Adjustments for game three - play with speed

So the Miami Heat came back after an embarrassing game one defeat, brought the defense and shut down the Bulls.   Chicago's atrocious performance on offense and the resurgence of Udonis Haslem decided the game in favor of Miami.   What should Chicago do differently to take game three?

One thing the Bulls did well was judiciously use their transition game

They pushed the pace when they had numbers and generally tried to take quality shots when they had transition opportunities.  They had a good amount of fast break points in transition where they had numbers.

However, the Bulls need to extend this philosophy some and attempt to get more early offense points.

The Bulls used to play fast on offense slow on defense

Now they're just slow.

When the Bulls didn't have numbers or a clear advantage Derrick Rose walked the ball up the court every possession, frequently doing a little jog to make sure he gets past the half court line in time for the eight second rule.   Then he walks it up to the three point line and typically pounds his dribble for a few more seconds.

The Bulls, as a team, aren't even attempting to get into their offensive sets until they've wasted 10-12 seconds of the shot clock.  This really has hurt the offensive flow of the team for several reasons.

Where's the passing?

The Bulls didn't move the ball side to side much.   They didn't hit guys on basket cuts frequently.   We didn't see the interior passing which led to easy hoops around the basket.

Overall, the Bulls offense was far more stagnant.   The Bulls ran to many plays that fell into one of these categories:

1: Derrick Rose shoots without passing.
2: Derrick delivers a pass to a guard gets the ball back, resets, and shoots without passing
3: Derrick drives, kicks it out, someone shoots without passing

None of those three play types are bad in and of themselves, but when it's all the team is doing, it's not working the ball around to find a better shot.   One of the big culprits was a lack of time to do so.

Why are they slowing down the pace?

A few reasons immediately leap to mind:

1: They want to make sure they don't give Miami transition opportunities with sloppy passing.
2: They want to give Derrick Rose a few seconds on offensive possessions to slow down and get a breather
3: They simply feel they're much better than Miami in the half court
4: They're scared of Miami and want to shorten the game by making it come down to fewer possessions

I doubt number four has much validity to it, but it's one of the prime reasons to slow down a game, so I through it out there.  As for the other reasons, I think they have varying amounts of validity.

If the Bulls are scared of the Miami transition game they can still get into their offense quickly without taking bad shots.   Just jog the ball up the court and start initiating your offense four seconds sooner to give the team more time to work for a good shot.  It doesn't necessitate a fast shot though.

If they want to give Derrick a breather then pull him for C.J. Watson in the third period again.   I'd rather have Derrick going really hard for 38 minutes than Derrick playing 44 but taking 6 minutes of breathers on the court by walking the ball up to catch his breath.   Rose does look more winded at the end of games when he hasn't had his 3rd quarter rest as well.

If they think they can beat Miami in a slow down half court game, well maybe they can, but giving themselves an extra four or five seconds to run that half court offense will only increase their odds right?

Let's face it, Boozer's the worst front court player in the rotation right now

The vast majority of the baskets he makes are ones that Taj or Noah would also finish easily.   The fade away jumpers he makes are at such a low percentage that you'd rather have Noah and Taj simply not take them.

The thought that Boozer helps add space to the floor by providing a threat is no longer accurate.   The Heat aren't honoring him as a scorer anymore.   Either Boozer needs to punish them by proving them wrong, or the Bulls need to come to the realization that it's not going to happen and limit his minutes.

As such, the Bulls need to see more Noah/Taj and Noah/Omer lineups.   Thibodeau has already gotten the message by limiting Boozer's time on the floor, but those limits might need to get even harsher if Boozer can't deliver on offense.

The other three Bulls big men all can defend Wade/James for brief stretches on switches, they all close out well, rotate well, and have great defensive instincts.   If Boozer was giving the Bulls the offense they needed then it'd be a tough choice.  He hasn't given the Bulls that since prior to his ankle injury a few weeks before the regular season ended though.

It's getting a little late in the game to hope he picks it up now.

Final thoughts

I feel good about this series right now.   Obviously not as good as when the Bulls were up 1-0 after game one, but better than I expected going into game three.    Chicago has shown its defense can handle the Miami Heat offense fairly well.   They're taking away enough things from Miami to limit them offensively.

The question since we've crafted our identity as a team was whether or not this team had enough offense.   I don't know if they do or not, but the defense has played at a such a high level the offense doesn't need to do that much.  

Chicago could have easily won game two.  Miami had no chance in game one.   In the end, point differential is meaningless in the playoffs, but I really like the way the Bulls are playing overall. 

Prior to the series starting I thought the Heat were a 60/40 favorite.   I'd put the series at 50/50 right now and maybe shade it slightly in the Bulls favor.  I think the Bulls will split the games in Miami, likely winning game three.   If it comes down to a three game series where the Bulls have home court, you have to like the Bulls odds.

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  • You know Thibs isn't going to completely quit on hoping Booz can give us some offense so I propose Booz gets the ball on the high post.

    Booz on the low post right now results in nothing but blocked shots, turnovers, or if we're lucky, contested fade-away jumpers.

    Booz on the high post results in open (but contested) jumpers, with the other big in position for offensive rebounds. Plus Booz is a decent passer from that position.

    I've also noticed that offensively, if Kyle Korver isn't hitting his shots, we do just as well to have Ronnie Brewer lurking around for his garbage points. When Ronnie's getting his garbage points, the opposing defense starts to get scrambled a bit, somehow resulting in better offense.

  • In reply to bentheredengthat:

    I agree with you, I'd run more Boozer/Rose pick and rolls while Boozer is in the game with the hope of getting him open jumpers occasionally or hitting him rolling to the basket. Boozer in the low post definitely isn't getting the Bulls anything good on offense.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Boozer does not set good picks, and he really doesn't do pick and roll well since he cannot finish at the rim unless he is completely unguarded.

    He is purely pick and pop at this point, so it is a crap shoot if his shot is falling. Taj is just as likely to his that wide open jumper as is Boozer.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Good point, I would see what Boozer can give us anything early. If he cannot provide any offense then put him on the bench because he kills our defense.

  • Agree, but I think the Bulls' funk will continue into game 3, but they regroup and take game 4, and keep it rolling into game 5. Bulls up 3-2 heading to MIA for game 6. Why? Just my gut.

    Even with that scenario I think the series is 50/50 odds.

  • It is obvious when the Bulls win easily and when they struggle. It is when Rose passes a lot and others are involved. The Heat are tough because they jump into passing lanes a lot. If that is the case, then the offense has to start early and lot of movement of the players has to occur. That will not happen if Deng and Rose are playing for 40+ minutes. So, Thibs has to trust CJ to give Rose a break.

  • Doug you may on to something. The Bulls have to have transition not just necessarily to score but to force mismatches. The beneficiary of this would be DRose. Miami is very good with their half court defense. Now with Haslem back, believe it or not their bigs become a little bit better because someone like Magliore can play a lot more help defense rather than haveing to defend straight up. By speeding up the pace a little more, they will get better spacing and possibly their share of mismatches. The downside to that is turnovers. Even though the Bulls slowed the pace down in game 2, the plus side is that the didn't turn ther ball over. I believe this is what is really the main concern for them. They just don't want to allow Miami to get out on the break and get easy baskets beacuse of that. For the next two games, I would try to get Boozer going in the block. I would tell him no jump shots unless they are 10 feet in and they aren't guarding him. If not, he has to get down low and get into an offensive rhythym to draw double teams and look for the open man out of the post. This has been the biggest problem the offense has in the playoffs. When Miami doesn't honor Boozer as a scorer, the Bulls become very perimiter oriented and the lane (Driving and Passing)becomes closed. Boozer is so critical for them to have offensive success. For those who say give Taj Gibson Boozer's minutes, that's fine but you would rather establish Boozer early and bring Gibson in with his athleticism to compliment Boozer's inside prescence. This is why the Bulls have been so successful this year when Boozer has been consistent with his scoring. Also Kyle Korver has to find his shot earlier in the game. Ha can't bail by not taking shots. I kinda felt that there were were some shots he passed on because Miami's defensive rotation bothered him. He has to become offensive minded when he hits the floor. Finally DRose has taken a lot of hits for the loss of this game. But all I remember is that is what his constant and dogged penetration that got him to the line time and time again to get the game tied at 75 apiece. Other guys like Boozer, Korver and even Deng have to play to thier capabilities offensively or DRose will not have a chance to get to the rim.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Another remedy is to increase CJ's minutes on the floor by pairing him with DRose. It's the Bulls version of going small. But the quickness and penetration that can come from that may be a plus. You may have to go with it for 3-5 minutes to see if Miami can adjust to that.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    I've thought this theory would work out well, but thus far it hasn't. CJ hasn't shot the ball well enough which has been one of the primary reasons it's failed.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Doug I understand about the shots not falling but he can provide another ball handler and his on the ball defense is good.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    thinking big sexy could give taj a breather if taj gets more playin time because of boozers struggles....thomas is a better defender than boozer and he can shoot mid range jumper and pick and roll with derrick. he has done it consistently throughout the season when given the playin time. no one is respecting boozer right now. why not use thomas to get one of miami guys out of the lane. more spacing on the floor and room for derrick to drive to basket.

  • In reply to sharynlewis:

    I agree. I don't think Thomas will get killed by playing 10/12 mins. He has definitely got better hands than Boozer but not the rebounding of Boozer. He can definitely play against Miami of all teams. I think Haslem's play was more of a fluke than normal.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Any minute Kurt Thomas plays is a minute that Omer Asik should have gotten. Unless there's an injury or crazy foul trouble Big Sexy shouldn't play.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    While I totally agree about Asik vs Thomas,

    IF it comes down to a choice between Bozo and Big Sexy, I'm taking Big Sexy.

  • In reply to sharynlewis:

    Eh, Bulls had a clunker in game 2, at least offensively. It's not the first time. Think back to some of the horrible teams they lost to during the regular season.

    They will undoubtedly bounce back in game 3. What are the odds that the whole team will shoot terrible two games in a row? I'm not saying they will win, necessarily, but I think they will be a lot more competitive at the end of the game.

    They need to pass more on offense, Derrick needs to get a breather early in the 4th, and the Bulls need to convert more of the

  • In reply to sharynlewis:

    Going into the ECF I had serious doubts whether the Bulls could beat Miami. After game 1 I was happy with the win, but still a little bit worried. After watching how bad the Bulls played in game 2, and still have a chance to win, I now believe if the Bulls simply play their normal game and hit free throws and wide open jump shoots, no way Miami can beat them. The Bulls pure and simply are the better team. We have the better coach and our over team concept trumps Miami. I'm still wary of Miami, but for the first time all year, I expect the Bulls to get into and have a damn good chance of winning the Finals. I know this is a bold statement but this is how I feel and the first 2 games of this series suggests that it is more than possible to happen. As good as Miami's defense was, it was not the difference to me and nor was Haslem. Missed shoots, missed free throws. When need Korver to find his shot and DRose to be DRose. Go BULLS!

  • In reply to johcoh:

    Agreed. Sure Haslem had a nice game but we shot 34%...that was the issue. Miami plays good D but we missed a lot of easy close up shots and tips ins.

  • In reply to bullswin60606:

    Don't forget all of the open 3's. I haven't watched the game again to count, but on the low side, I'd bet that at least 12 of the 17 missed 3's were wide open looks. Hit 3 more of the open 3's going 6/20 (30%) which is still very bad shooting and it's a completely different outcome.

  • In reply to johcoh:

    I feel more and more this way too.

  • In reply to johcoh:

    One more thing I'd like to add is that we've been down this same route before with Ben Wallace. And in that experience things got worse before they got better and i see a similar situation with Boozer. I say we trade him after this season for whatever we can get while he still has some value to bring in someone who can even partially help this win. The longer he's here the less valuable he'll get because i don't expect him to play much better than he has and he aint done much all year even when he was healthy. At his best he played less effective than Noah on offense which is bad because Noah isn't really known for his offense downlow. Boozer was suppose to be that offensive punch downlow but he's had a very dissapointing season and has been a no show in the playoffs. Whats worse is that with Boozers injury history don't be surprised that he starts off good next year and then be out for the whole season. Thats what he did in Utah several times. I really hate we signed this guy.

  • In reply to ajay708:

    Its amazing we won 62 games with our prize free agent stinking up the joint.

  • In reply to johcoh:

    I totally agree, I got more confidence out of the game 2 lose, than I did out of the game 1 victory.

    It reminds me of how I felt in the 93 ECF, the third year of the first 3 peat, when the Bulls played the Knicks and the Knicks won the first 2 games in NY. The Bulls played like crap and could have won both games, I knew that they were going to win the series and they swept the next 4 games.

    Not saying the Bulls will win out, but everything went Miamis way in game 2 and it was tied with 4+minutes to go.

    The Bulls just blew that game.

  • In reply to sharynlewis:

    Game 3 is very crucial for the Bulls. If they win, they really get a big advantage because of their bench. The Heat bench will not have time to recover after that as there are only 1 day breaks, less time for Spoelstra to make adjustments and Wade/Haslem not able to play long minutes and still bounce back with full energy.

    The challenge for Thibs is:
    1. Make LeBron spend more energy
    2. Get Korver confidence. If he doesn't shoot well, we are done.
    3. Slow down Wade's easy buckets. He gets too many easy points like standing back after a offensive assignment and get any open pass. Mobile guys like Noah, Asik also slow him down.
    4. The key is two of Bogans, Brewer, Korver, CJ, Gibson have to score around 10 points to take pressure of the main guys.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Would like to add #5:

    5. Somebody give Boozer a week-old pepperoni pizza from Papa John's (that's been laying in my Uncle Leo's basement) one hour before game time. This will ensure a mild form of food poisoning which will prevent Carlos from playing.

  • In reply to hgarbell:

    Let it go. He is hurt and is not consistent this year. A reporter on ESPN told yesterday that his finger(which was hurt in the beginning)is disfigured. Plus, his other injuries(which was unlucky and happened while playing) on his ankle have slowed him down. We are not going to see him at his best this year. I just hope he is confident enough to get his share of points to give a break to the other guys who can turn it on after he sits in the 4th quarter.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Oh Please! Assuming you are correct that his finger, toe, or whatever is preventing him from sucking does it really matter? He is hurting the team. He is pathetic on defense and soft on offense. I think the guy is on a downhill slide (for whatever reason) plus he needs a heart transplant. But the key is not what you or I think but what Thibs thinks. Our $15 million man is sitting on his ass the entire 4th quarter in the biggest game of the year. Now what does that tell you? Do the words "worthless in the clutch" come to mind?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I totally disagree with you about Haslem. Similar to Noah, he is Miami's blood and guts glue guy, and severely cuts into the advantage we thought we had in bench play. Unfortunately, Haslem can be a difference maker in this series.

  • In reply to RichG:

    Yeah...if he was healthy for the whole season. But, he has been hurt and not really in rhythm. We have seen with Noah. After his injury, he played one great game and then kind of slowed down for a while and then played a great game again. I might be wrong, but I doubt Haslem can play that well again consistently. Plus, Thibs didn't even probably think he can play to account for him.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    In future games, even if Haslem produces 60% of what he did on Wednesday, the fact that Thibs has to account for him, is time taken away from other Heat players Thibs has to account for.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I'll be surprised if Haslem looks as good as he did in Game 2 as well. He just cant be in that good of shape. The shorter turn arounds might catch up. That said it's still the Bulls hitting more that 34% of their shots that will matter. The Heat scored 85 points with Haslems monster game...BFD.

  • In reply to bullswin60606:

    Even if Haslem scores 0 points, his spirit and will is infectious. He can also lessen our effectiveness on the offensive glass. He's someone Bull's players need to account for.

  • In reply to RichG:

    If most of the Bulls fans don't expect Taj to be a glue guy whose spirit will get us a win except for his defense than what more can you expect from Haslem. And, Taj has played the whole year, has played well through-out the playoffs and we don't expect a lot from him except his defense. Thibs planning for him is making sure they have an eye on him. I think the Bulls ignored Haslem on offense as much as they ignored Joel Anthony in the last game.

  • In reply to bullswin60606:

    At the beginning of the series, I didn't think there was anyway the Bulls could lose homecourt advantage and win the series. But, I'm like you Doug, after watching the first two games of the series I have to say I am more optimistic about our odds of splitting in Miami.

    I think the Game 2 loss was not an overall surprise to anyone who has watched a lot of playoff basketball over the years. Usually when a good team gets thrashed in a game during a seven game series, the losing team comes back the next game with a renewed focus and energy. It would have almost been better, if the Bulls won a close hard fought Game 1 instead of absolutely demolishing the Heat, but I'm not going to sit here and get picky about a win.

    In Game 3, I like our chances because usually after a loss our team comes back with better energy and a sense of urgency. We have to make sure we throw the first punch (figuratively of course)in Miami; first to every loose ball or steal, first to the floor, first to the boards. If we can withstand the early emotional burst of the Heat playing at home and turn it into a "grimy" Chicago Bulls basketball game, I love our chances. Speeding up the offense and Korver or Deng knocking down some wide open shots, would hurt either.

    Also, I don't why but I just have this feeling that Rose and Boozer are about to have breakout games on Sunday. No, I didn't go to practice today, "look into their eyes, and know it was time" (classic Spolestra going overboard), but I thought a lot of the shots they misssed in Game 2 were shots they normally make. This is especially true for the MVP, who missed a couple of shots in close that I haven't seen him miss in two years.

    Look for Rose to come out attacking the rim and the defender in Game 3, as I felt like at times he was shying away from the shotblocker in Game 2. Boozer missed a ton of shots in close and for some reason has recently played better offensively away from the UC. Hopefully this trend continues.

    Can't wait for Sunday to get here!!! Why didn't they schedule the game for tonight?!! GO BULLS!!!

  • In reply to Bulls986:

    I agree about the Bulls playing maybe a little better on the road at the least for one game. Sometimes, home is not really home for most of these guys. They have to do their regular stuff/errands at home sometimes. But, the crowd/ref advantage is always there at home and the familiarity with the lighting etc..
    The main thing is we all assume the Bulls are unlike any other team(a media fueled perception)and don't get complacent under Thibs and are like robots who never change their energy/intensity whatever happens. But, I think it was a classic case of taking it a little easy for the second game after the first game thrashing and they would have got away with it against a less talented team like Atl or Indiana but not with the Heat.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Agreed.

  • In reply to Bulls986:

    I say let Boozer play. The only way we're gonna this series is he has to be a factor on offense. This is the reason why the Bulls signed him in the 1st place, to be the second scoring option. It's true that Taj has out-played him thus far in the playoffs but Boozers role is much more critical to the success of this series.

    He's suppose to be that low post scorer we've been missing since Elton Brand and Eddy Curry left town. But all I've seen is a role player that actually gets in Noahs way and deprives the rest of our bigs minutes.

    I like to compare Boozer to Deng with Deng being the more productive player in that he plays well on both ends of the court. The reason for this comparison is that they both play best as a 3rd and 4th option for a team. We knew this about Deng but its much more dissapointing with Boozer because he's getting paid more and is suppose to be the 2nd option. Right now he's not even cutting the 4th option or 5th for that matter.

    Win or loose it's been a very successful season which unfortunetly may be the only thing that keeps Boozer in a Bulls uniform. personally I think even in the regular season he mostly got in the way and hurt our team with his lack of defense and sort cancels Noah out. If Jerry Reinsdorf is forreal about paying for a winner I would like to see Boozer included in a sign and trade for a true second option and give Taj an extension. Can anyone say D Howard for Boozer, pics, and cash?

  • In reply to ajay708:

    Can anyone say, you're fantasizing!! The only player Orlando takes from us for Howard is Rose. Unfortunately, Lakers have the inside track. They're in the Western Conference, and Bynum is someone Orlando would consider.

  • In reply to RichG:

    Deng NOah and Asik would get their attention, not that I want to give up both Noah and Asik but you pretty much have to give up everything but Rose to get him. I would love to keep Asik and Taj and force Orlando to take Boozer off of our hands.

  • In reply to ajay708:

    The more teams see the "Boozer act" the least likely your trading him for anything worth wild.

  • In reply to juice44:

    I am terrified of the new CBA and what the Boozer affect will be on our roster, we may have to gut it like the Hawks did because we cannot dispose of him and his contract.

    If the owners get what they say they want he may even jeopardise our ability to retain Rose.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I'd love to win game 3, b/c after that there are only 1 days rest for the remainder of the series, and this will affect Haslem the most, and also Wade & James who have to expend so much energy. Getting game 3 would be a huge bonus.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Game 3 Adjustments: More LEADERSHIP and CONTROLLED AGGRESSION.

    Now, moving off topic. Here's your future Bulls' SG talking about playing w/ DRose.

    http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20110519/BLOGS1002/110519413

    * He measured out at 6'4" in shoes at the Combine, with a 6'9.5" wingspan.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    you got me likin him. If he's there with the 44th pick, snatch him up & get him on a NBA strength program, and he could play a role immediately.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I'm with you Happy, Moore is heavily underrated

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Don't follow the college guys much before draft time, but there is some guy out of Providence who is 6'5" with a 7'2 wingspan who can score 20 points a game and play D, can't recall his name of the top of my head, but he is worth a look.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Whoever we draft for a SG needs to have size. We can't draft a Ben Gordon type(small, no defense) or Bogans(no offense, only defense). The Bulls almost have a need for a specific type of SG(somebody who can handle the ball, decent size(6-5 or more), can shoot jump-shots(2s,3s) at a decent rate and doesn't have to be a superstar. Can anybody in the draft do that? We now have a triple combination of Korver, Brewer and Bogans which has to be kind of combined.
    We need somebody where the defense does not play 5 on 4 which happens with Bogans and Brewer.
    Some of the picks can hopefully be a Taj type contributor.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I'd have to disagree on Moore. Almost every starting/quality SG has above average if not elite athleticism. Moore is below average. His numbers remind me a little of Keith Byars. As a shooter and defender he might be able to fill a role with a team off the bench. I wouldn't be dissapointed if the Bulls took him at 44. Provided he checks out attitude wise and basketball I.Q. Those are what make all the difference especially in role players who have to eke out their own livelihood with no plays run for them etc.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Due to the looming labor dispute, and so many guys staying in school like Terence Jones, Perry Jones etc. this weak draft has gotten even weaker. As such everything being relative steals have moved up above the Bulls picks. I liked Reggie Jackson, Klay Thompson. Now I'd settle for Charles Jenkins, JuJuan Johnson, Norris Cole, or Travis Leslie. Though with Cole I have doubts attitude wise.

  • In reply to MikeKeane:

    I am really not sure about this draft. With a lot of guys withdrawing,the Bulls having late picks and the Bulls needing guys who can play for Thibs's demands...it is going to take some sort of Gar/Pax's genius to get a viable player. I hope they draft at least one "Asik" type player at SF/SG and stash him in Europe. Everyone else is looking to stash big guys in Europe.

  • In reply to RichG:

    It kills me that Haslem made it back in time for this series. I said in the preseason that the signing that pissed me off the most was Haslem turning down a lot more money from Dallas to stay with Miami.

    His injury is the reason that the Bulls had the best record instead of the heat, they might not have won 70 but they would have made a run at it.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    really had the bulls actually made shots they would have won. they had really good looks and chances and just could not capitalize. Also rebounds was a big problem game two. Their speed was the last of their problems in my opinion.

  • In reply to KeottaHouse:

    Zactly

  • In reply to KeottaHouse:

    I think it's time to actually start playing CJ and Derrick together more. The way Kidd and Barea play, they play so well off of each other. Those two could really push the tempo up. I really wanna see a lineup of Rose-Watson-Brewer-Deng-Noah together against this Heat team.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    I agree with playing CJ and Rose more. He's the only other guard on the team that can handle the ball consistently (allowing Rose to run his man off picks for a quick pick-n-pop) as well as provide complimentary offense.

    Plus, it ensures Wade has to expend energy covering someone. As we saw in game 2, if he doesn't have to worry (since Kyle couldn't have hit the lake from Montrose Harbor) about defense, he can exert himself much more on offense. At the least, CJ and Rose could run around a bit, forcing Wade to run around too.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    I am not sure that going Don Nelson against Miami is the right way to go, that seems to be going away from our advantage against them, size and playing right into their hands.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Injuries are not an excuse for not trying, a lack of heart and balls is the reason, not injuries.

    All that anyone needs to know about Bozo is evident on Lebrons big dunk in the first quarter.

    After an Offensive rebound Lebron gets the ball at the top of the key comes barrelling down the lane and Boozer is under the basket with his back turned to the play looking for someone to shove completely unaware that he has a runaway train coming at him. He should have stepped in an taken a wack at Lebron like Charles Oakley would have and sent a message for the rest of the game if not the series.

    He is nothing more than a foul mouthed phony Bully and 268 lb pussy.

  • In reply to hgarbell:

    That is the best suggestion that I have heard with regard to Bozo all year.

    That is one way to get him "going" probably the only way.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I feel like Korver is going to go off in game 3. I think the Heat will play off him a bit more since he couldn't hit a bucket last game. He was in and out all of game 2. I think he's going to have a big one.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    I'm not even talking about necessarily getting out faster in transition all the time, just stopping the glacial slow walk the ball up the court while Miami sets up everyone exactly where they want.

    Look to push the ball and then take a shot if an easy one presents itself and if not go into your half court offense at a quicker pace and start running the real offense with 18 seconds instead of 12.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Doug, you rebuffed my observation on Noah. 9 points a game on .434 for a big is awful for a player who averaged 15ppg last year in the post season, and was being thought of as an emerging all-star. Joakim has been a big dissapointment over the long haul while playing pretty well in certain games. He's just missed so many easy opp. baskets it's not even funny.

  • In reply to MikeKeane:

    your right Noah has struggled on offense, is this another sign that Boozer and Noah don't mesh.

    or is it just another byproduct of Noah having to guard his man and Bozo's on defense and not having enough energy left to go on offense.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Hi Doug great post as usual. I Know it's not the subjet of your post, but what would you give up for ginibili next year at shooting gard. He's a good defender, a very good scorer and reliable, though he's old. I'm not sure I would disrupt the team, but I would give up some picks for him.

  • In reply to bobhot:

    won't happen, Bulls would have a very difficult time matching that salary of Manu's.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    he is also the spurs most important if not best player, they aren't trading him unless we offer Rose.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I'm sure the'd gladly take Noah, some combination of our young bigs, or even Deng. That team is getting old. I still think Duncan, the best PF of all time perhaps, is their best & most important player, and maybe that's their problem, he's too old.

  • usually dont say much but...we are so close to a ship and miami can be beat!!!! where was boozer game 2? We NEED his scoring. He will be the deciding factor in this series. Its scary that bulls paid him all that money and he cant be depended on in the playoffs. Boozer needs to man up. Be more aggressive and demand the ball. It seems as if he dont even fight for it in the post and we immediately rotate the ball to the other side. Also seems to me that he likes to be more of a cheerleader on the bench then focusing on helpin his team with scoring game. How can u be that big physically but so freakin soft mentally and physically???? I say give him til first half of game 3. If he is not scoring please start using big sexy along with taj and the turkish hammer!

  • In reply to sharynlewis:

    Kurt Thomas would get killed with Miami's athleticism and Omer is not a scorer. I agree thatey need Boozer's scoring in the block, but I don't know if you give him a half to figure it out.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    We have to keep trying to get Booz going...but if he's not he'll be on the bench at the end again. The bright side is we seem to only need to hit like 40-42% of our shots to win.

  • In reply to bullswin60606:

    Why do we need to keep trying to get Booz going when Taj, Omer and Noah are all playing much better?

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Doug, because he is the domino that allows their offense to play most efficiently. Also, if you don't play him, It's one less body that can wear down their front line. One of the Bulls biggest assets is that they can bring guy after guy after guy to bang and pound the glass. But also Boozer gives them much better offensive balance and spacing when he decides to play. Finally I think Thibs should change the rotation slightly to give Gibson minutes early in the game against Bosh and Anthony and then reverse the bench minutes to Boozer against Haslem. I DON'T feel that Haslem will be able to duplicate his productivity the next game. If Boozer can play against a rusty Haslem and an aging Magliore and Juwaan Howard he may do a little better. That may get him in the right direction by playing against less talented guys on Miami's bench.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Boozer isn't wearing anybody out, all he does is stand in one place on both ends of the floor.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Korver even when he is missing contributes more to the Bulls offense than Boozer. Although if Miami continues to attack him with pick and roll/pop we may not be able to play him, especially down the stretch.

  • In reply to bullswin60606:

    Bozo needs to get his own ass going, and visit the Wizard of Oz while he is at it.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    since he "has" to start play him just like they do Bogans, the first 8 minutes of the first and third quarters.

    Maybe we should close the game with Noah, Asik and Taj on the court together. Make Miami beat us with jump shots when their legs are tired.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    he is a fade away jump shooter, not a down on the block scorer, ala Zack Randolph.

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