Bulls vs Suns 7pm on WCIU, tiebreaker vs Spurs to be decided

The Chicago Bulls play their final west coast game tonight against the Phoenix Suns.  The San Antonio Spurs play in Atlanta against the Hawks.   The teams are presently tied against the opposing conference.    It's likely that both teams win, but if either one loses then the other will own the tiebreaker.

In other seeding action, the Lakers host the Jazz  and the Celtics host the 76ers.   I'll go ahead and assume the Lakers beat the Jazz, but the 76ers could definitely edge the Celtics if they don't bring their A game.

Derrick should be set to dominate

The Suns aren't good defensively anyway, but Rose has especially torched them in the past, look for Nash to have an especially long night defensively (if he plays) trying to defend Rose.

If Nash is out, the defense might be better, but the offense will be so much worse.  Either way, the Bulls should dominate at the point of attack.

Put the pressure on early

The Suns were recently eliminated from the playoffs, and while I'm sure they'll put up a strong fight out of pride, if the Bulls come out physically and get a good lead early it should be easy to take the fight out of them.

Figure out the Boozer/Noah dynamic

Noah should be back, and the Bulls will need to figure out how to play Boozer/Noah effectively together before the playoffs.   Make a special point to work on that dynamic the rest of the season.   Boozer missed practice with flu like symptoms earlier, but he's expected to go against Phoenix as well.

Final thoughts

With any luck, the Bulls can pick up a couple of games on the Magic Number tonight.

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  • Didn't get a chance to watch or comment on the Raptors game, but I did notice something very interesting in the box score.

    did anyone else notice the discrepancy in the +/- stats.

    BGBoozer, Bogans and Kurt Thomas, all minus 9

    everybody else but Watson plus 9 or greater topped off by Asik at +18.

    Could just be a statistical quirk, but very interesting about what it might say.

    I read somewhere a while ago that Asik or lineups featuring Asik are the best per 48 defensive lineups in the league.

    While making the case against Rose for MVP Hollinger called Asik the best backup center in the NBA.

    Next year, whenever that is, after/if we acquire a quality starting calibre 2 guard, I would love to see Asik and Noah start together. Having Asik on the court would allow Noah to due all the things that he does best without worrying that no one else has his back. Not 100% sure that Noah can play power forward all the time against all power forwards, but with Asik's likely development it would be well worth looking into.

    BGBoozer can be the sixth man that Gordon was always supposed to be, and just as overpaid as Gordon always wanted to be.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I'm not sure putting Noah and Asik together is the answer, defense yes, offense no. I like the idea of Boozer coming off the bench and would start Taj in his place. If we get a scoring 2 then we dont need Boozers offense as much in the starting unit and could really start playing some lock down "D". Not sure if Boozers ego could handle it though.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    SteveNashTweet....

    On to the Bulls. Btw in team film session this am it was a D Rose highlight reel! He's so good I was laughing out loud! Who says MVP?

  • In reply to Waldock:

    maybe he could afford to laugh because grant hill gets rose and nash on bogans?

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Speaking of the SUNS, is Gortat a top 5 Center in the league for the next 3/5 years? He is physical(looks mean), has some offense, plays good defense. After Howard, Bynum most other centers are usually one way players(defensive like Noah, Perkins, Bogut) or offensive players(Lopez). I think Phoenix won that deal with Orlando and on top of it the Bulls match-up well with Orlando after that deal.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I think Gortat can develop into a top 5 Center in the NBA over the next 5 years. However, as of right now, I would put Howard, Bynum, Bogut, Hibbert, Nene, Kaman, Noah, Lopez, Gasol (Marc) and Chandler ahead of him. In the end, each team, I think, got what they wanted. The Magic wanted to unload Carter, try to revitalize Turkoglu's career and take on a proven scorer in Richardson. The Suns unloaded Turkoglu, acquired a solid front court player/draft pick, and will probably waive Carter before he's due $18 mil, which will cost the team $4 mil/save money.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    the nba is a better league with the suns in it.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    i dont know what anybody else thinks but i dont want the spurs losing any more games, if they lose the 1 seed to the lakers you can be sure 100% sure they'll be in the finals. I think the bulls can take the spurs with or without home court. I think the lakers are not a winnable matchup. I don't want the lakers in the finals n matter who they play anyway. Of course, theyll probably make it to the finals with or without home court. It sucks.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    I agree that the Lakers are a tougher match-up for the Bulls. But, if the Spurs are in the finals...that means they are playing at a very high level and it will be tough on the Bulls anyhow. Actually, the Lakers have no answer for Rose if somebody can occupy Bynum so that he can't guard the paint area. It also depends on the path for the Lakers..if they play long drawn series, I doubt Kobe has the legs to play another long series against the East. He sucked in the 7th game last year and the sudden loss of Perkins helped them win.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    And i know no one wants to see Kobe get #6 at teh UC.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    I want to see him fail to get #6 at the UC though.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Wow, Bulls really laying an egg at the end of this game.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Suns announcer saying that tonight Rose is Derrick Flowers not Derrick ROse

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I think I'm going to resort to the win is a win cliche at this point ... I just want to forget everything that happened after the Bulls were up 22. :)

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Someone needs to tell Vince Carter that "orange and green should never be seen" re his headband.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    i think the two teams best equipped to beat the lakers out west are okc and the nuggets. lakers win the 1 and they have to play one of them, and then probably the spurs if they win, arguably a tougher road for them.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    kind of a reverse of the first bulls/suns game, but this one was never in doubt for me. suns ran out of gas. go bulls!

  • In reply to BigWay:

    We have a starting quality 2 guard, his name is Ronnie Brewer, we just don't start him for team balance reasons. Likewise we're not benching Boozer for Asik. I'm a big Asik (and Brewer) fan but I think the way the team currently works is good, bring those guys in off the bench in bursts to let them go flat out as a change up in style.

    I think Asik and Noah can and will play together more in the future though, I just don't think it will be starting together.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Brewer is not a starting guard for the Bulls. We need somebody who can space the floor and can make jump-shots. He otherwise satisfies almost every other requirement though. Or if we can get Noah to make his "tornado" shots, IMO then maybe Brewer can start.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Well that's what I mean, he's starting quality but he's not what we need in the starting lineup so he comes off the bench. I think Asik is in the same boat, he might be a good solution as starting center on a team with a scoring PF, but if the plan is to push Noah to PF I don't think Asik works.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Out of topic:

    What about the Bulls retiring #53 Artis Gilmore, now a HOF...?

  • In reply to Hanseatico:

    I think once a team wins multiple championships, you cannot retire banners for players who were not the main guys on those championship teams. The Bulls might have to do something else like maybe put a "bust" of all Bulls great players and kind of make a museum at UC.

  • In reply to Hanseatico:

    tough because he only played i think 5 years for the team.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    not sure about 6th man, but i'd like to try boozer in as a primary scorer with the second team sometime. seems like watson could get him the ball and run the pick and roll with boozer, too. maybe asik/boozer/korver/brewer/watson. not a lineup i've seen that much but wonder if it would be effective in certain situations, and give rose and deng a break.

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