FanPost

Open Game Thread # 68: Bulls vs. San Antonio Spurs

Like a cockroach surviving a nuclear explosion, the Bulls are somehow still in the hunt for the 8th playoff spot in the East.  They'll try to move to within a game of the Nets and Hawks for the 8th spot tonight when they take on the Spurs (7:00 Central, Comcast SportsNet).  Despite the early starting time, the game will apparently not be on TNT.  That might be a good thing, unless you want to hear Charles Barkley talk about how the Bulls need a low-post scorer.

I don't know if he counts as the mythical "low-post scorer" the Bulls have needed for years, but Drew Gooden has really been impressive since he got here.  Since the trade, he's been averaging 18.1 points and 12.1 rebounds per-40 minutes.  I've seen people on here complaining about Gooden playing so much at the expense of Tyrus, and while I agree that Tyrus needs to play more, there's no reason why his minutes need to come at the expense of Gooden.  The Bulls have a grand total of three frontcourt players - Noah, Gooden, and Tyrus - so you'd think finding playing time for all three wouldn't be a problem (and no, Gray doesn't count).  It wouldn't be a problem at all if Boylan didn't insist on playing Deng and Nocioni at the 4 for long stretches.  Based on its great success on Tuesday, though, I can only imagine that we'll see a four-guard lineup tonight.

The Spurs are coming into Chicago on a 4 game losing streak, and they've dropped to 6th in the Western Conference.  Of course, they're still only 2 games out of 1st in the West, so there's no need to shed any tears for them.. Manu Ginobili has been playing at a near-MVP level (I say "near-MVP" only because he doesn't play as many minutes as the other top contenders do) this year, but somehow he didn't even make the All-Star team.  I hope Thabo doesn't have his minutes limited tonight, because I am looking forward to seeing him guard Ginobili.  If Thabo can somewhat contain elite shooting guards like Ginobili, he can be a solid starter in this league - at least on a team smarter than the Bulls.

Blogging With the Enemy:
Pounding the Rock
Spur of the Moment
Spurs Dynasty

The Bulls were blown out by the Spurs in December, and much anger was directed towards "interim-interim coach" Pete Myers' rotations.  After three months of Jim Boylan . . . well, let's just say that Myers ain't looking so bad right now.

FanPosts are user-created posts from the BlogABull community, and are to be treated as the opinions and views of that particular user, not that of the blogger or blog community as a whole.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Blog a Bull

You must be a member of Blog a Bull to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blog a Bull. You should read them.

Join Blog a Bull

You must be a member of Blog a Bull to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blog a Bull. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker