The NBA All-Defensive teams are usually an annual guarantee to cause uproar among NBA Twitter. How did Carlos Boozer get a vote? How did the Defensive Player of the Year not make First Team? Which declining legend will cease being grandfathered in for their respective sport’s defensive honor first: Kobe Bryant or Derek Jeter? This year, however, […]
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Breakdown of the Breakdown: How Nene Dominated The Bulls
Chicago’s 102-93 loss at home to the Wizards in Game 1 wasn’t demoralizing so much because they lost a close game (the Bulls get in so many of them it’s hard to get worked up over just one of them) but because they had it. Leading by about a dozen over the first half of the […]
Stacey King is wrong: A primer on the Chicago Bulls pick and roll defense
If there is one thing Tom Thibodeau knows, it’s defense. He’s very good at coaching it, and the Chicago Bulls are very good at executing his system. But I think it’s time someone went over the fine points of his preferred pick and roll defense, in an effort to clear up some misconceptions. To be […]
Game Recap: Bulls 97, Hawks 58
It’s safe to say the Bulls have had an up and down season. They have the one of the best road records in the league (10-5) but are barely above .500 at home (11-10). They’ve earned impressive wins over the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat (on the road). They’re also 3-0 versus the […]
Game 35 Recap: Sixers 105, Bulls 99
Before the game, Bulls broadcaster Stacey King listed his keys for the game. One was that Chicago needed to control Philly’s guards. Didn’t happen. Jodie Meeks (24 points, 8-for-11, 4-for-7 from downtown) and Jrue Holiday (19 points, 8-for-14, 6 assists) got whatever they wanted, and Lou Williams burned the Bulls for 20 points off the bench. Another of […]
Tom Thibodeau and Chicago’s pick-and-roll defense
Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook has provided a rather extensive description of how new Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau will improve Chicago’s pick-and-roll defense. It’s a great read. Check it out.
Upon further review: Nuggets 90, Bulls 89
Well, you can go ahead and file this one under “Almosts,” “Heart-Breakers,” or “What-Ifs.” Take your pick. Last night’s loss to the Denver Nuggets might very well qualify as one of the closest one-point defeats in NBA history. With the score knotted at 89-all, Kirk Hinrich fouled Chauncey Billups as the Nuggets guard was driving […]
Derrick Rose: Defensive sieve?
In my scouting report on Derrick Rose, I criticized the kid’s defense. Well, By The Horns reader Tony C. felt that I didn’t criticize it strongly enough…so he left a rather illuminating comment that perhaps explains why Rose struggled so mightily on defense: ——————————————————————————————————————- I’d say that your analysis is fairly accurate, with one glaring […]