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Chicago Bulls Unleash New Secret Weapon: Tyrus “The Microwave” Thomas

Posted by sportsmaven on March 1, 2007

Well, maybe we’re going a bit overboard on this one, but what a game for the rookie, Tyrus Thomas, who heated up off the bench in relief of PJ Brown to pop off a career high 14 points. I can say the same for the other Bulls rookie, Thabo Sefolosha, who had an even better night, dropping a career high 19 points on the hapless Golden State Warriors (well they didn’t play like warriors tonight) in the Chicago Bulls 113-83 victory. The Warriors started F Kelenna Azubuike, fresh from the NBADL. He may be the poster child for the NBADL as the Bulls allowed Mr Azubuike to hang 23 pts. on them. A shrewd move by Warriors coach Donn Nelson to start Azubuike, of whom the Bulls apparently didn’t get a scouting report. This guy was 20% of the Warriors offense tonight!

Tyrus Thomas Dominates WarriorsThabo Sefolosha Beats Down Warriors
(AP Photos/Nam Y. Huh)

This game looked over after a third quarter push by the Bulls. It looked like neither team really wanted to play the 4th quarter. If they could, the Warriors would have called it a night after three and went home with the whipping from a Bulls team with the personality of Sybill. Adrian Griffin even scored 17 points tonight. He may have not scored 17 points all season.

Lose 2, win 2, lose 2, win 3. This appears to be how the Bulls plan to approach the next few weeks of the regular season, at least until they decide to flip the switch for the 10-1 run into a 6 seed in the Eastern Conference for the playoffs. Maddening inconsistency, that’s our Bulls team motto. Steve Schanwald, this marketing tidbit is on the house, courtesy of the Sports Maven. It’s has to rank right up there with The Playoff Payoff.

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Chicago Bulls Start West Coast Trip – Again

Posted by sportsmaven on February 1, 2007

The Chicago Bulls Struggle Against Clippers. The Chicago Bulls definitely do not like the West Coast swings on their schedule, ever. For years, we’ve experienced the marathon circus road trip in November that usually begins on the west coast. They came home from this year’s version of the circus trip with a 3-9 record and it looks like this 7 game west coast trip has all the trappings of being similar to the circus trip. The Bulls were in LA last night playing the mighty Los Angeles Clippers, who have been underachievers for most of the season, but have been on a bit of a run recently, winning their 7th out of their last 8 games last night. The Clippers beat the Bulls 110-98 at the Staples Center.

Bulls Struggle Against Clippers

Statistically, if you look at the box score of this game, it couldn’t have been any more even, with the exception of free throws, where the Clippers attempted 20 more free throws and made 19 more free throws than the Bulls. (this is a recurring theme throughout the season for the Bulls.) Watching this game on television though, it looked like the Clippers dominated the Bulls. The Bulls were consistently down double digits for most of the night. When they would fight back to close within one or two baskets, the Clippers would go on a run and extend the lead back out to double digits, and that was the real story of last night’s game.

The Bulls sorely missed Ben Wallace’s presence last night, especially in the paint. PJ Brown was just overmatched against Elton Brand and Shaun Livingston played out of his mind in the 4th quarter. He killed Kirk Hinrich in the last 6 minutes of the game, scoring at will and playing tough defense on Capt. Kirk. The Bulls didn’t have a go to player step up in the 4th quarter when they tied the game at 94 with 4 minutes left. The Clips just buried them, providing yet another lesson to the Bulls that they need to finish stronger. (Those Finish signs that are all over the Chicago Bears Miami hotel needs to be hung up all over the Bulls locker room.) The Bulls are in Seattle on Friday, Portland on Saturday and in Utah on Monday. I would be happy if the Bulls split the first 4 games of this road trip and they should if they play up to their ability. Of course, that remains to be seen at times. Inconsistency will prompt me to write a future post on this subject somewhere down the road…..

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