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It's fairly rare that a season starts where you can't identify the team that will ultimately win the championship given a few teams to pick from. Unlike the NFL where probably 50% of the teams could win the superbowl in any given year, the NBA is more consistent in figuring out in advance who has a shot to win the title...
There's been a lot of talk about how much tougher the East is and where the Bulls will sit in it. I think only a complete homer puts Chicago ahead of Miami, but after that it's fairly close. I'm taking Chicago over Brooklyn, Indiana, and New York though...
There's no sense harassing those who can't play. Hinrich can barely walk, Deng's in the hospital, and you know Noah's plantar fasciitis is still there even if he says it's better. Maybe Nate Robinson won't be throwing up during timeouts this game, and perhaps the refs will give the Bulls a beneficial whistle after a series that has largely been whistled one way...
What do you do when half the team has the flu, Deng can't go, Kirk can't go, Nate Robinson is throwing up in a bucket during timeouts, and you're playing a team with more talent than you have already? Well, you take them to the brink and fall just a bit short...
Kirk Hinirch is a game time decision but looks unlikely to play. Luol Deng and Taj Gibson were both home sick, and while they'll likely play, who knows if their condition will allow them to play at their peak...
The focus will likely be on Kirk Hinrich missing the game, but Nate Robinson played a pretty good floor game and Deron Williams scores less on him than he did on Hinrich last game. The Bulls may have missed Kirk, but they lost because they couldn't control the glass...
Kirk Hinrich said his calf "is pretty bad" after the game. Teammates noted that he was still limping Sunday after practice causing speculation that Hinrich will miss Monday's game five against the Nets...
Discounting a score adjustment on a Nate Robinson two converted to a three, the Bulls went scoreless for over five minutes to end the game. They finally added two points when Robinson and Noah each split free throws once Brooklyn went into desperation mode...
I've always thought that a good coach could add a few wins in the regular season. Perhaps keep a team together that was otherwise falling apart. Get guys to try a little harder on defense. Perhaps craft a few creative inbounds plays in key situations. Tom Thibodeau is so much more...
The Chicago Bulls have struggled at home during much of the regular season, but one thing is for certain, the United Center, like most stadiums, is a different animal in the playoffs than the regular season. Bigger than home vs road is the shooting, adjustments, and physicality of the game...
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