Saturday, November 03, 2007

The Joe Green Can Shoot Recap

PopcornMachine, cruel mistress of game flow data, why ruin my day with a record of this game?

I think I'm starting to understand why the Bulls are winless through 2 games. Saving up victories for the upcoming circus trip is an excellent strategy, and why not show some generosity to bottom feeding teams like the Sixers while it's still early in the season?

There's also the possibility that the Bulls forgot how to play basketball over the summer. Again. For the fourth consecutive season. Tyrus Thomas agreed with this theory (twice!) in Hanley's column.
"But we have to play 48 minutes together.''
"I'll say it again: We have to come out (tonight) and put 48 minutes (together)."
Yessir, another 'gelling' period on the way, with few new faces to blame for it. Maybe you can blame Skiles, who yelled for Antonio Davis, Jerome Williams, Linton Johnson III, and Jannero Pargo to come off the bench late in the first. Joe Smith, Andres Nocioni, Aaron Gray, and Chris Duhon reminded Skiles they were the group of limited players who will make up the majority of inexplicable mass substitutions this season, and promptly entered the game.

The overblown doghouse theory went further into the crapper as Tyrus Thomas played 42 minutes and 38 seconds of prolific, protean basketball. Of course Tom Dore and Red Kerr were way more impressed with some Andres Nocioni fist pumpery in the second half, and things even became a mite chippy when Stace criticized the man with the lowest basketball IQ on the planet for watching a Tyrus Thomas pass sail in front of him. Nocioni followed that up with a 15 foot pull up brick on the next fast break. Good thing he's signed through 2027.

Hopefully the Bango Bunch are more out of sorts tonight than the Bulls will be.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Matt said...

Of course Tom Dore and Red Kerr were way more impressed with some Andres Nocioni fist pumpery in the second half, and things even became a mite chippy when Stace criticized the man with the lowest basketball IQ on the planet for watching a Tyrus Thomas pass sail in front of him. Nocioni followed that up with a 15 foot pull up brick on the next fast break. Good thing he's signed through 2027.

The biggest myth about Noc-fever is that he's good at 'the little things'. He's good at big things (shooting), but terrible at the little things, and he makes so many dumb plays a game I doubt he'll ever be a key guy on a championship winner.

The Lakers are interested, the Lakers are interested, the Lakers are interested...

::crosses fingers::

2:44 PM  
Anonymous sbulls said...

I saw it coming most of the 1st quarter. Telling Skiles through the TV to start making substitutions about three minutes before he actually did. So that he was partly forced by his own mismanagement to take 4 starters off the floor at the same time, and play Ben Gordon with the least athletic frontline he could possibly find. Then he does it again in the 3rd quarter only playing Deng instead of Aaron Gray because apparently the team wasn't already struggling with rebounding enough.

So 43 minute with Thomas on the floor = -4. Five minutes off the floor = -7.

And I was thrilled to see King actually assign blame to the Red Bull. Sometimes Thomas's problem isn't actually his own basketball IQ, it's that his own basketball IQ actually surpasses the guys he's playing with.

5:25 PM  

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