Lots going on for the Bulls. I’ll try to keep up. Also owe you some updates on D.Rose and his progress. The NBA is heating up as well. Most teams are 7-8 games in and some patterns are beginning to emerge. The Milwaukee Bucks are the surprise team in the East without question… If I may remind everyone, ESPN writers overwhelmingly selected Indiana as the new Central Division champs this year.
Without SF Danny Granger in the Pacers lineup however, Indy has looked decidedly lackluster to start. Milwaukee has stepped right in to fill the void, with the Bulls right behind them.
Other newsworthy stories around the NBA:
- The New York Knicks (facing San Antonio tonight) are so far undefeated. Carmelo Anthony looks rejuvenated, Knicks are playing “D” and they’ve got much better guard play. Let’s see what happens when A’mare comes back in the lineup. Note: I’m predicting that their first loss comes at FEDEX Forum vs. Memphis on Friday.
- Miami looks formidable even though they just fell to the Clips last night. That outside shooting poison of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis is deadly and LeBron is “otherworldly” as usual.
- Clippers look good. Deandre Jordan has improved so much, its scary. Blake has also increased his range and that shot of his is more reliable this season. Jamal Crawford looks to have found the perfect team for his skill set. He’s breaking ankles, taking his opponent(s) off the dribble and similar to Felton, looks like a new man since escaping Portland.
- Spurs and Memphis both boast having only lost once. Memphis recently took down Miami IN Miami. Not easy to do.
We’ll keep you updated this season on these and other NBA storylines as the season really starts to develop… Now onto our beloved Chicago Bulls!
NBA Power Rankings had pulled the Bulls up from #11 to #7 this week!
Not sure if that face-plant against Boston on Monday (mini-recap below) will hurt us in next Monday’s update, we’ll see.
Bulls fell to Boston, but its not all bad news. Boston just had Rondo — who is on a tear and playing this year like he’s ready to backup that “…I’m the best PG in the NBA.” talk. He’s got 30+ consecutive games with double-digit assists and is currently leading the league with a mind blowing 12.5 per contest.
Bulls still had nice activity in this game and I think if Kirk had been able to start (he sat with a hip pointer injury), we’d have won. We still had a chance with Nate Robinson and Teague at the point, but we just couldn’t get over the hump at the end. Too much Rondo, and Bulls painfully missing their star and closer.
Bulls gave fans a scare in this one! A game that they pretty much controlled got away from them and they found themselves all knotted up at 100 with Phoenix as the 4th quarter came to a close. They banded together though and came up with some big plays to close the game out.
Deng, Hamilton and Noah all had very nice activity down the stretch. Five Bulls in double figures. Kirk only had 3 pts. and 3 shot attempts, but he distributed the rock well… 7 assists for Hinrich. Nate Robinson was 2-3 on 3 pointers and they were really timely. Gave a nice lift off the bench for Chicago.
Bulls at Staples next on Saturday. GARGANTUAN effort to go against the Clips right now. The Bulls are overmatched in the backcourt and frontcourt. One thing we can be assured of: Bulls will continue their defensive dominance (holding opponents to 92.38 pts. while Clips are allowing 94.88), slowing the game down to a grinding, miserable pace. I expect a TON of whistles and we’ve just gotta hope that some go the way of our front line.