Hornets held to 35 pts in the second half by Bulls league top defense. Rose wins the PG battle just like he did last game v. D-Will. Good first half by Hornets.
Game On: Bulls @ Hornets
Matchup: Bulls(35-16) @ Hornets(33-22)
Off Efficiency: Bulls 103.3(18th), Hornets 103,4(17th)
Def Efficiency: Bulls 97.1(1st), Hornets 100.1(5th)
After a tight win on the road in Orlando last night, the Hornets get to return home and take on the up and coming 2000-2001 Philadelphia 76ers.Â Err . . wait, I meant Chicago Bulls.Â
Okay, maybe the parellels aren’t the exact same.Â Rose isn’t quite Allen Iverson in his ball domination, and Carlos Boozer, when he plays, provides a bit more scoring than anyone on that 76ers team – but it’s still a decent analogy.Â Â Why?Â Because that 76ers team got by on tough, hard-nosed defense supplemented by a primary, not particularly efficient scorer.Â That scorer was lionized and treated like NBA royalty, despite being the equivalent of what I like to call a “Scoring Role-Player”.
This Bulls team is the same.Â The star is their defense, which allows them to have a greatÂ efficiency margin of +6.2 points per 100 posessions despite a middling offense.Â The scoring role-player is Derrick Rose, and the lionization of him has been swift and over the top.
The key point is this game is going to be a defensive bloodbath, and whichever team manages to struggle their way to justÂ a little bit of offense is going to win tonight.
Bulls: Noah remains out.
Hornets: Okafor remains out.
PG: Derrick Rose v Chris Paul
Before most of you flip out, we need to address a few things.Â I call Derrick Rose a scoring role-player, but that in no way makes him bad.Â He’s got a lot of scoring skills and a good enough court vision to make him extra dangerous(and exciting) going towards the hoop.Â He excels at putting in points, and he’s explosive.Â What’s more, for this contrast, it matters how a player has been playing recently, and Chris Paul has been slower than usual over the past five games and has had trouble staying in front of quick players like Monta Ellis – and Rose – all year.Â Yes, I fully expect Paul to run the Hornets better than Rose runs the Bulls, but you have to think about the eventual end-point of that.Â Paul will generate regular, wide open shots for Willie Green, Trevor Ariza, David West, and Aaron Gray.Â Rose will generate a shot for himself – or run a pick and pop with Carlos Boozer.Â Given those sets of finishers, is Paul or Rose more likely to generate more points?Â It’s hard to say.
SG: Keith Bogans v Willie Green
Wow.Â It’s not often that Willie Green is more productive than his counterpart, but in this situation he is.Â Bogans plays for his tough defense, and I fully expect Willie to not look like he did last night as a result.Â Still, Bogans is so abysmal offensively he can only get 17 minutes a game and both Willie Green and Trevor Ariza are more efficient scorers.Â Ouch.
SF: Loul Deng v Trevor Ariza
I’m a big fan of Deng.Â His length makes him a great defender, and he’s got enough offensive talent that he will contribute efficiently enough every night.Â He’s paid like a star, and he’s not one, but he’s still a good player.Â In essence, he’s kinda what I wanted Ariza to be.Â Alas, the Hornets forward’s offense consists of bad threes and worse shots at the basket in traffic.
PF: Carlos Boozer v David West
Usually I give Boozer the advantage over West, but Carlos hasn’t yet figured out his spots in Chicago and his classic efficient scoring hasn’t arrived yet.Â As a result, both he and West are about equal as scorers, West tops Boozer as a defender, and that only leaves rebounding.Â Looking at the season numbers, Boozer has him, but that’s only if you ignore what West has been doing since Okafor has gone down.Â West has picked up the load and been pulling down 13 rebounds over the last five.Â Attaboy, Fluffy.
C: Kurt Thomas v Aaron Gray
Again.Â Wow.Â Kurt Thomas has been an undersized center his entire career, getting by on savvy and tricks to make his way in the league and still be a solid contributer.Â Though he’s playing better than he did last year, he’s still not what he once was, and though his mid-range shot is still there, his rebounding has crashed and burned.Â On the other end, Gray finishes his shots at a high rate, and rebounds like a monster despite his defensive problems.Â If he could stop turning the ball over at a bottom-20 worst rate, he’d be a good backup center.Â I’m not really holding my breath about that though.
Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, Taj Gibson, CJ Watson, Omer Asik vs
DJ Mbenga, David Andersen, Jason Smith, Jarrett Jack, Marco Belinelli
Here’s where the Bulls gain a major advantage over the Hornets.Â Other than CJ Watson, this bench is about as solid as they come.Â Asik and Gibson are great defenders with moderate scoring ability, as is Ronnie Brewer, who would start for the team if he could shoot from deep.Â Kyle Korver is the designated shooter, and has re-found the shooting stroke he misplaced in Utah.Â Jack is typically bad against tight defenses, but the Hornets do have some hope that Andersen and Belinelli, who have looked solid off the bench, could mitigate this disadvantage some.Â Oh, and maybe Marcus will play and have one of those explosive games he puts together twice monthly.
Again, not holding my breath.Â About the explosive game – or the thought he might play.
Enjoy the game!
'QueenBee' ... I wasn't saying that Chris Paul shouldn't "...be mad at the other PGs" ... I was saying that he really "...can't be mad at the ranking of (1) Steve Nash, (2) Deron Williams, (3) Derrick Rose, (4) Russell Westbrook, (5) Rajon Rondo, and then (6) Chris Paul â€¦!" He gets offended when people tell him that he isn't the best Point guard in the league anymore. He has to play like it in order to earn that title. L_REAZY
Anybody have any idea if Demps will make a move in the next 2 weeks? How much will it mess with chemistry? Is there even any chemistry to mess up? LOL!
Marcus had it going tonight. But of course when I thought he should be in the game, he wasn't. I've said before that Monty still doesn't know how to ride his hot hand.
I'm gonna say it. Monty's dumb*** decision to put in Marco in the 3rd quarter probably cost us this game. How Marcus has that first half and is still the 3rd SG in the 2nd, I really have no clue. SMH.
that was a bad decision, not to put Marcus in, but didn't cost us the game. We lost the game because right now they are a better team.. Their bigs are too good compared to our subs, they played great D and get some offense going thanks to that D. They didn't miss their FT. So IMHO they showed they are a better team right now.. But give us 'Mek and a little more offensivly from CP3 and we will see. I know that they haven't Noah, but Kurt Thomas+Asik+Gibson >>>>>>>>>>>> our sub bigs. Expecially when their guards and their SF are bigger then ours.
Chicago's D was amazing. Give credit to them. Without Mek we couldn't get any second chances so not surprising we scored a low amount of points. Move on to the next one.
Hornets left way too many points at the ft line tonight. I haven't checked but is Ariza a 50% ft shooter? Because he always misses 1 of 2.
I think more like 70ish, but yeah free throw shooting was atrocious tonight. The Bulls, on the other hand, only missed 1.
wow ... a game that was winnable. CP3 sort of let me down tonight, and he really can't get mad at: (1) Steve Nash (2) Deron Williams (3) Derrick Rose (4) Russell Westbrook (5) Rajon Rondo (6) Chris Paul ... ... Injured or not prove us wrong Chris if you disagree!!! L_REAZY
You should change the ranking to: 1) Rose 2) Williams 3) Nash 4) Westbrook 5) Rondo 6) Felton 7) Parker 8) Wall 9) Evans 10) Paul Now that sir is a list.
But we've been came to the conclusion that CP is no longer as good as those guys so why does he have to prove anything? We've already come to the conclusion but for some reason you guys keep looking for 07-08 CP3. Your'e just setting yourself up for disappointment. CP is on the tier with Steph Curry, Darren Collison and Mike Bibby.
I wasn't saying "don't be mad at the other PGs" ... I was saying that he really "...can't be mad at the ranking!" He gets offended when people tell him that he isn't the best Point guard in the league anymore. He has to play like it in order to earn that title. L_REAZY
you forget the defensive side, CP3 is best-defensive pg in the league imho.. Offensivly, i agree with that ranking right now
willie with his usual stupid-and-destroing-momentum-bad-shot. Last game he wins the game with a shot like that, today it was usual Willie Green
Near the end of the 4th quarter, Hornets down 5 - this would be a superb time for CP3 to step up. Umjussayin...
"The value of Trevor Ariza" so true !!!! If WG is not doing anything special in the next min bring MT back!!
Belinelli, Smith, Andersen, & Banks = trade bait for Jamison! Inconsistent man look at their stat line. The only thing consistent about their stat line is that it looks similiar to the other's! L_REAZY
The easiest way to lose a lead is to get to the line and miss constantly... There is no reason that we should miss 11 free throws through 3 quarters.