Archive | December, 2010

Derrick Rose for MVP?

ESPN’s Ric Bucher and Chris Broussard recently had a debate over who’s the early season MVP. Bucher picked Derrick Rose and Broussard chose Amar’e Stoudemire. There’s plenty of back and forth, but here’s Bucher’s closing (and reasonably convincing) argument: “The Bulls, without their second-best player for most of the season and their third-best player for the […]

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Game 30 Recap: Bulls 90, Bucks 77

And you thought the Bulls’ win over the Pistons was ugly. Of course, against a top-notch defensive team like the Bucks — currently ranked 5th in Defensive Rating (102.2) and 4th in Opponents PPG (92.6) — you pretty much have to expect ugly. In their last 12 games, they’ve allowed 100+ points only once. During […]

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The shooting guard quandary

Keith Bogans is Chicago’s starting shooting guard. Bogans is averaging 3.9 PPG while shooting 38.3 percent from the field, 30.1 percent from three-point range and 56.3 percent from the free throw line. His Player Efficiency Rating is 7.7. According to John Hollinger’s reference guide, that puts him somewhere between “Definitely Renting” and “The Next Stop: […]

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Bucks-Bulls preview

Milwaukee Bucks Status Check: Record: 12-17 Division: 2-2 Conference: 7-6 Road Record: 5-10 Last game: Lost 95-80 at home to the Hawks Last 10 Games: 5-5 PPG: 90.8 (30th) Opponents PPG: 92.7 (4th) Offensive Rating: 100.0 (30th) Defensive Rating: 102.2 (5th) Pace: 90.4 (25th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .449 (30th) Turnover Percentage: .132 (10th) Defensive Rebound Percentage: […]

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Game 29 Recap: Bulls 95, Pistons 92 (OT)

I know I’ve said it before. I’m going to say it again: The second game of back-to-backs is a gut check for any team. Even when that game is against a sub-.500 lightweight like the Pistons. This is especially true when the game is on the road. Extra especially true when both games are roadies. […]

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The Carlos Boozer Effect

Before Carlos Boozer played his first game in a Chicago uniform, the Bulls were 9-6. In the 12 games since, the Bulls are 9-3. It’s true that his first two games — against the Magic and Celtics — were disasters. However, the Bulls are 9-1 in the last 10 games. Before Boozer started suiting up, the Bulls were hitting about […]

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Game 27 Recap: Bulls 87, Wizards 80

The second of back-t0-back games is always an adventure. One night after treating the Philadelphia 76ers to a near-historic butt-kicking, the Bulls faced the Wizards in Washington. The Wizards — minus rookie phenom John Wall — are not a very good team. For example: They rank only 25th in Offensive Rating. Of course, that didn’t stop them […]

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Bulls-Wizards preview

Washington Wizards Status Check: Record: 7-19 Division: 1-7 Conference: 4-15 Home Record: 6-7 Last game: Beat the Bobcats 108-75 Last 10 Games: 2-8 PPG: 97.5 (18th) Opponents PPG: 104.2 (23rd) Offensive Rating: 103.2 (25th) Defensive Rating: 110.2 (25th) Pace: 93.4 (30th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .478 (25th) Turnover Percentage: .149 (27th) Defensive Rebound Percentage: .679 (30th) Offensive Rebound […]

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Game 26 Recap: Bulls 121, Sixers 76

I know you’re going to find this hard to believe… …but the Philadelphia 76ers have been on fire lately. The Sixers opened the season at Los Angeles Clippers-like 3-13 and then ripped off eight wins in their last 11 games heading into tonight’s matchup with the Bulls. They had held 12 of their last 13 opponents below 100 […]

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Taj Gibson: Doubtful for the 76ers game

ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell writes: “Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson sat out practice on Monday because of a concussion he suffered in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Gibson is listed as doubtful for Tuesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center.” Talk about bad news. The Bulls are […]

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