[Note by your friendly BullsBlogger, 03/14/09 12:05 PM CDT: Thanks to chgobr for today's game preview -ed. ]
Stuck in the muck: Last night's repeat of the "Bulls Break your Heart" show triggers the myriad of reasons to fire VDN. Can we have an end-of-game play beyond giving the ball to Rose and letting him drive into Dalambert? Oh yes we cannot leave out Vinny's ability to stymie the opposition with creative miss-matches. Where is the adjustments to stop opponents layup parade? Where is our scheme for an end-of-game lock-down defense? Where are the creative plays after time outs? But who replaces VDN? The only coach I would be confident could make this team better would be Phil Jackson. Maybe another coach could do the trick but I'm skeptical. This would be our 4th coach in two years. To combat my Bulls-induced depression I ruminate about trades. Our resident cap guru Sports2 shows us how to get under the cap as well as a radical version of a way to succeed. My hope is Toronto decides they are going no-where with Chris Bosh and is open to a trade. I think they like Deng.
The silver lining: We need to get out of our funk and look at the positives. Noah seems to becoming a player. Rose is hanging in there and learning. Salmons has been solid. In the East the first team to win 31 games makes the payoffs. NJ and Milwaukee both lost last night. If we keep losing we are only 1 1/2 games behind to catch indiana for a possible 8th seed in the 2009 draft. A win tonight and we go ahead of Milwaukee for the last playoff spot. It is a win-win.
Tonight's game: The Hornets come to town attempting to revenge a 107-93 Bulls win at New Orleans. A minor asterick in the Bulls win in New Orleans is that Chris Paul did not play. We all hope watching Paul is a fast foward of Rose. The Hornets are getting excited about a possible 3 seed in the West. So tonight we see another version of a team salivating to play our pathetic Bulls. We can hope they are overlooking tonight in anticipation of a key game against Houston on Monday. Hollinger's playoff odds have New Orleans finishing 3rd in the West and the Bulls still in the 8th spot.
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