This time, Bulls hold on in 4th quarter, beat Nets

The streak had to end sometime. Covering seven straight road losses and all but the final road game of December, the Bulls avoided a winless road month with a gritty 100-87 victory over the Nets on Monday night ... Full Story
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Hilsto

Rockford, IL

#1 Dec 29, 2008
B. Gordon - 24pts, 8/14 FGM-A, 5/8 3PTM-A, 4 REB

Just thought our lead scorer for the game should get a mention.
Mel

Chicago, IL

#2 Dec 29, 2008
Is there any doubt as Rose goes so do the Bulls. If Rose doesn't have a decent to terrific night the other Bulls look pathetic. Tonight, Rose was clicking and guess what Gordon, Nocioni, Hughes and Noah looked like NBA players. The faster Rose gets use to the NBA the better the other Bulls will have some value in trade.
Tiffany

United States

#3 Dec 30, 2008
the bulls got lucky,nets are the better team
michael p coy

Oswego, IL

#4 Dec 30, 2008
So What? It's the Nets........
Tom

Westmont, IL

#5 Dec 30, 2008
Hilsto wrote:
B. Gordon - 24pts, 8/14 FGM-A, 5/8 3PTM-A, 4 REB
Just thought our lead scorer for the game should get a mention.
I'm with you Hilsto. You would think a newspaper reporter would accurately report the game. Guess Johnson must be getting money from the Derrick Rose marketing department to slant the reporting of the wins.
Chris Carr

Chicago, IL

#6 Dec 30, 2008
Tiffany wrote:
the bulls got lucky,nets are the better team
better at what? losing to crappy teams? that is the second time this season the Bulls have beat them, definitely not luck
Just Steve

Arlington Heights, IL

#7 Dec 30, 2008
Tiffany wrote:
the bulls got lucky,nets are the better team
Not at home. At home they are as bad as the Bulls are on the road... oh wait, they're now worse.
Just Steve

Arlington Heights, IL

#8 Dec 30, 2008
Hilsto wrote:
B. Gordon - 24pts, 8/14 FGM-A, 5/8 3PTM-A, 4 REB
Just thought our lead scorer for the game should get a mention.
Okay, so when K.C. writes -- "With the game tied 86-86 and 4 minutes 35 seconds left, the Bulls ripped off a 14-0 run. Ben Gordon swished two three-pointers and Rose added a long jumper and two free throws." that's not a mention? I agree, since Gordon was the leading scorer maybe he should get more of a mention, but how many games does Gordon score a ton of points, plays almost no defense and the Bulls lose?

While I'm not the biggest Gordon fan, I believe he has an important role on this team -- at least until they can find the points somewhere else. But he's a guard who can't handle the ball very well, and he's a defensive liability most games.

So, his points are definitely needed on this team, but he is not the difference-maker.
TJS

Palatine, IL

#9 Dec 30, 2008
Tiffany wrote:
the bulls got lucky,nets are the better team
Why do you think Nets are better? Who has better players position by position? Only so call great player Nets has in Vince Carter, who has never won anything and is very lazy. He has talent but i will even take L. Hughes over him. I really like D. Harris but i will take Rose over him.
Hilsto

Rockford, IL

#10 Dec 30, 2008
Gordon has not been torched on defense yet this year. When we lose it is ALWAYS our weak front court (one of the worst in the league) that is the cause. Our back court is always solid. This "Gordon plays no defense so we lose games" thing is crap. We are not losing games because of our back court and if you watch the games and look at the stats the opposing teams guards are not beating ours up and taking advantage of Gordon and Rose.
chicago98

United States

#11 Dec 30, 2008
Ben is the beat player on the bulls. next to roes and sometime is better then rose. rose need to play some D to.But we have no D on the front court.Ben playing
good ball so lets get off of his back. the games that we have lost was because
no one in the front court came to play,Ben (21.5) and rose (18.5)are giving us all most 50 a night.To me that is as good as MJ (30.1) and SP.(19.7).Just wait until that make a run for a playoff spot or when rose numbers goes up. we will have best back court in the NBA
Hardliner

Homer Glen, IL

#12 Dec 30, 2008
There is a better chance of John McCain winning the 2012 presidential election than there is of John Paxson building a championship team around Derick Rose.

If Rose is as smart as I think he is he will bide his time and hone his skills with the Bulls and then Jump ship to a real NBA contender in free agency. A player of Roses caliber deserves to be playing for championships just like Kevin Garnett and unless Paxson is shown the door that will never happen here again.

Happy New Year!
new trier grad 03

Chicago, IL

#13 Dec 30, 2008
Gordon played well. Noce found his stroke, played hard...Gray played nice in the final minutes...I would like to keep Gordon around, he does not deserve the criticism he is getting this year. He has played like a true professional. I say clean house, keep Rose, Noce, Gordon. Everyone else can go as far as i am concerned. And wow, Deng is stealing money from the bulls almost as badly as Soriano/T. Harris.
RKA

United States

#14 Dec 30, 2008
Tiffany wrote:
the bulls got lucky,nets are the better team
Do you even watch Bull's games or do you just go by what you read in the papers?
RKA

United States

#15 Dec 30, 2008
Paxson is one move away from making this team better, and that's a quality C/PF. This roster has talent to win, they just need to play as a team. Once the selfish attitude stops, then they will be winners. This core went 49-33 on team work and 33-49 the following season because of personal agenda's.

And I know I will get a lot of flack over this, but this team will be better off without BG and Hughes. I do agree that BG is a having a great season and his 20+ ppg is needed, but there is something going on between him and Deng, kind of like a one up each other thing and it's affecting the team.
Before they both turned down similar contracts, they played very well, now it's kind of like i'm going to show you why i'm worth more then you. Deng is already locked into that retarded contract and it will be harder to move him then to just let Gordon walk. And once one of them leaves, the trying to out play each other stops and playing like a team can continue. If Pax can move Deng, then keeping BG this off season should be a priority.
Rod from Tennessee

AOL

#16 Dec 30, 2008
Your line K.C. of "live by the perimeter shot, die by the perimeter shot" says it all. The Bulls are so perimeter oriented that if the shots fall, they have a chance to beat some teams; however, if they're not falling, they can easily lose to any team in the league. Paxson is now in at least his 5th season as Bulls GM, might be more, anyways, how he's not been able to solve the Bulls frontline deficiencies any better than he has is disturbing. Even that ridiculous Ben Wallace signing did nothing to help the front line problems. A good team, is a team that has a player who works on the inside, and can give you points in there whenever the outside game is faltering.
RKA

United States

#17 Dec 30, 2008
Rod from Tennessee wrote:
Your line K.C. of "live by the perimeter shot, die by the perimeter shot" says it all. The Bulls are so perimeter oriented that if the shots fall, they have a chance to beat some teams; however, if they're not falling, they can easily lose to any team in the league. Paxson is now in at least his 5th season as Bulls GM, might be more, anyways, how he's not been able to solve the Bulls frontline deficiencies any better than he has is disturbing. Even that ridiculous Ben Wallace signing did nothing to help the front line problems. A good team, is a team that has a player who works on the inside, and can give you points in there whenever the outside game is faltering.
Pax did have a front line in Chandler and Curry. Curry had heart problems and didn't want to take the DNA test that would have gotten millions with Bulls. my question was, why didn't he take it, did he have something to hide?

Tyson wasn't getting along with Skiles, so he needed a change of scenary for his own good. The signing of Ben Wallace made him expendable. I wasn't to keen on the fact of trading a 7'1 24 year old Chandler for a 32 year old 6'8 Wallace. But the firing of Skiles didn't seem evident then and Tyson was mentally broken down.
Peter

Fabens, TX

#18 Dec 30, 2008
It's about time Noah and the other slackers get serious about their chosen career. He and others have been all together too lazy, out of shape, unmotivated or not aggressive enough.

It is sad when someone blessed with Noah's physical ability and such a fantastic opportunity lacks motivation and drive. So many others can only dream of having his opportunity and how they would capitalize on it if only they had the chance.
techenhance

United States

#19 Dec 30, 2008
Pax is always "one move away" but he never seems to be able to make that one move. Personal agendas were one of many reasons for the collapse after the 49 win season, it's just the easiest reason for people to point to. The other problems were that the players were fed up with Skiles, as admitted by Deng, Wallace, and Duhon. The other thing was those 49 wins made other teams start taking them much more seriously.

Opposing defenses made it a point to stop leading scorers Deng and Gordon. And it was easy, too, because the team had - and has - no offense down low. All they did was clog the lane to curtail the draw-and-kick; kept a tall wing in Gordon's face to bother his jumper; and kept another tall wing in Deng's face to expose his limited offensive game.

The difference is that this year Gordon has found a way to score despite the extra attention. He penetrates and gets to line more often, and Rose's penetration helps, too, no doubt. But Deng hasn't found a way to score against the extra attention and the offense no longer caters to him the way Skiles's offense did.

Pax can identifiy talent, I can't argue with that. But his talented players don't compliment each other. He's got a bunch of pieces that would fit well on other teams but don't fit well together. He's made too many mistakes and passed on too many opportunities to fill holes on this team. It's time to stop defending him.
RKA

United States

#20 Dec 30, 2008
Peter wrote:
It's about time Noah and the other slackers get serious about their chosen career. He and others have been all together too lazy, out of shape, unmotivated or not aggressive enough.
It is sad when someone blessed with Noah's physical ability and such a fantastic opportunity lacks motivation and drive. So many others can only dream of having his opportunity and how they would capitalize on it if only they had the chance.
is this a copy and paste? Lol. But i do agree, he's not doing all that he should and it shows. When he hustles, he makes a difference. And some posters on here (rhymes with Rolex) just think that to be in the NBA you have to have a jump shot. Noah could score nothing and be a major impact by grabbing boards and providing the team with 2nd chance points or just altering/blocking shots with his length.

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