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Recap Chicago Bulls-Boston Celtics

The Bulls and Celtics both blew leads in their Thursday game at the United Center, but the Bulls pulled out the 89-80 win. Kent McDill called it a “game of streaks” and that it was.

The Celtics scored 12 in the first four minutes of the game, but only 68 over the final 44, despite a 22-7 run over an eight-minutes stretch of their 26-point third quarter.

The same Chicago Bulls that gave up those two runs to have the Bulls playing catch-up early blew a 16-point lead in that third quarter was the defense that dominated to allow only 34 points in the other 36 minutes of the game. The help was quick all contest, but recovering to shooters was inconsistent. And, as the Bulls are crafted, the rebounding killed Cs’ possessions to reward the defense.

On the other end, the Bulls Bench Mob had problems converting possessions, but the offensive rebounds turned the contest into a game of keep away. The Bulls out-hustled a Celtics squad uncharacteristically crashing the boards very hard. The Bulls still won those battles to elongate their own possessions and prevent the Boston Celtics from getting into an offensive rhythm for the remainder of the half. Limiting Boston’s touches had them iced to setup a 20-3 run when Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, and Luol Deng returned to the game with Mike James running the offense at the point to relieve the struggling C.J. Watson and John Lucas III.

Doc Rivers still runs the Tom Thibodeau defense in Boston, but with a lot more zone. That made it difficult for the Bulls to get inside without erratic ball movement; and no one knows better than Thibs that this is the only way to get inside against a defense fixated on spacing and strong-side aggressiveness (27 of Bulls’ 30 FGs were assisted). In the second quarter, Mike James and his bigs used the Cs pick n’ roll defense against them by turning it into a three-man game, as the pick setter was simply a tool to handle the ball in the middle of the floor (Boozer: five assists) — instead of being a scorer — and using the defense’s imbalance find the most efficient shot.

As Doc is prone to do, he adjusted to put more balance into the zones, so he Bulls couldn’t simply put the ball in the weak side (James: four assists in 17 minutes) or open up the middle with widespread perimeter ball movement (Deng: ten assists).

The Cs zones also conflicted with their need to rebound the ball well to kill Bulls possessions, so when the ball couldn’t get inside, Bulls ball-handlers used their drives to the hole to open up shooters. The Bulls took advantage by shooting 10-for-21 on 3s — compared to only 17 long-2 attempts (hitting only two), which the Cs defense wants to force at all times because they’re inefficient and easier for helpers to recover for challenges.

The Cs attempted the same, but only went 3-for-15 on 3s (Paul Pierce and Mickael Pietrus combined to go 0-for-7). The only strong stretches for the Cs offense involved a couple of 3s by Ray Allen and defensive breakdowns where Pierce and Rajon Rondo were able to penetrate. Otherwise, Boston was largely pushed to the outside and strong challenges when anticipating 3s forced Cs to step up into the 2-point zone for long-2s — on which they shot 9-for-25 (36%).

In a game of forcing long-2s, the Bulls won — and with that, the game. Forcing the most inefficient shot can backfire when the rebounds aren’t grabbed, as the offensive boards on those shots create very efficient shots. But the Cs don’t have the athleticism to crash the boards on the offensive end and effectively get back on defense, so the Bulls almost made holding the Cs to six second chance points on six offensive boards look easy.

The Bulls’ ball movement added a high risk to the offense, which became 17 turnovers that Boston exploited for 18 points. And though the Bulls knew it’d be difficult to convert at the rim, the ball got there (17-for-32, 53.2%). The Bulls only scored 12 second chance points on 3-for-13 shooting in a game where Boston held them to 39.7% shooting, but the 16 offensive rebounds simply didn’t reward the Cs defense enough. The Bulls’ 34% offensive rebounding rate (ORR) and ten treys at 47.7% negated Boston’s 0.95 points-per-possession D enough to score a full point-per-possession. And enough to reward their own defense for stops and minimize the Celtics’ possessions just days after Boston beat them running the floor.

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Ron Artest Will Be Dancing With The Stars

Ron Artest can dance circles around most other players on court and he is one of the most important players of Los Angeles Lakers, but can he dance? His publicist Courtney Barnes says that he can’t.

But, Ron Artest is about to appear on the hit show of ABC, Dancing With The Stars. Artest and his publicist have made many public comments on how he cannot dance, that in itself will be a major draw to the show. It should be great fun to see the Lakers guard trip over himself executing a Mambo, Cucaracha and following the 1, 2, 3 and 5, 6, 7.

Earlier this summer, Artest himself had said that he plays defense and he doesn’t know if he can dance. Dancing With The Stars is slated to begin on the 18th of September, so it is safe to assume that Artest may not be available for assignments in the near future; as long as he manages to remain on the show with his two left feet, at least.

Artest had plans to play a few exhibition games with the Finland Basketball team called Loima Bisons during the NBA lockout period. This is not likely to happen because Dancing With The Stars is about to begin. Artest was also open to playing overseas with Cheshire Jets of the British Basketball League. Their season starts as September ends and goes on till April next year. Artest had told earlier that he may not be able to join the team until November this year, because of his appearance in the Finland team. Artest sure has a lot of plans on how to wait out the NBA lockout. And Dancing With The Stars seems to top the list.

Hope Solo is expected to dance with Artest. We love Artest, we would love to see him dance even more. We cannot wait for him to start dancing for us. All the best, Artest.