Archive | April, 2011

Hawks-Bulls Second Round Playoff Preview

References: For this preview, I gathered stats from the following sites: 82games Basketball-Reference Hoopdata TeamRankings Atlanta on offense: Allow me to present some meaningful offensive numbers: 30th in FGA at rim (20.0) 29th in Free Throw Attempts (1,728) 29th in Offensive Rebound Percentage (.209) 28th in Points in Paint (36.5) 20th Offensive Rating (106.1) 18th in Three-point Percentage […]

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The Hawks are coming! The Hawks are coming!

The mystery is over. The Bulls will face the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the NBA playoffs. I plan to publish my full Hawks-Bulls preview this weekend. For now, a few thoughts: First things first. By the Horns reader inkybreath asked: “Am I missing something … did Orlando have any business losing to […]

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Game 5 Recap: Bulls 116, Pacers 89

Finally. Finally the Bulls played like the Bulls. I’m still not sure exactly what happened in Games 1-4. Maybe they just needed the wakeup call they got in Game 4. Maybe the Bulls were abducted by space aliens and replaced with android duplicates until right before Game 5. Maybe we’ll never know. Whatever the case, […]

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Nightmarish shooting numbers

Normally, I don’t set too much stock in raw field goal percentages, not with advanced metrics like Effective Field Goal Percentage and True Shooting Percentage around. Still…Chicago’s FGP stats through the first four playoff games are bad. Really bad. Kurt Thomas: 63.6% Kyle Korver: 56.0% Joakim Noah: 43.9% Luol Deng: 39.0% Taj Gibson: 38.5% Carlos Boozer: […]

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Game 4 Recap: Pacers 89, Bulls 84

It’s a simple lesson. Every child learns it. If you keep playing with fire…you’re going to get burned. Chicago finally got burned in Game 4. By repeatedly waiting until the final quarter — the final minutes actually — to play with all-out, winner-takes-all intensity, the Bulls have not only given Indiana life, the Pacers believe they can […]

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First Round Game 4: Bulls-Pacers Preview and Open Thread

Game 2 Stats: Chicago Luol Deng: 21 points (8-19 shooting), 6 rebounds, 6 assists Derrick Rose: 23 points (4-18 shooting, 13-15 from the line), 5 TOs Indiana Danny Granger: 21 points (10-21 shooting), 4 rebounds, 2 steals Overview: Looking to close out the Pacers, Chicago will try to finally put a complete game together in this series. In games one […]

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