Did Tom Thibodeau really use Brian Scalabrine as a defensive sub or was the play for Scal's corner three miss drawn up in advance? It's hard to imagine any reason to pull Carlos Boozer for Scalabrine at the end of the game. I'd take Boozer on either end of the court first, but that's exactly what Thibodeau did.
When Scal's wide open three point shot which would have given the Bulls the lead bricked badly, twitter exploded with comments like "that would have brought down the house" as if Scal taking a game winning three becomes a smart play because the UC would have gone nuts if he hit a shot that mattered.
Outside of the truly Bizarre ending to the game, this was one of those matchups where the Bulls really just didn't have it but still almost won.
Richard Hamilton had one of those games that scares me
You know, the kind where he jacks up all kinds of shots but doesn't hit any and doesn't really make up for it by getting to the line or hitting threes? He scored 17 but used 23 possessions to do so and missed numerous open 8-10 foot shots in the fourth quarter.
Derrick's pass to Scal defines why he's better than Chris Paul
No, really. That pass is the kind of pass Chris Paul makes all the time at the end of games. Most of the time, Derrick Rose will force a foul or hit the shot. Chris Paul's a pass first guy, so he's always looking to dump the ball off to the open guy, but I'd rather have my superstar shooting. I'd rather have had Derrick Rose shooting last night.
He didn't do it last night, but on most plays he will. Talk all you want about "making the right play", but you need your star to take over at times. Derrick didn't do that in the second half last night, but it was an aberration.
Brewer did a nice job filling in for Deng
For much of the night it felt like Brewer and Rose were the only players showing life out there. Joakim Noah came in and did a nice job hustling for offensive boards at the end and doing a nice job on the glass, but many of the Bulls seemed rather listless at times during the game.
Wake up call
The Bulls got fat on the New Jersey Nets of the world for a few games and just got smacked in the mouth by a real opponent. It's just the wakeup call they need before going into Miami on Sunday. Hopefully, they can learn something from this one.
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