Bulls-Nets Preview

New Jersey Nets Status Check:
Record: 9-25
Division: 0-6
Conference: 5-16
Home Record: 6-9
Last game: Lost 103-88 @ Minnesota
Last 10 Games: 3-7
PPG: 92.3 (29th)
Opponents PPG: 98.2 (16th)
Offensive Rating: 101.2 (27th)
Defensive Rating: 107.7 (18th)
Pace: 89.8 (27th)
Effective Field Goal Percentage: .467 (28th)
Turnover Percentage: .141 (20th)
Defensive Rebound Percentage: .750 (9th)
Offensive Rebound Percentage: .248 (22nd)
Free Throws Per Field Goal Attempt: .247 (7th)
Opp. eFG%: .494 (13th)
Opp. TO%: .122 (30th)
Opp. FT/FGA: .245 (20st)
Leading scorer: Brook Lopez (18.9 PPG)

Stats from Basketball-Reference.com.

Nets Injury Report:
Anthony Morrow: Out with a strained right hamstring
Damion Jones: Out due to right foot surgery
Jordan Farmar: Questionable with a bone bruise in right knee
Troy Murphy: Questionable with flue-like symptoms

The Nets have the fourth-worst record in the league and the third-worst point differential (-5.9) in the Eastern Conference. They’ve lost 14 of their last 17 games, a stretch that included an eight-game losing streak and their current five-game losing streak. During their current five-game skid, the Nets have been outscored by 75 points.

The Bulls contributed to New Jersey’s recent misery with a poorly-played 90-81 win on New Year’s Eve. It was an ugly game in which Chicago shot 39 percent and got outrebounded. Fortunately for the Bulls, the Nets also shot 39 percent (including 3-for-13 from downtown) and committed 16 turnovers.

Still, Chicago will have to play better tonight than they did on the final day of 2010 if they want to win on the road on the second night of back-to-back games.

The Bulls may be the league’s hottest team not located in Miami, having won five straight and 14 of 6 overall. But now I have to hit  you with an ugly fact: Chicago has lost 18 of their last 20 games in New Jersey.

Plus, for whatever reason, the Nets play the Bulls tough. Last season, during which the Nets won 12 games and took their place among the league’s all-time worst teams…yet they beat the Bulls twice.

Chicago’s bench really came through against the Raptors last night — 52 points, 26 rebounds, 11 assists — which allowed Derrick Rose (29 minutes) and Carlos Boozer (24 minutes) to rest during the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, Luol Deng still logged 40 minutes, so I’m not sure how fresh he’ll be.

The Nets are rested and they’re at home. This makes them dangerous. But the Bulls are 18-1 against sub-.500 teams and have really been taking care of business this season. Hopefully, they’ll be able to do that tonight.

Random: During his career, Derrick Rose has played eight games against the Nets, averaging 18.1 PPG, 7.9 APG and 4.8 RPG. Carlos Boozer has faced the Nets 14 times, averaging 16.7 PPG (on 58 percent shooting) and 9.3 RPG.

9 Responses to Bulls-Nets Preview

  1. lukerygh@gmail.com'
    Luke January 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    I like the preview. But I am not worried about our record at NJ. This is a new season. We’re clearly a far better team than we have been since MJ. And while it is the second game of a back-to-back, I fully trust that it won’t be very close and we get the W.

  2. bob.edwards47@yahoo.com'
    BoppinBob January 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Yes, the Bulls are 2-18 in the last 20 games in NJ. But a lot of those games were played by teams that finished at .500 or below. This team seems to be able to focus and play better D when their offense is struggling.

    Thibs seems to be taking a page from Phil Jackson by letting his most talented and creative player actually run the offense.

    I was a little concerned when the fast break points were down because good defense usually leads to fast break points.

    I hope the Bulls do not allow Noah to rush himself back.

  3. Taekmkm@hotmail.com'
    Tae January 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    I’m more worried about Deng. According to stats, he’s been averaging MORE minutes than last year.

  4. alldoneq@gmail.com'
    J January 5, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    Hopefully the bulls build a big lead again and let the subs play. What would be really nice is if Deng actually rests! Just because he wants to play doesn’t mean he should, he’s not the coach!

    38+min/game is too many minutes for him to play in a blowout

  5. Inception January 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    honestly, i’ve seen enough of the poor teams we’ve been playing…i wanna see how the current team plays with MIA, BOS, and ORL….the real season starts when Noah comes back!

  6. inkybreath@gmail.com'
    inkybreath January 6, 2011 at 2:45 am #

    post NJ: brutal.

  7. reggiemcglory@yahoo.com'
    chitwon4life January 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Wow what was that last night our coach sucked plain nd simple, like mentioned the nets have one of the worst offensive stats in the league but still, our coach the D man he is suppose to be well let me say this again, was VDN really all that bad and is our new coach really an upgrade , no way if you saw last night you would be yelling bring VDN back cause this coach not only sat out our two biggest players he sat out one for the whole fourth quarter wtf is that. T Tibbs definatly was horrible last night lets not let him off now, if you are gonna be real then be real all the time not when it fits you then he brought Rose back in with like 3 mins to play whats with that after almost sitting him the whole fourth quarter . Boozer and rose both did not want to comment about not being in the game in crunch time but i am sure both of them were like our coach is like off his meds he must have missed the sign that said fourth quarter you see him in the interview after that, I for one am not sure nor have I been the bulls got the right coach maybe the cheapest but not the right head coah. It takes alot to be a head coach and that is something T Tibb has never been before now well i want to hear all his teu supports explain or respond now to the job he did last night …. We lost to the nets The Nets gimmie a break they scored over and over and over and aover our coach suckedd simple to the point……….

  8. lukerygh@gmail.com'
    Luke January 8, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    no way i am saying bring back VDN.

    Yes, everyone is upset about how much boozer played. But I liked what Thibs did.

    I think he has a system behind resting our starters… and that plan is looking into the future, such as the playoffs.

    Plus, I can respect a guy who stays with the guys who got them back into the game- he’s sending a message that he does not play favorites… if you’re on the court and the team is playing well, he is going to stick with you.

    I like it. It felt like a Norman-Dale-playing-4-players message to me.


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