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Chicago Bulls Take The Maloof Smackdown

Posted by sportsmaven on February 9, 2007

Well, not exactly a smackdown directly from the Maloof brothers, but the Bulls were smacked down last night by the brothers prize possession, the Sacramento Kings. The final score of 86-77 speaks volumes on the problems this Chicago Bulls team faces. This was a game that the Kings desperately wanted to give to the Bulls. The Kings built a couple of double digit leads before letting the Bulls right back into the game each time. The Bulls shot 33% from the field, by far their worst shooting game of the season, and still managed to be in the game until the end. The Bulls slogged through 102 rim rattling, clunk sounding brick jobs called shots, thanks to a 21-4 edge in offensive rebounds, and managed to get only 34 of those clunkers through the rim. The Bulls shot an even worse 22% from 3-point land and 45% from the free throw line.

Bulls vs. Kings 2-8-07
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Ben Gordon, the Bulls leading scorer was the biggest culprit, going 3-16 from the floor and finishing with 7 points for the game. The way the Bulls are currently structured, they are a perimeter oriented team. With the loss of Andres Nocioni to injury, there are even MORE of a perimeter oriented team. When perimeter oriented teams struggle with their outside shots, like the Bulls did last night, you must have someone step it up and take the ball to the hole, or the end result will be difficulty scoring. And this is what happened to the Bulls. Ben Gordon, bless his heart, has the mind of a shooter. To his credit, he kept jacking up shot after shot, and 3 of those shots actually went in. But I didn’t see Little Ben go to the rim once last night and that’s a HUGE problem when your jumper left the building with Elvis. In addition, it seemed as though Little Ben carried his offensive struggles to the defensive side of his game, as Sacramento’s backcourt of Kevin Martin and Mike Bibby scored 29 and 21 points respectively.

Great DaneRon Artest

It’s tough to play without an inside game (although Luol Deng had exactly a 20 and 10 night last night) as the Bulls often do the past couple of seasons. When you’re outside game deserts you, and you can’t take it to the rim, then you become the Chicago Blackhawks, or on a more relevant parallel, you are as well fed as Ron Artest’s Great Dane, Socks. Like the wise sage Charles Barkley said last night on the TNT post-game show, “if you can’t score, you can’t win”. I love Sir Charles’ directness and he is right…….

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