Horny Notes: April 7, 2011 -- Thibs on Boston, Struggles vs. Smaller Lineups, D-Rose's Honor, Bad Music

Horny Notes: April 7, 2011 -- Thibs on Boston, Struggles vs. Smaller Lineups, D-Rose's Honor, Bad Music
  • The Bucks win over the Heat puts the Bulls' magic number at one for a top-two seed. MIA can only max out at 58 wins and the Bulls own the tiebreaker, having swept the 3-game season series. The magic number remains at three to clinch the East over the Celtics and MIA going into Thursday's matchup against BOS at the UC.

    Tom Thibodeau won't admit that this is the biggest game of the season -- even if only until the next one -- but added: "[Boston's] a very talented team. They're well-coached. There's not anything we're doing that they don't know. There's not anything they're doing that we don't know. It'll come down to how well each team executes. They're the defending Eastern Conference champions. Until someone knocks them off, you have to be ready to compete with them." (K.C. Johnson, ChiTrib)

    Dwight Howard's 18th technical foul helps the Bulls, too. Unless it's rescinded after appeal -- and it won't -- D12 will be suspended for Sunday's matchup against the Bulls. (Jason Kirk, SBN)

  • The Bulls are struggling against small lineups recently, but Luol Deng's impact has been large. (YaoPau, Blog-a-Bull) I don't find this all that odd. With Carlos Boozer, Omer Asik, Taj Gibson, and Kurt Thomas/Joakim Noah in the rotation, Deng doesn't play the four -- like ever -- but he's the best stretch-four defender, other than Noah, on the team. Against smaller lineups, maybe Taj loses his place on the floor for shorter shifts, but it also puts Ronnie Brewer on the floor with Kyle Korver -- where Korver performs best -- without having to remove Deng from the floor. I have to think this would be small net gains that snowball in the Bulls advantage.
  • The Pacers clinched the #8 seed with a 136-112 win over the Wizards. (Cliff Brunt, AP) If you think the Bulls wouldn't be a top-four seed, if not for Derrick Rose, Indy's 36-43. No knock on Rose, but this is an amazing team.
  • If this profile of D-Rose, the man, doesn't make you love him, you hate humanity. (Steve Aschburner, NBA.com)
  • "[T]he Bulls defensive improvement has been even more significant, and Rose plays a relatively small role in Chicago's defensive dominance," ElGee wrote in a study of D-Rose's impact on the Bulls. Note: he also credits Rose for improving his defense. (Back Picks)
  • D-Rose on critics of his defense: "No. I don't even listen to that because I know defensively, I'm alright. I've got my teammates behind me. We have each other. So, as long as we're one of the top defensive teams in the league, I think we'll be fine." (Chris Fedor, Sports Radio Interviews)
  • D-Rose and Thibs discussed the coach's "yelling." Or is it "constructive criticism?" You decide. (Mike McGraw, Daily Herald)
  • Is Jerry Krause deserving of the HOF? This is a controversial topic within myself, let alone Chicago and the basketball community. There's no question he established an amazing core, hired the most amazing coach in basketball history, and won six championships. But he also sabotaged that core and drove the coach away when the Bulls could've won more. (K.C. Johnson, ChiTrib)
  • The Bulls put together an impressive iPad presentation with apps to pitch the team to Boozer. He got them from other teams, too, but the Bulls were the first and played a role in making the greatest impression.

    "Each iPad app was filled with videos and history about the franchise," Nick Friedell reported (ESPNCHI). "Prospective free agents could skim through a host of different areas and view profiles about a number of topics related to the team, the city and how they could grow their own individual brand. There were interviews with Bulls general manager Gar Forman and profiles on the players whom Boozer and the other free agents might play with."

  • Good Lord, this is terrible:

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