Horny Notes: April 11, 2011 -- Bulls at the Top, the Rest Question, Brewer's Immense Defensive Value, the "MVP Conversation"

Horny Notes: April 11, 2011 -- Bulls at the Top, the Rest Question, Brewer's Immense Defensive Value, the "MVP Conversation"
  • The Bulls are #1 in the Schedule-Adjusted Offensive and Defensive Ratings. (Neil Paine, Basketball-Reference) Everything besides "don't count out [insert historically good or high hoped team here]" says the Bulls should get to the Finals and put on a show, if not win it all. That said, if Noah isn't a double-double machine, fuck hoping for a title and just hope to stay alive for the Eastern Conference Finals.
  • Tom Thibodeau is showing that getting prepared for the playoffs doesn't include dramatically resting starters. (K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune) The players like it, but I agree that it isn't a great decision. (Blog-a-Bull)
  • Tickets for the first two rounds of the 2011 playoffs at the United Center will go on sale Friday. (David Miller, SBN Chicago
  • ATTN K.C., Matt McHale, and Shams Charnia: If Danny Granger's balderdash on a "bulletin board" is significant, the Bulls have problems that don't make them championship-conversation worthy. This mysticism stuff from good players on bad teams is for the bulletin boards of mediocre and bad teams.
  • Former Bulls reflected on the 1990-91 championship season in various quote-worthy manners. (Bryan Smith, Chicago Magazine)
  • Omer Asik waffling between Brandon Bass and Jameer Nelson, eventually leaving Bass to over-commit to the dribble penetration too late, and getting dunked on is a microcosm of Omer not having a clue on Sunday. I love the guy, but I'll be fair and blast him when video like this is available.:
  • Ronnie Brewer is the most valuable defensive SG in the NBA this season, an EV study found. (ElGee, Back Picks) He's tied with Kevin Garnett for 3rd across all positions behind Gerald Wallace and Marcin Gortat. Luol Deng is third among SFs and Joakim Noah 4th among Cs.
  • Derrick Rose is probably also 3rd on my hypothetical MVP ballot between LeBron James and Dwight Howard -- in that order, though. (Zach Lowe, The Point Forward) I also agree that the race is "brutally close." Don't even regard my conclusions on this "conversation" because I have none; I only have points, sub-points, and analysis here and there.

    My reasoning isn't anti-Rose at all; it's mostly accepting that LeBron is most valuable because he's the best in the league who plays better than everyone else. There's nothing more valuable than that, I agree with Ethan Sherwood Strauss. The only argument to slip Howard ahead of Rose is similar to that of LeBron, but Graydon Gordian's reasoning is along mine to negate the more pedestrian total W-L record of the team (TrueHoop):

    Also: I understand the argument for Kevin Love as Most Improved Player, but that should go to Rose and I fail to see how it's even close. I felt that way before seeing the data. The data only further proves that point. (Justin Kubatko, BBR) Love's having a great season, but Rose has entered an elite club way ahead of schedule.

  • Brewer takes getting the fans free Big Macs seriously.

    I heart Ronnie Brewer.

  • Benny the Bull is the shit!

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