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Dwight Howard Owns The Bulls Yet Again

Posted by sportsmaven on January 12, 2009

Looking back to the end of 2008 for the Chicago Bulls, specifically the New Year’s Eve matinee matchup against the Orlando Magic, the Bulls lack of a formidible front line is the team’s biggest, most glaring weakness.  Bulls.com blogger Chuck Swirsky comments:

The Bulls need another body to go up against the strongest man in the NBA today. That’s right . Dwight Howard is ” The Man.” His stats tell only half the story. How many shots does he alter during a game?

The problem the Bulls have is that they don’t have a single person on their roster that is in the neighborhood of being able to contain Dwight Howard, much less stop him.  As long as that remains the case, the Bulls will continue to be exploited by teams with strong front lines, with players as capable and talented as Dwight Howard.

The Bulls front line was exploited yet again in a bad loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team with the worst record in the NBA.  The Bulls were outrebounded 59-37.  Bulls C Joakim Noah and PF Drew Gooden held their own, with 11 and 12 rebounds respectively, but the entire front line of the Thunder had 9 or more rebounds and the Thunder PG Russell Westbrook had 12 rebounds.

Memo to Bulls GM John Paxson: please fix that front line as soon as you can.

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