Archive for March 2011

Hollinger: No Way to Define MVP in Rose's Favor

Hollinger: No Way to Define MVP in Rose's Favor
John Hollinger at ESPN wrote his annual full MVP analysis article. In the chat that followed, he listed the common arguments for a player as MVP and noted that all of those arguments favor at least one other player over D-Rose. In his Mar. 31 “Per Diem” at ESPN, John Hollinger calls the coronation of... Read more »

Catch n' Shoot: March 31, 2011 -- The 'Rip Move' Scam, Wall's Lost Mind, Inside Points/FT Prejudice

Catch n' Shoot: March 31, 2011 -- The 'Rip Move' Scam, Wall's Lost Mind, Inside Points/FT Prejudice
The “rip move” is a clever way for scorers to exploit a bad NBA rule with no purpose but to produce cheap points. I empathize with Royce Young (Daily Thunder), but a defender striking a shooter is not the same as a ball handler forcing his body through the stationary arm of a defender. The... Read more »

Rose, Boozer Double-Double Through the Wolves

Rose, Boozer Double-Double Through the Wolves
The East-leading Bulls dominated a carelessly bad Timberwolves squad 108-90 in Minnesota to keep a 2.5 game lead over the Celtics and Heat. The Bulls (54-20) lead by as much as 26 in their 108-91rout over the Timberwolves (17-58) in Minnesota on Wednesday to extend their lead over the Celtics (51-22) by a half-game to... Read more »
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Catch n' Shoot: March 29, 2011 -- KD-RussWest Individual Clutchiness, LeBron's Most Valuable-ness, Parity's Questionable Valuable-ness

Catch n' Shoot: March 29, 2011 -- KD-RussWest Individual Clutchiness, LeBron's Most Valuable-ness, Parity's Questionable Valuable-ness
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook really don’t connect in so-called “clutch possessions.” FTR, I don’t believe in clutchiness. LeBron James is still the most productive player in the NBA this season. How you want to define “value” is a story in itself and always fully deserving of scrutiny, but LeBron’s production is almost unmatched. The... Read more »

Brick-tastic Bulls Take a Blowout Passing to the Wrong Team All Night

Brick-tastic Bulls Take a Blowout Passing to the Wrong Team All Night
The Bulls had their 14-game home winning streak snapped by the surging 76ers in Monday’s 97-85 loss. With 5:07 remaining in the first quarter, the 76ers (38-36) went on a 13-1 run to take an early 25-11 lead over the Bulls (53-20) on Monday at the United Center. After that lead extended to 23 points... Read more »

Bulls Mathematical Favorites to Win Championship

Bulls Mathematical Favorites to Win Championship
All studies show the best indicator of a team’s playoff success isn’t their record in close games, but a team’s ability to blow other teams out while avoiding getting blow out — moreso than beating elite teams. People who say otherwise are actively lying to you. That said, the Bulls (53-19) are continuing to spank... Read more »
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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: 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... Read more »

Tough Win Extends Bulls Conference Lead to Two Games

Tough Win Extends Bulls Conference Lead to Two Games
The Grizzlies put up a hard, commendable fight, but the Bulls ended up on top 99-96 to extend their home winning streak to 14 and their lead on the Celtics for the top seed in the East to two games. The Bulls (52-19) haven’t lost at home in over two months (Jan. 18) and they... Read more »

Catch n' Shoot: March 24, 2011 -- The Truth Needs the Ball, Aldridge Deserves More Love, AAU Needs to Poof!, Jimmer Needs a Guru

Catch n' Shoot: March 24, 2011 -- The Truth Needs the Ball, Aldridge Deserves More Love, AAU Needs to Poof!, Jimmer Needs a Guru
“That pass is, uh — is uhhhh…” (h/t: Matt McHale): The Celtics’ shot selection can look very weird on a chart. It can make you wonder how in hell they win. But “open shots are better than other shots.” Sandy Weil proved it. That said, Rajon Rondo holds onto the ball too fucking long. The... Read more »
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Deng is Dangerously Efficient With Healthy Boozer and Noah

Luol Deng’s per game averages are lower with Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah playing, but — as expected — his efficiency data trends way upward with better looks on shots. The Bulls are 16-4 (.750) with Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah in the only 20 games they’ve played together; 35-15 (.700) in games where at... Read more »