Drink: Redemption Rye Whiskey
And the Chicago Bulls come out up top in the 2012 Ex-Jazz Bowl – as this game featured nearly a roster’s worth of former Utah Jazz players. Clearly this was the headline of tonight’s game – NB always has their finger on the pulse of America (Wake up! Wake Up!). In all reality (a place NB shies away from), this game was more concentrated on which banged-up Bulls would play. Luol Deng was out, along with Taj Gibson. On the flip side, Joakim Noah played and there was someone else who is slipping my mind…
Tonight was the return of Da Rose… but, should it have been? Mine, yours, and everybody’s MVP had a credible enough line – 22 points (9-16 FG), 8 assists, 5 boards – yet, stats do not tell the whole story. Rose was clearly lacking explosiveness and aggression to the lane. It did not help that the Nets game plan (I know, who knew that Nets knew such words as “game plan.”) was largely based on making Rose chase Deron Williams around more screens than should be possible in a halfcourt set. This led to Williams getting the better of Rose on multiple occasions. His pop simply was not there. This leads right back to the question that began this paragraph.
From what I saw, my answer is a resounding, Darth-Vader-Episode: III, “NOOOOOO!!!” Rose looked a step slow, was not aggressive to the rim, and often times seemed to walking almost gingerly when back tracking on defense and the like. Then Thibs inexplicably put him back in the game with the Bulls leading by 17 and nine minutes left… against the hapless Nets. This is a team that does not have much of, well, ANYTHING. Even if they did, who gives a flying duck (censored)? It is still early in the season and the Bulls more than proved that you do not win the title in the regular season. Hell, if this was even a “statement game” (total regular season bullshit term), there was no reason to play him. As it stands, it was a Monday game against the Nets, during a week in which they have a light (by this season’s standards) schedule. I understand that Thibs knows one way of playing: hard – early and often – regardless how much the second part of that plan makes sense. It is his
jackass old-school mentality. Do not get me wrong, I think Thibs has brought a great defensive culture and tough edge to Chicago basketball, but there are times when he needs to see the bigger picture, i.e. the playoffs, and take care of his stars.
The Mind’s Rye: The UC consistently booed the NBA’s “Most Disliked Player,” Kris Humphries. Presumably they are upset that chanting, “SCAL-A-BRINE,” does not make them look idiotic enough. … Ronnie Brewer started for the injured Luol Deng and was noticeably not Luol Deng on defense. We are constantly reminded by the Bulls media how much Deng aids this team. Brewer is apparently on the media’s side, as he wanted to make sure a counter-argument had little-to-no validity. Deng usually logs fifty-something minutes in a 48-minute contest, being “the glue,” as Thibs describes him. While the Bulls won by 15, they did give up 95 points to the Nets, who currently register one true scoring threat, and that is their point guard. While a very good defender, Brewer is not the Bulls best defender nor a small forward. Heal up soon, Deng (so Thibs can play you more minutes than there are in a game). … Are Omer Asik and Brian Scalabrine the whitest possible front court combination in the NBA today? I will let you decide. … I guess Joakim Noah just needed an injury to battle, as he was as active as ever in tonight’s contest, going for 16 points, 10 boards, and 4 assists. Sure, it was against an undersized Nets team, but Jo was all over the place. He looked so good that Thibs put him back in, nursing an ankle injury, with three and a half minutes, up by 17! … And finally, Carlos Boozer dunked a ball. It was an uncontested drive with two minutes left in the game, but still, he did it with two hands even!