Horny Notes: May 10, 2011 -- Rose Needs to Pounce Early, Deng's Lack of Limits on D, J-Smoove 'Love-Hate' Relationship with Atlanta

Horny Notes: May 10, 2011 -- Rose Needs to Pounce Early, Deng's Lack of Limits on D, J-Smoove 'Love-Hate' Relationship with Atlanta
  • I'm going to start uploading NBA.com and Bulls.com videos to my YouTube channel. My first experimental upload was for today's "Catch n' Shoot," then, I added this:

    I plan on ripping a ton of videos from their site to be shared here and for anyone else who wants to share them anywhere else. If this is puzzling to you, I'm doing this because the embed codes with the NBA websites are hidden.

  • Derrick Rose's late aggressiveness and accumulating 32 shots wasn't the problem, but lacking aggressiveness early was, Steve Rosenbloom noted (Chicago Tribune). I buy this. The Hawks had a rare big comeback against the Bulls in their first meeting of the regular season, but Atlanta's M.O. is to lay over when their opponent pushes hard early.
  • Thanks to offensive rebounding, the Bulls' offense has been above average in the playoffs. The NBA average has been 105.9 points per 100 possessions; the Bulls are averaging 107.7, despite their .465 eFG% -- the worst of all remaining playoff teams -- because of their landslide playoff-best .349 offensive rebounding rate.

    The buckets are what they are, but I'm sticking to my initial call on these playoffs: get to the free throw line. The Bulls' FTR is .249 -- a tad under the .255 playoff team-average. For this to look like a championship team, that number needs to skyrocket. The Bulls are only as likely to win as they decide to be aggressive on the court.

  • Luol Deng's greatest asset is the ability to guard three positions in a way that expands the roster, Tom Thibodeau noted (K.C. Johnson, ChiTrib).

    "Lu can guard small forwards, power forwards, shooting guards," Thibodeau said. "I always had a lot of respect for the way he played. And I always thought he was a complete player. What I didn't understand until I got here was how great of a leader he is. He can handle big minutes. We ask him to do everything, whether it's a tough perimeter cover, scoring, rebounding, playmaking."

  • After being booed for taking jumpshots in Games 3 & 4, Josh Smith says he has a "love-hate" relationship with the Atlanta fans, adding that he loves the fans:

  • Kirk Hinrich's hamstrong is getting better, but Larry Drew still "doesn't expect him to play" in this series (AP). That had better mean his season's done or I will scream. 
  • If you missed K.C. Johnson's Mother's Day feature on D-Rose and his heroic mother, Brenda Rose, be prepared to cry again and fall deeper in love with this kid (ChiTrib). He really is a special person past the puppies-are-cute-ice-cream-tastes-good obvious.
  • The RedEye crew casted a Bulls movie, doing an amazing job finding dopplegangers for everyone. My favorites were probably Tyrese Gibson as Deng, Tracy Morgan as Ronnie Brewer, Common as Carlos Boozer, and as Rose... well, you'll see (RedEye).

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