Thursday, December 07, 2006

United Center debut

Got to the game well before the 8 pm start on a very chilly Chicago night. Started off with a nice sandwich and a 12 ounce Budwiper, which set me back $12.50.

The crowd was into the game at the tip and the Bulls raced out to an early 15-4 lead. Big Ben set the tone with a nice dunk on the Bulls first possesion, one of many dunks and fast-break layups throughout the game. The Sixers don't excel at playing D.

The excitement seemed to deaden as da bulls were up by 23 at end of the first. Thoughts on six in a row and a .500 record changed to, is Krappy or Malik active tonight, I wonder who's gonna get the garbage minutes.

A.I. got quite a cheer from the youngsters in the upper deck during the intros. And he deserved it. He is unbelievably smooth on offense, once he gets the ball in his hands and starts moving towards the basket, it's over. He pulls up so quickly that it seems impossible to block his shot, and if you're close enough to get a hand on it, he'll blow by you anyway. They wouldn't win 5 games this year without him. Dalembert is a nice big, but other than that, they really suck. Webber is garbage and Iguodala didn't impress me much, but Cheeks is the biggest joke. Du was Iguodala to start the game, so maybe, just maybe, I'd post him up, but not once did they even try.

They really need to blow the Sixers up. If they can get Jefferson, Green and a pick for A.I. they need to do it.

Tyrus looked real good, he just plays faster than everyone else. His breakaway dunk was amazing, I really thought A.I. would catch up to him. Big Ben had some real nice moves in the first quarter, and a monster block in the second half. BenGo
was lights out and Deng just got whatever he wanted. The team certainly seems to be rounding into shape.

The sword swallowing act at the half was really disturbing. I was surprised at how much shit goes on during every timeout. Constant motion of the court; blinky, flashy on the socreboard at all times. I understand that they got to keep the kids and non-hoops fans entertained, but it's hard to focus on the game - from our seats at least. Can Stern please pass a rule outlawing the music during the game!

Robbie Gould (it's pronounced Gold, Frenchy) got the biggest hand of the night when the jumbotron showed him during a time out; it was difficult to cheer the Bulls on earnestly when they were so clearly superior to the "team" they played.

5 Comments:

Blogger Big Sweet said...

I wish I could have been at the UC with you, Coach.

Here are a few stats to stew over.

1)The Bulls have scored 100 in eight straight, the first time since the 72-win campaign of 95-96.

2)82games.com reports that the Bulls still have a -14.4 net on/off court differential when Big Ben is on the floor. Talk about getting adjusted. This has dropped six points in the last week though.

3) The five remaining opponents on the homestand are 40-52. Not one is over .500 (Indiana is 10-10).

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