Bulls build big lead, hold on to beat Wizards

Ben Gordon scored 22 points and the Chicago Bulls hung on for a 98-86 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday after watching a 21-point lead dwindle to seven in the fourth quarter. Full Story
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RKA

Collegeville, PA

#1 Jan 9, 2009
Wow, lets see if tyrus can keep this up.
Boston BullsFan

Tyngsboro, MA

#2 Jan 9, 2009
Well, with Gooden back we should start seeing the Bulls win the games they are supposed to win, that is no more loses against Timberwolves - Although they play most teams tough.

I still say getting Hinrich back at the end of this month will improve the defense and they will have a decidedly easier schedule after the break.

They have played Cleveland 3 times, Cetlics 3, they already play LAL, SAS, and Denver on their home courts, they will play Portland for the second time in a couple of days. So they have already played most of the playoff teams already.
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#3 Jan 9, 2009
Those two teams looked like CBA teams tonight.
Tiffany

United States

#5 Jan 9, 2009
even though i didnt see this game,i know it was larry who lead them to this win,holla

go larry
Mel

Hammond, IN

#6 Jan 9, 2009
Thabo holding Caron Butler 18 pts. below his average. I'm sold. Thabo needs to start.
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#7 Jan 9, 2009
Boston BullsFan wrote:
Well, with Gooden back we should start seeing the Bulls win the games they are supposed to win, that is no more loses against Timberwolves - Although they play most teams tough.
I still say getting Hinrich back at the end of this month will improve the defense and they will have a decidedly easier schedule after the break.
They have played Cleveland 3 times, Cetlics 3, they already play LAL, SAS, and Denver on their home courts, they will play Portland for the second time in a couple of days. So they have already played most of the playoff teams already.
Gooden, the black hole, will enhance the Bulls' chances of winning? Are you nuts?
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#8 Jan 9, 2009
Mel wrote:
Thabo holding Caron Butler 18 pts. below his average. I'm sold. Thabo needs to start.
I just wish Thabo would get his confidence. He's an amazing talent, but he's timid and I'm losing patience with him.
You're right, though. By all means, no minutes should be given to either Hughes-less or Gordon over Thabo.
Fred

Romanel, Switzerland

#9 Jan 10, 2009
Nada Surf wrote:
<quoted text>I just wish Thabo would get his confidence. He's an amazing talent, but he's timid and I'm losing patience with him.
Just be a little more patient. He's from little tiny Swizzie and is still overwhelmed by the NBA environment. Heck, Chicago has more inhabitants than the whole of Switzerland. Just give Thabo some more playing time, his confidence will improve ;-))
terry t

Kihei, HI

#10 Jan 10, 2009
lets boo hughes. yeah, thats real mature. so what if a guy wants more minutes. he is a starter his whole career until he got here and had to compete with hinrich for playing time. that is a lose/lose situation. hinrich is paxsons favorite. even though larry has more credentials. this is crazy!
jim

Japan

#11 Jan 10, 2009
So Tyrus knows what the team needs and is willing/able to do it. Its a huge development, and it took three years to get. Let's see if this is his top end or can a dream be expected that his ceiling could be even higher?
Derrick everyone knows the upside. 5 foot 8 inch Gordon can get his shot off the ball from Derrick and bury 3's at vital times in the game. Now, the Bulls need a bonified SCORING center, and not impostures that just fill up space. Still, their record to date isn't as bad as some were predicting, though Luol Deng is a major dissapointment since signing the 80M thing. Injuries or not, can this man contribute worth his salary like a Ben Gordon that can also rebound? That's a 80M question. And the Bulls have already paid up front to find out.
Hughes problem is a no-brainer. He should get more minutes. Why did they acquire him in the first place? To get rid of Ben Wallace, who was dunking the ball like crazy against the Bulls the last game. I never saw him dunk so many times in one game when he had a Bulls uniform on. Is it just the play calling that's different or that he's left open when teams double team King James?
Anon

Palatine, IL

#12 Jan 10, 2009
Play Thabo more! He has great potential.
ron

Mount Prospect, IL

#13 Jan 10, 2009
yawner,2 amateur teams playing what a waste o time.
Al B

Port Jefferson Station, NY

#14 Jan 10, 2009
Nada Surf wrote:
<quoted text>Gooden, the black hole, will enhance the Bulls' chances of winning? Are you nuts?
Hey Nada' I see alot of negative comments about Gooden from you and I just curious to know why??? What dont you like about the guy??? I know he's not the PF we would love to have and yes he might take ill advised jumper shots but to me he's been the most consisent Bull for a year & a half. He damn near averages a double double. Always bangs down low, runs the court, hustles, can score with a nice "veteran like" 15ft jumper, and is a good team player which is vital to a team like the Bulls... so explain to me your points of why you see him as the "black whole"?
Al B

Port Jefferson Station, NY

#15 Jan 10, 2009
Nada Surf wrote:
I just wish Thabo would get his confidence. He's an amazing talent, but he's timid and I'm losing patience with him.
You're right, though. By all means, no minutes should be given to either Hughes-less or Gordon over Thabo.
You also do a lot of Gordon bashing as well... Dont get me wrong, I hate it when he try's too much and I want to kick my plasma of the wall when I see him drive the lane while everyone stands and watches him go up and get blocked or lose the ball... and dont even get me thinking about when he looses his dribble trying to put it in between his legs or around his back- it kills me!

However, in my opinion Gordon (next to Rose) is the Bulls 2nd most valuable player and should not be lost or pushed away from this franchise. With the exception of minor turnovers (which all players get them)...This guy can score. Score alot! His shot is crazy and you can depend on him to drop atleast 20 a game. Without a doubt. Tell me, who on this team do you know for sure, even on a bad night, wil get 15+ pts?? You can always count on Gordon to be the leading scorer of this team and as long as he is a Bull he will ALWAYS be the leading scorer. Trust me. SO how can you and other Gordon bashers deny this?

And about Thabo- I do like him and I see the potential and like you I too am getting frustrtated that he hasnt found his niche yet- but saying to play him over Gordon is absolutely absurd. I think you might have been reaching a little to far with that quote buddy- Im sure u didnt really mean that did you? And although Larry-useless is public enemy #1... at this point he is playing better than Thabo/Noce/Noah/Deng/Gray and most of the time Thomas- so I think we should leave Larry alone for now. He hasnt really been chucking up shots and has actually been hitting them when he does. He has done nothing but help this team so far so instead of all us fans doubting him, why dont we try something different and try supporting him- and his double digit bench points. Is that too much to ask?
Rod from Tennessee

AOL

#16 Jan 10, 2009
The interesting thing is, T.T. plays the same position as Luol Deng. I think Del Negro likes what Thomas can bring far more than what Deng brings, and really it's understandable as to why. It's really just up to Thomas to be able to harness his activity into benefitting the team, and the Bulls will have a real predicament on their hands. They've committed to Deng to be their star player, and the truth is, his skill level may not even be good enough to be the starter on the team. Try and justify that to the other players when their contracts come due Paxson. That Deng decision is why i expect the Bulls to be a bottom dwellar for years to come. NBA players have bigtime egos, and they're not going to give their all to a team in which, they feel their skill level is twice what the best paid player has.
Fire Pax

Hoffman Estates, IL

#17 Jan 10, 2009
Getting excited about beating a few bottom feeder teams at home is pitiful. I had better things to do and thankfully did not watch, but I'm still glad that they won. Maybe they'll pull enough wins out to edge out the Bucks for the eighth spot to earn the privilege of getting pasted by the #1 seed three straight games. Every so often, one of Pax's lousy picks (or trades) has a few decent games, but the collection of bums that he has around D-Rose and Gordon are basically role players. Maybe Pax could package some combo of Noah, Tyrus, Gray, Kirk, Noce, Deng and/or Thabo for a legit big player.
RKA

Collegeville, PA

#18 Jan 10, 2009
I wonder if this team can string three wins together.
Rod from Tennessee

AOL

#19 Jan 10, 2009
Didn't see the game, but according to the Trib's box score Hughes scored 17 in 8 1/2 minutes p.t. Is that accurate? That's alot of points in a short amount of time.
Gnarls Barkley

Wauconda, IL

#20 Jan 10, 2009
Nada Surf wrote:
Those two teams looked like CBA teams tonight.
When was the last time you've seen a CBA or for that matter NBA game in person, you little nose-wipe?
Florida Jim

Christmas, FL

#21 Jan 10, 2009
It is good to see something positive about Thomas we have certainly seen enough negative comments about him. Perhaps he is growing up? Now if Noah would do likewise it would be great, wouldn't it?

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