Horny Notes: April 26, 2011 -- D-Rose Playing Game 5, Bench Mob Benched, Boozer's Downs, Coach Korver

Horny Notes: April 26, 2011 -- D-Rose Playing Game 5, Bench Mob Benched, Boozer's Downs, Coach Korver
  • Derrick Rose is "definitely playing" Game 5 on Tuesday. He participated in Tuesday's walk through, did some shooting, but didn't practice; he was out of the precautionary walking boot and in shoes (K.C. Johnson, Twitter).


    DRose on his ankle: "It's good. Yesterday, it was a little stiff. Today, I have more motion in it."less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

  • Paul George on defending Rose: "We really want him to shoot jumpshots and not get to the rim." (SportsRadioInterviews.com)
  • Sebastian Pruiti's keys to the Bulls winning Game 5: Getting the ball down low to the post and defending screen users like they did in the regular season (SBNation.com).
  • Everything with this picture is so right. Bill Cartwright's pants, Stacey King's relative 'girlish figure,' Horace Grant seeing red with the Malcolm X hat, and J.A. Adande's Northwesterniess (h/t: NBA Offseason):
    cartwright stacey horace adande ol skool.jpg
  • "[The' Pacers' bench has outscored the Bulls' bench in all but Game 1 and by a 128-84 margin overall," K.C. Johnson reported (Chicago Tribune). "The Pacers' reserves have logged roughly 345 minutes to 275 for the Bulls'."

    Tom Thibodeau said: "Some of our starters are playing a few extra minutes, but that's normal."

    Most notably, Taj Gibson's MPG is down to 15.3 from 21.8, C.J. Watson's 7.5 is down from 13.3, and Ronnie Brewer -- who's nursed a sprained thumb -- 12.8 is way down from 22.0.

  • Scottie Pippen's inner meatball is crowding my Google Reader. He wants Carlos Boozer to be more of a hard fouler, but also score more (Kelly Dwyer, Ball Don't Lie). That the intangible former negates the tangible production of the latter is, of course, irrelevant.

    Yeah, Booz sucks on defense, but I've given him a bit of credit for better footwork and calling out for help in better spots in this series. Indy isn't very good down low, offensively, but the work he's been doing is slowly paying off (Vaughan McClure, ChiTrib). Of course, if we see significant improvement, it'll be after an offseason of work. He's just been too unhealthy to get the necessary work done.

    Yes, he needs to finish stronger and produce more than 12 PPG and shoot a whole hell of a lot better than the .375 FG% he's posting four games into these playoffs, but this problem is widespread, John Paxson noted. "We have a lot of guys who could be playing better in this series. But to throw that type of criticism on (Boozer) isn't right. This is a team game." (McClure)

    He's leading the team with 11.5 RPG and a 25.9% DRR. That's the most you can ask of him defensively, besides communicating well and active feet that doesn't hurt you. What's most concerning to me is his 22.4% usage rate. That needs to go up and that requires giving him the damn ball more. That's where Rose's pick n' roll problems come into play.

  • Kyle Korver's helping his teammates in practice with their shot, Gibson told the media (Fred Mitchell, ChiTrib).

    Gibson said: "He just shoots the ball phenomenally in practice. He never misses. We'll say we will do an 80-shot drill. He will probably make 78 out of the 80 shots. And that's tough, shooting around the five spots. He is just a phenomenal teammate and he has been doing a great job all year.... For example, me and Booz, we were shooting [Saturday morning] and [Korver] came through and he gave us some critiques on how to adjust our shots and help them go in. It has been going pretty good all year long."

  • Joakim Noah's grandfather will be at Game 5 to see him play in the NBA for the first time (Tumblr). Last time Zacharie Noah saw his grandson play was Mar. 1, 2006, when he "torched Georgia for 37 points and 11 rebounds in a 77-66 victory, breaking a school record for free throws made by draining 19 of 22 from the line," in college at Florida (Teddy Greenstein, ChiTrib).
  • Game 5 against the Pacers is at 7:00 p.m. CST and the Blackhawks play Game 7 in Vancouver at 9:00 p.m, both on CSN Chicago. Sleep is for suckers. Be like D:
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