Originally Posted by ReturnofJPR
At least Hibbert can rebound and block shots plus he's over 7 feet tall. ATL doesn't have anyone like Jeff Foster. There is no one that will make Rose think twice about driving the paint on. That's why I am glad the Bulls got ATL instead of Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic plus the huge rebounding disparity.
If the Hawks start Horford at Center, the Bulls will probably out-rebound the Hawks by 15-20 boards per game and Rose will average 15-20 Free throw attempts as well. The Hawks are small. They finished 28th in the NBA, out of 30 teams, when it comes to rebounding. You can't change their roster now and try to prop it up to make it look more intimidating than what it is. The Hawks are what the Hawks are. And now they are weaker without Hinirch. And Hinrich is someone Bulls fan know better than any other fan base. Captain Kirk can guard any perimeter position and do it well. He will be missed.
Hinrich has a ton of big game and playoff experience. Teague...what is this is his 1st postseason start? The guy played 7 total minutes in the entire last series and he got 90% of those minutes in the Game 5 blowout.
Teague can't finish around the rim, much like Westbrook. But that is the only thing Teague has in common with Westbrook. I can see Drew starting Teague but pulling him after 5 or 6 minutes and then going with Crawford the rest of the way.
If there was ever a series where Derrick Rose drops 50 points in 1 game, it is this series. I am thinking it will come in the game after he gets his Most Valuable Player award (so Game 2) but it could come tonight.
Zaza is not only the same but is much better than Jeff Foster.
i agree the loss of Hinrich (maybe for the first 2 games from what i am hearing will hurt the Hawks) but i think they will surprise you. The Bulls were not that impressive in the first round and yet the Hawks were, actually it had to do with orlando imploding a bit more but the Hawks are a solid team because they are much more experienced in the playoffs than the bulls are.
im not expecting teague to start. he doesnt deserve to start. Crawford will start and will see lots of playing time. I also expect Marvin to guard Rose. except for the Rose/Deng matchup and probably the Bench matchup, every other matchup kind of favors the Hawks. its not that lopsided as you think it may be. it will be a hard fought series.