Horny Notes: April 21, 2011 -- Plays of the Year, Deng's 1st Half Brick-iness, Korver's Gun-Shy-iness, Method to D-Rose Penetration Madness

Horny Notes: April 21, 2011 -- Plays of the Year, Deng's 1st Half Brick-iness, Korver's Gun-Shy-iness, Method to D-Rose Penetration Madness
  • BullsTV posted their Plays of the Year. Highlights of Ronnie Brewer, Joakim Noah, Kyle Korver, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, C.J. Watson, Taj Gibson, Brian Scalabrine, and one or two Derrick Rose plays, called by the -- ahem -- always objective and serene Stacey King, Neil Funk, Chuck Swirsky, and Bill Wennington:

  • The Bulls won 11 of their last 12 on the road in the regular season. Starting the season 13-13 away from the United Center was cause for concern and that's no more, so the storyline is their poor play in the first two games. Neither Deng nor Kurt Thomas are saying they didn't play bad, but are brushing it off as little more than narrative:

  • Deng needs to get turn those early bricks into buckets. "In the first half of both contests, Deng was a combined 2-for-11 from the field for seven points." (The Sports Xchange). At 16 PPG and 8 RPG through only two games, he doesn't look so bad, but when you get to the .512 TS% and 13.8% TOR, you start seeing possession-killing production from him. He's only 3-for-6 on 3s; only meaning the 3PAs are down from his 4.1 per game from the regular season (Basketball-Reference).

    With more dribble penetration and low post pounding, he should have more 3-point opportunities in this series than the average game. Honestly, is Deng taking five or six per game a bad thing, given the looks he's getting, but not being found outside?

  • Rose demanding help from opposing bigs improves the Bulls' offensive rebounding (Tim Donahue, 8 Points 9 Seconds). Hell, makes it kinda' easy. The trap seems like a 'contain Rose' strategy, but it begs for second chances early in the shot clock while the defense is in disarray after the loose ball is secured.
  • Korver's 5-for-5 on 3-pointers in the series; that's 100%! (K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune). Great. Now, fucking shoot more 3s, dammit! Let's see if he's curling for the long-2 or jetting out to the long range when he beats Paul George on the screens. Korver's a very talented passer and I love when he makes the quick second pass to his second screener to counter the trappy switch, but otherwise, he needs to just be taking the more efficient good looks for the extra point a few more feet from the basket.
  • Tom Thibodeau addressed the Bulls' 22 turnovers in Game 2 on Wednesday (K.C.): "We're trying to be very unselfish and make the extra pass. Sometimes it's the interior pass that's causing problems. We're trying to correct it. We have to do a better job of hitting the open man instead of trying to thread the needle. They're a gamble, strip-type team. You have to be ready for that and protect the ball and be strong with it."

    Rose had six of those turnovers on Monday night -- five in the third quarter. He couldn't escape a long session with Thibs on Tuesday:


    An intensive and extensive one on one film session between Derrick Rose and Tom Thibodeau after practiceless than a minute ago via txt Favorite Retweet Reply

  • Thibs also addressed why Thomas is getting the minutes over Omer Asik right now (K.C.): "When we need low-post defense, screening and pick-and-pop shooting, Kurt is the guy. We're confident that if we need to use (Asik's) shotblocking and offensive rebounding and his energy we can put him out there and he'll do a good job. The game will dictate who is playing."
  • George is doing a hell of a job, but eventually, his best bet to contain Rose will involve something resembling a Bizzaro World Al Jolson impression (Tom Lewis, Indy Cornrows).

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