Bulls Beat #267 - Injuries

Bulls Beat #267 - Injuries

The Chicago Bulls fight through injuries to three starters at they start 2-1 on their long road trip.

Bulls Beat #267 - Injuries

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  • Best road victory of the season last night......4 out 5 starters out with injuries....and the bench comes through.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    I still like the road win in Miami more or the games against the Knicks, but this was a good one.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Agreed, anytime the Bulls can go into Miami not at full strength and pull out a win against them would be the best road victory. The Heat are the measuring stick for the Bulls not Atlanta who won't be in the ECF or Finals. It was a good road win Bulls fans but lets not get carried away cause the Hawks are far from being a contender.

  • Seeing the way this team has responded to a rash of injuries with a no excuse mentality, I am certain that they are the toughest team in the league. The one thing that the DRose injury has done for the Bulls is build their character, and heighted their drive. Everyone says that they can not envision a team beating the Heat 4 times in a series, I cant see anyone beating a fully healthy Chicago team in a playoff series. The Miami Heat team are the World Champs and they deserve their credit, but I am not a big fan of this "turn off, turn on switch" mentality they play with. That type of approach will bite you in the end. I dare anyone to name at least 1 championship team in history who approached the regular season games the way the Heat do, and repeated as Champs. They are last in the league in rebounding and 11th in defensive efficiency, which i do not think is impressive. The Bulls are playing with a chip on their shoulders, and none of them fear the Heat. I would even go as far and say that if they were more experienced, the Pacers could even eliminate the Heat in a 7 game series.

  • In reply to argie2333:

    No disrespect but talk is cheap. The Bulls and Pacers have to prove that they can beat the Heat in a playoff series. The Heat aren't an old team, they don't care about the regular season, they do have a on and off switch.And sure they have their pproblems when playing teams that have big front lines but their athletic players and their perimeter and three point guys are lethal and should take them to back to back championships barring any major injuries. The Pacers had a golden opportunity last year against them and choked at home and lost the series. So like I said, until someone proves they can knock off this years Heat team...again talk is cheap and the regular season means nothing to them. Bulls are better than expected without Rose but they have to win when it really counts even with Rose.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I agree. What the Heat do in the regular season is meaningless. They're not dialed in, frequently listless, and don't seem to really care. In both the past two seasons they turned it up huge in the playoffs, and there's no reason to think this year will be any different.

    I think the Bulls are 6-2 against Miami in the regular season with two wins missing Rose and a third where he was just returning and was god awful and didn't play in the fourth. That didn't mean jack the one time they matched up in the playoffs so far.

    It would have been interesting if Chicago had gotten a shot to play Miami in the playoffs last year with Rose healthy and Bosh not. Of course, that's an entirely unfair contrived scenario, but I would have liked the Bulls chances given how close the Celtics came and how much the Celtics stink.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Having watched almost every Heat game this year, I’ll confirm your belief. You can tell by Lebron’s comments after the Indiana game, the regular season just doesn’t matter to them. Why should it? Anyone that would doubt this team’s ability to turn the switch at playoff time is not being realistic. Barring injury, Heat are prohibitive favorites to come out of the east, and a moderate favorite against OKC in the final. Love the addition of Chris “Birdman” Andersen. Riley would be wise to lock him up at minimum salary for next year too.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    What would this Bulls team's record be if, like the Heat, they were:
    Not Dialed In; Frequently Listless, and Didn't Really Care?

  • Doug, monster podcast today. I guess that you figured out that it is easier to talk after shoulder surgery than it is to type.

    Anyway, as someone who had a mild torn labrum and a huge bone spur removed from my shoulder last year, best wishes on recovering from your surgery.

    pretty much agree with everything you said today, especially about the Nate stuff. I dare say that he has won us more games than my buddy Bozo the boozer.

    I've been looking around trying to figure out how we are going to keep anybody next year, never mind bringing in any upgrades. Since we are locked into being a tax payer for just 8 players, the only thing that we have available is the mini MLE. Would that be enough to keep both Nate and Belli. If you can only keep one, which one do you keep. As you seem to suggest, perhaps it is Nate, with Hinrich and Butler sharing the 2 spot.

    We cleary need a quality 4rth big, as Noah is never likely to make it through an entire season healthy, and last night not withstanding Taj cannot play center fulltime.

    Here is something that I posted last night, which would be perfect for this season, but probably doesn't do us any good for next year, because we don't have the salary cap flexibility to keep him going forward.

    I was going to ask this after the Bucks game, and now with Noah going down it becomes timely, as Noah's injury really exposes the Bulls lack of depth and size among their bigs.

    Why don't we go after Samuel Dalembert, (money)? He always seems to do well against Noah and the Bulls, 14 & 13 in only 24 minutes Wednesday.

    The Bucks don't seem all that enamored of him, I guess that he can be a bit of a flake as teams always seem to be trying to get rid of him.

    How does this deal not make sense, at least for us, Rip and Nazi for Dalembert($6.7 million expiring). Throw some cash($1 million for Rips buyout) and/or a second rounder at the Bucks. We are going to need a legitimate backup center in the playoffs, especially if Noah's foot is a season long problem.

    Of course, I'd trade Bozo the Bimbo for him, but now that you guys all think that he has played like an all star for a couple of weeks, that's not even a consideration. Fairly certain that the Bucks aren't taking bozo's contract under any circumstances, but Dalembert and Gooden should work cap wise.

    Would you take 2 more years of Drew Gooden @$6.7 million per to get rid of the final 2 years of Bozo @$16 million per. It does put a dent in the 2014 plan as the final year of Gooden's deal would not be amenstitizable. To me, when he plays, Gooden is virtually identical to the Matabozo, as in mostly useless.

    I don't know if we would have the ability to offer him anything more than the MMLE, but, I would consider signing Dalembert to a extention if he was amenable to being a backup and willing to play for $5-6 million per.

    As I have maintained from the moment that we let Asik walk, we are undersized and undermanned upfront, and we clearly need a long term solution to Noah's backup. Dalembert at the right price is not a bad choice. He rebounds, has some offensive game(likely slightly better than Noah) has enough size(length) to be a shot blocker. I am sure that working for Thibs would only make him better on defense than he has ever played before.

    The more that I think about it the more that it seems like a no brainer, especially since we need to get Rip off the roster to keep minutes for Jimmy, Kirk, Bellini and Nate when Rose returns.

    What do you say, Bulls fans?

  • In reply to BigWay:

    You'd need to throw in Vlad to make the Dalembart trade work, and in that scenario the Bucks need to waive someone to meet the roster requirements which I'm not sure if htey have someone they want to waive.

    I'm also not sure they'd say yes, but I would do that deal, the Bulls definitely need another big more than another guard which made the Cook signing kind of strange.

    I wouldn't do a Boozer/Gooden trade. Boozer's consistently better IMO, but they are similar players in that they both rebound, score and can't defend a stone. So why get worse and then also have less salary flexibility in two years because you can't amnesty Gooden?

    I think I'd probably keep Belinelli over Robinson just because I don't see where Nate plays, but I'm not certain.

  • Again I dare anyone to look at history and tell me a team that would just turn it on when the playoffs began. Lebron is great sure but that team has flaws

  • In reply to argie2333:

    The San Antonio Spurs. Pops wrote the book on resting players during throwaway games.

    The second Rockets team throttled back significantly in the regular season.

    Most of Phil Jackson's titles with the Lakers.

    Last season's Heat team.

    Flipping the question around, how often do teams that play balls-to-the-wall all during the regular season win the title?

    The only recent example I can think of off the top of my head are the Mavericks.

    Didn't do the Bulls any good the last two years, that is for sure!

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