Chicago Bulls must improve road succe...

Chicago Bulls must improve road success in playoffs

There are 28 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 12, 2009, titled Chicago Bulls must improve road success in playoffs. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

We interrupt the playoff fever enveloping the Bulls for this brief announcement from Kirk Hinrich .

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Mgray

Atlanta, GA

#1 Apr 13, 2009
I was at the Bulls game Saturday night. I did not see them run a play into the post once. NOT one time. What kind of NBA team has ZERO low post plays?
Bloomie

Bloomington, IL

#2 Apr 13, 2009
Although it is very difficult to win on the road, in order to advance in the playoffs a team without the home court advantage has to be able to take away defensively what the other team does best. The Bulls have not shown that they can compete defensively at that level. In order for the Bulls to win they have to control the offensive and defensive backboards and create turnovers through steals and blocks. On offense the Bulls have to create a selectively fast tempo, and look to run even on made baskets. There has to be ball movement as too many losses on the road can be directly linked to too much one on one play, forced shots, and quick threes(Hinrich, Gordon, Salmons). The playoffs are an excellent way to judge a team's progress.
King ED

Conroe, TX

#3 Apr 13, 2009
Finally the king ed is back to post what he thinks about the bulls chances in the playoff. First before i began i like to thank all the bulls players, and all the fans like myself for not losing the faith in the bulls. when it seemed like there was no chances of bulls making in the playoff. Right now what my biggest concern is that the bulls need to keep ben off the bench as a instant offensive provider when we need him incase. this should be the starting line up though for the playoffs. Brad Miller, Tryus Thomas, John Salmons, Kirk Hinirich, and Derek Rose. That is my opinion. So let's win this time in playoffs. Cause getting in Playoffs is not the issue. the issue is winning games. Peace Out.
Jangyus

River Forest, IL

#4 Apr 13, 2009
Brad Miller can give us something, but the Bulls havent had a go to post man ever. Fifteen footers and layups are what this team is all about. Even Tyrus seems like he'd rather work on his jumper than take it to the rack.
Keith Lifetime Southsider

Evanston, IL

#5 Apr 13, 2009
Mgray wrote:
I was at the Bulls game Saturday night. I did not see them run a play into the post once. NOT one time. What kind of NBA team has ZERO low post plays?
Bulls have a very sneeky post attack that involves a drive and dish vs. the drive and kick. Jokim Noah runs it the best. Brad Miller's post scoring comes from his head fakes and drives. And Tyrus Thomas is an above the rim player right now. You are right to be leery of a traditional low post attack, but we have been doing the job by committee.

Is it just me, or am I the only one who feels extremely happy about the Bulls? At this time last year - we were fishing through the pingpong balls.
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#6 Apr 13, 2009
Mgray wrote:
I was at the Bulls game Saturday night. I did not see them run a play into the post once. NOT one time. What kind of NBA team has ZERO low post plays?
The type of team that allows Ben Gordon to do whatever he wants out there.
ike from chi

Gary, IN

#7 Apr 13, 2009
chance for the 6th seed tonite
ATLDre

Cedartown, GA

#8 Apr 13, 2009
Mgray wrote:
I was at the Bulls game Saturday night. I did not see them run a play into the post once. NOT one time. What kind of NBA team has ZERO low post plays?
A team that doesn't trade for Amare and a banks part of its future on returning a mental pink snowball at SF. At this rate next season this will still be a backcourt dominated offensive team. The Bulls will have to play at breakneck speed in the playoffs in order to pull any upset.
Bloomie

Bloomington, IL

#9 Apr 13, 2009
Mgray wrote:
I was at the Bulls game Saturday night. I did not see them run a play into the post once. NOT one time. What kind of NBA team has ZERO low post plays?
The Bulls run a high post offense, that relies on dribble penetration for generating points in the paint. The high post allows the guards the freedom to drive the lane and kick out or find shooters in position. Their best low post option is DRose. That is an option that they will explore more next year.
techenhance

Prairie View, TX

#10 Apr 13, 2009
This is one of those "No duh??" articles. The real question is: How can the Bulls improve their defense in general and away from home in particular?

They don't have any outstanding 1-on-1 defenders. Hinrich and Salmons are the best perimeter defenders and neither is exactly a defensive stopper. Noah and Thomas block shots and hustle but neither strikes fear - or even much concern - into the hearts of decent low-post scorers and slashers.

I keep reading and hearing the generic statements about working hard and being tougher, but with a lack of outstanding 1-on-1 defenders the issue comes down to coaching. Even a squad without good 1-on-1 defenders can play decent team defense with the right coaching. Unfortunately a solid defensive philosophy didn't seem to be a priority this season.

The Bulls have decent athletes and they're young. This combination usually lends itself to double-teaming, full-court pressure, and trapping defense. But I rarely see the Bulls do any of these things. The one thing they do on a regular basis is switch on high screen and rolls, which automatically creates 2 mismatches in the other team's favor: a big defending a quick guard on the perimeter or a guard defending a big man in the post. Teams have been consistently killing the Bulls with that scheme.

Good team defense comes from the application of a solid system and good habits enforced by the coaches, and that has not been evident with the Bulls to this point. Unless VDN has been hiding some defensive tricks up his sleeves or in his hair, I don't see the Bulls' defense getting any better in the playoffs.
techenhance

Prairie View, TX

#11 Apr 13, 2009
I swear I didn't intend for that last post to be that long...
Keith Lifetime Southsider

Evanston, IL

#12 Apr 13, 2009
King ED wrote:
Finally the king ed is back to post what he thinks about the bulls chances in the playoff. First before i began i like to thank all the bulls players, and all the fans like myself for not losing the faith in the bulls. when it seemed like there was no chances of bulls making in the playoff. Right now what my biggest concern is that the bulls need to keep ben off the bench as a instant offensive provider when we need him incase. this should be the starting line up though for the playoffs. Brad Miller, Tryus Thomas, John Salmons, Kirk Hinirich, and Derek Rose. That is my opinion. So let's win this time in playoffs. Cause getting in Playoffs is not the issue. the issue is winning games. Peace Out.
What is this love affair with Kirk Hinrich??? He is a POINT GUARD. Period. Folks want to reward him for basically nothing. WE HAD to take Rose in the draft because he is so weak. If he was the starter you guys want to make him, then we wouldn't even be addressing this issue. There is only one player on the team that deserves to START over Gordon and that is Salmons, but he is busy filling in for the other gold-bricker!
michael p coy

Oswego, IL

#13 Apr 13, 2009
Ben Gordon's solid play all season needs to rub of on the other guys. Deng being out has been a good thing because he really dragged the offense down.
Keith Lifetime Southsider

Evanston, IL

#14 Apr 13, 2009
Bulls fans should be delighted. We have added two starters to our lineup - Rose and Salmons. And guess whose places they have taken in the line-up? Thief - Deng and Thief Hinrich. STEALING MONEY. Deng is soft and now hurt. Kirk stunk it up so bad we had to DRAFT a true point guard. Rose has made us forget him. Everyone blamed GORDON, but instead of a demotion like the other two got, GORDON got a promotion into the starting line up and look at the results.
bullsfan09

United States

#15 Apr 13, 2009
We have no post game. Hopefully that will be addressed in offseason and for that to happen, it should come from Center position since PF and SF look to be set for the near future.
techenhance

Prairie View, TX

#16 Apr 13, 2009
My earlier post must've been too long, so I'll shorten it. The Bulls have solid 1-on-1 defenders in Hinrich and Salmons and a couple of shot blockers in Noah and Thomas. But there's no one right now who is considered a defensive stopper. Therefore, any improvement on defense has to come from coaching. Young, fairly athletic teams without defensive stoppers usually play good defense by employing strategies like double-teaming, trapping and pressing, but this team doesn't do those things very often. And that automatic switch on high screen-and-rolls will kill them in the playoffs.

The top 3 teams in the east have some of the stingiest defenses in the NBA. The Bulls won't be able to depend on scoring 100+ points a game. The problem is, at this point in the season it's going to be tough to change season-long habits. Maybe (hopefully) VDN and company have some defensive tricks up their sleeves that we haven't seen yet.

(Yeah...this is the short version)
Brian

La Grange Park, IL

#17 Apr 13, 2009
Nada Surf wrote:
<quoted text>The type of team that allows Ben Gordon to do whatever he wants out there.
Nada, leave BG alone now !
Jim

Chicago, IL

#18 Apr 13, 2009
The Bulls are such an improved team. Miller and Solomon have played as well as any tandem in the N.B.A. I hope the Bulls go all the way. Jump shots must fall on the road. Heinrick must demonstrate leadership on the road. Silly fouls must be avoided at all cost.
Keith

San Jose, CA

#19 Apr 13, 2009
WAY TO GO BULLS!!!!!!!!
Keith

San Jose, CA

#20 Apr 13, 2009
WAY TO GO BULLS!!!!a

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