Bulls come up short vs. Spurs

Bulls come up short vs. Spurs

There are 83 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 17, 2009, titled Bulls come up short vs. Spurs. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Tony Parker had 20 points and eight assists to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 92-87 victory over the Bulls on Saturday night.

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Mike in Tampa

Tampa, FL

#22 Jan 18, 2009
Ginobli and Tony Parker in particular blow by everybody I wouldn't fault Hinrich for that. But I agree strongly that Hinrich is overrated in most every way from a shot maker, ball distributer and defender and is mediocre more often then not like most every other Bull player. The Bulls are a mediocre team that does not play with consistent intensity. Skiles had them doing so for one season but at some point his grating style wore thin.
terry t wrote:
rose is a rookie for christs' sake! what rookie plays all-star defense? did you notice how parker and ginobli blew by hinrich and nocioni? by the way, where was hinrich and his great perimiter defense? what happened to his energy thats supposed to win games? why does he struggle against over .500 teams? i don't want to hear that he had an off night. he ain't getting paid to have off nights! he's getting paid as an all-star that he never was or ever will be. so let him ride the bench and free hughes from it!!!
GoSpurs

United States

#23 Jan 18, 2009
"They executed down the stretch," Del Negro said. "And we didn't."
No!!!
To understand Spurs you need tounderstand team's owners, coaches, and fans - I was surprised how many of them showed up last night. The team didn't play well after back to back games on the road, but their players have hearts and desire to win, and back home they have fans that don't sit on their hands, like at United center.
The Bulls have Rose, Nocioni, Del Negro (I think he will be an excellent coach)...and a bunch of loosers on the team. Not too mention very quiet fans (you could hear pin drop after the tip-off), which works for us, we support our team everywhere we go!!!
RKA

United States

#24 Jan 18, 2009
Bulls Fan wrote:
Nada Surf, I thought you were from Arizona, not Illinois, as your previous posts would indicate?( http://www.topix.com/forum/source/chicago-tri... )
Someone is posting under his name. And it's pretty darn funny. L.O.L.
RKA

United States

#25 Jan 18, 2009
Typical Sox Fan wrote:
Whoever wants Larry Hughes to get playing time is clueless. The guy is a ballhog and he wants out of Chicago anyways.
Only Tiffany does. Who ever is posting under Nada's name is egging her on. It's funny.
GoSpurs

United States

#26 Jan 18, 2009
Hardliner wrote:
Why anyone would pay top dollar to see this terrible product is beyond me. I have to believe that the 22,000 people that fill the United Center must be the most superficial and unknowledgeable fans in the league.
AT&T center has capacity less than that and is rocking every night. True, it is the only game in town, but it is also the reason why the fans would not put up with crappy team. Win or loose people will keep showing up...Bulls, Bears, Cubs, Hawks (until recently). Chicago is a great sports city - yeah right, if you like the frustration of your team loosing games in and out.
RKA

United States

#27 Jan 18, 2009
I guess it's pretty safe to say now that after a decade of non-championships that Bulls fan's are probably the most loyal fans ever. The UC still fills up, people still watch them on tv, and people still read the post game recaps and comment on the forums (no matter how good or awful they are). This team is very inconsistent and I would've been suprised if they won last night. They can't seem to put three wins together to save their lives. Another game on another bad night.
techenhance

United States

#28 Jan 18, 2009
Chicago fans across the board are incredibly loyal. It's been like that for decades. Whether it's the Sox, Cubs, Bears, or Bulls. It always bothers me when people criticize fans for supporting their teams. Personally, if I was still living in the Chi I might not pay to see them, but I would never criticize the people who do. But that's just me.
RKA

United States

#29 Jan 18, 2009
techenhance wrote:
Chicago fans across the board are incredibly loyal. It's been like that for decades. Whether it's the Sox, Cubs, Bears, or Bulls. It always bothers me when people criticize fans for supporting their teams. Personally, if I was still living in the Chi I might not pay to see them, but I would never criticize the people who do. But that's just me.
It's rare that I catch a Bulls game, since they aren't on national broadcast much often, so that's why I watch. I watched the Ron Mercer lead Bulls and now I will watch this group. And if one day they return to the top, it will be well worth it.
techenhance

United States

#30 Jan 18, 2009
The Spurs used the relatively simple blueprint that other teams have used to beat the Bulls: clog the lane to challenge penetration and keep a long wing player in Gordon's face. It was the same blueprint last year when Hinrich was the starting point. It's the same blueprint Detroit used to beat us in the 2nd round the year before that. The only difference is that now teams have to work harder to contain Rose than did to contain Hinrich. As good as Rose is likely to be, the Bulls' success will still be limited until Pax can find a way to bring in a player or two with the skill to balance the offense.

And even with that said, their BIGGEST problem is still that front line defense. It would help if Gordon and Rose were better perimeter defenders, but you've got to have a front line that can give slashers some trouble when they do get in the paint. Thomas is the only Bull that can do that consistently, but his overall performance is still inconsistent so he has yet to get consistent minutes from game to game.
techenhance

United States

#31 Jan 18, 2009
And while Noah had a couple of decent defenisve sequence agains Duncan, the Bulls still don't have a big man that can play consistently solid defense against skilled opposing big men.
techenhance

United States

#32 Jan 18, 2009
RKA wrote:
<quoted text>
It's rare that I catch a Bulls game, since they aren't on national broadcast much often, so that's why I watch. I watched the Ron Mercer lead Bulls and now I will watch this group. And if one day they return to the top, it will be well worth it.
Yeah, I've been in Houston for years, but I got the League Pass so I can catch just about every game. There are several teams that I always try to catch, but honestly, if I was in Chicago or if WGN still broadcasted virtually all of the Bulls games the way they used to, I probably wouldn't have bothered to get the League Pass. I might not pay to watch them in person, but I've continued to follow them on TV during the lean times, too.
techenhance

United States

#34 Jan 18, 2009
Has anyone heard any trade rumors involving the Bulls? I've seen some vague, one-sentence blurbs in Chicago-based online news outlets, stuff like: "Paxson is working the phones." But I've seen nothing with any kind of detail.
ANTI WILT THE STILT

Mundelein, IL

#35 Jan 18, 2009
nada surf is KC JOHNSONs pen name
Nate

Stevensville, MI

#36 Jan 18, 2009
LOL.....i'm going to start siding with Tiffany.....Start LH and make him the number one offensive option. VDN should just run a clear out every play for him. Then we would be the best team in the NBA....better than Boston....better than Cleveland....better than Lakers.

Tiffany.....i actually love seeing your post......at least they are good for a laugh. If LH was such the great player you think he is then were are all of the GM knocking down Pax's door offering their best players for a trade.....Why aren't the Lakers offering Kobe......why aren't the Celtics offering Garnet?

This team is doomed........LH is not the only problem.....there are many other players that are like Hughes....sellfish.....shoot first mentality....too many players on this team that are jump shooters that go 4 for 12 more than they go for 12 of 15. Hughes is the only one being punished because he came out and said something.
Big Time

Lake Forest, IL

#37 Jan 18, 2009
Hardliner wrote:
Why anyone would pay top dollar to see this terrible product is beyond me. I have to believe that the 22,000 people that fill the United Center must be the most superficial and unknowledgeable fans in the league.I wonder if they think Michael Jordan is still on the team? Lucky John Paxson because those butts in the seats are the only things keeping him employed at this point.
I went last night to see a real basketball team, the Spurs, play with enough effort and deeper, more disciplined talent to beat a Bulls team that resembles a scrappy Big Ten team. I would have loved to see Hunter play Parker and remove Noc during clutch periods. At most, Noc should simply stand in the corner in anticipation of a 3-point attempt and not put the ball on the floor. They teach you to not leave your feet and attempt to pass in middle-school. And Noah, please "show" on defense and run your waggy head back to the big man immediately so Duncan is not guarded by midgets. Other than that, the outcome was expected, however, much closer than I thought, and the Bulls did not make me regret coming to the game in the frosty weather for a $7 beer.
RKA

United States

#38 Jan 18, 2009
techenhance wrote:
Has anyone heard any trade rumors involving the Bulls? I've seen some vague, one-sentence blurbs in Chicago-based online news outlets, stuff like: "Paxson is working the phones." But I've seen nothing with any kind of detail.
The rules in the league makes it hard to defend a quick guard on the perimeter, if you breath on them, they call a foul. I wanted to do the league pass, but $180 is something I can't afford to dish out now, thank God for WGN...L.O.L. I'll give it another 2 - 3 weeks before trade rumors start to heat up.
RKA

United States

#39 Jan 18, 2009
Side note to last post *but it's ok for your rookie PG to get kicked in the head and the game still goes on*
just a thought

Merrillville, IN

#40 Jan 18, 2009
Is it me or the bulls seem to lose the game when Vinny played the whole offense defense game. Kirk and Noah were doing well down the stretch.
techenhance

United States

#41 Jan 18, 2009
just a thought wrote:
Is it me or the bulls seem to lose the game when Vinny played the whole offense defense game. Kirk and Noah were doing well down the stretch.
Without a real go-to guy, I don't think it would've made much difference. Especially when the guys coming in for offense weren't getting touches, anyway.
Johnny P the GM

Hoffman Estates, IL

#42 Jan 18, 2009
Alex wrote:
The Kapt. of Klank Hinrich played his typical game. At least Vinnie kept his minutes short. 2-9, no free throws because he is too slow to get to the rim, one assist and one rebound. What a leader!!!
Did you see Spurs blow by Hinrich, Klank forgot that he was a defensive expert...Maybe was too tired and winded like No-Shot Noah who continues to miss at point blank range.
Last year when the turmoil swirled around the Bulls, the Kapt of Klank did not say one word in Skiles' defense. He forgot that he was a leader.......
Pax can't trade this over priced lump. Klank should never leave the bench.
Alex - thanks for making an intelligent entry, unlike the two idiotic Larry Hughes supporters who somehow think a guy that jacks up shots every time he touches the ball at a 35% FG is the answer to the Bulls' woes.

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