Horny Notes: April 18, 2011 -- Deafening UC Stifled Pacers, Pacers D Wall Won't Stifle Rose, Top Bulls Plays of the Season

Horny Notes: April 18, 2011 -- Deafening UC Stifled Pacers, Pacers D Wall Won't Stifle Rose, Top Bulls Plays of the Season
  • Bulls fans played a huge role in their team winning Game 1. "Pacers center Roy Hibbert blamed the fans for botching his team's ability to communicate with each other down the stretch while trying to guard Derrick Rose," David Kaplan and Fred Mitchell wrote (Chicago Tribune).
  • Tom Thibodeau fully expects more physical play and over-prevention from Indy in Game 2 and wants Derrick Rose to continue attacking it (K.C. Johnson, ChiTrib). "To me, that's his toughness," Thibs said after Sunday practice. "People have different interpretations of toughness. The ability to drive the ball hard, get hit, get fouled, go to the line, make your free throws and do it again time after time after time, that speaks volumes as to who he is. And he'll continue to do that.

    "He has attacked all year. That's not going to change. Quite frankly, I think he's getting more calls because people are used to him driving the ball that way now. They're trying to take fouls thinking that might deter him. That won't deter him. He'll keep going more and more and more."

    Pacers coach Frank Vogel confirmed: "We have to have a wall of defenders when he comes in there. It's that simple," (Mike Wells, IndyStar.com)

    Makes sense that K.C. Johnson's "key matchup" in Game 2 is Rose vs. Hibbert (ChiTrib).

  • Remember when Joakim Noah was all like, "I'm a cowboy who just shot you dead. And since you're dead, I won't need my guns anymore, so I can put them away now!" on Saturday? Here ya' go (Jared Wade, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
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  • Thibs wasn't happy with Luol Deng's fourth quarter theatrics in Game 1 (K.C.). "What I don't want are fourth-quarter technicals; I can tell you that," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We have to be smart. Teams that are smart ultimately win. You have to find that balance of playing very aggressively but very smart. This is the playoffs. There are going to be fouls like that. This is ordinary. This is no big deal. Just play."
  • Danny Granger's big Game 1 was a bit of a fluke. Deng had his number all season in a bit of an embarrassing manner (K.C.).
  • The Bulls had the 4h highest three-man-combo of win producers this season behind the Heat, Lakers, Celtics (Jeff Fox, Hoops Manfesto). Joakim Noah missed 34 games this season, but still finished 3rd on the team with 6.7 win shares. His 0.205 per 48 minutes was only 0.003 behind Rose's 0.208 (Basketball-Reference). Averaging 0.140 per game, seven more games played at that pace would've placed the Bulls ahead of the Cs' Big Three.
  • CSN Chicago compiled the "top plays of the 2011 Chicago Bulls season. Enjoy:

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