Horny Notes: March 28, 2011 -- Magic Numbers, Bulls-Sixers Preview, Debating the MVP

Horny Notes: March 28, 2011 -- Magic Numbers, Bulls-Sixers Preview, Debating the MVP
  • This picture is beautiful:

    bulls pregame huddle.jpg

  • Sorry about no recap for the Bulls-Bucks game. Saturday and Sunday, I had to input midterm grades and spend some time a certain someone. Of course, the time I had to write the recap, I had technical issues and didn't want to take away from that personal time -- after a very long 10 days of intense grading and syllabus modifications -- to do it all over again. Life's about back to normal and I'll be pack to posting at the rate I was a couple of weeks ago, though.
  • The magic number is nine. After the weekend, the Bulls (53-19) remain two games ahead of the Celtics (51-21) and 2.5 ahead of the Heat (51-22) for the #1 seed in the Eatern Conference.... It's amazing to understand that the Bulls can win 60 games if they win seven of the last ten games, keeping in mind their season winning percentage is .736 -- .818 (18-40 with Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer playing.

    Nine wins clinch the top seed in the East, with the C's owning the current tiebreaker, and also would clinch homecourt against every team through the playoffs except the Spurs. Seven wins clinches the at least the #2 seed. (Doug Thonus, BullsCon)

  • Bulls-76ers play Monday at the United Center. Philly's a scary team that's beaten the Bulls once in Philly after getting spanked at the UC. The Bulls are just too damn good at home, but  a tight game should be expected with Philly's defense on the perimeter and their capability to shoot the lights out at a high percentage any night. I do doubt the 76ers break 90 points, but unless the Bulls can get a dominant post game from Carlos Boozer, the Bulls could score around the same, focusing on pace control. Here's Matt McHale's preview.
  • Dwight Howard is "leading the Magic to a top five defensive team despite the absence of a single teammate who is an even average defender," Beckley Mason wrote, which has been the point that prevents me from treating Derrick Rose as the MVP to be self-evident. This is relevant because the Rose-for-MVP argument revolves around his per game offensive production, when the Bulls primarily win because of defense -- as do the Magic. Overall, Mason presents a pro-con argument for and against Rose as MVP that's worth reading by any analyst or fan of understanding the game and how to expand ways to see it. It's the "debate in his head." (HoopSpeak)

    There are eerie similarities to Rose's production to Allen Iverson's -- the season he won over a more deserving Shaquille O'Neal.

  • Taj Gibson's injuries force him to play with shoes more than two sizes too big. He's normally a 15.5, but has to wear size 18 to play, due to having his toes taped. (Nick Friedell, ESPN)
  • Luol Deng is not the league's most underrated player, as David Haugh recently peddled. He's not overrated either. He's adequately rated, as far as I've seen. And there are probably a few players who are maybe top five at their position who are underrated -- Nenê, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Martin, Al Horford to go with others. Even if Luol Deng is underrated, Haugh, as usual, provides no analysis of -- well, anything. Instead the article's just a bunch of platitudes and quotes in the context that Deng's the only player worth discussing as "underrated." That's fine is you have no clue what "most" means, but Haugh should know better than this. (ChiTrib)

    I'm not saying Haugh's a dumb guy. I don't know him and don't find him annoying on CTL. I just find no utility in the space he occupies, like any other completely non-analytical basketball writer. That stuff's all jibberish. I just don't get it.

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  • I really dont see how D Rose isnt the MVP this year.

    He easily has the strongest resume this year as well. Bulls #1 in East, Bulls have what 8-9new players on this team, rookie coach, Noah an Boozer had combine for missing over 50+ games, Rose is a closer, Points,Assist,Rebounds all have improved, 3pt shot has improved, Hes 22...would be the youngest MVP ever, Bulls are 3-0 vs the Heat (Kobe's Lakers 0-2), Bulls have one of the best records vs the best teams in the league, Bulls have the best home court record in the league, defensively he has improved, in fact i read a article not to long ago that stated Rose is the best PG defensively against other PG's in the league, He kills the other elite PG's in the league, Hes arguable the BEST PG in the league (which in todays game...PG might be the toughest position to play), Bulls win improvement from last year, Could be like the 6th player EVER to average 24ppg 8ass 4reb....i probably could go on but i have to leave work now lol As much as people like to hate...theres nobody in the league with a better resume then that imo.

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