Some thoughts around the web on last night's Bulls game. Mostly Laker-based, and presented (for the most part) without comment...
- Out of the timeout, the Bulls run whatever Scott Skiles designed and end up having Duhon shoot a three from about four feet behind the line. I can see steam coming out of Scott Skiles' ears from my seat across the floor. Lamar gets an easy two on the other end, and the Bulls come back and Duhon bricks another three. The Lakers come back and Luke Walton nails a three from the corner to give them a 14-12 lead. Bulls come back down and Duhon shoots again, this one swatted by Bynum. Duhon is determined to score some points. This Bulls latte tastes great. [note: he's referencing this -Matt]
- Thomas gets extended minutes and looks pretty good, getting his hand on balls, diving around. Then he spots up for a jumper from the wing and hits nothing but the side of the backboard, hard, nearly shattering the glass. I think that's the hardest jump shot I've ever seen.
- PJ Brown finally gets involved, sinking a free-throw line jumper late in the second. Can't believe they're not getting more from PJ. Is he diminishing a little bit? And did the Hornets move him just in time?
- Nocioni might have the worst haircut of any good player in the League. He looks like a long-lost Barry brother.
- Watch the speed that Luol plays with, expecially when he's coming off picks. Nobody can keep up with him out there, including many of the Bulls.
- For all of Wallace's talk about leaving Detroit so he could have a chance to be a part of the offense, that's not happening in Chicago so far. They're not even looking at him on offense.
Neel also advocates playing Nocioni 40 minutes a night, which I, er, don't.
Kurt at ForumBlueandGold is such a gracious winner:
I love that roster, Tyrus Thomas is going to be a beast and that motor will make him a fan favorite (Matt from Blog-a-Bull is right, he needs to slow down a little when he gets the ball, like Bynum is doing this year). Thabo Sefolosha is another who is going to be good, combine that with Hinrich, Gordon, Deng and man, that is a good roster and can be fore years to come.
And remember, they have both cap space and the Knick's first round pick this year. They are only going to get better.
The Association with some praise (with backhanded digs at the Bulls in general) for Thabo:
On offense, Thabo let the game come to him and found his spots on the court. Yes, I know two really bad clich?s, but for a rookie going against Kobe, he wasn't going to get drawn into any one-on-one matchup. Instead he stuck to the team plan... which was the typically horrible chuck and duck offense, but at least he respects his coach.
And I close with something Jones wrote last week that was quite prophetic:
Eh, I still think they can both show improvement AND become a contender come May, but he sure pegged some of you 'angry' commenters, heh.