Heat beat Bulls 95 to 87

Well my prediction on my podcast was off by two points, but not too bad.   This game illustrated one of the points I made on the show, and we’ve discussed before.   The Bulls have no three point shooting. Salmons and Hinrich were 40% three point shooters last year, but both have been streaky in their careers.   So far this year, they’re a combined 5 for 32.   The team as a whole is 7 for 43 from behind the arc.   Frankly, it’s a miracle they won a game at all shooting that bad from behind the arc, and that they hung in there with the Heat as long as they did.

Another issue I touched on in my podcast was the Bulls not changing the side of the attack on each possession, and that was evident again as the Heat way overplayed the strong side, and the Bulls rarely got the ball over to the weak wide to force the Heat defense to adjust.

The defense played well, forcing a lot of turnovers even if it allowed a good field goal percentage for Miami.   The offense was again rather shoddy with Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich being the primary culprits.   Neither could throw the ball in the ocean as they were a combined 7 of 27.

What’s sad about this game, was that the Bulls seemed to outplay the Heat for the majority of the game.  However, they couldn’t get to the line nor could they hit the 3, so they had no method of efficient scoring, and despite appearing to play much better, could never build a sizable lead.  

Deng and Salmons both had good games shooting 11/21 and 7/14 respectively, but both were far better in the first half than the second half as the Bulls struggled to find points in the fourth quarter.

Joakim Noah vastly outplayed his box score, as he had his hands on another six or seven boards on the offensive end that he couldn’t quite tip and control.   However, he forced Miami to focus so hard on rebounding when he was in the game that he killed any hope of a fast break for them.   There were always at least three guys fighting to keep him off the offensive glass. 

Gibson struggled pretty badly out there tonight, and I think he’s going to need to have a solid performance soon or his minutes should be in jeopardy.   Tyrus Thomas played pretty solidly, but he appeared to get benched due to a few poor decisions defensively on rotations. 

All in all, this game looks like a harbinger of things to come to me.   Hard fought games that the team loses due to lack of three point shooting and efficient scoring.  It’s just so tough to win games when you’re only getting 2 points on any given possession and teams don’t have to honor your perimeter game. 

That being said, the Bulls have played three very tough opponents, two of them on the road, and they’re 1-2.   I’m okay with that.  I would have given us a 50/50 shot of being 0-3 at this point, and I’d have been shocked for something better.   The Bulls need to beat Milwaukee next game though, because they’ve got to go into Cleveland after that.

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  • PATHETIC DISPLAY, once again.

    In the words of the late and great Norm VanLier, "48 minutes of intensity." Until this team grasps that concept, they will stay a MEDIOCRE team.

    Oh by the way. How was their 3pt shooting tonight? TERRIBLE!!!

    vs. San Antontio - 3/16

    vs. Boston - 1/11

    vs. Miami - 2/12

    Who really needs a 50% 3pt shooter though? Not the Bulls apparently. The are CONTENT with JACKING UP 3's with absolutely NO SUCCESS. Great call, waiving Derrick Byars. John Paxson and Gar Forman just don't know how to EVALUATE talent.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Doug and Mark,

    When are you too going to call for Derrick Byars' return? He was the best 3pt shooter they had on their roster. Don't you think they could use his shooting, right about now?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    correction:

    two, not too...oops. I'm typing too fast again.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    One more point.

    Derrick Rose - 8 points...NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!

    Kirk Hinrich - 7 points...NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!

    Ty Thomas - 4 points...NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I like that your a passionate fan Mr. Happy but do you really think Derrick Byars would be getting any time barring an injury. Also Byars is not even a good 3 pt shooter, he is a guy who can hit them from time to time but he is no 3 pt specialist.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Doug,

    There seems to be lack of basketball knowledge on this blog. How can you criticize the Bulls 3pt shooting and not mention the release of Derrick Byars, who shot 50% in the preseason?

    Help me understand that.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Mr. Happy not trying to be mean like you are but i think your the one with a lack of basketball knowledge compared to Doug and Mark. If anyone knows their sh** its those two guys.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    It's an honest queston.

    Put two and two together. The Bulls CAN'T MAKE ANY 3PT SHOTS, while DERRICK BYARS HIT 50% of his 3PT SHOTS in the preseason.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Key word: PRESEASON.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    He did it in college and in the d-league. as well. If you can shoot, you can shoot.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Mr Happy there's no time for Byars to play. What the Bulls need is 3 and 4 hybrid who can give them 20 to 25 minutes off the bench who is good 3 point shooter someone like Al Harrington if only he was available

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Al No-Sharington? No thanks. Trust me Al is availble, hes availble all the time and there is a good reason why.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    They need someone who can score. Al can do it.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    do you think we could make a trade for raja bell? he's a decent 3 point shooter. we might be able to make a trade of salmons for bell. doesnt his contract expire after this year?

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Raja bell is out for the year with elbow woes.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Doug what about Donyell Marshall? A guy who good take Taj minutes and he shoot 45 percent last year in 10 minutes a game

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Donyell is with Phill still correct? anyway i rather develop talent in Taj than play an old guy.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Remember - teams are playing their starters 7 they are playing DEFENSE

    Both those things are not characteristic of preseason games.

    Sure, some guys are shooting poor - but give the other team's defense some credit

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Right.

    They just can't admit when they are wrong.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Also I dont want to be to hard on Rose because I know he is not 100% but he is not even showing he is 50%. Pargo should not be getting any minutes because he is putrid, how CP3 could make him look decent for two years makes Chris a God in my eyes. Jannero came in with Wade on the bench and still managed to stink it up with a break away layup that got blocked and an airball 3. Can James Johnson play worse than Jannero? I think not so Vinny needs to give any minutes availble to James.

  • If Rose doesnt get his stuff together Jennings will eat him alive in our next game. The biggest problem tonight was missing wide open jump shots. John, Luol and Kirk were the main culprits. Noah was solid and did everything he could battling for offensive rebounds. That Quentin Richardson three well both of his two makes were both heart breakers and game enders in my opnion.

  • and they need Rose to wake up asap

  • I will vouch for that. You guys were correct.

  • 38% in the NBDL is not the same as shooting 38% in the NBA. Guys who do well in the NBDL dont always make it in the NBA. Look at Morris Almond and Demitrius Nichols for example. There are guys who do make it though.

  • Also can we drop this whole Byars thing, its really starting to iritate me.

  • Newskool Donyell is FA

  • Tyrus needs to be dealt, lets stop dancing around it. Both parties need to move on. We are in year four and it feels like year ten with this bozo.

  • Some contender will add him down the line.

  • Our 3point shooting was awful yet again but I suspect we can't continue to be this bad and will show some improvement soon. On the other hand I have some bigger questions about the team. VDN is already showing some bad habits...Pargo should never get in, his minutes should be filled with JJ playing the 3 with Salmons or Deng shifted down to the 2. Tyrus seems to me to be being benched for Gibson despite outplaying him, and in favor of the two SF lineup, which got killed on the glass tonite, is this a case of Vinny knowing Tyrus won't likely be around so he is trying see what else he has? Still too early in the season to really say anything for sure so for now I'll just keep my eyes on these issues.

  • BaD you're the man. You nailed it! This was game we should have won against a shitty overrated team. I think Reinsodorf will pull the plug on Vinnie very soon. That shit he's doing with Noah's minutes will be his undoing.

  • In reply to Normie:

    I think I got it wrong, I think that comment I referred to was by RPK.

  • In reply to Normie:

    If Gordon was playing though Wade scores 10 more points

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