Bulls at Heat 7:30 on TNT - Taking control

The Chicago Bulls take their talents down to South Beach for game three of the Eastern Conference Finals.   Going into an odd numbered game tied up always increased the importance of the game.   The winner has a considerable advantage for the rest of the series as the loser is typically in dire straights in the next contest.

The Bulls came out and took advantage in game one to put that pressure on Miami, but the Heat responded.   Can Chicago put the pressure back on Miami with a game three win?

This is the first game of the series I feel confident about

I was still scared of the Heat prior to game one, and in game two, I felt the Heat would respond.   However, the Bulls have shown the Heat have plenty of flaws they can exploit.  In a game two loss, the Bulls missed countless open shots, threes, and free throws and had a tie game with four minutes to go.

Maybe Miami has something left in the tank to bring out and show, maybe I'm not giving the Heat enough credit for their defense in game two, but for the first time I feel like the Bulls are simply the better team.   As long as the defensive effort doesn't lapse, I think the Bulls are more likely than not to go on and win this series, a reversal of my original opinion.

It all starts with game three, as the winner will have a tremendous advantage going forward.

Adjustments?

Over the past few days, I've proposed several adjustments for the team.   They need to increase the pace without increasing the risk.   Run the ball up the court, but don't force a shot unless it's a good shot.   However, the goal is to start running the half court offense with 18 seconds left rather than 10-12 in order to get a better shot at the basket in the half court.

I do think the Bulls want this to remain largely a half court affair, I just think they want to do so with more time in the half court and possibly forcing a few switches of the Miami defense by forcing the ball up the court faster and catching them with early offense.

Shoot better

Quite simply, no one tries to or wants to miss shots, but the Bulls need to shoot better.  34% from the field isn't going to get it done.  15% from the three point line isn't going to get it done.  61.5% from the foul line isn't going to get it done.  

The Bulls shot poorly in all phases which contributed greatly to them losing the game.   Shooting closer to their season average in any area would have made the last game close.  

MVP time

Derrick Rose lost the battle of superstars last game as he struggled down the stretch and didn't outplay either LeBron or Wade.   Derrick Rose was among many Bulls who missed shots he'd normally make.  

Rose will need to play considerably better and provide the Bulls with an MVP worth performance to keep the pressure on Miami.

Withstand the charge

The crowd is going to be fired up for the Heat, the Bulls need a different type of energy and will require greater focus to rebound when Miami hits their hot streaks and the crowd is going nuts.

Final thoughts

Even though the Bulls are on the road and coming off a loss, I feel strangely good about this one.  Let's hope they don't disappoint us, but let's also remember, much like Miami only needed a split in Chicago, Chicago only needs a split in Miami to capture control of the series.

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  • Thanks doug. You made me feel good when I was at a point of losing all hope for the series.

  • From bulls.com

    The Bulls - the NBA's top overall seed who no longer has home-court advantage in this series - have shown they can recover quickly. After each of their three previous playoff losses, Chicago answered with a double-digit win in the next game.

    Plus, the Bulls haven't lost consecutive games since February 5-7.

    "Don't jinx us like that," Bulls guard Derrick Rose said.

    Since 2006, when the Heat won their lone title, the winner of Game 3 of the East title series has advanced to the NBA finals every time.

  • Luckily for us, the upcoming games will now have 2 days in between games instead of 4.

    Lets hope we can get todays game.

  • In reply to rnohria310:

    Yes, I hate this playoff schedule and I hate it more because these long layoffs seem to favor the Heat and allows their big three to continue playing 40 minutes a night with few ramifications. I do believe it is a conspiracy... Dallas played 2 games before we played one... how does that make ANY sense?

  • In reply to turdburglar:

    It's not a conspiracy....it's called maximizing profits.

  • In reply to rnohria310:

    So true the time between the 2nd and 3rd game with Dallas/OKC playing twice was very weird. Now the rest of the series will be at a good pace that favors the Bulls deep rotation. We need to take a game at Miami and the 3rd would be the best! Go BULLS!!!

  • In reply to rnohria310:

    A few things that makes me feel good about tonights game...

    (1) The Bulls have seem to be able to win those "must win" games all season including the playoffs.

    (2) As bad as we shot, it was still a tie game late in the 4th quarter. I can't imagine Rose missing as many layups as he did in game 2.

    (3) The Udonis Effect has already happened. We should now be able to adjust to his style of play now that we have seen it. I feel like that was the only thing left for them to throw at us as far as making an in-game change.

    (4) I think Boozer had like 7 or 8 points. That means he should have 17 or 18 just off GP.

    (5) Kyle is due. Period.

    The first 5 minutes of the 1st & 3rd periods will be the most important 10 minutes of the season. If we come out like we think we're playing Toronto and we could be in for a long night, but I anticipate that to NOT happen and we take a game 3 victory.

  • In reply to rnohria310:

    Glad to see you come around Doug ;^)

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    and that point about getting into their offense with 18 seconds rather than 10-12 is huge. Those extra 6-8 seconds really helps you get a better shot, helps ball movement, and increases the likelihood that someone gets a mismatch, & that someone open for an easy hoop. So much easier for a defense to play intense & focused for 10-12 seconds that it is to for 50-80% more time. It gets them to expend more energy on the defensive end as well. Put the pressure on them. Play with pace as Thibs likes to say.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    RE: "As long as the defensive effort doesn't lapse, I think the Bulls are more likely than not to go on and win this series, a reversal of my original opinion. "(Doug)

    Yes!

    I'm glad that you came around Doug, although I disagreed with you before, I did see your point of view regarding the Heat...

    BUT NOW, it should be quite obvious to anyone that the Bulls are definitely at the same level as the Heat, and clearly our defense is such that we can play with anyone and have a chance to win if someone can step up at the very end and make a few shots(usually D.Rose).

    At this point, we still have not seen the Bulls play a perfect game, and yet they have won or were in every game of these playoffs.

    I like our chances...

    If we can win the Lottery with a 1.7% chance the year our hometown star is the #1 pick...

    If Derrick Rose be the MVP and one of the best players in the league...

    If Tom Thibodeau, who finally got a chance to become a head coach after 22 years of toiling as an assistant, can become the Coach of the Year, and win more games than anyone as a rookie...

    If the Bulls can have the best record in the League, and have home court advantage throughout the playoffs...

    If a player can shoot 10% higher from the free throw line, overnight, just by willing it...

    Then...

    Why can't the Chicago Bulls win the NBA championship? THIS year.

    Anything is possible with this team. Anything.

    Go Bulls! Beat the Heat.

    1.7^

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Seems like the main intangible the Bulls lost a little bit was their consistency, particular in the last quarter of Game 2 while the Heat stepped it up.

    I'm not worried about the Heat stepping it up again. Usually the Bulls rise to every occasion. They just blanked last game at the end.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Go Bulls! Let's split!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Fans underestimateing the Heat, Bulls lose this one go down 2-1 and if the offense don't show up again.... Bulls go down 3-1 facing elimination. Bulls lost their chance in game two at home and stunck up the UC with their lack of scoring. Hope that I am wrong but I am seeing the NBA story line.... DALLAS VS MIAMI IN A REMATCH OF THE 2006 FINALS. I really do hope I am wrong on my prediction.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    The Heat are a great team, great at home. Bulls are better.

    By the way Dougie, doing a postgame podcast late tonight?

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Game 2 was a perfect example of complacency by the Bulls after Game 1 win. I know the Bulls and the media talked a lot about this being the playoffs, being ready every game and Thibs not letting them take it easy.
    This game is going to be a test of focus on the details which Thibs has told them and not making mistakes on both ends especially by Noah, Rose and Boozer. Deng doesn't make too many mistakes from what I have seen. Noah, Rose and Boozer have a lot of mental lapses and they have to cut it down.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Call me crazy but I think Noah actually plays better when he tones down the intensity..he seems to get ahead of himself at times, and ends up missing assignments on D

  • In reply to Reese1:

    You've been wrong in your predictions all year...so that bodes well...

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    you wish that I was wrong all year. watch and learn son...watch and learn.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Reese dog you know I love you but you've been posting about impending doom all season, the fact that we won 62 games alone makes your predictions wrong. You're a pessimist I get it, you don't want to believe bc you don't want to be let down.. It's ok

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    its bot about me being let down, its about this Bulls team proving that they have focus on a consistent basis. If they don't or can't get it in their heads what they are playing for, this series will be won by Miami. It is what it is, the players have to perform at a high level if they want to win. Or maybe Miami's talent is too much for the Bulls to handle, we shall soon see won't we?

  • In reply to Reese1:

    But the bulls have always answered after a lapse in focus, why would it be different now? And yes we shall see

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    For one its playoff time, teams make adjustments, too much talent for the Bulls to handle without a second option( suppose to be Boozer) and continued lack of scoring will be the Bulls downfall.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Boozer and rose had horrible games Wednesday...yet we were tied with a few minutes to go. All we need is rose to be rose and our role players to kick in decent efficiency.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    A boozer sighting?

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    We need Booz too. I love Taj, but we also need Boozer to contribute on offense to beat these guys. Korver is a big key too.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Boozer playing a great game would be a huge plus for us, but I feel like a combination of solid play from role players can get us wins when boozer struggles

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    Anyone know Joakim's grandpa's number? Could do wit him at the game

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    rofl

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    good idea, I chip in for the flight and a ticket for game 4.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    This dude just said DANIEL Gibson....

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    What a disgrace

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Bulls just can't get the tips.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Noah can't get any of his tip ins...think he has missed at least 4

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    unfortuantely that is Noah's game, he gets a lot of tips where he just barely gets a hand on the ball, great effort but not really a high percentage shot attempt.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    another missed loose ball

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    MVP time...

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Epic defense by Bogans, and Rose comes righ tback to give the Bulls a lead.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    I thought they were gonna start penalizing guys for flopping

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    critical period for the Bulls...if miami gets to a 7 to 10 point lead...well, u know the rest

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Bulls starting to pay for their heavy commitment to James/Wade. I still don't think they have much choice in the matter, but Miami role players knocking down some shots.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Man, there's some home cooking in this game.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    hate to be a homer, but Miami has been getting the little ticky tacky fouls, it is what got Bosh going in the first half.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    and there is the 7 point lead I spoke about

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Bulls not doing enough to get Miami out of rhythm

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Has Deng even ATTEMPTED an outside shot?

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    REALITY CHECK!!!MIAMI TOO TALENTED

  • In reply to Reese1:

    when the defensive effort is identical, they have more options on offense than we do.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Good run to end the qtr.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    that would have been super mega ultra big

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Nice little run to keep us in it

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Great close to the quarter, almost an epic close.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Will be interesting to see what lineup Chicago goes with to close. Asik's ankle injury removes him as an option. Boozer's played prety well, I think they'll do the starting ilneup with Brewer replacing Bogans.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    C.J. Watson surprisingly stays in for Rose.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Noah is again not able to make that difference....If he plays "half of game 1", the Bulls would be killing the Heat

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    definitely home calls for the Heat...WOW!!!

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Rose loses his focus right there again instead of passing back tries to do too much.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Again, falling for pump-fake...c'mon he has to control falling for that trick...

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    This game looks lost again...same old story on offense.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    A repeat of game 2.

    Bulls need to figure out how to get good looks early in the shot clock and not wait for last second heaves

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Yep, done deal

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Chicago on the brink of losing the game, they're going to really need to make something happen soon.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    8 pt lead probably very difficult for this offense to overcome with 5 min remaining...IMO

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Cant get a call taking the ball to the basket, guess its a clean block every time

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    They must practice blocks all practice long to be this good at it. Bulls apparently foul every time Miami comes near the basket, but Heat are awesome shot blockers!

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    no shit, games like tonight really make it frustrating to be an NBA fan

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Man..it is tough to watch Noah unable to finish near the rim. Our Center advantage has been wiped out in the last 2 games.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    when was the last time he took that freethrow line jumper? be nice if he could hit it to pull out the defender and THEN use his speed to go by them.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Dear Miami Heat-

    Yes, you will be the 2011 NBA Champs, but you're still the biggest collection of d-bags ever assembled on a single professional sports team. Which is quite an accomplishment, considering the size of NBA rosters relative to those of other sports.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    The Refs are in the bag too atleast for this game.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I wholeheartedly agree! Stern must have gotten a message to the refs before this one!

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    they were nauseating, but I expect the bulls to get the benefit of the doubt in game 4. That call on Noah's pick on Bibby was horseshit.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    You sound like the ultimate d-bag!! Stop being a sore loser and grow up!! Let's go Heat!!

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    looks like an elimination game in game 5... just sayin...

  • In reply to Reese1:

    yeah i think this game counts as two...getting tired of your gloomy outlooks

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Amen, UnstopaBull!

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Noah can't match up.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    We definitely need somebody who can finish at the rim or shoot a jumper by taking a step back. I wouldn't mind trying to get Josh Smith (even with all his IQ issues) to finish at the rim. This is tough to watch..

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    only if we could get him for Bozo, but there is no shot of that happenning.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Noah played so bad. how can he let bosh have such a good game !!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    The Refs killed him with silly fouls in the beginning and took him out of his game...I think. But that said, he should be mentally tough to handle Bosh and control him one-on-one. He doesn't raise his hands like Asik and tries to poke away the ball all the time which works against slow Centers/PFs but not against a quicker Bosh especially when he is making his shots.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    well, lets not forget who is supposed to be covering Posh, our manly power forward, but we have to hide him on the weakest link every game. Bozo is simply killing NOah.

    Noah guarding stretch 4's is a bad deal for the Bulls because it takes him out of the lane and takes away his help defense which is the key to our entire defense.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    The Bulls are making a little run right now but I think it's too little too late. I don't know what Gar/Pax is going to pull out of their hats during the off season to get some more offense without sacrificing defense, but if they don't, Miami is going to be to Chicago what the Pistons were in the late 80's: Kryptonite.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I am a brutal realist(no home town blinders), but even to me you seem a bit defeatist.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    This is what I was afraid of. When the Bulls make the game grimy against Miami they HAVE to find a way to make shots. I know Mr. Happy is loving this shit.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    That is ridiculous. I am no NBA expert but wasn't Noah fouled? This is crazy

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    MIAMI VS DALLAS IN THE FINALS YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Are you really a Bulls fan or a Heat fan?

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Wow what a bold statement. I'd hate to have you on my team. You give up the moment things get rough.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    People seem to forget that game 3 only counts for one game...series is only 2-1, backs are definitely against the wall but a game 4 Bulls win and it's tied going back to Chicago with home court! Definitely not over yet and hopefully Bulls will start getting some calls in the next couple games. It wasn't the reason for the loss tonight, but definitely didn't help.

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    Please people wake up and watch the talent of the Heat and the poor defensive efforts of some of the Bulls players and poor scoring options.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    QUESTION:

    How's that "NON-MELO TRADE" looking right about now?

    The Bulls' management let this team down.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    If you're talking about the Melo for Noah/Taj/Deng, deal, you can be damn sure the Bulls wouldn't even be in the ECF.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    its lookin like he's been sitting on his couch for about a month now

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    exactly.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Whether the Bulls win or lose this series, Gar/Pax have to find a SG that can knock down open jumpers AND defend his position. And it'll be even better if he can create for himself and his teammates.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Too much 8 on 5, too much Bosh on fire

    Thats ok, gotta get game 4, and will so long as its a fair contest.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    The Bulls have to make jump shots to beat Miami. The Heat are going to keep doubling Rose and shutting down the paint to force the Bulls to beat them from the outside. The Bulls did exactly that in game 1 but haven't done it since.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    We could not have had him for Deng straight up, NOah straight up, Deng and Noah together, and probably not for both plus Taj/Asik and all our #1's because Denver did not have any desire to take on Deng's contract.

    Anthony for Boozer(and Deng) would be the only way that a deal would have made sense for the Bulls, and that made no sense for the Nugs.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Guys on comcast post game killing the defensive efforts of Boozer.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    biggest oxymoron is the history of the planet, Bozo and the words defense and effort in the same sentence. But hey he hit a few wide open jumpers, so he must be awesome.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    FYI:

    Go look up Melo's record vs. LBJ, DWADE and CBOSH...he OWNS those guys.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Guys, our team is a good team. The problem is our offense (if you can call that an offense) is one good defense away from being ridiculous...

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    This is why game 2 needed to be a win ... Miami played pretty badly in Chicago and came out of it 1-1. This game even on the possessions when the Bulls played good D they hit the shots anyway and it just broke the Bulls.

    I'd like to at least take Boozer as a positive, but he put up the crappiest 26-17 game you'll ever see. It was at least positive he started to hit shots and get to the line, but he passed out of a number of other open shots he had. And the less said about his defense the better ... starting to think just like we can hide Korver against all 28 other teams except the Heat maybe it's the same with Boozer.

    Game 4 is absolutely must win now, but they're not going to do it unless Rose & Noah pull something better out than what they've done the last couple of games. There's no margin for even average games from those two if the Bulls want to win from here, they're supposed to be the bets players on the team, time to show it.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Definitely agree, backs against the wall and game 4 is essentially a must win, but they can turn it around with one win and they can play with the Heat. Derrick needs to get more aggressive on offense, force the refs to make the calls and get the Heat in foul trouble. Miami's aggressiveness on D won't stop/slow down until they start getting called for fouls...just like what's been happening to the Bulls early in these games.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Despite a terrible start I think that Boozer did ok once he gained more confidence and stopped hesitating. The main issue is Rose and Noah. Noah got a heap of crap calls I guess, but Rose didn't even look like he was interested. He had poor court vision and when he decided to try and take matters into his own hands it was just a flurry of wild shots.

  • In reply to davebursill:

    The Heat defense has a LOT to do with that. They're swarming him when he gets into the lane. They're not only challenging his shots in the paint, their length and speed are closing off the passing angles. All they're giving him are tough layup attempts when gets in there.

  • In reply to magestew:

    Yeah I know. But he has got to anticipate that and find someone open if he's getting all that attention. I guess the problem is there is no one else.

  • In reply to davebursill:

    I think that's the problem. When his teammates aren't knocking down shots, Rose tends to try to do it all himself.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    The Heat aren't worried about Boozer having a big game. Noah can only do so much in a crowded lane. They're attacking Rose with multiple defenders. If Deng, Korver, Brewer, Watson, and Bogans don't knock down enough shots to spread that Heat defense, it doesn't matter what Rose and Noah do...unless Rose grows 3 or 4 inches or Noah learns some Kevin McHale type post moves.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    It kills me that a guy can get that many rebounds and have a bad rebouding game, by that I mean that he basically basket hangs to get his rebounds, never blocks out anybody and breaks down our entire team defense to get his stats.

    Just like Ben Gordon, except that Gordon gave us 3's instead of rebounds.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I told everybody who would listen very early in the season that Miami could play D with anybody, and maybe better than anybody.

    The Bulls are definately offensively challenged, the Heat are proving my point the past 2 games. What else would you expect from a Pat Riley coached team.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    It is one thing to get upset or point out our problems. But, to give up and predict that means it is folding up. I don't think the Bulls team are not like that and give up. Then they better fold the team and will never compete ever.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    yeah, 3 games into the conference finals and you are the first guy to come up with that brilliant little peice of intelligence.

    Most everybody had that as soon as the Mavs trounced the Lakers, that would be about 2 weeks ago.

    excellant revionist history, baby Mappy or should we call you B-Map.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Haslem shoved Noah in the back...it's total B.S.! Bulls couldn't get a call all night.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    maybe going to the one day break can help them turn this around, game four is the season i guess

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    as I have said from day 1, Noah is about 2 inches from being the second best center in the NBA. at 6'10" he missed it by that much.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    KK has just shown twice that he is no more than a doormat for the Heat

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    The Bulls can't beat Miami if they can't make jump shots. Now they're afraid to shoot from outside. But when thy go into the paint they're playing right into the strength of the Heat defense.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    anything is better than the dinosaur Dick Stockton.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    They do clog up the lanes well and leave Noah with a wide open jumper just inside the foul line on a number of occassions. He really has to make that shot.

  • In reply to davebursill:

    I don't think Noah trusts the "Tornado" anymore. They really need it, though.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    If Asik would stop keeping the ball so low making himself smaller we would be okay...

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    Bulls definitely a 5 on 8 contest so far. Miami on the verge of breaking it open perpetually, but Bulls keep reeling them back in and keeping at 4.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    + 1 mil, clearly the NBA has wanted Miami to take the advantage in the series, just disgusting. Took Noah out of the game early especially. Tons & tons of crap calls.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    Korver needs to see the ball go through the hoop in such a major way....

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    No doubt.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Boozer is disapointing. I don't know what else Deron Williams would have done to make him finish that simple plays. People should stop blaminG Rose when Boozer plays bad.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    LOL AT BOOZER.. DUD I MEAN DUDE IS A JOKE...LOL...

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Dear Thibs

    Can we have Taj PLEASE!!!!!!!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    James goes down like he was shot in the ankle and Paul Pierce-style all of a sudden it's better again.

  • In reply to davebursill:

    Lebron try's so hard

  • In reply to davebursill:

    Bulls still shooting terribly, 31% from the field, 25% 3s, 50% FTs. Still, down by 4 with 2 FTs coming, no complaints about that, but they need to play better.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    my bad, i guess somenhow that was a non shooting foul.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Boozer starting to play a bit better, thank goodness for that.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I said earlier he would get 17 or 18 just off principle..

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    we need 25 or 30 from him to make putting up with the rest of his game even remotely tolerable.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Doug, have you noticed how boozer is always using some kind of veteran push off whether it's on D or offense? Games in which the refs let it go or don't catch it he seems to perform much better

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    on one side of the court, anyway.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    +100. With this kind of Defense, if our offense was a little bit better, No one could stand in front of us !!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Miami's D is every bit as good as ours, and when Boozer and or Korver are on the floor it is better. They have no one even remotely as pathetic as those guys on the floor at any time.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Korver finally drains one. He needed that.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Always thought Booz would do better with the 2nd unit where he gets to play with his Utah buddies (and against easier defenders)

    Maybe he can be our $75mill 6th man??

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    Maybe we can give him a lyrca body suit and he can dance at half time.

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    We don't seem to be able to pick up any of the loose balls...I think Riley has some sort of remote in his pocket

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Nah, Riley has Spoelstra in his pocket

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    zzzzzing!

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    take the shoot Booz

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    *shot

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Are we sure boozers birth certificate is legit? He looks a shade under 40.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Lebron takes longer than the alloted 10 seconds....or have they changed that?

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    Keep attacking Rose and MAKE the refs give you the calls

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    WEell, Bulls down by 3 at teh half, could be a lot worse. I liked Derrick and Boozer's aggressiveness in the second Q.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    We said this last game - we are playing EXTREMELY poorly but are still in it!!

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    I think this game, the Miami defense is playing better. The Bulls aren't missing wide open shots repeatedly.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Actually his agressiveness led to him passing up a wide open free throw jumper and plowing his way into 3 guys for an offensive foul.

    He needs to be passive agressive and just take the wide open mid range jumpers that Rose provides for him.

    He is about as much of a low post scorer as his idol Ben Gordon was.

  • In reply to HollywoodKole:

    We need to attack basket...gotta even out this free throw disparity

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Good to see our shooting has improved this game

  • In reply to Reese1:

    He honestly sucks so bad at finishing, he's worthless if he isn't hitting his mid range j.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Let's go bulls !!!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    this is why I hate to agree with you, you are the baby Mappy.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Much as I hate to say it, I agree with you.

    Kind of a Karma thing for Dallas, and I think that they have the size and veteran leadership to take Miami down.

    somebody has to stop them from winning this year, because starting next year they will become unstopable.

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