What's happening, everybody? Greetings from Indy. Let's get the chat rolling ...
We have to hit Foster hard on Saturday!..right?
The Bulls didn't like the fact that Jeff Foster continued to drill people with some elbows last night, but it really didn't seem to bother them that much after the game. If there's an opportunity to foul him hard on Saturday they will, but if not it's not the end of the world. They don't expect to be seeing much more of Foster anyway.
I was thinking when Derrick gets double/triple-teamed, our ball movement is horrible. Why doesn't Tom insert CJ Watson in at PG/SG so we can find the openings and make the defense honest? Deng and Boozer never step up when he's doubled and Noah is our best decision-maker aside rose in the starting 5.
I'm sure Thibs has bounced the idea around ... but I think he is set in his rotations for now. He is convinced that Derrick will be able to get out of trouble and find the open man. The players know they have to do a better job of showing up front though -- to help Rose out.
Nick, Boozer had one of the worst single game performances by a so called big time player I've ever seen. Is this what we can expect for the rest of the bulls playoff run?
Ah, the Boozer question. There's no way of knowing for sure, but the anger directed towards Boozer seemingly grows by the day. He simply hasn't played well in Games 1 or 3 and he went 16 minutes without getting up a shot in Game 2. If Boozer doesn't play better the Bulls aren't going to the Finals, let alone the Eastern Conference Finals. Thibs has got to find a way to get him more involved in the offense early.
Hey Nick, what is the deal with Omer Asik? Why not so much playing time anymore? I would think he should get a minimum of 10 minutes. Thoughts?
Erkan,The answer is simple in my mind. Thibs simply trusts Kurt Thomas more. He's been through a lot more playoff games in his career. The Bulls love Omer, but I think Thibs will still go to Thomas more often for the time being.
I think we will face the hawks in the second road. If this is the case wont the bulls have an easier run with the hawks?
Aside from a bad half in March, the Bulls have totally dominated Atlanta. I still think Orlando wins that series, though.
Thib's seems fine with Foster bashing Rose or Deng, but when our guys stepped up and did something he scolded them! Why isn't he standing up for our team a little more? You know Van Gundy would have let people know that needs to stop. Physical i understand, flagrant fouls that aren't getting called isn't cool!
Thibs doesn't want any of his guys getting suspended. I think Thibs is furious with some of Foster's fouls, but he knows this is the playoffs, and he knows there are bigger fish to fry than Jeff Foster.
Are the Bulls going to end this in 4? We'd like to spend some time with you while ORL-ATL goes 7.
Ha. I'll be in there this week ladies, don't worry.
With Korver having a hot hand in the playoffs, will coach Thibs play him more early to possibly open up bigger leads and spread the youthful Pacers?
Thibs seems pretty stuck in his ways at this point. Korver comes in at the beginning of the second and in the fourth. I don't think Korver's minutes will fluctuate much right now. But I can tell you that the entire locker room is brimming with confidence every time Korver puts up a shot these days.
Is there reason to be worried about Derrick's kind of poor jump shooting so far?
I don't think so. He's dealt with mini-slumps throughout the season.
Luol had a resurgence this year, in regards to "toughness". Can Boozer do the same next year? Or will the ball continue to slip out of his hands, and will he never jump higher than 2 inches off the ground?
If we're using Boozer's track record as a guide, I would say no. But only time will tell. No doubt fans are starting to get impatient, though.
Is it me or do the Bulls (minus Rose, Deng and Korver) all look tense out there? What can the coaching staff do to get Boozer and Noah easier touches to get them going?
Heather, the Bulls played tight throughout most of Games 1 and 2 in my opinion, but they played a little better in Game 3. I think the Bulls tried to get Boozer more involved, but he got into foul trouble and was gone early.
Has Thibs officially brain washed every player. Their interviews werre pretty much all the same answers. So focused on just the next game.
Yes. Yes, he has.
I was wondering why people are so suprised with Deng at this point in the season? He has been a steady producer all season long yet after watching first and ten this morning it was said that Deng came out of nowhere to have a solid game. Although he has never produced up to his contract his play has been very solid this season in my opinion.
Don, what's going on in the 'Cuse? Anyway, in regards to Deng, I think people are still surprised he's been so durable. He's missed so many games the last few years, the fact that he's played in every single one this season has caught people by surprise. Aside from Rose, he has been the team's second most valuable player.
Shouldn't we be thrilled the Bulls are getting pushed? As long as they keep getting W's, tight games just bring extra experience, which was one of the knocks on the Bulls entering the postseason.
You could take that point of view ... or you could look at it like the Pacers are exposing a few of the Bulls flaws. It all depends on you want to look at things. The Bulls are finding ways to win, but if Boozer continues to play this poorly, there is no way they'll be able to get to where they want to go.
Is it wrong of me to enjoy the fact that we have no go to second option? We have guys that step up and it rotates who that man is. Outside of Rose the d slumps on the others and gives our other 4 more space. Or am I nuts?
If you want to cheer for a team that wins a title ... you're nuts.
Nick, as much as I love Derrick Rose, I think he still is way to passive at the beginning of games. Don't you think these slow starts will eventually doom the Bulls?
I think Derrick is just trying to get everyone involved early. He takes over the games when he needs to take them over. But I do agree, sometimes he is too passive. I think Thibs will continue to talk to him about this as the postseason rolls along.
Nick, what do you think it will take to get Boozer to the playoff level that we all thought he would be at when he was signed in the summer?
I don't think anyone knows the answer for that one ... but if you figure it out, let Thibs know.
Should we be concerned that Noah still looks uncomfortable on the defensive end when Boozer is on the court? And why is that? It's not like Boozer guards anyone.
I think it's a concern, but I do think they seem a little more comfortable together on the floor in the past couple of games compared to a few weeks ago. Not much, though.
Why don't the Bulls play Bogans more? He plays tough D and I think he should get more playing time. It seems he only starts, and gets a little time in the third, but I feel it's not enough for a player that plays as tough as he does.
I never thought I would hear this question all year.
Can boozer do some calf excerises or something? He needs to JUMP Higher
We have set a record for Boozer questions today. Safe to say this guy, and his contract, have become polarizing topics in the city of Chicago. It really is becoming like a basketball version of the Soriano deal to a lot of fans.
Are you surprised that all 3 games have been this close?
Yes. I thought Indy would play the Bulls tough, but I thought the Bulls would pull away in at least one of these games. It just hasn't happened. Indy is a feisty team ... they just can't close.
Do you feel like the reduction in minutes for the bench mob is going to hinder the team? Will the starters get worn out down the stretch, or is this a rotation vital to winning in the playoffs?
The starters were always going to play more in the playoffs, but I do think they may get worn down as the playoffs continue. Rose and Deng have played A TON of minutes. The Bench Mob's minutes have been cut significantly -- and aside from Gibson and Korver I don't think that will change.
Noah's thumb must still really be bothering him. It seems like he's had a lot of trouble holding on to the ball. He's also very hesitant to take that jumper from the elbow that he hit so frequently last year (he hit one last night, but didn't really act like he wanted to shoot it).
I think the thumb is still giving him some trouble. The fact that he took ... and made ... that shot last night should be viewed as a good sign, though. When he is not afraid to take that shot it opens up the floor for everybody else.
Can I Chicago kid serving his country get some love on this chat? The hour is almost up with no answer to any of my questions...
What's your question, big man?
You think Taj should get some more PT? he's been bailing out Boozer all series.
If Boozer continues to struggle, we're going to see more of Taj. I don't think there's much doubt about that ... especially defensively down the stretch.
My question was did the Bulls seriously consider JR Smith and will they back off because the Nuggets wanted too much? Will they be interested this summer? At 25 he seems like he can grow with the young Bulls...
I think the Bulls did bounce around the idea of picking up Smith, but there were too many questions about how he would affect team chemistry. I'm sure they will think about picking him up again after the lockout, but I still don't know if they would do it. They think the chemistry is too good to mess up right now.
Continuing the Boozer questions. Boozer was never a great defender but how come his offensive game is struggling? He is getting plenty of good looks and easy shots.
He's just not making them, Jonathan. Boozer just picked a really bad time to go into a slump.
All right everybody, I am out of here. I've got to get ready to go to practice. I will talk to you guys next week. Come over and say hello if you're at the game tomorrow.