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Note-A-Bulls: Wade and Co. drop second straight to Rose and Noah in return to the UC

Tonight the home team Chicago Bulls lost to the New York Knicks 117 -104. It was the return of former Bull stars Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose to the United Center, and they did not disappoint.

Derrick Rose showed flashes of his old self, scoring 15, with an incredibly high 11 assists and 7 rebounds. He kept the turnovers down for the most part as well, only committing 3 turnovers. Noah also had 16 points and 9 rebounds.

But the real story of the night was the faceoff between Knick’s bigman Kristaps Porzingis and the Bull’s Dwyane Wade. Porzingis, someone who new Knick’s coach Jeff Hornacek has been clamoring his team to give the ball to, had 27 points and 5 rebounds. He hit four 3s, and was 10 for 15 overall.

On the other hand, Dwyane Wade has this newly found skill in his game. It’s called the 3 point shot. Fans and analysts alike came into this year complaining that the Bulls had no spacing to be found in their starting 5. Coming into the game, Wade had been 5/12 from 3, giving him a percentage north of 40 on the season. Very surprising for a guy with a career 28.6 percentage from 3 point land.

Well the Bulls have found their spacing, and his name is Dwyane Wade. Tonight he scored 35 points along with 10 rebounds, as Chicago seemed to out rebound New York all night. Wade was 5 for 7 from 3, bringing his yearly totals from deep to 10 out of 19, nearly completing 50 percent of his shots from 3 point land.

Even though playing much better transition defense than the Knicks, the Bulls were not able to carry over a 2nd quarter run, as the Knicks outscored the Bulls by 14 in the second half.

Each member of the Knick’s starting 5 had at least 15 points. (The bench only scored 17.) Shooting 52 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3, everything was going down for New York.

The Bulls shot 44 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3, a poor showing against such a poor defensive team. Butler had 26 points, hitting 11 for 11 from the line. Mirotic had a strong second quarter where he had 10, but ended up scoring only 14 for the night off the bench.

Chicago out-rebounded New York 42 to 29 – the combination of Gibson, Lopez, Mirotic, and tonight even Wade, gives the Bull’s a fundamental advantage over teams that have low shooting performances. (Which tonight the Knicks unfortunately did not.)

NOTES –

  • Derrick Rose flashed some of his talents of old. This finish right here is something pulled straight out of his MVP season.

  • Also, his 3 turnovers were the result of him driving and doing that insanely stupid jump pass. It looks cool in highlights. It helped him rack up 11 assists against a poor defensive team on the perimeter. But at some point, he’s going to have a game in which he shoots 4/15, has 5 turnovers from that jump pass alone, and he gets pulled in favor of Brandon Jennings.
  • This is random – Kyle O’Quinn off the bench in the high post was very intriguing – a few times he was able to hit a 16 footer with ease. With that Knick’s second unit (or really the lack thereof) I expect that to be a bright spot going forward.
  • Carmelo Anthony. Oh joy. Carmelo Anthony is one of the league’s best and most talented isolation scorers. Tonight he showed that off, scoring 25 on 9 of 22 shooting. However, when watching this Knicks team, his play almost seems detrimental at times. Hornacek was brought in to New York to speed up the offense. Run the fastbreak. If a suddenly enlightened Carmelo decided he would push the ball, run the floor, and play defense, he’d get better and more open shots. It would make the Knicks a million times better. Will that happen? No. But it’s what will hold the Knicks back when push comes to shove come playoff time.
  • Kristaps Porzingis needs the ball more. He needs to be taking more than 15 shots a game. His ability to stretch the floor, play big against guards in transition, make him a monster offensive threat. Some of his playmaking and decision making skills need refined. But Hornacek loves him for a reason. He will be the pulse for that team.
  • Doug McDermott has really developed into an efficient offensive player. He can put the ball on the floor with multiple ways to get to the basket, as well as displaying his deadly 3. Even though he won’t be able to start because of his defensive inefficiencies, he will be one of the league’s best scorers off the bench. Count on it.
  • Nikola Mirotic is another guy exactly like McDermott – his ability to stretch the floor and drive to the hoop make him very valuable, starter potential at some point. However, his lack of quickness on the perimeter make him a small 4. He’s able to rebound very well, however, so at some point don’t be surprised if Hoiberg often runs a small lineup with Gibson and Mirtoic as the two bigs.
  • Christiano Felecio is the definition of a dark horse player. His ability to be the primary ball handler on top, a la Joakim Noah, as well as play excellent defense down low and on the perimeter, will get him valuable minutes with the second team, and he showed that tonight as well.
  • Up Next: The Chicago Bulls play at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the Indiana Pacers Saturday the 5th 6:00 PM Central Time.

 

 

BULLet Points: Knicks spoil Bobby Portis Night

  • Back-to-backs are always tough, especially when the second game is on the road. You can almost always bank on a loss, even when they are the better team otherwise. This was very much the case tonight, as the Bulls dropped to 15-10 on a 107-91 loss to the Knicks. Not only had the Bulls played last night at the United Center against the Pistons, but they went through four overtime periods only to lose in the end. They got to New York very late in the night, and that showed as their very fast start in the first quarter faltered rather quickly.
  • Because of the late night, Pau Gasol stayed home in Chicago to rest, pushing Joakim Noah into the starting lineup. Gasol had played 48 minutes on Friday night, but that wasn’t the most on the team (Butler played 55 and Rose 54). Noah was the catalyst for an early surge in the first quarter, but even he couldn’t provide the energy to push them to maintain that lead for very long, as they were down 25-18 by the end of the first quarter. Noah finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, but had a +/- for the night at -15.
  • #FreeBobbyPortis. It’s been a fun meme so far this season, but tonight was the first time we saw Portis get any sort of significant minutes. This happened, of course, because Gasol was not even in New York, but Portis may just have played well enough to earn a few more minutes going forward. He had only appeared in four games prior to tonight and had racked up a total of 26 minutes, but against the Knicks he played just under 23 and made them count. Though he was a -3 for the night (his defense is more than a bit shaky), he was second in scoring to Noah with 20 and grabbed 11 rebounds. His three turnovers were costly, but he provided a couple of three pointers late in the game that in other circumstances might have sparked a resurgence.
  • Unfortunately, the Bulls just looked too worn out. This showed in the lack of crispness on their offensive screens and plays as well as the transition defense. They didn’t shoot particularly well overall, but especially from deep (23.8%). Nikola Mirotic, for instance, made just one shot all night, and was 0/5 from three point range. He had been having a better stretch of games on offense, but the last two nights have not been kind to him. Doug McDermott struggled mightily too; the Bulls later announced he would not return with a sore knee. Hopefully it’s nothing big.
  • This was the first time I have been able to really watch Kristaps Porzingis, and he is definitely something special. I can only think of perhaps a handful of players I have watched who are as tall with that kind of athleticism. I don’t want to be hyperbolic, but he might even be the only one. At 7’3″ he moves and has the athleticism of someone 7 or 8 inches shorter. I was most impressed with his movement on offense, ball handling, and passing. It’s too early to tell, of course, but Rookie of the Year talk might not be totally out of line.
  • Along with Porzingis, the Bulls defense could not figure out Carmelo Anthony (+14, 27 points), and Arron Afflalo (+22, 18 points). Anthony especially played well off of assists from Porzingis and Jose Calderon. The Knicks are floating near .500 now, but they have the makings for a team that can make things interesting down the stretch.
  • Coming up: the Bulls play next on Monday night, when they will return to Chicago to play the 7-19 Brooklyn Nets.

Steve’s FanDuel Winner 12/28/14

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Steve’s FanDuel Winner: Christmas Day 12/25/14

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Is My Fantasy Basketball Season Over in November?

The world might be ending.

As each day of the early 2014-2015 NBA season passes, I’m beginning to believe that my chances for repeating as league champion are dwindling.

Yes, I’m that asshole who abandoned his own strategy and outfoxed himself.  Like any giddy champion, I’ll admit that I thought my competitive advantage would last a little longer. Needless to say, this tactician might have miscalculated.

So what exactly went wrong?

Simply put, I didn’t get my guy.  Year in and year out, I go for the one guy to build my team around.  While most of my friends believed it to be Anthony Davis, the one who knows me the best (a certain other writer on the site) kept on pushing the price up.  That guy is James Harden, and that shrewd asshole is Jacob Bikshorn.  Bicky spent a “ludicrous” $110 out of his $230 budget on Harden and in hindsight was probably worth every penny.  Meanwhile, I like any savvy trader, knew my risk tolerance and decided to go with Plan B (insert your own joke).  Unfortunately for me, drafting Carmelo Anthony for $80 may have aborted my lofty expectations for the season.

Fully considering the risks of drafting Anthony (ie. new triangle offense, new coach, pressures to live up to expectations), I thought Melo would have more swag than what he’s showed early on.  So far in the early season, Anthony is averaging 19.5 Points/4.0 Rebounds/4.3 Assists on 38% shooting.  Hardly world-beating figures and only good enough for 2.64 on the League Player Rater (around 5 or 6 is pretty good, over 10 is phenomenal).

What most concerns me, however, is the drastic drop in free throw attempts.  “Everyone” knows that FTAs (in Free Throws Made as opposed to FT% leagues) is the key ingredient to having a great team.  In my opinion, it’s one of the most sustainable and game-able statistics. So far, in six games this season, Melo has attempted 4.8 FTAs compared to 7.7 FTAs for his career. That’s nearly a 40% drop.  While I’m sure his numbers are likely to rise over the course of the season, that shit is pretty significant and will unlikely regress fully to the mean. I’m banking on the return of Jose Calderon to the starting lineup to get the ball rolling in a positive direction.

Meanwhile, Mr. Bikshorn is sitting pretty with Harden and his career-high 11.7 FTAs and you see why I’m kinda freaking out.  To make matters worse, my NBA-parallel in life DeMarcus Cousins is no longer on my own squad and currently kicking my ass in this week’s H2H matchup. (Editor’s note: Jake is perfectly content with Steph Curry ($101) and Blake Griffin ($80)).

Nevertheless, I’m still optimistic about prospects for grinding out the season. The likes of Goran Dragic and Paul Millsap have to come around eventually and I’m gonna ride the Donald Sloan and Tony Wroten train as long as possible.  I have a couple advantages going for me: 1) the ability to manage the volatility of the waiver wire more effectively than the competition (I trade stocks as my full-time work so I’m constantly in the loop of information) and 2) roster flexibility that allows me to add and drop nearly at will. These advantages have held up in the past, so I’m banking on them big time down the stretch.

The world may not be ending, but I’d lying if I told you that I don’t think the roots of this year’s fantasy squad might be fundamentally flawed from the get-go.

Thanks for the read and have a good one,

-Steve