Nuggets have done everything right up until now and are locked for a win. Their offense has been clicking far too much for the Bulls to handle. Even if the Bulls caught fire right now offensively, they still couldn't stop/catch up to the Nuggets.
* Force Hinrich to have a bad game - Hinrich averaged 24.5 points and 8.0 assists against Denver last season. Make him turn the ball over and have a bad overall game. He shot 3/11 and scored 8 points with 6 turnovers in his last game.
* Give Carmelo many touches - With Deng uncertain to play, the Bulls might have lost a key defender for Carmelo. Without Deng, a good defender, Carmelo should get more chances to score. He averaged 31.8 points in his last five games against Chicago. A good amount of points from Melo should be expected.
CHECK: Melo is 8/20, 26 points, 13 free throw attempts.
* Play good defense from start to finish - The Nuggets have allowed 94.8 ppg from their opponents over the last 5 games, which they have won all of. The Bulls are averaging 87.9 ppg on the season. On the other hand, the Bulls are allowing 96.4 ppg on the season defensively, while the Nuggets have scored 115.6 ppg over their last 5 games. If the Nuggets play solid defense, this should be a certified win.
CHECK: Bulls are shooting 38% from the field right now and have no 20 point scorers. Camby has 5 blocks, Iverson has 3 steals, Bulls have 13 turnovers. Gordon is 2/14 with 6 points.
Oh, and I said expect a good game on the glass for Camby? He's got 20 boards at the end of the 3rd.
If the Bulls keep losing like this and the Lakers remain decent, it totally removes all the pressure that was on the Lakers to move Kobe to the Bulls. Hell, it may remove Kobes desire to be on the Bulls, as well as lower the value of their trade chips.
Just awful in so so many different ways for the Bulls. Really bad.
I laugh at all of Bulls posts. He seems to think the Bulls sucking will lead to Kobe being a Bull, its really the opposite UNLESS the Lakers totally tank and thats not the case.