't...

  • In reply to Reese1:

    where's the hunger?? Unbelievable...

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    Thibs's defense is melting before his own eyes..

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    The Bulls are ball watching on defense. Turnovers early, missed free throws and bad post defense are killing us!!!

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    Bulls are lucky to be down three at the half.

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    i dont believe in these jokers, do you?

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Yeah, I do. They had to deal with a little foul trouble with Rose. They played great D in the 1st quarter, rebounded the ball extremely well. But they turned the ball over 5 to 6 times. They haven't shot the ball well. They were too hyped. That IMO contributed to the turnovers. But with Collison possibly out, Indy will have problem the second half

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    im thinking theyll beat the pacers, the question is whether you believe further

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    With Collison, out whos' guarding Rose? nobody I think...

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Are we not analyzing that this team matches up well with the Bulls especially after their coach was fired and George/Hansborough have started playing more..
    One thing though whatever the analysts we cannot take anything from one series to next.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    thats why I have been saying that this series won't be easy.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    IT"S ABOUT DAMN TIME BOGANS HIT ONE!!! I was going to take his ass out!!!

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Give Bogans some credit, he's done a nice job in the third. Offensive rebound to an assist to Rose for the Bulls first hoop of the Q, knocks down a three there, and generated a steal and drew an offensive foul on George.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    But he(Bogans) puts so much pressure on Rose which tends to Rose taking bad shots and trying to do too much on his own by screwing up in the first quarter.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    rose shoots too much, always

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Wow. Do you like ANYONE on the team???

  • In reply to zentastic:

    doesnt mean i dont like him, but he shoots too much. Where the hell is deng

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    That Thibodeau fellow sure bosses people around too!

  • In reply to zentastic:

    This is a TERRIBLE offensive performance by everybody, but their in the lead. This kind of reminds me of the game 7 the Bulls played with MJ and Scottie in '98 I believe where it was just as ugly. It boiled down to who could defend and rebound better...

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Like you said earlier, as long as they win. Bulls aren't making it easy, but they should pull it off.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Did Rose eat butter chicken and not wash his hands?

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Rose is tired. He has 2 unforced turnovers. Plus they TJ Ford on Rose. He needs a blow Cj has to give him a blow...

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Bogans has the best job in the world...

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    Brothal quality control?

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Something like that...

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    lol WTF? Brothel?

  • In reply to zentastic:

    Yeah..Brothel...props to Doug

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    Just remembered reading an article on the best jobs in the world, and quality control at a brothel was on the list, and the rest of it was written as if it was a serious list. I just found that funny.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Ugly win

    but these 2 games have really been like the regular season haven't they? And I'll take the regular season Bulls, and thier 12-0 record over the last dozen against the top 7 teams. We've seen this sloppy lackluster team, toying with am inferior opponent like a cat with a mouse. You bring on the big boys, and the Bulls will step up. Let's just hope the home fans do too. Bulls still going to sweep this series.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    This game was very much like the regular season in that it was close but never really in doubt.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    The next game will determine if it's a sweep.

    The Pacers will get a little shot in the arm going back home, and if the Bulls can stay with them, we'll probably be able to look for the brooms. Otherwise it's a 5 game series.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    yea i got it. well played sir, well played

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    Where is Taj ? Thibs has really brain cramped a spell. He need activity real bad right now.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    I agree, Thibs has gone away from Asik/Gibson, seems like a mistake to me. Thomas has been decent, but I don't think you go away from your young guys just because it's the playoffs. Could be part of the reason why the team is so tight when your coach shows signs of being tight too.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    thibodeau has been a total rookie so far. Cant get his guys to play

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    After Rose goes a whole have with no TOs, he has six in Q3 + 1 minute into Q4.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Rose + Korver + Brewer + Thomas + Gibson

    Have those five ever been on the court together before in a game?

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    No. That's why Im questioning Thibs right now....

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Does anybody think Thibs is panicking and that is translating to Rose?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    No. The whole team is playing jittery, but I wouldn't put it on Thibs really. I mean I guess he could be causing it behind the scenes, but I wouldn't just speculate that without having some other kind of reason to believe it.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    The Bulls have lost all offensive philosphy. Boozer not shooting five feet from the basket. Now a turnover... Thibs need to go with Noah, Gibson Deng Korver and Derrick when he's got some rest. They need floor balance, Spacing and scoring real bad right now...

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    That's the lineup I'd like to see too.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    went with Korver + normal starters, pretty close to that.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Why does the team leave rose on the double team?

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    I'd imagine usually because he breaks it then they are in real trouble when two more guys are leave their men to guard Rose and it's one guy defending the other four?

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    wow, I love that that sick reality exists for rose. A one man team destroyer

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Man Dick Stockton is fricken clueless announcing this game. So many bad play calls where he's literally not watching what is going on during the game or understanding.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    +1 all game

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    man! I know right! I caught him with BS on at least 5 occasions, totally clueless, and you could tell the guys in the headphone were correcting him everytime.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Well, what can we take from this game...an ugly win is still a win...the Pacers should still have some confidence heading home...Bulls missed a lot of shots early...and the turnovers were atrocious*...especially early...Boozer needs to make sure he remember to bring his "focus" to game 3...Bogans...it pains me to want him to keep shooting but at this point I guess there really is no other choice...don't want the other team to be able to play 5 on 4 when on defense...good stability by CJ, the rebound margin was as wide as the the Mississippi River but we didn't have a whole lot of second chance points...I figure the number was inflated by a lot of "tip" tries...Noah's ankle problem seems to be a distant memory...the trap really gave D.Rose some problems...but with all that said...we came away with the victory...would have liked to have seen the Bulls hold them under 90 tho...

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    What a shot by Rose and the foul!!!

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Im starting to believe what the critics have been saying about the Bulls, they are too young and inexperienced along with their coach.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    How about the Lakers? They inexperienced for being so jittery they actually lost a game?

  • In reply to Reese1:

    In excusable by Noah on that rebound. Deng's diving, and Noah's doing his Chris Bosh impression of hoping guys don't go to the ground.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Thibs chewed a plug out of Noah's ass for not going to floor and helping Deng on the 50/50 ball!!!

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    This game looks so eerily similar to the 1st game except Psycho-T and Boozer's roles have kind of reversed.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    AJ Price can shoot bthe Damn Ball...

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    That was a deep 3 that was decently contested.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    is it me or C. Webb wayyyyy 2 excited to be a commentator...it's like he's racing against himself when he talks...by the time he finishes he's almost out of breath...

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Doesn't help that he and Stockton have no chemistry and Stockton keeps messing up the game calls.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Does Booz have to yell "Gimmie dat ****" after EVERY rebound

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Yes. Yes he does. Otherwise someone on the Bulls might grab one of his rebounds.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    that was seriously funny....

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Noah needs to slow down a little bit when he has the ball...He plays too fast.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I remember 1 time recently he yelled "Gimme dat Jo!", no kidding

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Korver wasnt worried about his % that time.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Noah secretly wishes he was a point guard...lol

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    He's a great passer for a big man for sure.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Great pass to Korver by JoNO!!!! Buckets and Pain!!! Bulls lead by 5!!!

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    That whole play was decided because Hansbrough decided to go leave his man and sprint out and trap Derrick Rose, but he was coming from 30 feet away and Rose saw it coming with way too much time, made the easy outlet to Noah, when Korver's man collapsed it was over.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    It seems like Thibs knew that would happen. Beatiful play call. If that didn't happen, sure Rose would have drove in for contact.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Noah finally gets a call go his way.....that was quite possibly a make-up call

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    These playoff have seen some bad officiating so far, glad one went the Bulls way.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    I guess it all balances out...with that Hibbert offensive foul I mean.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    You know what nuts? If the Bulls take care of the Ball from here on out they would have held INDY under 90? Considering how terrible they played that is amazing... But we have DROSE aka Kid Dynamite!!!

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    It's hilarious that Webber and Stockton can't figure out the offensive foul. You dumbasses, they called him for clearing out Noah's arm with his off arm to avoid the block.

    It wasn't a charge. It was an iffy call, but it's not like it's hard to see what they called. I keep waiting for them to get it after watching the slow mo replay for like the 10th time, but they don't seem to.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Thats why Im listening tto Stacey, Pip and the Funk...

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    for sure...stacey givin tha hot sauce

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Wish I could have! Any playoff games on the nationally televised WGN? Please?

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Bulls have played like shit these first two games but you cant say Pacers havent come to play. Hope they survive this series and it helps prepare them for round 2.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    A real bad call on DROSE.. AJ Price kicked his legs out and Rose never touched him...

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Terrible reffing down the stretch, two bad calls on Noah blocks, bad call on the Hibbert offensive foul, bad call on not calling Boozer for shoving Foster out of bounds. Bad call on that Rose foul as Price just kicked out his legs to exaggerate contact.

    That said, the calls were bad in all kinds of directions there, just bad reffing.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    The Hibbert offensive foul was especially bad, IMO.
    Changed Pacers standing in this game - they would be going for a win down 2 with the ball.

    Rose gets every call these days, so I don't feel bad about the Noah and Rose fouls.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    9 seconds to go, he needs to retire

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    no clue all game

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    The Pacers are going to be confident as hell in Indy. If the Bulls bring it and win that 3rd game, they'll sweep.

  • In reply to magestew:

    confident? They gave all they had twice, the Bulls played like crap, & they still lost. I don't see it. Fool's gold at best. Bulls fans attending in Indiana should be doing some local broom shopping

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Bulls will play better with a crowd that actually makes noise, even if its negative noise. I guarantee it. Let's go to Indiana (& plug our noses on the drive over, pheww!) Real Bulls fans hit the roads!

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    BULLS WIN!!! Bulls Win!!! BULLS WIN!!!

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Thank God we got a win...sloppy as hell..

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    They fouled Rose? Stupid man...

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I have no more respect for Chris Webber. How can he act like he didn't see THAT SHIT! Price reached out and grabbed Rose's arm and pulled it down. That was ridiculous!

  • In reply to magestew:

    That's why Rose was freaking. That was as blatant as it gets.

  • In reply to magestew:

    Rose is one of those people that you know if they are freaking, something definitely is wrong

  • In reply to magestew:

    I hate floppers & cheaters

  • In reply to magestew:

    Bulls must take care of the ball on this out of bounds play...

  • In reply to magestew:

    Wow, don't feel real good about giving Deng the ball, not a clutch FT shooter, and a shaky ball handler.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Deng got mugged and the ref is just looking!!! Indy trying to foul and the ref is choking on the whistle. Deng sinks both free throws...

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Well, Deng slaps my lack of confidence right back in my face.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Hee-Hee-!!! LOL!!!

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    The referees messed up the Denver-OKC, NY-Celtics games and are trying to mess up this game. Hope Thibs tells them to watch out for Price'
    s legs.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Was a surprise they went to Deng there, glad he came through.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Rebound Brewer!!! Sinks the first and the second!!! Game over Drive home safely!!! Beep-Beep!!!!

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I was thinking the same thing. Glad he came thru.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    wow...when they switch camera shots of the coaches really fast like that...I end up confused....they could warn us!

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    I think its just an auditory illusion caused by calling a game next to the tranquilized Dick Stockton. My God does that man have a pulse?

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Worst announcing team. Ever. Where's Steve Kerr? Now that guy's solid. Hell, give me Reggie Miller even.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    The Pacers have answered so many times thus far in the series it is amazing, got to give them some credit.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    I give them credit for playing really hard, but the Bulls, again, played terribly, not a lot went right, and the Bulls are still going to win.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    It seems like the Bulls never make those half court shots or the shot-clock down to 1 long shots.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    That was a bad call on Noah.. That was all ball!!!

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Called the body, but it was awfully weak.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Another BS call on Noah. Another clean block

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Think he got alot of arm

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    You gotta be freaking kidding me! Where was the freaking foul? Clean block!

  • In reply to EDouble:

    I'm not sweating foul calls this early. Waiting til the Miami series, saving up all my bitching

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Man, Rose just turns into superman in the fourth quarter.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Boozer finally got great post position and the score!!! Here Comes the DROSE TAKE OVA!!!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    they're 2-0 in the playoffs

    love you Reese, but weren't you saying the same stuff during the reg season?

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Yeah, turnovers and poor shooting percentage kept Indy in the game tonight. Everything else was solid. They held the Pacers to 90 pts, which is good for a team that can score like the Pacers can score. They out-rebounded the hell out of them (57 to 33). The Pacers are showing some heart. They're hustling on both ends, knocking Rose around and playing with no fear, but if the Bulls can ever put it all together the games won't be nearly as close.

  • In reply to magestew:

    If the Bulls can shoot a little better, games will be not so close. It is very disturbing that the offense is so bad.

  • In reply to magestew:

    Exactly.

    The turnovers and poor shooting kept it from a double digit win. When they clean that up, it'll be much easier. Pacers are playing above themselves, but they won't be able to maintain it over the length of the series.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Cj with a bis steal and bucket!!!

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    It looks like the Bulls want a 7 game series to get that playoff experience before the second round.

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    What is with the Bulls getting killed with mid court shots?

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Been happening a lot lately. Jameer Nelson had 2 last Sunday but thank goodned the last one didn't count...

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I'm going all Samuel L Jackson here ... "I'm sick of these mother-f'ing half court shots at the mother-f'ing buzzer".

    17 turnovers through 3 quarters, 35% shooting and still tied though ... lucky we played hard and got that #1 seed rather than face a real playoff team.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Big swing at the end of the quarter. Went from up 7 to tied, when they could have pushed it to double digits. Unfortunate. But they still should pull it out.

    Umm...just no more turnovers. Ok?

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    TJ Ford hits that half court grabage? Bad omen, game is tied and the Bulls are showing how green they are...

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Bulls strating to clamp the D and bang the offensive glass relentlessly...

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Energy is good, but they look sloppy. Overpassing, taking one extra dribble, or dribbling in the wrong direction, just don't look like they're synced well.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    How about the Lakers, Spurs, and Magic? They LOST their opening games. Do you write them off too?

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    This united center crowd SUCKS!

    Madhouse on Madison my ass

    if you're not going to help your team out people, stay home & watch the game in surround sound on your 60" high-def TVs. Real fans would love to have your seats.

    If you were on e of the rare fans not sitting on your wrist & hand jewelry all game, my apologies, keep up the good work.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Agreed...Sometimes it looks like a chill-out lounge or something...

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    they are making it very difficult at the moment. It's like they are waiting to turn on a switch but their offense is not built for that.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    At times like these that you throw in a little Rasual Butler to try and change the pace...send a message!!!

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Noah has to definitely learn some breathing/yoga exercises to calm himself down. He is just too hyped up..
    The Bulls have not been sharp in their passing...this must be one of the worst turnover games after the GS/Portland games..

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Shot terribly, down 3. Bulls should win comfortably when their shooting regresses toward the mean in the second half.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Can Bogans hit a wide open shot? Hell to the naw. If Bogans misses another wide open shot, Korver or Butler has to play...

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Thank you. A voice of reason.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    They just have to relax and play smart. It's not what Indyu's doing it's what the Bulls are doing to themselves. They'll be OK even in the next round...

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Agreed. 36% shooting, 10 turnovers, DRose sitting with early foul trouble. That won't happen often, if ever.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    deng misses the hating, trying to get it back

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Man, Bulls can't buy a bucket. However, the Pacers aren't doing a whole lot better. Difference is that the Bulls have missed a ton of point blank shots.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    They're missing Collison really bad right now...The Bulls are rushing their offense, their shots and putbacks. They just need to slow down a little. This is the ployoff experience that many have spoken about. They need to learn how to control their energy..

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    I agree. They look like the pressure of the playoffs have gotten to them badly. Fortunately, the Pacers aren't that good, or it could be costly.

    Hopefully they get the butterflies out of their system by the 2nd round or else an experienced team like Orlando might take them out early.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Will the Bulls even score 70 today?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Bulls threatening to win their second quarter of the series here in the third.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Who cares? Just win the damn game...

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Well I think it's awfully unlikely they win if they don't score 70, but fortunately it looks like they'll manage.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Thibs need to call a time out. Thomas turnover is about to cost their momentum...

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Bulls just dominating the offensive glass, but they just can't get anything to go.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    yes I do chicken little

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    what is bogans providing out there, honestly

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    The Bulls spacing is terrible and Bogans will not come to the balls on the weak side. He stands and ball watches... HE HAS TO MOVE WITHOUT THE BALL!!!

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    UC finally waking up.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Tho we are the vastly superior team, we didnt play like it.

    I think for Hibbert, it would be good to throw Asik at him for length. His hook was falling a bit. Our D was not on point.

    I doubt there will be a blowout but the Pacers played their minds out. IDK what will happen, but im sure this game will be exciting regardless.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    The problem with Asik is he gives almost no offense. There are too many guys on this team who can go "blank" on offense(Asik, Brewer,Bogans,Noah) and if the others(Boozer,Deng) are struggling, it is a nightmare. You have to hold your opponent to almost nothing.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    In the last 2 games with Indy, our defense has been the problem, we only played D for about 3:28.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I agree but I don't know if that level of defense can be sustained for a whole game without fouling. If we put in Asik, we become the Bucks in a way. Good defense, no offense...
    If the SG and PF guys can make some shots, then Asik can be out there stopping somebody like Hibbert or Howard. Maybe, he works on his offense and will not be such a liability next year.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    I just got done watching game 1 again and now I don't feel as bad about Boozer. He was pretty good before he got in foul trouble and even though he wasn't good after that a lot of the points Hansbrough scored were in the 3rd when Boozer wasn't even in the game.

  • In reply to dldjr:

    he did not deserve the amount of criticism he received after game 1

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Thats what I am saying but I guess we have to pin it on someone

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    What I am more frustrated is with Korver than Boozer. I know he did hit the big shot but I was yelling so many times, c'mon shoot it.
    He is passing off to Noah or Bogans or Brewer or a lesser shooter.
    I heard him once on the radio and the thing he told troubled me. He said he tries to keep his percentage at 50 as much as he can.
    Who cares about that...

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Korver is my main worry. I heard him on the radio sometime ago that he tries to keep his shooting around 50%...He just got a new contract and this is the playoffs. I understand for the reg season he gets paid for his one-trick. But, c'mon just shoot it without passing to one of the bad shooting guys like Brewer or Noah. Even if there is a smaller defender on him, he passes.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    sorry...same post edited..

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Wow really? Thats just dumb on his part!! Save that for the contract year!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Don't save that at all...play for the name on the front of the jersey not on the back! :-)

  • In reply to smiley:

    Haha thats an awesome saying!

  • In reply to smiley:

    I hope Thibs gives Booz the old stay aggressive talk! While we dont want him to foul out I will take 25-30 minutes of aggressive Booz vs 35-40 of passive Booz

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    This! You are spot on sir. Just take this to another level:
    I'll take 25 minutes of agressive Boozer otherwise I don't want him at all.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Rose on Collison is still the key. Can rose do a better job of keeping him out of the lane...

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Well, it didn't look so bad when he said that in the sense(I think it was on ESPN local radio in Chicago)the interviewer didn't ask him back on that. I think he had a great shooting night the previous day. But the sentence kind of implied that he will pass shots to keep his percentage(he didn't say that). And, off-course he passed up a lot of shots in the Indy game.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I truely think this statement (which I haven't heard) is likely taken out of context. Korver has to make such quick decisions coming off screens and there is no way he is holding back a shot if he thinks it is the correct basketball play. He is not a chucker and there are probably good reasons if he does pass up shot, but I truely doubt they are selfish in nature. Sometimes a shooter wont catch it cleanly or reads the D and chooses not to just force a shot, this is called SHOT SELECTION.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    No..you are giving him a break. It depends on the situation. If he was Bogans, I agree. There are not many good shooters on this team. His bad shot is probably better than a lot of other guys good shots.
    Today, the Bulls analyst was talking the same thing. He was talking about the number of shots Korver passed up. It was very obvious and frustrating. He was also saying Rose/Thibs keeps saying he needs to shoot more.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I agree that there are times he passes up shots that he should take and I also agree that his bad shot is probably better than some of his teammates good shots. What I question is his motivation for passing shots up. If he is doing so for selfish reasons I would be very surprised.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Double/Double Hopes for Boozer

    Here's hoping Carlos Boozer has a double/double game tonite.

    How many of us broke our hand, twisted our ankle and played as much basketball this year as did Boozer? Only these players know how long the NBA season really is.

    I hope all the Bulls show up tonite. But I especially hope Carlos Boozer has a big game. A double/double with defensive effort would quiet a lot of critics, including me.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    The key tonight is team defense.

    With all this discussion on the offensive side (which seems like the aspect most fans focus on), it was the DEFENSE that Thibs was pissed about, and he was quoted as saying that the offense was fine and 104 points should be plenty to win a game. Look for defense to be vastly improved. The Pacers won't be getting their "A-game" from all those players again. Just won't happen. And it's why the Bulls will win by at least double digits.

  • In reply to zentastic:

    Totally agree. The entire defense was awful for most of the game last time. Let's shut them down and play that stifling defense...don't let them get confident early.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Boozer is the key to tonight's game, he has to be more aggressive on defense when guarding Hansbrough who he made look like an all star. That has been happening a lot this year when it comes to Boozer and his defense on some of the average power forwards in the league. He also needs to stop all that damn yelling and actually draw a foul so he can get to the free throw line. I think if he can accomplish that his rhythm for the entire game should be much better and Thibs need to go to Taj a bit more if Boozer is having trouble again. And the Bulls still should not take the Pacers lightly cause again... I have had a chance to watch this team a lot this year and they are much better team than what their record shows especially at Conceco Fieldhouse.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I don't agree with the yelling part. If that is what makes him go and others on the team don't care...what's the big deal.
    I also think the Pacers are a better team than they are given credit for. They have a lot of good players with a stud. Imagine the Pacers and replace Collison with Rose. They will be a very, very good team.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Every Bulls game should be watched on CSN, regardless. Stacey King and Neil Funk are half the fun of watching on TV. Gimme some hot sauce!

  • In reply to goldfinger0014:

    Those outside of Chicago can't however because of local blackout rules

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Ya I would if I was in Chicago but being in Utah it blacks me out!! Game 3 i think is on NBATV hopefully it will be the Bulls announcers and not the pacers

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    road game means likely Pacers team :(

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    The NBA is depriving it's fans!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    So did anyone see that Keith Bogans actually got a first place vote for Defensive Player of the Year? The meaning of those awards just took a serious hit for me.

  • I might be alone but I think Booz played pretty good until he got into early foul trouble and then he just sucked

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    no I agree with that, and I think it goes overlooked. He couldn't be as aggressive once he got his 2nd, 3rd fouls. Thats what we want out of Boozer, to be aggresive on offense & defense. He didn't have his best game, but I think there was a large overreaction, and he served as a lightning rod of sorts.

    Carlos will bounce back. He is a big time playoff producer. Give him a chance guys.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I agree.

    The fouls really hurt Boozer and, as he's since admitted, made him less aggressive. I expect him to play better tonight, mostly on the offensive end but hopefully defensively as well.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    there is a reason he got into foul trouble, all his basic moves are fouls. I am surprised he makes it thru any game without being in foul trouble.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    he gets crap calls too. I've never seen someone called so much for just backing someone down

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Definitely agree, Boozer had 8 pts in the 1st quarter and played pretty well, then 2 pts in the 2nd qtr before getting another foul and sitting until the 2nd half. Foul trouble def killed his aggressiveness and I hope we'll see an aggressive Boozer (not in early foul trouble) tonight.

    Also, if Psycho-T gets hot again...Kurt Thomas better elbow him a little harder in the head tonight!

  • I am not sure if the Bulls will do what we are expecting...that is come out blowing the Pacers out and leading by double digits by the start of the 4th quarter. More Energy is good but if the Bulls offense is not clicking on shots, it is not very useful.
    I think though Boozer will have a good "stats" game

  • Wasn't it the Pacers the team that made every shot but the last one in a quarter this year? I wouldn't expect them to shoot as well but they certainly have multiple shooters that could do damage. Dunleavey, Rush and George I dont recall having that great of a shooting night but any of them are capable of it.

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