One Bulls’ expert thinks Noah’s regression could have something to do with Boozer’s lack of defense.
As disappointing as Thursday night’s loss is, this is still a Chicago Bulls team that has a lot of potential to contend for NBA Titles for many years to come. But for that to happen, the Bulls need to get league MVP Derrick Rose some scoring help.
Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau won the NBA’s Coach of the Year Award for taking the Bulls from a 41-win team a season ago, and turning them into the NBA’s overall No. 1 seed in the playoffs after racking up 62 wins in the regular season.
Derrick Rose was named the youngest MVP in league history after averaging 25 points per game in the regular season. He’s further proved he deserves the award by averaging 27.6 points per game in the postseason.
The Bulls lost Game 2 of the conference finals by 10 points. But considering that the Bulls shot 34.1 percent from the floor, 15 percent from the three-point line and 61.5 percent from the free throw line, there’s two ways to credit the outcome of the game.
In the Chicago Bulls’ seven playoffs games this season, Derrick Rose has rolled his ankle twice. He’s been good in the playoffs so far, averaging 26.7 points per game, but he hasn’t been his usual self since the injury.
Derrick Rose is expected to receive the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award within a few days. The third-year point guard averaged 25 points per game in the regular season, and an even more impressive 27.6 PPG in the playoffs.
The Chicago Bulls’ 104-99 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday wasn’t the team’s prettiest win of the season. It took 39 points from Derrick Rose and another 18 from Luol Deng to get past the eighth seeded Pacers.
The Chicago Bulls currently have a half-game lead over the Boston Celtics for the top-seed in the Eastern Conference.
There are a lot of reasons to like Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, but his shot fundamentals isn’t one of them.
The Chicago Bulls play in front of thousands of cheering fans. Derrick Rose hears frequent M-V-P chants when he touches the ball. And reserve forward Brian Scalabrine has his name chanted when he enters a game.