Posts in category "In-Depth Analysis"

Bulls Lose in OT to the Heat, Fall to 3-1 in the Series, Might Consider Short-Term Alcoholism

Bulls Lose in OT to the Heat, Fall to 3-1 in the Series, Might Consider Short-Term Alcoholism
The Bulls fell in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals 101-93 in OT to the Heat. Down 3-1 in the series, they face elimination in Game 5 in Chicago on Thursday. What if you went on a bender Monday night, slept 30 hours, and I told you Wednesday morning that: Miami’s 109.3, 3rd-best-in-the-NBA offense... Read more »

Dunk Porn: D-Rose Dunking on Joel Anthony's Face (Video)

Dunk Porn: D-Rose Dunking on Joel Anthony's Face (Video)
Derrick Rose split the double team on the wing and Joel Anthony was no help inside… Yeah, no help inside. Fast don’t lie.   >

Schuhmann: Brewer's Shutting Down D-Wade in the ECF

Schuhmann: Brewer's Shutting Down D-Wade in the ECF
Dwyane Wade’s numbers are considerably worse with Ronnie Brewer on the floor through Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, John Schuhmann found (NBA.com): In the series, Wade is shooting just 5-for-15 (33 percent) from the field, including 0-for-7 from midrange with Brewer on the floor. He’s shooting 16-for-35 (46 percent) with Brewer on the... Read more »
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Bulls Stand Around on Offense, Play Lazy D, and Somehow Lose to the Heat in Game 3

Bulls Stand Around on Offense, Play Lazy D, and Somehow Lose to the Heat in Game 3
The Bulls were well stopped by the Heat defense, but made it easier for Miami with bad offense in their 96-85 loss in Miami in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals with a 96-85 win over the Bulls. Miami never led by... Read more »

Bulls Should Use Bogans' Range to Punish Wade for Over-Aggressive Defense

Bulls Should Use Bogans' Range to Punish Wade for Over-Aggressive Defense
In 31:53 of combined play in Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat, Keith Bogans has taken seven 3-point attempts. He’s only hit two, but Dwyane Wade‘s over-aggressive attempts at blocks and steals, as noted well by Kevin Arnovitz (Heat Index). This play leaves Bogans with good looks and the... Read more »

The Bulls Defense Functions as a Gang and Only Works at High Energy

The Bulls Defense Functions as a Gang and Only Works at High Energy
The Bulls defense was at the top of the NBA this season under rookie head coach Tom Thibodeau, Lee Jenkins highlights in a feature on the defensive guru (Sports Illustrated). “The Bulls led the NBA in defensive efficiency [97.4], rebounding differential [5.62], opponents’ field goal percentage [43%], opponents’ three-point percentage [32.6%] and, according to hoopdata.com,... Read more »
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Heat Converting Well Inside, Bricking Jumpers Against Bulls Through Games 1 & 2

Heat Converting Well Inside, Bricking Jumpers Against Bulls Through Games 1 & 2
The Bulls’ defense was fairly dominant inside — preventing dribble penetration, forcing bricks, and grabbing rebounds — in the first two rounds, but the Heat finished almost at will in their Game 2 win of the Eastern Conference Finals, while being brick-tasic on jumpshots (ESPN Stats/Info): The Bulls have not been able to keep the... Read more »

Bricktastic Bulls Fall to Some Strong Heat Defense in Game 2

Bricktastic Bulls Fall to Some Strong Heat Defense in Game 2
The Bulls shot like schoolchildren, as the Heat took homecourt advantage, winning 85-75 in Game 2 to tie the series at 1-1. The Bulls and Heat turned Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals into a help defense clinic, but the Bulls couldn’t shoot themselves out of a paper bag, as the Heat better created... Read more »

Schuhmann: Keeping LeBron & Wade From the Rim is Key, But Not So Easy

Schuhmann: Keeping LeBron & Wade From the Rim is Key, But Not So Easy
Schematically, the Bulls’ defense isn’t impenetrable. Every scheme has a counter-scheme and the Bulls’ is no different, other than the counter requires more intricacy. The Pacers and Hawks each pulled off a win by heavily shifting the weight of their offenses and attacking off the ball on the weak side. The problem is that this... Read more »
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Eye-Popping Graph Shows Uniqueness Bulls' Defense & Offensive Rebounding Combo

Eye-Popping Graph Shows Uniqueness Bulls' Defense & Offensive Rebounding Combo
The Bulls led the NBA regular season in defensive efficiency (97.4) and were also fourth in offensive rebounding rate (29.4), according to Hoopdata.com. The Bulls scored around 128 points per 100 offensive rebounds, slightly above the league average of 120, but only 102 in the first two rounds of the playoffs. In Game 1 of... Read more »