Bulls vs Hornets 7pm on CSN, the tune up

Bulls vs Hornets 7pm on CSN, the tune up

The Chicago Bulls host one of the NBAs most pathetic teams tonight, the New Orleans Hornets. It's tempting to go Swirsky on everyone and declare that I'll walk to San Antonio tomorrow to cover the game if the Bulls lose, but after Swirsk lost his dare and chickened out I think I'll pass. Perhaps the most interesting facet of this game is the potential return of Richard Hamilton.

The Chicago Bulls could be at full strength for the first time since the beginning of the season. Their schedule is about to get much tougher, and this game represents a good chance to give the full lineup some time to play together and work out the kinks prior to heading to San Antonio tomorrow.

Let's not go crazy with Hamilton here

Assuming he's able to play some, I hope Thibodeau drop his black and white stance towards injuries. He's typically played a guy unlimited minutes in his first game back from injury rather than easing him back. After Hamilton re-aggravated his injury twice a more cautious approach with his minutes makes sense. Ideally, I'd like to see Rip play about 5-8 minutes in the first and third quarters then shut it down.

Derrick says he's pain free

Rose looked like he was going half speed at the all-star game, but the superstar point guard claims he's pain free, no longer requires any treatment, and no longer thinks about the injuries that sidelined him for 10 games this season so far. That's great news for Bulls fans. Let's keep our fingers crossed that it stays that way.

Do the Hornets have any life?

Well they did take down Linsanity and have actually won four of their last six with losses coming to OKC and Indiana [or very good teams]. Of course, how much you weigh wins at Utah, Cleveland, and Milwaukee [in addition to the Knicks] is up to you. Clearly they're playing a bit better, but given they were on a pace to compete for the worst record of all time that might not be saying much.

I doubt the Bulls have any trouble beating up on New Orleans.

Some Omer time?

The Hornet's best player might be Chris Kamen, and Omer would be the Bulls best defender on him. Joakim's strength isn't in defending big centers with offensive games. His strength is running around after perimeter players and help defense, but Omer can man up against the big physical centers better.

Omer has been in somewhat of a slump after a hot start to the season, this should be a good opportunity for make an impact on the game.

Beast these guys

The Hornets really have no defensive presence to slow down Rose, they don't have any offensive players that are a true threat to hurt the team consistently, in short, they aren't good. The Bulls should come out strong, dominate the game, and end it quickly.

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  • I think Asik is doing ok compared to last year. We would Asik commit 3 fouls in 2 minutes last year and that is not happening.
    We need Asik not only against the bigger guys like Hibbert and Howard, he knows Thibs's system if Noah gets into foul trouble in any game.
    Also, Wade/LeBron are shooting less 3 pointers and are driving more inside. I saw a crazy stat that Wade has not attempted or made a 3 pointer this year. They(Wade/LeBron) have realized that 3 pt shooting is a very unreliable skill for them and are going inside more. Asik helps in that too.
    Off-course, his offense stinks and his passing/ball handling is not good as Noah. That's why he plays for 10-15 mins. If Noah keeps developing and trusting his offense, that will help Thibs on how/when to use Asik.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Schaumburgfan, you never quit. I am left to wonder how old you are, and whether you're a native of Turkey?

  • In reply to SlamDunk:

    however old schaumburgfan is he got one thing right the Heat are attacking the basket and going to the free throw line which is why they have won the last 7 games by double digits maybe the Bulls will figure this out one day

  • In reply to jclass62:

    jclass62, you sound like you and schaumburgfan are both from Turkey or go to the same church, right?

  • In reply to SlamDunk:

    jclass62, what was the score when the Bulls last met the Heat? Did the Heat demolish the Bulls in their own building?

  • Just watching the bulls pre game and they said the Bulls cut Mike James, any one else think this is stupid? I think the guy played much better than Lucas.

    Also speaking about Omer, can anyone remember Noah and Omer playing together? That might be something that would hurt Miami. Having Noah at the top of the key facilitating if they trap Rose with Omer under the basket. Just curious if anyone has an opinion on that?

  • In reply to do53:

    I think Noah and Taj gives you all the good things of Noah/Omer against a team like Miami without as much offensive liability.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Yeah good point. Not like they have an over-powering big that Omer could defend. But my lord if he would learn to catch the damn ball he could be a force.

  • Anyone else see RIP start limping after that play...

  • In reply to zvodicka:

    Can you describe it? I didn't see it.

  • Derrick Rose owes 22,000 Big Macs to all the fans who attended tonight's game. haha.

  • It was just on one play. He might have slightly twisted his ankle but you never know with him. Tomorrow he could say he re aggravated his groin.

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