It didn’t take long to see the wisdom of John Paxon’s wheeling and dealing at the deadline, The Bulls soundly beat the Orlando Magic (their possible first round playoff opponent) 120-102 Tuesday night. What was more impressive is how they did it. They controlled the game. They controlled the tempo and ran Orlando out of the game. They dominated position by position, even holding their own against the best center n the league. Here’s how it broke down:
- Dwight Howard 26 points 12 rebounds
- Tony Battie 4 points 1 rebounds
- Total Orlando Magic 30 points 13 rebounds
- Joakim Noah 14 points 8 rebounds
- Brad Miller 9 points 7 rebounds
- Total Chicago Bulls 23 points 15 rebounds
It is evident they played the strength of Orlando’s team to a wash. Orlando’s point guards had 20 points and 7 assists, while the Bulls’ point guards had 28 points and eight assists. The big difference was the shooting guards had 14 points for the Magic to 20 from Ben Gordon. John Salmons contributed 11 points at both guard and forward adding to Luol Deng’s 10 to outgun Turkelou’s 16 points. The Bulls power combo of Thomas/Thomas outscored the Magic’s power forwards 28-12, whose likes include their 120 million dollar man Rashard Lewis.
It is evident that it was a total team effort, with John Salmons as a swingman making up for Luol Deng’s deficiency and pushing him to fight for his playing time. If this game is an indicator of things to come, the Bulls may even go higher than the eight seed. They now have a real team with real depth, and some of that magic “inside presence” at least playing other teams bigs to a draw. That is a formula for success. Now if we can just build the right attitude…….
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I don’t have enough good things to say about John Paxon. A true professional, unlike the writers who denigrate everything he does. I love how he got rid of all the dead weight on the roster (except for Deng, dang it) and kept the up and coming running youngsters. I have been hoping and praying to see Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah getting some playing time together for an extended period on the court together. Scott Skiles didn’t do it and HE GONE!!. Jim Boylan didn’t do it and HE GONE!!. I really believe one of the requirements of the job for Vinnie DelNagro was to play these guys and develop these guys to run the floor with Derrick Rose. It is now not only possible, it will have to happen or the team will be earning the first pick on merit, not ping pong balls. Imagine getting three players for Larry Hughes! Imagine getting two starters on an NBA team for four players who rarely leave the bench (except for Nocioni). I liked Drew Gooden, but he and Nocioni caught the Larry Hughes “jack it up before someone on our team gets under the basket for a rebound” disease. I can now envision a lineup of Rose and Salmons at guard (against some teams Rose and Gordon) with Kirk and Ben rotating in. I see Tyrus, Joakim and Deng or Salmons on the front line with Miller and Tim Thomas rotating in, with Aaron Gray around to hack the bigs that can’t shoot free throws on t he other teams. NOW we have a ROTATION. And as a bonus, we got a first draft choice for Thabo Sefalosha!
If all the writers that bitch about the team Paxon built had to do it with the draft choices he had, I guarantee they would not have the team we have now, which will make the playoffs. Name me a player drafted after Noah that is a star. Tell me who we should draft instead of Derrick Rose? And I believe Tyrus Thomas is a star in the making, now that he discovered he can’t rely on the 20 foot jumper. Patience is all that is needed and Paxon proved by these trades that he has it and it will prove to be his greatest asset
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Forgive A-Rod? After all, he said he’s sorry?
I love these stupid and gullible people who just dismiss cheating just because someone “admits” to what is only obviously part of the story.Where does that leave the non cheaters who made millions less and will never see the “hall of fame?” because their numbers looked mediocre beside the cheaters’ numbers? Where do they get their due?
The sheep who are now saying this are just as immoral as the cheater trying to get away from the scrutiny. And by the way, ESPN is way beyond that in “coverage ” of this story. All they want is someone to blame and excuses for their not doing their homework by covering something other than the Red Sox until something big happens in New York. No investigation. Just wall to wall quotes on crawlers about how sorry A Rod is. And 24 hour repetition of their scoop interview. But at least it gives us a break from their NFL fixation.