Chicago In Crisis as Rose Faces Another Setback

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I know I haven’t been around. I was going to make another writing push before the Playoffs. DEVASTATING news Bulls fans. Rose needs to have surgery… Again. Its the same medial meniscus in his right knee that was repaired last year.

Everyone is hoping for a miracle in terms of a timetable. Tons of reports swirling about on various sports outlets as well as national news, but nothing official. I’m waiting to see what Bulls official beat writers report. Will it again be repaired? I’ve heard they won’t repair it a second time. Will it be snipped like Westbrook’s was? Hopefully. If so, that will give Rose a CHANCE to return for the playoffs.

If Rose doesn’t come back this season, that lone game in 2012… Game one against Philly where he tore his ACL, will be the last time we have gotten to see Rose in the postseason. Think about that for a minute. As a part of Derrick Rose’s fanbase, I’d have to say, at least in this era of basketball, no other has suffered more. So much hope and promise in this home grown hero and yet, it doesn’t “feel” like it will ever be realized.

I’ll keep you posted as I learn more. Wishing nothing but the best for Rose and his family. This has got to be so frustrating.

–ct

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Bulls Drop Boston; Face East Leading Hawks Tonight

Bulls went 2-3 since I last blogged. Gone were the pipe dreams that the Bulls would split those two Wizard contests. No, we lost badly in D.C. and then dropped the home game. Worrisome part about both these games is that the Wiz, made it look pretty easy. Between these contests, were a win over the Bucks at home (Pau 46/18) and a rather embarrassingly bad blowout loss to Orlando.

The Bulls defense, simply is not up to par. Someone in a Facebook group I’m in mentioned that these players perhaps are just not equipped to play man-to-man defense. I would have to agree with that sentiment because opponents are scoring at will.

Rose looking like Rose again
Has he finally broken out of the slump? Over the last two games (the win over Boston and loss to Washington), Rose has been continuing to launch rockets, early and often, but the difference is he’s connecting now. I still don’t think he needs to launch as many threes as he will never stretch the floor as much as a Dunleavy or potentially a McDermott would. I think he needs to stick to the mid range, but we’ll see.

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5 shots inside the paint | 1 at the elbow | 5 from 3pt range | 1 from half court (32pts and 5 assists)

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7 shots in the paint | 5 threes (29 pts and 10 assists)

Dunleavy still out, and now Jo out with a rolled ankle
Jo was hobbled in the Washington game and will sit out a few games. Dunleavy must have had a nasty sprain for him to miss so many games. We are 4-4 without his services so while I have maligned the guy a ton because I don’t think he’s athletic or quick enough at that 3 spot, it turns out that he is a great help defender and his ability to stretch the floor is sorely missed.

Can we beat Atlanta tonight?
I dunno. I’m looking at the trends and its gonna be tough… Unless after 11 straight wins its just time for them to fall. Bulls CANNOT get off to that slow start that they usually do at home and expect to catch up. They are also going to have to be exceptional on their rotations because the Hawks move that ball around the court like lightning.

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Things to watch:

–> CHI dropped 4 out of their last 6
–> ATL on 11 gm win streak
–> ATL has league best road record at 15-5
–> CHI 12-9 at home
–> Rose 11-for-17 from 3 last 2 gms
–> Last ATL loss came 12/26 by 30 at home to MIL
–> ATL is 25-1 when shooting a higher % than opponent

I’m going to be in the house tonight! I’ve never attended a loser in the Bulls era, so let’s watch that trend as well!

I’ll be live tweeting from @ChiTwnBullsBlog… Follow us for the latest.

Take care and #SeeRed!!!!

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Bulls Experiencing the Highest ‘Highs’ and the Lowest ‘Lows’

dm_150108_NADonbullsSorry followers, the wedding season is heating up! Much hotter than expected during a record cold January in Chicago.

Wanted to reach out really quick and assure that I’m still around, still keeping up with our Bulls and will be attending the Atlanta game on 1/17… Super excited and will have tons of “fan goodies” for everyone.

Since I last blogged, Bulls were on a high man. They’d won 4 out of an eventual SEVEN games, their longest win streak of the season (previously they’d only managed 4 in a row). Rose was a killer too… Check the highlights:

Jimmy and Pau have been playing out of their minds and posting some amazing numbers too. After that game, the Bulls handled the Lakers, NOLA and Indy, but then something went terribly wrong for the squad. Its something that we as fans are still trying to figure out… Starting in the 4th quarter of the Pacers game, the Bulls seemingly forgot how to score the basketball. Indiana went on a 21-2 run and the Bulls would only manage 11 pts. Eleven. At first, you just assumed it was flukish, etc. They got the win, so no big deal, they’ll get it together.

The very next game though, Brooklyn would end up exposing the Bulls on their home floor. Duplicating what Indiana had done, they went under screens and allowed Rose to shoot uncontested long two’s the whole game.

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Rose ended up going 2-15… His only made shots coming behind the left elbow in the 1st and 3rd quarters… Brutal night for Rose.

This, coupled with a big night from Brook Lopez, who dominated our front court. The Bulls just folded. Definitely a worrisome development, especially after the team went cold in Indiana a game prior.

Bulls followed this bad loss up with wins over Denver, Boston and Houston (dang, has it been THAT long since I blogged?). Bulls used a 31 pt. 4th quarter in a game full of dunks and high flying scoring to overcome the Rockets. THIS game was followed up by a 20 pt. loss to the Utah Jazz. Believe me, this final score looks better than it actually was.

Just uneven, up and down performances, but at the same time, the team stands at 25-11. Derrick’s performances have left a lot to be desired as what started out as a slump has begun to diminish his greatness. His mental approach is a concern as well. He seems to be extremely upset that opponents are going under screens and desperately wants to make them pay. I get it, but he needs to be able to impact a game in more ways than just scoring the basketball. We have capable scorers this season. Feed them. Make the game easier for them. Obviously when he’s a scoring threat, that does tend to lend itself to making the game easier, but as the floor general, he needs to find another way. I just want him doing what’s best for the team.

What’s Next?

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‪#‎CHIvsWAS‬ Bulls NBA best road record will be put to the test tonight… Trends to watch:

–> Wall is 0-5 vs. a Rose led squad
–> Bulls are 10-1 after losses this season
–> Wiz are on a 2 game win streak
–> Rose shooting 25.5% over the last six games

Who wins? Bulls seem to have a different mentality on the road. This would be a PERFECT night for Rose to break out of this slump. Wall is itching to beat him and the team would like to exact some revenge from the last whopping we gave them in D.C.

If Rose could again eclipse Wall, with Wall likely to be an All Star game starter and Rose likely out of this one, I think that would give his ego a boost and perhaps will restore his confidence and competitive edge a little. Selfish to think this way, but hey, whatever it takes to get Rose back on track, I’ll take it.

I’ll be in-game tweeting from @ChiTwnBullsBlog… Follow us for the latest and I PROMISE to not go away for so long again!

–ct

 

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Too much Rose in 4Q for Wiz; Lakeshow next

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The usually stoic and unemotional Rose literally skips, in an exaggerated fashion, back to the bench after hitting a step-back jumper late in the 4Q

Whoo wee! Bulls are really beginning to come together. I really wanted these two games, moreso than the Knicks/Memphis sandwich. Toronto and the Wizards are two of the top three Eastern Conference teams right now, and Chicago just handed both of them giant “L’s” to wear around their necks, going into the holiday. Brilliant. How did they do it? Same formula from the Raptors game… A little Gasol, a lot of Aaron Brooks, great defense by both Noah and Butler, strong bench play and Rose coming on strong in the 4th.

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Game Synopsis: This game began pretty sloppy. Bulls were turning the ball over and playing kind of loose. Not the same, lethargic starts that we see at the UC though. they gained control mid-quarter and ended up topping Washington 21-20, off of Gasol’s first made three as a Bull. Good sign. The bench was amazing in the second as NO ONE could stay in front of Aaron Brooks. E’twaun Moore showed us all something as he’s able to make big plays. Taj was also 5-5 for 12 pts in 18 min, and Chicago would end up with a 37-24 bench advantage. They also did a great job in the paint… 50-42 advantage. After remaining in control pretty much through 3 quarters, the Wiz would gain a 1pt. lead off of a 8pt. John Wall run in the 4th. Then Rose took over and scored 8 out of the next 10 for Chicago, including that dagger step back to put the Bulls up 94-87.

Game Changer: Rose. He imposed his will in the 4th, which seems to be his new role with this team. Great situation for him as he can get more rest during games… No need to be a volume scorer. Bulls have more than enough competent scoring options. His quote from earlier in the season is ringing true. “…The 4th quarter is ‘my time’.”

Peak Performer(s):
Rose: 25pts (10-17 & 1-3 from three), 2rebs 4asts 2stls 5tos (28min)
Pau: 18pts (7-13 & 1-1 from three), 9rebs 4asts 1stl 2blks (34min)
Brooks: 13pts (5-13), 4rebs 6asts 1stl (25min)

Weak Performer: Dunleavy continues to get lost on the offense… Going 0-2, but playing 22 minutes. Only 3 rebs and 1 assist. I think Mirotic produces more with fewer minutes. I am also a fan of Nikola’s rebounding rate.

Main Hashtag: #CHIvsWAS

In-Game Tweets

Sideline Skinny

    • Aaron Brooks has come off the bench to score in double figures in each of the last 4 games.
    • Over his last 2 games, in the 4Q, Rose has scored 25 total points on 10/12 shooting.
    • Kirk Hinrich missed this game due to a strained hamstring. He didn’t travel with the team to D.C.
    • This win extends the Bulls road record to 13-4… Best in the Eastern Conference and only one more loss than GSW, who’s 13-3 mark is best in the league.

What’s Next?

Screenshot 2014-12-24 12.12.52Christmas matchup with the Lakers… Remember last time we faced the Lakers on Christmas?  Pretty special game for Rose and I’m happy Bulls don’t have to travel this year. They are fully capable of laying eggs on their home floor though and the Lakers just took down GSW at Staples.

We’ll be in-game tweeting from @ChiTwnBullsBlog… Follow us for the latest! #SeeRed – Main hashtag: #LALvsCHI

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Bulls drop Raptors with 49pt 4Q, Wiz next

Bulls shoot a great % from the line, get exceptional play from Butler and shades of 2011 Derrick Rose in this one. Great game, now its time to improve that road number with a (hopefully) win in D.C. tonight.

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What’s Next?

Bulls go to D.C. to face the Wizards tonight at 7PM on CSN… Our playoff nemesis from last season. Wall is putting up crazy numbers and is 2nd in the league (behind Rondo) in assists. Chicago will look to build on the momentum of a 3 game win streak and a strong 4th quarter showing at home vs. the Raptors.

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From Hoopsstats.com

 

 

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Butler dominates in last 2 wins as Bulls face Raptors/Wizards

After the Bulls manhandled a Boshless Miami team and then got handled themselves by a surging, scrappy Atlanta squad, it was time for a tough back-to-back. First at home (home games are always a struggle for the Bulls for some reason… They lack energy and usually play from behind) and then a road battle against a smoking hot Grizzlies squad.

Jimmy Butler emerged as the go-to scorer and enforcer, scoring 35 pts. and then following it up with an amazing 31 pts. in Memphis. Rose would miss both contests with the flu and Taj would also sit to rest that bum ankle. Check out the highlights…

What’s Next?

ANOTHER tough back-to-back for the Bulls. First up, Toronto at the UC and then tomorrow at D.C. to face the Wiz… I really, really want the Bulls to win both of these games. It will shake up the standings and will also send a message that we are ready to compete.

Rose is back and I hope that Jimmy won’t lose his aggression level. Toronto has won SIX games in a row and don’t seem to be missing DeRozan at all. This is their 2nd six game win streak. They also sported a five game win streak. They have been beating some bottom feeders, but hey, they have to be beaten too.

This game at the UC tonight marks the first game of a 6 game road trip where 5 out of 6 of the Raptors opponents are above .500. They will be hyped to get off to a good start and Toronto historically shoots a high % against the Bulls at the UC. It is so important that the Bulls don’t dig themselves a hole against this team.

Game time is 7PM CST on CSN. I’ll see you on the other side, go Bulls!

–ct

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Rose full highlights from Trailblazers

All 31 points… Great game from Rose and 9th straight game.

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