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Kevin Durant left the game in the fourth for good, Derrick Rose played out the string and knocked down a couple threes vs the reserves to drag the Bulls to victory...
It's fairly rare that a season starts where you can't identify the team that will ultimately win the championship given a few teams to pick from. Unlike the NFL where probably 50% of the teams could win the superbowl in any given year, the NBA is more consistent in figuring out in advance who has a shot to win the title...
The big news around the NBA was the firing of coach Mike Brown after just five games. There's plenty of blame to go around, but like any divorce, the blame is pointless. Sure Kobe wanted the Princeton offense which is now being blamed for the poor start (despite very high offensive efficiency implying the offense is working). Sure Brown's a completely pedestrian coach who probably didn't deserve the job in the first place...
On the surface, the Bulls have very little chance to win this game. Even without James Harden the top three scorers on the Thunder would be the #1 scorer if they were on the Chicago Bulls without Rose. Even with Rose the Thunder would be the favorites, without him the Bulls are set up for a complete dismantling tonight...
The trade of James Harden to the Rockets shakes up the power structure of the NBA. On the surface, Kevin Martin seems like a fair replacement for Harden in a scenario where OKC needs to save cash. Martin's one of the few players in the league who scores with high volume and efficiency, much like Harden and has done so without two more dangerous scorers next to him to relieve the pressure...
The Bulls have been rolling with many of the traditional strengths that translate to great playoff success. While people have complained about the way the Bulls are built, defense, rebounding, and isolation scoring are traits that almost always translate to winning playoff basketball while fast pace offense frequently falls apart...
The Bulls have won a number of statement games without Derrick Rose, this will prove their toughest test yet. Not only are the Oklahoma City Thunder an elite team, they're an elite team playing well, and playing at home...
Looking at the rosters around the league right now, three teams stand out as built for long term domination. Chicago, Miami, and Oklahoma City...
If you play for the Chicago Bulls, work for the Bulls, or could somehow hurt this team by daydreaming and losing focus, please go find another article to read about how the Miami Heat are going to beat your brains in game two, take that pent up hostility you get after reading it, and unleash... Read more »
The Atlanta Hawks lead their first round matchup 3-1 against the Orlando Magic, and after playing four close games. Orlando finally played like Orlando, Atlanta played like Atlanta, and the result was a butt whipping of epic proportions. Frank Vogel has to look at this series and think it’s what the Bulls/Pacers series should have... Read more »
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