Rose game time decision for Bulls @ Boston 7pm on ESPN

The Boston Celtics are not the Washington Wizards. As such, the Bulls are going to need to bring a hell of a lot more game if Derrick Rose misses the outing. John Lucas stepped up and did his part in the win, but Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, and Carlos Boozer will need to play a hell of a lot more productively to secure a win against the Celtics.

It's tough to analyze the keys to the game without knowing whether Rose will play. While the Celtics 4-5 record implies some significant struggles of their own, the Celtics lost their first three without Paul Pierce, all on the road, to the Knicks, Heat, and Hornets.

Their two most recent losses are to the Mavs and Pacers. It's clear a good team can beat the Celtics, and if Derrick Rose suits up and plays at his normal level, the Bulls should run them off the court. However, if Rose needs to take another couple of days off, the Bulls will need a special effort from guys who haven't been delivering special efforts so far.

Keys to the game

Will Derrick play?

If he can, he will, but if there's any risk of Rip Hamiltoning this thing then he shouldn't. Even if the Bulls drop the next two games [and they'd have a good shot against Toronto even without him], what difference does it make in the grand scheme of things?

At worst they fall to 10-4? So what?

That said, Rose probably gets out there because it's simply the type of player he is. He's old school when it comes to injuries. I just hope the Bulls think long term and not short term with the decision on whether he plays or not.

Keep the pace/energy up

Tougher to do without Rose than with him, but the Bulls need to get up and down the court fast and turn this into a high paced game. They need to contest hard for every offensive rebound to force the Celtics bigs to fight for every inch. They want to turn this into a battle of attrition during the game and grind down the Celtics starters.

The Celtics are highly skilled, but their starters play limited minutes, and their bench lacks depth. Guys with non stop motors like Brewer, Noah, and Taj harass the heck out of their team all night long.

Break out party for Joakim

The Celtics are one of the teams Noah has a rich history against. He played in the million overtime playoff series, he's called out Kevin Garnett. A trip to beantown might be just what Noah needs to get himself going. When he's at his best, he's the type of player [as mentioned above] that gives Boston fits.

Get Korver in with the starters

I know it's not going to happen, but if Derrick Rose is out, then the Bulls could really use Korver in with the starting lineup to provide more balance and spacing. One of the big problems with the Boozer/Noah combination is that Noah doesn't drag his man out of the paint.

When they're in the game with Brewer that leaves the whole team ready to collapse on the basket and leaves little room to work for anything other than perimeter jumpers.

Boston is old, but disciplined on defense. The Bulls need proper spacing to take advantage and shouldn't put the starting lineup in a big hole by jamming the paint too much.

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  • I heard two interesting interviews with Boozer and Noah on the Score last night. They both were asked about watching from the bench in the forth quarter. Boozer was a little perturbed and asked for the next question. Noah was willing to talk but seemed very down on himself, saying something along the lines of I need to play big, but I don't know what else to do. Jason Goff suggested the trade rumors over the last two years have been bothering him. Pair that with the thumb and ankle injuries he apparently has, and this is all starting to piece together. Boozer just stinks. No mystery there.

  • In reply to Jmax:

    J-max: It is abundantly clear that Thibs will need to adjust the present PF/C starting unit rotation. In looking @ this equation, I had quickly realized our most talented player is logging minutes for Real Madrid. How will Gar/Pax manage the roster to leverage Mirotic's impressive stretch PF skill set? Yes, it may be a decision for either the 2013 or 2014 season.

    In the now, the Bullies have been weakened by our erractic post play. What moves can bulls management execute to compliment our future line up?

    1. Nikola Mirotic P/F
    2. Taj Gibson P/F
    3. Omer Asik C
    4. Joakim Noah P/F
    5. Carlos Boozer P/F

    As presently comprised, the bulls are assured an exit in the ECF. We should be forward thinking in trying to move Boozer prior to the NBA trade deadline. Any deal must create flexibility for Mirotics inevitable addition to the team. Are there any plausible trade scenarios that would satisfy this criteria? Gar/Pax please help us! C

  • I think even JL3 can handle Boston. He was not even prepared much to start in the last game. I guess Ainge will keep running this team out until they stop qualifying for the playoffs.
    I hope the failures have got to Boozer/Noah and one of them steps up tonight atleast.

  • I really hope Rip plays in this game. I don't know if it's just me, but it seems like Boozer plays better when Rip is out on the court.

  • The Bulls in general play better. As BigWay pointed out, the Bulls score 113 points per 100 possessions with RIP on the floor and they score less than 100 points per 100 possessions without him. He needs to play. If not, this was a terrible acquisition. Not because of the money but because of his availability. We need him in the playoffs--especially against Miami.

  • D.Rose should be in the bench in todays game. We need him 100%.. let's look at the series not only todays game. Go Bulls!

  • DRose playing tonight

    CJ aiming to play Monday

    RIP still no date but not expected before next week

    This short pre-season and heavy schedule is really causing injuries. Maynor out for the season, Horford 3 months, Kwame 2 months. Steph Curry and his ankle, Wade and his foot, Rip and his groin. I expect even more injuries as the intense season continues. All teams will have to deal with injuries I'm just glad we have sufficient depth to cope with the current and (guaranteed future) injuries

    Looking forward to tonights game. If Joakim can't get up to face KG then its gonna be a long season for him!! Word is he's carrying injuries, thumb and ankle. If that's the case I wish he'd just rest up because with his style of play he needs to be 100%.

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    Randolph: torn MCL, Ginobili: broken hand, Gordon (Eric): sore knee, Arthur: torn achilles, Turiaf: broken hand, Dunleavy: groin; the list of injuries goes on and on and on.

    Groin and hamstring injuries are always problematic. Rip really didn't do the team or his body any favors when he played against the Pistons. He understandably wanted to play against his former team, but it takes time and rest for groin injuries to heal. The fact that there is no set date for his return makes me think he might be out for another week or two.

  • In reply to stepbackJ:

    I think I read Carmelo (ankle) should be added to the list as well.

  • I'm with you on the Korver starting thing, if Rip still can't go. I however, would go a step further, and start Taj for Boozer. Kind of an offense/ defense switch at 2 and defense/offense switch at 4.

    Doubt any of that is happening.

    As long as Rose never played for Boston and doesn't hold a grudge against them for including him in trade rumors and doesn't change his character by letting his ego come before the team, and he doesn't get any advice on whether or not to play from Rip we should be OK on that front.

    Thibs needs to get a grip on the reality of this season, it is already killing guys with both nagging and major injuries, it has to call for a kinder and gentler kind of coaching or there won't be anybody left by the time the playoffs roll along

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Thibs has to be smart with minutes. I read that Deng who usually doesn't complain and gives the company line, told that he was exhausted or fatigued after the last game. I know Jimmy Butler might be a bust for all you know. But playing him for 10 minutes against the Wizards when Deng was basically struggling on a B2B2B game was really crazy. He could have rested Deng for 10 minutes to get him back fresh as the 1st option(if JL3 passed:-)) in the 4th quarter.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Actually, I saw him in the locker room after the Wizards game, and his exact quote was "you know I'm always going to lie and say I'm not tired".

    Not that it contradicts your post in any way, just giving you the exact quote.

  • In reply to Don Ellis:

    I understand that Thibs trusts Deng, more so than everyone except for Rose and maybe Scal. Most NBA starters are going to lie and say "I'm not tired", when asked, because they don't want to come off the court. Thibs is paid to recognize that the goal this season is to keep his players fresh enough to make a viable run deep into the playoffs. Playing Deng 38-40 min. a game, c'mon. Deng and Lucas played more minutes (in 4 quarters) against the Wizards than MIA's big 3 did in an OT game against the Warriors.

  • In reply to Don Ellis:

    Thanks for the update.

  • Boston looks very slow and old. DRose is letting the game come to him and allowing everyone else top play off of him. The offense looks very very fluid.

  • If anyone needs absolute proof of why Boozer is a complete piece of shit as a defender, just go back to the 1 minute mark of the first quarter. This was by no means his only defensive fuck up(at least a half dozen in the first quarter alone), just the most obnoxiously obvious that even Boozer apologists cant quibble with.

    Rhondo drives into the center of the lane on Rose, Boozer fakes taking a step to challenge Rhondo then completely backs away and pulls his hands back(as if he were setting a screen or blocking out for Rhondo), literally creating a clear path for Rhondo to get an completely uncontested layup at the rim.

    This is what he does every single time on help defense situations. I really don't understand how a coach like Thibs doesn't strangle him several times during each and every game, if I played with the guy I punch him in the head every fucking time he did that, I can't believe that the rest of the guys busting their asses on every possession haven't done so yet.

    Boozer and Ben Gordon are definitely fraternal twins separated at birth.

    OMG, Absolutely horseshit 3 second call on Asik. Great game so far otherwise.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I understand your frustration with Boozer's D. There are times when I think Boozer's idea of help defense is yelling out defensive assignments to his teammates.

    However I think the Bulls understood that Boozer was never going to be a good defender when they signed him. If anything, the Bulls just need Boozer to be an offensive threat on the floor, with and without the ball. I can't stand when he just takes fade away jumpers in the post and I'm waiting for that Stacey King "spin cycle" call because Boozer showed he has an arsenal of post moves when he feels comfortable to use them (now days, that's pretty much never).

  • In reply to stepbackJ:

    Obvioulsy, we had all heard about Boozers defensive rep(lack there of). However, I had never watched him on a regular basis or this closely. I was at least expecting a tough physical guy who might be over matched against height/ length, but would at least compete physically and put a body on somebody.

    But now that I've had the displeasure of watching him on a regular basis he is nothing more than a outright phony, a pussy and at the same time a fake bully. If all that wasn't bad enough his constant screaming like a banshee/chimpanzee is what drives me over the top from not be able to stand the way he plays to outright hatred for him as a man.

    He is the antithesis of everything that I look to root for in a player.

    Honestly, I couldn't care less if he has a career ending injury, it would be the best thing to happen to the Bulls since 1.7%.

    As I am writing this 6 minute mark of the 3rd, Boozer just escorted Bass the hoop on a baseline dunk, if I were the coach I would have called time out and sent Boozer the showers on the spot for that piece of shit he just laid out there. Looks like Thibs at least noticed, he benched him for Taj.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Wow.. A career ending injury? I guess if someone didn't like you they would love to see the same shit happen to you! F'ing clueless idiot. All of this because of how he plays basketball? How dumb. Please get a life....

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Before you start dropping F bombs from the safety of your of your mouse cage, maybe you should read what I said.

    I didn't wish it upon him, I just said it wouldn't care if it happened, there is a big difference, at least to those with even a modest understanding of how language works.Obviously, that does not include people or enhanced mice who have nothing more creative to say than F'you).

    If find it ironic that someone who chooses to name himself Algernon would call anybody dumb, and a clueless idiot, when you a either smart mouse or a moronic human.

    Additionally, no matter what happens to Boozer, he will still get his remaining millions(insurance would pay it)and the Bulls would gain back his cap space.

    99.9% of us including myself, would take what would be a career ending injury for a basketball player(especially since such an injury is not even remotely close to life threatening, and for a non athlete it is non life altering) and still get paid $65 million more on top of the $65+ he's already made.

    In fact I've already had my share of them, 3 knee surgeries, 2 back, and as we speak one shoulder(Kirk Hinrich surgery, torn labrum), which is why right now I don't have much of a life, other than watching the Bulls(no matter how bespoiled they are by Bozo's behavior).

    Players get hurt all the time, Bozo more than most(and they are dropping like flies this year), so yea, I wouldn't cry for him if he got hurt again. As a fan I care about watching guys who care and have character, not bums like Boozer, who are stealing more money per day than anybody on Wall Street.

    None of us know any of these people personally so it is really irrational to care about anything that happens in their lives that doesn't affect us as fans, good, bad or otherwise. They sure don't give a shit about any of us.

    Shit happens to good people all the time, so why should we care when it happens to someone who doesn't make the most of his natural born talents, and may just be jackass to boot.

    The people that need to get a life are the 50% plus of the US population that watch the E Channel and reality TV, read People and US magazine and make celebrities out of anybody just because they play a game, sing a song, appear in a movie or on TV, mouse minded people like you.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Let's be clear about something... T1.That is my name given to me by my parents. 2. You don't know anything about me.3. You probably wouldn't even know who authored the book with my name. Use Google fool. That should help.4.Don't care if or wishing something happens is the same in my book. From this point I will not respond to your posts because you obviously don't like who you are so you "could care less." 5. I covered the NBA for 12 years. Yes some of these athletes I do know personally. Whether or not they play up to "your expectations," they have families and friends and to their credit, ignore pieces of shit like you. 6. Boozer is not stealing money he's paid on a contract.7. It's easy to sit in a sewer where you live and vent vitriolic statements. Here's suggestion. Buy a ticket to a Bulls game behind the Bulls bench. Tell Mr. Boozer that you hope he has a career ending injury. I then hope that he beats the living shit out of your lowlife thinking ass. Finally, Kiss My Ass and don't respond to anything else I say.. Bitch...

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I am not trying to defend Boozer but I think he is just not smart with defense. There is a component of what you said which makes it worse. But it is not 100% effort with him and Noah. I think Boozer's brain freezes on what to do correctly with his body when he sees somebody going to the basket. One of the good things he has done is stripping the ball when he is bent and not seeing the other guy's face.
    Noah is different. He is just jumping without rhythm and falling for fakes. Both of them have to just watch Taj who is not very big but plays defense by moving his feet. I guess not..

  • Bulls have gotten a few calls so far, I'm expecting the second half to go soundly against them from a reffing perspective.

    Great first half though, you can't ask for much more than this, and the Bulls look poised to win the game. I don't think Boston has the ability to come back on the Chicago defense. Famous last words.

  • come on Jo dunk the ball.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Noah just sucks

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Actually, JOAH looks like he is just inches from getting back to being himself, maybe tonight is the turning point for him.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    He's been very active on the glass. He just need to get his confidence back inhis offense. For all of the Noah haters, THIS IS JUST THE 13TH GAME!!! For crying out loud... Damn Chicken Littles!!!

  • In reply to BigWay:

    From my perspective Noah is working himself into shape on the Bulls clock. He reported out-of-shape cardio wise.

    I was watching Noah rather closely tonight and he is simply not exploding when he jumps for rebounds. Why? IMO, he seems perpetually winded on the court, like he's barely getting by on what cardio conditioning he has. An energy guy simply cannot perform to his limits if he is not in peak cardio condition.

    Hopefully Noah is beginning to turn the corner now. He played better tonight against Boston's old men, but he's still a ways from being in top condition.

  • In reply to Edward:

    Unfortunately, that is just the way it is with JOAH, he pretty much has to do this every season. Thats why I've always said that you just need to play him until he drops, and eventually he won't.

  • shame on rose for being made to look like a fool by rondo twice

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    How?

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    It looked like Rondo held Rose on the first pick off the fast break dribble.

    The second pick was clean, but Rondo can pick anyone in the League, so it's not that big of a deal.

  • Doug, you are starting to look a bit prophetic, Oneal just got away with 5-6 seconds in the lane on that offensive rebound that led to a three, then he look like a pulling guard in the NFL while setting a pick on Korver that led to a pass from Allen and a dunk by Oneal. Nevermind the Block on Taj clearly deflecting off #28 before it went out of bounds.

    Time to right the ship in the fourth, here's hoping that we've seen the last of TOAh, but not JOAH.

  • thibodeau you damn fool, trust your bench, Deng and rose are wiped, useless, give them a breather

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    if you lose with the bench at least you dont send rose to the hospital.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    or: trust your starters and let DRose kill all the Celtics momentum with two huge three-pointers and hopefully get the w.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    They didn't look wiped or useless down the stretch to me...

  • In reply to Don Ellis:

    they looked pretty wiped early in the 4th. and thibodeau is killing the starters, if this keeps up he's gonna regret it. He looks like he wont take any loss in the regular season, but there is a long way to go. So sure, it's a good win, but this is not a playoff game, if Rose cant walk tomorrow and they lose to the Raptors its the same thing as losing tonight and winning tomorrow.

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    So they were wiped early in the 4th but gained energy as the game went on?

    They weren't wiped, things happen. Games have an ebb and flow, and guys don't play perfectly for the entire game.

    Rose played 39:19, that's about what the MVP should be playing against a quality opponent, if not a little more (he was in foul trouble in the 2nd quarter).

  • Ronnie Brewer IS A BALLER !Three the HARD~WAY!!!

  • Didn't somebody just say that Noah just sucks. Boozer should suck so bad.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    You suck with that stupid comment about hoping Boozer has a career ending injury...

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    No you suck, no you suck, no you suck

    Crawl back into the basement and nibble on some cheese, you clearly have nothing productive or cogent to share.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I hope you die... Bastard...

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Wow, and you got mad at me for suggesting that I wouldn't care if Boozer had an injury, crazy hypocrite much.

    F.Y.I. My parents were married when I was born and are still together over 50 years later. Sorry that you never met your father.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    You no nothing about me or my parents..It feels to good to take a good shit, get you out of my system and flush your ass down the toilet... Fucking test tube baby!!!

  • That was a fantastic shot by Rose, but it wasn't a good one.

  • Deng sure didn't look tired down the stretch- hit the big dagger 3 (off of great ball movement), 21 pts (on 8/17 and 2/4 from 3), 16 rebounds, held Pierce to 3/12 shooting.

    Rose? I don't even need to comment.

    At the same age, Jordan and Pippen usually played 40+ minutes in roughly 1/2 of their games, and averaging 38-39 minutes a night was no problem.

  • In reply to Don Ellis:

    Nick Friedell, who is ESPN’s Bulls beat reporter, has described Deng has exhausted several times recently, including after tonight's game.

    Nick sees Deng every day in the locker room and at the Berto Center and watches every Bulls game (both home and road) in person from excellent seats.

    So I’ll give his personal observations more credence.

  • In reply to Edward:

    Nick is certainly within his rights to express his opinion, but personally I'd rather look at Deng's actual late-game performance to see if he is "exausted".

    I do know that in the "Clutch" this year- less than 5 minutes left in the game and neither team ahead by more than 5 points- Deng hasn't missed a FGA, and his FT% is higher than it is the rest of the game.

    He certainly doesn't play like he's "exausted" down the stretch of close games, that cannot be denied.

    Deng is 4th in the league in minutes per game at 39.0- there are 13 other players, the majority of them All-Star caliber players, who play 36.8 minutes per game or more. Aldridge, Paul, Griffin, Howard, James, Bryant, both Gasol brothers, Lee...

    I don't see that playing 2 fewer minutes per game would make a difference, but that's just my opinion.

    And just FTR, this "condensed schedule is a killer" garbage is the biggest load of crap ever perpetuated on the fans of any sport.

    But you'll all have to read my next blog to find out exactly what a crock it is.

  • In reply to Don Ellis:

    Sorry, Mr. Parasitic Self-Promoter, I won’t be reading your blog.

    And FTR, I value Nick Friedell’s first-hand observations over your opinions. I also give more credence to Dwayne Wade’s and Charles Barkley’s insight over yours:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=mc-spears_dwyane_wade_heat_nba_011112

    http://espn.go.com/espnradio/chicago/play?id=7451413

  • In reply to Don Ellis:

    Sorry, Mr. Parasitic Self-Promoter, I won’t be reading your blog.

    And FTR, I value Nick Friedell’s first-hand observations over your opinions. I also give more credence to Dwayne Wade’s and Charles Barkley’s insight:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=mc-spears_dwyane_wade_heat_nba_011112

    http://espn.go.com/espnradio/chicago/play?id=7451413

  • In reply to Don Ellis:

    Sorry, Mr. Parasitic Self-Promoter, I won’t be reading your blog.

    And FTR, I value Nick Friedell’s first-hand observations over your opinions. I also give considerably more credence to Dwayne Wade’s and Charles Barkley’s insight:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=mc-spears_dwyane_wade_heat_nba_011112

    http://espn.go.com/espnradio/chicago/play?id=7451413

  • Boozer looked decent in the 4th as did Jo. I was glad to see thibs stuck with them as I think they played up to it. hopefully this is the turning point for them

  • In reply to bpmueller:

    Boozer looked invisible in the 4rth, which is about the best that can be said about him, sort of like an offensive lineman.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Boozer had some decent help plays on defense, shutting down the lane in the 4th. He also looked like he was in the flow of the offense for the last ~9 min.

  • From my perspective Noah is working himself into shape on the Bulls clock. He reported out-of-shape cardio wise.

    I was watching Noah rather closely tonight and he is simply not exploding when he jumps for rebounds. Why? IMO, he seems perpetually winded on the court, like he's barely getting by on what cardio conditioning he has. An energy guy simply cannot perform to his limits if he is not in peak cardio condition.

    Hopefully, Noah is beginning to turn the corner now. He played better tonight against Boston's old men, and I'm glad for him as he was getting down on himself a bit. But he's still a ways from being in top condition. And I think poor conditioning is the reason for his poor play to date.

  • In reply to Edward:

    He was playing against Garnett/Jermaine O'Neal. Garnett seems to be as effective as Barkley playing now. Jermaine looks as effective as Shaq last year. Both need to be in a booth rather than a court.
    We did some good play from Noah at the end of the game though. But, Bass and Wilcox were burning Boozer and Noah quite a bit.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Yes, I agree. That's what I meant by "Boston's old men."
    Noah's not back yet, but I hope this lifts his spirits and motivates him to continue working through his conditioning issues. And I'm convinced that is the cause of Noah's poor play this season.

  • Just curious, but is this the first time that we have won at Boston since the Big 3 got together and Garnett played or was healthy. I know that we haven't fared well in Boston over that time span.

  • A very good win and pleased to see that Thibs gave the starters the minutes in the 4Q. Yes Omer and Taj are capable of playing those minutes as they have proven and as JVG continues to say they could start on other teams (or even the Bulls!).

    I hoped Jo would get up for playing KG and he did. He had soooooooo many tips that didn't fall but just being there competing is a step in the right direction. Like many others I dispair of a professional athlete not being in shape for the start of the season but thats no longer the concern its about giving Jo the heavy minutes to play him into shape.

    Luol lived up to his inconsistency tag. But I don't know whether I'm in the minority here but think Luol is a player who can never be fully appreciated by the boxscore. He is our Battier and will do what ever is need for the team to win. If is shot is off (as it can be for the best of players) he plays tough D, gets rebounds etc. If he doesn't make it as an All Star this year then the coaches just don't understand the true benefit of a do-it-all glue guy.

    Other than that 8 min stretch at the end of the 3rd/start of the 4th the Celtics look done to me. I think they have enough skill to beat lessor teams by having short spurts but against the better teams where more sustained energy levels are required then they can no longer complete.

    A very good but expected (when was the last time we could say that going to Boston?) win and made doubly good by Miami's loss to Denver. Looking forward to that game; hopefully both teams will be at full strength and fitness and be a marker as to where we are this year against them.

  • Just kept waiting for Derick to take over as the C's closed within a point or two (I thought Thibs waited too long to call timeout). Was great to see him finally step up.

    Its only one game, but since we dominated from start, it just shows how far the C's have aged.

    Biggest surprises of the Bulls season thus far:
    - Brewer's shooting
    - he's obviously put a lot of off-season time into shooting
    - Asik's consistent, starting quality defense
    - last night they commented he was best defensive center in the league made me sick though
    - Noah's lack of productivity
    - probably was out of shape - I guess I should have expected that
    - Luol's consistency down the stretch of games
    - will never win popular votes for all-star, but I sure hope the coach picks him over a guy like Pierce. Too bad his skills don't show well in an All-Star type game (what does that say about that joke of a game?)

  • Korver could never get free even for hoisting a few shots. That means again the offensive burden falls on Rose and Deng. This is important that if all options are being taken away that somebody other than Rose can get free. Rip hopefully can fix that. We know what Rose can do and takeover anytime. I still don't think our offense is clicking well. Look at Denver yesterday...anybody can make a shot including the PF/Center(Nene) and Harrington. If there was a wish-list, we badly need a stretch 4 or defenses have to start respecting Brewer(he is in the Bogans land right now..wide open a lot)

  • one more thing...

    Many people are saying how nice Noah and Boozer player played last night. They combined for 22 pts and 20 rbds. It was nice to see them finally play well.

    Not intended to take anything away from them, but rather to highlight Deng, who got 21 pts, and 16 rbds. In addition, he absolutely dominated Pierce, and forced him to play like he wanted to be somewhere else.

    Deng must get All-Star consideration!

  • Rip Hamilton Scored 25 Points in Boston Game?

    I read the box scores. I own an Asik jersey and always like to see how he played, and everyone else.

    I scanned my Chicago Tribune box scores this Saturday morning and it had the name Hamilton with 25 points. Wow, a monster game for Rip but nothing in the columns. Hmmmm.

    What did Rose do in the box score? No Rose.

    OK, the mighty Chicago Tribune accidentally listed Rose's game as Hamilton's game. Another great moment in journalism...

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