Chicago Bulls at Sacramento Kings 9pm on CSN

The Chicago Bulls are coming off of a disheartening loss to Golden State Warriors. They didn't play Bulls caliber defense, they didn't put forth enough effort, and they didn't come up with the win. Perhaps they thought they could coast into this season and roll up a #1 seed again because of all the work they did last year.

Now they know they're wrong.

This team can't afford to get outworked by their opponents, particularly when depth is one of their greatest strengths. They need to get back to imposing their will defensively and having Derrick Rose dominate opponents on offense.

The Bulls front court has also been disappointing so far this season with Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah continuing their trend of not playing well together. Chicago will need to find a way to work that out going forward in order to back on top of the

Things to watch for

Does Derrick press?

Derrick Rose has come out and said he intends to come out assertively. We all expect Rose to attempt to impose his will on the Kings, and future opponents, but he needs to be careful not to press too much and attempt to overcompensate for his lack of assertiveness the past two games.

I'm not worried about Rose, and the Kings don't really have the defenders to check him. Unfortunately, the same could have been said about the Warriors and Rose still struggled to find his way into the paint and score.

I expect a monster game from Derrick and look for him to find just the right level of aggressiveness to dominate the game without pressing too hard.

Can the Bulls get some front court domination please?

How are Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah not dominating a team like Golden State which has a horrible front court? Both guys played their way out of the fourth quarter due to poor play against a fairly pathetic front court.

If Carlos can't score on David Lee, who can he score on? Joakim Noah hasn't hit his stride yet and his typical energy game isn't generating the offensive rebounds and second chance points.

They get another night where they should crush the competition, but we need to see it. If the Bulls don't get more out of these guys, they'll be in big trouble going forward.

Bring back the D.

The Chicago Bulls consistently let the Warriors get out in front of them on the break and generate easy baskets. There were inexcusable lapses in terms of effort and energy. Chicago simply needs to get back to their identity in order to win the game.

This is a great defensive team, but they need to up the effort level from what they displayed against Golden State.

Prediction

Slaughter. I don't see the Bulls dropping a game to the Kings after stewing for two days over the loss to the Warriors. I expect a 10+ win game which is never in doubt.

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  • Doug, would you trade Deng/Noah/Boozer and the Charlotte pick for Howard/Hedo/Anderson/Duhon? If A) No guarantee he extends, B) He CP3's us and is willing to pick up his option for one more season? I say a real GM who has BALLS makes the trade, but Paxson and Forman have no balls, so no need to worry! =/

  • In reply to Dajody1:

    Yes I would. Put Rose/Howard on the court together and figure the rest out later.

    Doubt Orlando would do it.

    It also is a bit unnerving that Howard has been adamant about not wanting to come here that's enough to make any GM nervous. If he doesn't extend here, you just decimated your odds of winning a title.

    That said, once he's here, it's hard to imagine him leaving. He'd look like fricken moron leaving Chicago to go to a worse situation.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    The team that seems interesting to me is Dallas. But I'm kinda confused because Steve Kerr just mention on TNT that the Mavericks can't get both Howard and Williams. Although Orlando is said to want Vets? I wonder if Dallas would trade Dirk for Howard? I can't see it but... who else could they deal? I mean I'd take Williams and Howard over a 35 year old Dirk.

  • Hmm I don't see a slaughter but I think they will pull this out. The Knicks getting blasted in the 3&4th quarter against the Warriors (who have yet to play on the road) is kinda telling, the Warriors are just a team that can get hot and make you do weird things just to catch up. Some of the shots the Warriors make are just so absurd. But I wanna see me some Jimmer vs Rose. Bulls 103 Kings 94

  • In reply to SoulEater7:

    The Warriors / Knicks game was pretty fun to watch. Especially if you like rooting against the Knicks. Just saw the second half, but that's all I needed to see.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Yeah it was just kinda interesting to see the Knicks melt down by like trash talking and T's where the Bulls at least got back into the game but just too little too late. Both left that stadium very frustrated. I don't know what it is about the Warriors in Golden State but they get up to play against the big teams.

  • Bulls fans are finally starting to realize the Boozer and Noah do not mesh well together after I noticed this fact last year. I know the Bulls probably can't trade him, but they should certainly try to find a team that just may take a chance on Boozer while he still has some value by name only.. maybe. Iguodola would still be a nice addition to the Bulls if Philly would jump at the trade of Iggy and one of their bad contract players for Booze and a expiring contract... Larger and maybe throw in the Bobcats pick if a trade like that would work. Bulls need to get more athletic and get a slasher. They should definitely work the phones to see if any teams are interested cause Boozer IMO is on the downside of his career at a relatively young age

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Excuse typing error, meant to say Boozer, Korver and maybe the bobcats pick for Iggy a bad contract from Philly.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Philly tell you you're 3 and a bit months early for an April fools joke. Nobody is taking Boozer and giving back anything remotely decent.

  • In reply to Shakes:

    Boozer needs to be in another system so u never know what team may take a chance on him and his contract

  • Wow Doug you may be right this could be a blowout

  • Sacramento is absolutely pathetic in transition defense.

    They also just settle for horrible shots.

  • If the refs weren't trying to keep the Kings in this one, the Bulls would probably be up by 25.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    agreed.

  • And this is why Hamilton's inneficiency isn't such a big deal. When our bigs are playing the way Thibs expects them to, they're mopping up the glass on midrange misses, and increasing the shooting percentages by a few percent.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    What's even more efficient then potential offensive rebounds are guys who just make shots.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    No doubt, but he will potentially run guys off screens all day, and open up the paint for Rose and Deng driving, and our rebounding.

  • The biggest advantage the Bulls had in their wins was their rebounding(offensive and defensive). That sucked for most part of the 1st 2 games. Getting offensive rebounds didn't help much last year because of Bogans. Hopefully, that's where Rip will help. He might miss one shot but he is not going to miss twice in succession...

  • Well 7 point lead is pretty mediocre given that they could have put the Kings away.

    Nice game by Boozer so far. Unlike many of his high rebound games, he's been getting tons of contested ones tonight and has done an excellent job of boxing out for the most part.

    Derrick also did a great job of running the offense in the first half and keeping the pace up.

  • Bulls just need to make sure to defend the three point line, and they should have an easy time of it.

  • Some many touch fouls. This is silly.

  • In reply to SoulEater7:

    *so

  • What game are these refs watching?

  • In reply to SoulEater7:

    I think they thought it was the early 2000s kings.

  • CJ Watson drives and hits a runner.

    Neil Funk: "The alley oop is good!"

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I was watching with the Sacramento announcers, and I was stunned at how gracious and lacking mistakes the broadcast was.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Yeah, they even were saying the refs missed travelling calls on their own players ... I thought it was against the rules to put in unbiased broadcasters.

  • Cj continuing his torrid shooting from downtown.

  • Man, Tyreke just got blocked by Boozer. That's embarrassing.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    2 blocks in 3 games ... that qualifies as inspired defense from Boozer. ;)

  • Boozer is playing pretty well today. Thibs has to see his history against the opposing PFs and play Gibson more based on that.

  • Thibs is kinda panicing with these timeouts.

  • Asik coming up BIG.

  • POST LOCKOUT BASKETBALL is frustrating.

  • I had this before the game, Bulls 103 Kings 94 close.

  • What is wrong with Derrick? So many turnovers and still too passive. Boozer still can't perform in the clutch.

  • Our defense seems very soft. If the Kings hit a decent amount of their free throws. this could be a different game

  • That was a frustrating win. But a win none the less. I feel like I just got out of the dentist office.

  • Jimmer is going to be white Ben Gordon.

  • In reply to SoulEater7:

    At least that's an upgrade on all the Adam Morrison predictions ... he looks like he belongs out there and can have a decent career.

  • In reply to SoulEater7:

    Fredette is already a better shooter and ball-handler as a rookie than Gordon right now. The shooting may be a wash, but Jimmer has more range.

    It depends on whether or not Jimmer can defend anyone- Ben's not a good defender, but he's quick enough to keep guys in front of him, and he's strong enough that he rarely gets posted up, even by guys who have 4-5 inches on him.

    I wasn't paying a whole lot of attention to it, but IIRC Jimmer got blown by on more than one occasion tonight. It might just be a rookie thing- it's not like he's Korver-slow, but he's not really what I would call quick.

  • In reply to Don Ellis:

    ROFL

    Jimmery's averaging 14 points per 36 minutes on 51.2% TS%. That's not even in the same zip code as Gordon or any good scorer.

    It's been only a few games for Jimmer, and he looked like he belonged and can improve mightily still. If I were to analyze Gordon's first third of his rookie season, I would think he'd suck ass, so Jimmer has plenty of time to improve.

    However these statements are ridiculous relative to his present production.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Right now Gordon's TS% is .521, almost identical to Jimmer's.

    But it's ridiculous to even talk about Jimmer's "present production"- it's been 3 games.

    I'm talking about watching each guy shoot, and IMHO Jimmer has a better shot.

    Just wait until the end of the year, I'm predicting that Jimmer's eFG% will be almost the same, if not better, than Gordon's. TS% is trickier, Fredette might not get many calls as rookie so he might not get to the line enough to have a good TS% this year.

    We'll see what happens.

  • Good: Ronnie Brewer, CJ Watson, Richard Hamilton, Korver, Boozer for the first 42 minutes
    Average: Derrick, Deng, Omer, Taj
    Poor: Noah and Boozer for the last six minutes

    Haha who would have thought SG would be by far our strongest position in a game this year? 14/19 34 points combined

  • Who ever wants a 66 game schedule is an idiot. Thats all I have to say. lol This is some bad basketball.

  • Pretty meh game after the good start, at least Hamilton and Boozer looked a little better. Boozer mainly because he hit his jump shots, he needs to add something at the rim back into his game or otherwise shooting 50% like tonight will be his ceiling.

    Some positives to take from it though, at least CJ finally hit a layup (as well as having 9 assists and 0 turnovers), and Brewer hit a couple of threes that looked like he was supposed to be taking, not ended up with the ball and threw it to beat the shot clock. He also had a nice play cutting to the basket. If he's worked on it and can hit that corner three and also be a threat cutting from there to the basket then I'd rather start him at SG and send Rip to the bench mob.

    2-1 start in three away games is a decent spot to be in so can't be too unhappy but really hoping Rose and Noah start to play like we know they can before we hit the harder part of the schedule.

  • In reply to Shakes:

    I would give them 10 games or so. After that if they're still looking sloppy I'd be kinda worried but I think they are slowly coming along on both ends of the floor. Foul trouble has been an issue for these 3 games but I really am looking forward to the game tomorrow. I think coming back 2-2 is kinda disappointing seeing how OKC and Miami are rolling.

  • Ronnie Brewer's 3pt shot is starting to look pretty good. Hope that continues.

    How come the Bulls can get manhandled and not get calls, but a shitty team like the Kings can get to the line so much.

    Great to see Rose be aggressive and attack the opponents defense.

  • In reply to logikal77:

    All the Cali teams get the calls over the Bulls. You can't touch them Whoever those Refs were I hope he never get them again. That

  • Boozer 16pts 15rebs. I wonder if he and noah can still play together.

  • I would say no, Noah didn't have a good game witj 9 points and 4 rebounds. Would rather have Noah with the better game than Boozer cause Noah does try and defend.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I don't know whats wrong with Noah he just seems... really really rusty. I think Asik and Boozer out played him tonight. Noah will be fine I hope.

  • It's only 2 shots in one game, but if Brewer develops a 3-point shot, he'll be a Bull for a very, very long time.

    Even though this is his 6th year in the league, he's only 26. With his defense, the way he scores on the baseline like a young Ced Ceballos, and his history of playing PG at Arkansas- give him a consistent 3-point shot and he'll be the PERFECT complement to Derrick.

    Here's my game recap:

    http://thebullsvilleblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/bulls-use-early-15-0-run-to-bury-kings.html

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