2 words....free throws. if we hit those, we would have won, plain and simple. I think there was a stretch we missed 6 of 8 - that's unacceptable.
We need to have PG on Rose. Hill can easily guard Dunleavy and/or Butler and leave Granger on Deng.
I was glad to see Granger run with the starters. He looked good out there. He hit a couple of great 3s
"So, which one of you guys is going to come in second?" - Larry Bird before the 3 point contest. He won.
Now that I'm calmed down, this was an away game in an environment that was pretty raucous for the entire second half and every time Rose attempted a shot in the first half. We lost this game because we didn't make the free throws we earned, and we were in the game to the end despite playing pretty badly for basically the entire second half. I think this is truly the first loss of the season for our players, even though it doesn't count. You can't try that hard to win and then be unfazed because you lost. It's not human nature.
But because it doesn't count in the standings, only good can come of it. I hope this lights a fire under our guys.
I didn't catch most of the 2cd. half, maybe that wasn't a bad thing. Why so little Granger and Scola?
If the game is being called like it was tonight (not complaining, I thought Rose got hit on most of those calls) and Rose is able to penetrate and get to the line on every possession in the last five minutes, the Pacers cannot beat the Bulls in the playoffs.
On the flip side, if the Bulls entire end-of-game offense is to have Rose drive in the lane, then I don't see how they can beat Miami. LeBron will just shut him down like he did three years ago before the devastating knee injury.
It way too early to be speculating about what would happen if we played these guy in the playoffs. I suspect Lance might be a secret defensive option to stop the Rose Iso late.
Fans from both sides need to calm down. It is still the preseason. Pacers are the better team still IMO. We will be fine when we are playing to win the game and not playing to see what is working and what is not working.
Was at the game tonight.
These referees were PATHETIC. They blatantly were bad the entire game and basically caused foul trouble on PG early in the 3rd to take him out of the game and it ruined us.
What is happening with our free throw shooting? Was it not 2 years ago we were a top 5 ft shooting team?
Granger played within the offense tonight, its unfortunate his calf took him out of the game again. I love the 3 pt shooting he brings to the team.
CJ Watson is still looking pretty bad as a backup PG. If hes not hitting his shots, I'd rather bench him.
Scola looks so washed up at the moment. His mid range shot isn't there, he used to be really good at the pick and pop.
The box score basically says Stephenson had a good game. I honestly dont think he did. He was playing some poor defense and made some awful decisions.
We got into the offense pretty late at times, was hoping we would clean that up.
On the bright side of things, Andrew Wiggins is going to look nice running next to Paul George for the next decade!
"I like our group of people," Ainge told USA Today. "I'm trying to teach them about basketball, and they're trying to teach me about analytics."
There was also a nice couple minute stretch where they kept calling Hibbert "Mahinmi" and OJ "the guard."
I say this not because I hate the Bulls. Really. The Bulls announcers are simply Bush league. I'm surprised they cannot do better than that. Last night was hardly the only example.
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That being said, I hate putting Scola out there with Mahinmi, Solo, and CJ. He should have two "starters" (including DG + Lance) with him at all times.
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This is ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous. Guess we shouldn't watch the team this year, it's hopeless.
We need to bow down to the big markets and know our place.
The Bulls beat the Nets in the playoffs last year without Rose and Deng- they can compete without a full roster. We have known this for awhile.
Get the losing out of their system now. Hopefully they are getting sick of it.