[ed note: Thanks to wjb1492 for the game preview. This is great stuff. By the way, I'm one of the 'lucky' ones that's referenced at the end. -Matt]
With more than 80% of the season gone now, and the Bulls barely clinging to that 10th spot in the East while still talking about making the playoffs, what is left to say about this team?
- We've all heard that stat about the Bulls not having won 3 in a row all season. I recently read a blurb stating that the other teams without a 3-game winning streat this season are the Heat, Grizzlies, and Timberwolves. That's some fine company to be in! (Sorry, I don't remember where I read that to link to the original.)
- I think we can pretty much conclude that no lead is safe. I'm not sure whether I feel worse when the team gets blown out from the opening tip or builds a lead then coughs the game up late.
- Boylan's post-game speeches seriously sound like a fill-in-the-blank multiple choice thing. "Tonight we lacked ___ (choose from (a) an answer, (b) effort, (c) leadership). I am ___ (choose from (a) in charge here, (b) a professional, (c) responsible for the development of whichever random player did well tonight." I'd have some sympathy for him trying to figure out what to say loss after loss, except he says such stupid things and doesn't seem to have any recognition of his own role in all of these losses.
- The unpredicatble guard rotation is driving me nuts, so I can only imagine that it's making them absolutely crazy - Duhon aside, since we know how he feels about it. Ben's minutes have ranged from 14 to 33 a night this month, Kirk's from 16 to 41, and Larry's from 18 to 43. I'd include Thabo, but since he's either still on a minutes limit or earning his way back into the lineup, his minutes have been consistently low.