ESPN thought it would be cute to extend the sad, played-out storyline that the Heat had the best chance to land the top pick in the 2008 NBA Draft Lottery, that the Bulls won the lottery and selected Derrick Rose with it, that the Heat had the second pick, and that Chicagoans Rose and Dwyane... Read more »
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 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 »
If the data were collected, the Bulls would likely lead in screams per possession. Because of this, Anthony Bain has concocted this beauty, he calls “Spitting Bull” (HoopSpeak): Click here for the image in hi-res.
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 »
The exact national numbers will be released later Thursday, but TNT averaged the 7.4 rating on Wednesday evening in metered markets they had for Sunday’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Bulls and Heat, Phil Rosenthal is reporting early (Chicago Tribune). In Chicago, Thursday’s Bulls loss averaged a 24.6 rating (approx. 860k... Read more »
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 »
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 »
The very talented Ryan Hurst tweeted this modification of Taj Gibson dunking on Dwyane Wade‘s everything: Hurst has a ton of great stuff. Here are some Derrick Rose designs. Check out his site and follow him on Twitter.
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 »