Rodman elected to HOF, Bulls magic number down to five

Per Detroit free press:

Former Detroit Pistons Bad Boy Dennis Rodman has been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The
official announcement is expected to be made Monday at the Final Four
in Houston. Rodman shared the news the with media before tonight's
ceremony to retire his No. 10 at the Palace.

Congrats Dennis, I wasn't sure whether he'd ever make it in, but when I saw the class of competitors this year, I thought he was probably a lock.

Turns out to be accurate. 

As for the Bulls, they beat the Pistons despite a pretty mediocre defensive effort.  With Boston falling to Atlanta, the Bulls magic number has dropped to five with seven games left to go. 

Their number vs the Heat is down to four (apparently I was off by one on all my magic numbers in the pregame article, I suck).   With the Heat's win, and Boston's loss, the two teams are now tied for the 2nd seed though the Celtics own the tie breaker, it's hard to imagine them playing well down the stretch.   They also play each other once more meaning that both teams control their own destiny at this point for the second seed.

The Spurs lost, lowering their lead on the Bulls (and Lakers for that matter) in the loss column to a mere single game.  Tim Duncan is back (apparently he was back against Boston as well, so I'm a moron), but it's not pulling them out of their funk yet.   The teams are presently tied in the tie breaker (record against opposing conference) with each having one game left against the opposing conference.

Chicago plays Phoenix while the Spurs play @Atlanta.   If one team wins and one loses, that team would hold the tie breaker, otherwise I'm not certain.  I've read record vs playoff teams or someone mentioned coin flip, but I can't say I'm certain.

L.A. is playing the Jazz presently, and while the game is tied at this exact moment, L.A. has all the momentum, and I'll assume they end up taking the game.   It now looks like L.A. is going to win the #1 seed as long as they can take care of business against the Spurs on April 12th.

[update, ack, forgot to change the title, and still had six in there, magic number is five]

Comments

Leave a comment
  • Good for Dennis, he deserves it.

    The tie breaker rules on NBA.COM suggest different to the other conference rules we've been talking about recently: http://www.nba.com/statistics/playoff_picture.html

    That page says "d. Home Court Advantage:For purposes of home court advantage, ties will be broken pursuant to the procedures used for breaking two-team ties for playoff position." which makes me think what whoever gave the opposite conference advice was mistaken.

    And the normal rules are:
    * Games against each other (Bulls and Lakers/Spurs are both 1-1 so doesn't apply)
    * Better winning percentage against teams in own conference (Lakers and Spurs both currently beat the Bulls here)

    So as of right now I think the Bulls lose the tie breaker against both LA and SA. I don't think they can pass LA without passing them in wins, but with the Spurs the following rules are still in play:

    * Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in own conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position).
    * Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in opposite conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position).
    * Better net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents (

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    It was a very professional win. As we near towards the end of the season, I have Noah and Bogans as my two concerns. Boozer, Deng, Korver do disappear in some games but they have shown they can get it done if they are healthy/rested/focussed.
    Bogans misses more than half of his shots and he is wide open for most of his shots. He can play decent defense but on a offensively challenged team, he is going to be the game changer. I know that everybody has an idea about Bogans but he is consistently bad. I am worried that during the playoffs that Rose might go more ISO if he sees Bogans bricking a lot. Bogans is the new Hinrich..
    We can hope about Noah atleast. If he gets his "tornade" shot going, his defender cannot cheat on him to double/trouble Boozer.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Awesome to see Rodman finally get the recognition he deserves. Here was a pretty good article from a few weeks ago discussing his HOF credentials...and I think they made a pretty good case for him. http://chasing23.com/2011/02/making-a-case-for-the-worm/

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Does anybody else think it was silly how much time and energy was wasted arguing about whether or not the Bulls should have kept BG? He was once again outplayed by Bogans. There's no way this team comes together if they are spending $11 mil/year for a guy with a PER of 13.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/cbsports-could-bulls-get-homecourt-throughout-playoffs-20110401,0,5218135.story

    See also this story by KC Johnson on the tiebreaker.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Congrats to "The Worm." In his comments in the article I read in the Trib he seemed nearly sane...wait, I'm thinking of the one where the Pistons retired his number. Still, as perhaps the greatest rebounder of all time (even if Doug you consider that as being a "specialist", and I don't want to get into that discussion again) and an integral part of 5 NBA championship teams, good for him. Jeez, Rodman is almost as old as I am, let's hope he calms down and tries to exhibit some class in the future.

  • Congrats to Rodman for making the HOF. I hope MJ and PIP is there to welcome him in. I know he only played 3 years for the Bulls but I think they should retire number 91, who else is gonna want to wear that number anyway and those 3 years that he was there is part of the 72-10 season which is still the best record ever. Without Roman the Bulls wouldn't have those 3

  • In reply to Reese1:

    other championships, the second 3. Rodman is a perfect example of a defensive power forward. He did everything a normal power forward doesn't do in today game. It wasn't a pretty win for the Bulls, but games like this one shows character and that they are ready for the playoffs. I just hope that when Noah comes back, Boozer will continue to play like he has the past couple of games and that those two can find some rhythm together on the court.

Leave a comment