Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 06/07 (2007 Conference Finals)

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Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 06/07 (2007 Conference Finals)

Postby Andrew on Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:29 pm

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Yes, it's back. Thanks to everyone who provided feedback in my "thinking of starting a new Dynasty" thread, after much deliberation I've decided to dust off and continue my favourite Dynasty to date. Just in case this is short lived - and to avoid messing up the voting/inductions - I'm going with a new thread, for the full back story please check out the original one here.

A quick recap of the basic settings:

Season Length: 82 games
Quarter Length: 12 minutes
Playoff Format: 7-7-7-7
Rosters: Originally started with NLSC 05/06 season rosters, with Shawn Kemp added as a free agent (66 overall)
Sliders: Mine
Difficulty: Superstar

2005/2006 Results Overview

Regular Season: 48-34
Playoffs: 16-1 (Won NBA Championship)
2005/2006 Season Stats

2006/2007: The Story So Far

October 28th 2006: vs MIA (116-124 W)
October 29th 2006: @ MIN (119-126 L)
October 31st 2006: vs NJN (114-112 L)
November 4th 2006: vs MEM (118-93 W)
November 9th 2006: @ PHI (116-103 W)
November 13th 2006: @ ORL (106-75 W)
November 15th 2006: vs NJN (122-117 L)

Record: 4-3
Next Game: November 16th 2006, vs New Orleans Hornets

Current Roster

Starting Lineup

C: Tyson Chandler (76 overall)
F: Chris Wilcox (70 overall)
F: Luol Deng (75 overall)
G: Ben Gordon (80 overall)
G: Kirk Hinrich (81 overall)

Bench

F Andres Nocioni (75 overall)
F/G Danny Granger (71 overall)
G Chris Duhon (72 overall)
C/F Shawn Kemp (65 overall)
F/C Nick Collison (69 overall)
G Monta Ellis (63 overall)
F/G Trevor Ariza (67 overall)

Inactive Roster

G/F Steve Smith (61 overall)
G Eddie Gill (63 overall)
G Matt Carroll (60 overall)

Additional notes moving forward

Because I've got all the NBA Live PC art installed, I've decided to run with the various updated jerseys a few seasons early. Likewise, I've changed the Sonics to the Thunder rather than fiddling around and restoring the Sonics art with a new art file abbreviation, so I'm going with the idea that the relocation happened with the sale of the team back in 2006 (everything happening much quicker than it would in reality). Aside from that, it's business as normal, continuing on from before.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:29 pm

November 16th, 2006
New Orleans (80) at Chicago (95)
Bulls win behind strong second half

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The Chicago Bulls rarely looked liked the defending champions in the first half, tentatively trading baskets with the visiting New Orleans Hornets and spending most of the first two quarters trailing. However, a spirited defensive performance in the third quarter quickly turned the game in their favour as they bounced back from a disappointing home loss to New Jersey last night with an impressive 95-80 victory.

Late in the first quarter, Hornets' rookie shooting guard Timothy Washington nailed a three pointer to put New Orleans up 25-22, a lead they would hold through the rest of the first half. A stagnant Bulls offense allowed the Hornets to lead by as many as eight during the half, but the 2006 champs rallied as Tyson Chandler gobbled up rebounds and altered shots in the paint. Second year standout Chris Paul and first overall pick Liu Cotton both found themselves in foul trouble early on, limiting their effectiveness as they played just 27 and 22 minutes respectively. By halftime, the Bulls reduced the deficit to one.

Hard nosed defense allowed the Bulls to recapture the lead in the third, though the game remained close throughout the period with the lead changing twice before Chicago managed to string together a couple of baskets to hold onto a three point leading heading into the fourth. Without Paul and Cotton in top form however, the Hornets were unable to match Chicago's scoring in the final quarter, with the lead ballooning to as many as eighteen as the Bulls aggressively defended the paint, picked off passes and converted turnovers and bad shots into points at the other end. Chandler finished with 17 rebounds including nine at the offensive end, while last season's Finals MVP Ben Gordon finished with 19 points along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Kirk Hinrich finished with 15 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds while making the play of the game early in the first quarter with an alley-oop to Chandler from beyond midcourt. Chris Wilcox registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to go along with three blocked shots.

Brandon Bass top scored for the Hornets with 19 points and had 13 rebounds. PJ Brown had a surprising performance with 18 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double of his own. Cotton scored 14 points on 5/10 shooting including 2/3 from three point range in his 22 minutes of play, while Paul's foul trouble led to a quiet night with just seven points, though he also contributed seven assists and three rebounds.

Notes: The Hornets failed to register a single block in the game. The Bulls tallied five (Chandler 2, Wilcox 3)...Chicago shot poorly from the free throw line, going 11/20 for the game compared to the Hornets 12/14...Chicago won the rebounding battle 48-41 (21-13 at the offensive end)...New Orleans had 19 turnovers to Chicago's nine.

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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Kenny on Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:21 pm

Good to see you start another dynasty (or picking up from where you left off). I love the fact that you have Shawn Kemp and Danny Granger before he became a star. Best of luck (y)
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:18 pm

Thanks. :) Still deciding whether or not I'll make any changes or indeed sim a season or two, but I think I might play at least a few more games. I wanted to play at least one game before I did any simming to see which players I wanted to keep, I'll probably still look to trade Nocioni and Duhon at some point but I'll probably hold onto Gordon and am considering keeping Chandler around as well. I tinkered a bit too much in the offseason and earlier this season as I wasn't quite satisfied with my moves but I'll see how things go, the Hornets game was pretty fun and I'm liking the roster having picked it up again.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Azzdogs on Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:41 pm

The names on your bench are really strong, Ellis, Granger, Ariza. But I guess their ratings are a little different.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:51 pm

Yeah, which is good and bad. It gives me a good young core to try and develop, but knowing how they've turned out in real life it's a bit distracting as it feels like my team is stacked even though their ratings from the old 05/06 rosters aren't that great. I sometimes find myself trying to do too much with players like Granger as they're not quite as dependable as they are these days, but I'm hoping to develop at least one or two of them into solid sixth man candidates or better as time goes on.

November 18th, 2006
Chicago (99) at New York (69)
Bulls embarrass Knicks in MSG

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Chicago's starters hardly broke a sweat as the defending champions cruised to an easy 99-69 victory over old rivals the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. After trading baskets with the Bulls early on, the Knicks seemed to self-destruct, showing little enthusiasm at either end of the court and were booed consistently and mercilessly by an irate home crowd by the time the Bulls starters left the game for good with four minutes left in the third quarter, none of them having played more than 26 minutes.

"Just awful," Knicks coach Larry Brown commented after the game. "We looked completely disinterested out there. No one gave a damn we were being blown out on our own floor. Just unacceptable." Only two Knicks scored in double figures led by Crawford with 18, with most coming in a half-hearted run during the fourth quarter which still failed to cut into Chicago's lead. Ben Gordon led all scorers with 20 points and went 4/7 from beyond the arc. He also had a team high six assists in 26 minutes of play.

New York made a brief run at the beginning of the second quarter to pull within five, but seemed to quickly run out of steam as the Bulls once again pulled away. The lopsided score allowed Chicago's bench ample playing time, with all twelve players seeing court time and more than ten minutes of action. The Bulls' reserves scored 44 points, more than half New York's total points and only eleven fewer than the Bulls' starting five. "Our bench did a great job tonight," said Bulls coach Andrew Begley. "They came in with the same intensity as our starters and took care of business at both ends. Not every game is going to be as lopsided as this one but the way we played tonight gives us a lot of confidence moving forward."

Notes: Both teams combined for only ten free throws. The Bulls were 7/8, the Knicks made 2/2...Chicago outrebounded New York 47-34, including 17-9 at the offensive end...Knicks G Quentin Richardson is still feeling the effects of a strained shoulder. He played just 11 minutes, going scoreless on 0/6 shooting.

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Next Game: November 20th, 2006, vs Boston
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Phil89 on Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:04 pm

Andrew wrote:Yeah, which is good and bad. It gives me a good young core to try and develop, but knowing how they've turned out in real life it's a bit distracting as it feels like my team is stacked even though their ratings from the old 05/06 rosters aren't that great. I sometimes find myself trying to do too much with players like Granger as they're not quite as dependable as they are these days, but I'm hoping to develop at least one or two of them into solid sixth man candidates or better as time goes on.

That's always the risk when playing previous years versions of games or even playing on slightly outdated rosters. It's hard to immerse yourself in the game when you know that players or teams are different to their real life counterparts.

Anyway, nice wins. And good luck against the Celtics :)
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Azzdogs on Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:39 pm

When you rebound like that its almost impossible not to get the win.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:57 pm

Phil89 wrote:That's always the risk when playing previous years versions of games or even playing on slightly outdated rosters. It's hard to immerse yourself in the game when you know that players or teams are different to their real life counterparts.


Agreed, though Dynasty Mode is about creating your own reality so at the same time it's fun in its own way. :)

Azzdogs wrote:When you rebound like that its almost impossible not to get the win.


No doubt. With the CPU's tendency to grab offensive boards and score immediately, it's essential to clean up on the defensive glass.

November 20th, 2006
Boston (79) at Chicago (93)
Granger shines as Bulls defeat Celtics

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Danny Granger led all scorers with 22 points while adding 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals as the Bulls held off the Celtics for a 93-79 win in the United Center. Granger scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Bulls' reserves came up big. Paul Pierce's 16 points topped the Celtics, who fell to 4-6 on the year with the loss.

Perhaps encouraged by their increased playing time two nights ago in the Bulls' rout of the New York Knicks, Chicago's bench was the key to holding off a Celtics team that made a spirited run in the third quarter to cut a double digit lead to just two heading into the fourth quarter. With Ben Gordon struggling and the offense not clicking with the starting five on the floor, Chicago turned to their bench and promptly outscored Boston 22-7 in the first six minutes of the final period. Although the starters would briefly return when a late surge allowed the Celtics to cut the lead to nine, it was Granger and Andres Nocioni who were the heroes of the game with clutch free throw shooting. Both players had emphatic dunks - Nocioni's drawing a three point play - to keep Chicago's lead intact and seal the victory. Granger also played admirable defense on perennial All-Star Pierce, who finished 7/17 from the field and had four turnovers.

Celtics starting point guard Marcus Banks had a miserable night, picking up five fouls in just eight minutes of play, opening up an opportunity for rookie Logan Ashmore to see more time on the floor. Ashmore, the 12th pick in the 2006 Draft, scored only two points in 20 minutes of play but had five assists. Al Jefferson had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Gerald Green contributed 11 points off the bench. Tyson Chandler registered a double-double for the Bulls with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Notes: Shawn Kemp was injured with two minutes remaining in the first quarter. He did not return...Chris Wilcox led the Bulls with five assists...Boston shot better than Chicago (50.7% to 45.8%) and made just one fewer field goal, but shot only two free throws to the Bulls' 21 attempts. Chicago made fourteen from the line.

Current Record: 7-3
Next Game: November 22nd 2006, vs Denver


November 21st, 2006
Bulls C Kemp day-to-day


CHICAGO, IL -- Chicago Bulls' centre Shawn Kemp is listed as day-to-day with a severe elbow bruise. Kemp fell awkwardly after being fouled by Gerald Green with two minutes remaining in the first quarter of Chicago's 93-79 victory over the Boston Celtics last night and although he would return to the bench at the beginning of the second quarter, he did not re-enter the game. He is currently averaging 4.7 ppg and 4.7 rpg off the bench for the Bulls in just under sixteen minutes a game. Last year he started for the team during their championship run, averaging 11.9 ppg and 8.4 rpg in a surprising comeback season.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Martti. on Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:56 pm

Great to see this going again, the best option in my mind. And a great start so far, sucks that Kemp went down.

If the rosters were as of this season, that roster would be way too stacked, especially at the 2 and the 3. But it feels better to develop a player into a star over the course of a dynasty, rather than starting with a star and slowly seeing his contributions decrease.

Good luck and can't wait to see what you have planned for us. :)
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Clutch on Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:17 pm

Andrew wrote:
Phil89 wrote:That's always the risk when playing previous years versions of games or even playing on slightly outdated rosters. It's hard to immerse yourself in the game when you know that players or teams are different to their real life counterparts.


Agreed, though Dynasty Mode is about creating your own reality so at the same time it's fun in its own way. :)


That's definitely the fun and challenge of keeping a dynasty; I love when players who are mediocre IRL get to shine in dynasty mode!

Really awesome you're back up and running Andrew and best choice as well; will be interesting as you gain or lose momentum the more the season continues

Repeat or deplete? that is the question ;)
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:44 pm

Thanks for the comments guys. :) Here's the last game for this evening.

November 22nd, 2006
Denver (104) at Chicago (94)
Bulls rally falls short, Nuggets end eight game skid

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Just 3-10 coming into tonight's game against the Chicago Bulls, the Denver Nuggets hardly look intimidated by the defending champions. Carmelo Anthony scored 17 of his team high 24 points in the first quarter as the Nuggets raced out to an early lead and never looked back, leading by as many as 24 before a fourth quarter surge gave the Bulls one last glimmer of hope before ultimately succumbing for their fourth loss of the season and third in the United Center.

With Melo on fire in the first quarter, the Nuggets quickly established a double digit lead though a couple of baskets by Chris Duhon and Danny Granger towards the end of the quarter cut the deficit to seven. Chicago completely collapsed in the second quarter however, shooting a woeful 24% from the field as they were outscored 21-13. Ben Gordon nailed a three pointer at the halftime buzzer to cut the lead to fifteen but the Bulls' struggles continued in the third quarter as the Nuggets extended their lead and seemed to have the game well in hand heading into the fourth quarter.

Gordon would finish with 33 points as he led a furious Chicago rally in the fourth quarter and behind blistering 73.9% shooting, the Bulls came close to making a comeback as the game wound down, even cutting the deficit to single digits with just under four minutes left. The run would ultimately come up short however as Earl Boykins hit a three pointer over Gordon to put the game out of reach with just under ninety seconds to play. Boykins finished with 15 points and a game high 8 assists for the Nuggets. Kenyon Martin was also dominant for the Nuggets with 14 points and 16 rebounds while Dermarr Johnson added 20 points off the bench. Chris Wilcox finished with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the Bulls, who are now 7-4.

Notes: Denver won the battle of the boards 48-32 (22-12 at the offensive end)...Shawn Kemp missed his first game of the season with a sore elbow. He is expected to return against the Pacers on November 25th...Steve Smith was activated in Kemp's absence but did not play. Trevor Ariza also did not see any court time against the Nuggets...Kirk Hinrich fouled out the first time this season.

Current Record: 7-4
Next Game: November 25th 2006, @ Indiana


November 25th, 2006
Paul Pierce out with broken finger


BOSTON, MA -- Boston Celtics star swingman Paul Pierce is expected to be out at least a week with a broken finger. The injury occurred during Boston's 86-83 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks last night. Pierce finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds but was in visible discomfort by the end of the game. He will likely miss at least a week and will undergo further evaluation on Monday. Pierce is in the midst of another stellar season, averaging 27.5 ppg - good for second in the league this year behind Elton Brand's 27.9 ppg - along with 8.5 rpg, 5.2 apg and 1.8 spg through the first twelve games of the year. The Celtics have struggled however, having won just five games thus far.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Kenny on Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:56 pm

Wow, that Denver side brings back memories. I completely forgot that Julius Hodge was in that game. Nice game by Ben Gordon and it looks like Chris Wilcox is machine in your dynasty (y)
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:02 am

He's been playing pretty well, I reckon I'll keep him around. I recall not being too sure about that acquisition during those first seven games but he seems to be fitting in quite well at the moment.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby #thierry on Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:24 am

Good to see you back Andrew! Loving Granger in this squad. You should consider trading Nocioni for an additional big man if Kemp is on the sidelines for a while. :wink:
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby kb4 on Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:35 am

I will follow for sure. Andrew's dynasties are just classics.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Sit on Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:13 am

Very awesome to see this up and running. About time dude. I will be following. (Y)

Good stuff so far! Go Kemp!
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Cleveland wins on Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:30 am

Another classic dynasty Andrew, any plans like the last time to get rid of Nocioni? Do you plan on making any trades? How about boosting your bench with some three point shooters?
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:39 am

Thierry. wrote:Good to see you back Andrew! Loving Granger in this squad. You should consider trading Nocioni for an additional big man if Kemp is on the sidelines for a while. :wink:


That's why I've got Collison. ;) Kemp will actually be back in the next game, he could've played in the last one but I decided to hold him out as that seemed like the most realistic course of action.

kb4 wrote:I will follow for sure. Andrew's dynasties are just classics.


Thanks, appreciate it. :)

Sit wrote:Very awesome to see this up and running. About time dude. I will be following. (Y)

Good stuff so far! Go Kemp!


Thanks as always for the support Sit. :) Kemp's probably not going to have as good a year this time around but hopefully he'll be a solid backup.

Cleveland wins wrote:Another classic dynasty Andrew, any plans like the last time to get rid of Nocioni? Do you plan on making any trades? How about boosting your bench with some three point shooters?


I'll probably make a trade or two at some point but right now I'm liking the lineup that I have; it's working out a bit better than it was through the first seven games. Nocioni and Duhon are two of the players I'm most open to trading but I'll see how things go over a few more games before I start exploring trade options.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby dare on Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:39 pm

Nice start of the season, are you going to include real draftees? it would be great if that happens
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Clutch on Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:46 pm

wowza... strong game by D. Johnson (DerMarr?) off the bench for DEN; "leading by as many as 24 before a fourth quarter surge" - ouch :(

still, some big games buy a few of your guys (Wilcox/Gordon); hopefully it's just an off night for the champs
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby #thierry on Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:09 am

Andrew wrote:
Thierry. wrote:Good to see you back Andrew! Loving Granger in this squad. You should consider trading Nocioni for an additional big man if Kemp is on the sidelines for a while. :wink:


That's why I've got Collison. ;)


Ah, didn't see him. Great then :D
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby anthony22 on Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:25 am

nice team there,Andrew
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:26 am

Thanks for checking in, everyone. :)

dare wrote:Nice start of the season, are you going to include real draftees? it would be great if that happens


No, I've already gone with generated rookies for this second season so I'll keep it that way.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Phil89 on Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:26 pm

So no Rose or Noah then? :wink:
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby hova- on Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:51 pm

Nice to see you back in the Dynasty business, Drew. Your roster is really decent, Granger, Ellis and Ariza all have star potential as we know now. Still, your roster lacks of a real inside scorer imho. But so far it seems like you come along well without an offensive inside presence.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Kenny on Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:56 pm

any chance of activating Steve Smith? I'm not a big fan of Monta Ellis :lol:
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:13 pm

Phil89 wrote:So no Rose or Noah then? :wink:


Afraid not, I'll have to make do with the players from the 05/06 rosters and the generated rookies moving forward. :)

hova- wrote:Nice to see you back in the Dynasty business, Drew. Your roster is really decent, Granger, Ellis and Ariza all have star potential as we know now. Still, your roster lacks of a real inside scorer imho. But so far it seems like you come along well without an offensive inside presence.


Thanks hova-, glad to see you following along again! I'm definitely lacking a consistent inside presence though Chandler and Wilcox have their moments (they certainly get the job done on the boards) and Gordon's got outside FSS abilities so if need be I can pull out one of the Scorer layups if I need a high percentage shot. If I do end up making a couple of big trades, I'll be looking to add a better post scorer.

badreligionau wrote:any chance of activating Steve Smith? I'm not a big fan of Monta Ellis :lol:


I activated him for the last game when I held Kemp out but ultimately I didn't play him. He's probably not going to get a lot of time this season barring an injury, but it depends if I end up making a deal and whether Ellis continues to get the job done as a combo guard off the bench. So far he hasn't been too bad.

A note about that Nuggets loss: I was actually kind of relieved when it happened as I was worried that I was going to find the game too easy after those other wins. The Nuggets game demonstrated that if I play badly I will lose however, so I'm optimistic that the game will remain challenging without the need for drastic slider tweaks.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Kenny on Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:17 pm

Andrew wrote:
badreligionau wrote:any chance of activating Steve Smith? I'm not a big fan of Monta Ellis :lol:


I activated him for the last game when I held Kemp out but ultimately I didn't play him. He's probably not going to get a lot of time this season barring an injury, but it depends if I end up making a deal and whether Ellis continues to get the job done as a combo guard off the bench. So far he hasn't been too bad.

A note about that Nuggets loss: I was actually kind of relieved when it happened as I was worried that I was going to find the game too easy after those other wins. The Nuggets game demonstrated that if I play badly I will lose however, so I'm optimistic that the game will remain challenging without the need for drastic slider tweaks.


Yeah, I find when I think the game gets too easy, I have my losing streaks due to complacency. It's always nice to know that you have to be on your game to win. Losing frustrates the hell out of me, but it motivates me to keep the story going.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:41 am

Absolutely, it does keep things interesting and reminds you to keep playing hard. I once had a 20+ game winning streak in an NBA Live 2002 Franchise and it was quite a challenge to keep it going. I'm not sure if the game actually ramped up the AI the more I won in an attempt to take me down or whether it was simply psychological and there was just more pressure to keep the streak going or I was getting complacent, but every game seemed harder the longer the streak went.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby NovU on Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:27 pm

That's odd. Didn't know any NBA series game tried to control your win streak by raising the difficulty.

Anyways, I remember simulating first 3 quarters of the game then playing the 4th to keep things fair for the computer. Otherwise I'd have gone on a crazy winning streak like some of people here do. :wink:

Back to the topic, good luck with your Bulls, Andrew. It's always interesting to see the names like Kemp. I'm keeping my eyes on him.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:09 pm

That's the thing, I'm honestly not sure if the game was ramping up the difficulty of the AI to keep things competitive or whether it was just psychological and I was putting pressure on myself to keep the streak going (orperhaps just getting complacent and a bit sloppy as a result). Either way I found the longer the streak went the more difficult each game seemed to be, so whether it was the game doing it or a bit of gaming/sports psychology coming into play I suppose it was quite realistic.

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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Bodz on Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:23 pm

I face similar situations like yourself Andrew when I'm on a winning streak (especially 7 or more). The comeback logic is really strong when they're down by as many as 20. Just a few games ago, I was leading by as much as 25 in the 3rd qtr and then my opponent called a timeout and next thing I know, their shots were all falling while I struggled to make even one. Of course, I can't blame it all on the CPU because I got a little complacent and rested a couple of my starters during that time. Subbed my starters back into the lineup in a futile attempt to take back the lead and win the game but lost by 1. My star player's last shot got the bounce but didn't fall through. So I say it's the AI that's trying to keep the season and the games competitive.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:35 am

I'm not entirely sure that it's in effect from one game to the next in a season and increasing the difficulty as you get on a winning streak, but the comeback logic within a single game can be brutal and NBA Live 06 probably has the most aggressive comeback logic/rubberband AI in the series (NBA Live 10's gives it a run for its money though).
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Bodz on Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:55 pm

Maybe, maybe not. Having played 7 seasons, it gets harder each season to get wins. The CPU players' skills seemed rammed up; defense is tighter and scoring ain't as easy as it was when I first started though.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:58 am

There's other factors as well like Primacy recalculation, player development/decline and CPU initiated trades and injuries (which themselves cause Primacy recalculations) but maybe the game does increase the difficulty to a certain extent. Whether it's the game or purely psychological though, it works in so far as giving us a challenge.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Martti. on Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:14 pm

It's definetely better then Live 2003 where when you were up big, you would miss every dunk in fast break.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:21 am

It's been a while since I played NBA Live 2003 but that kind of stuff does happen in 06 as well.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:07 pm

I've kind of put this to the side as one thing or another has kept me away from it but with all the great Dynasty threads going on right now and a shortage of basketball on TV, I decided to jump back in with another game this evening.

November 25th, 2006
Chicago (97) at Indiana (95)
Bulls escape Indiana with a win

[ Boxscore ]

The Chicago Bulls may have started the night poorly, but they saved their best for last. Despite trailing for almost the entire game, the defending champion Bulls prevailed with a gritty road win over a determined Indiana Pacers team, who led by as many as fourteen after beginning the game on a 13-2 run and withstanding several Chicago runs, before finally succumbing late in the fourth quarter.

Stephen Jackson, who finished with 17 points, celebrated emphatically after hitting a long three to put the Pacers up 91-86 with just under four minutes remaining. His celebration would be short lived however as Ben Gordon answered with a three of his own to cut the deficit to two, then slipped by Jackson for an up-and-under layup to tie the score at 91. After a steal, Kirk Hinrich went strong to the basket for a layup to give the Bulls their first lead of the night at 93-91.

The Pacers were not about to roll over however, as Jermaine O'Neal hit a tough bank shot on a post up to tie the score at 93. Hinrich responded with another tough drive and a layup, followed by a Gordon steal that lead to a fast break which culminated with a Tyson Chandler dunk. Ron Artest then made a layup after an offensive rebound with just under thirty seconds left in the fourth, cutting the deficit back to two and setting up a wild finish.

Chicago ran down the clock but attempted two ill-advised shots, a long rebound off a missed Hinrich three sending a long rebound into the hands of Jamaal Tinsley. Tinsley ran the ball down the court and was forced to heave a shot from 35 feet which just grazed the rim. Artest tracked down the rebound and attempted a desperation putback that came too late and missed hard off the back iron, allowing the Bulls a narrow escape.

"We're thankful to get out of here with the win," commented Gordon, who led the Bulls with 18 points but shot just 8/21 from the field. "We got a huge lift from our bench when were struggling to score in the first half, they kept us in the game. Thanks to them, we were able to make that last run." The Bulls shot just 32% in the second quarter after being outscored 32-20 in the first, before outscoring the Pacers 53-38 in the second half.

Notes: Chicago shot just 7/14 from the free throw line and 2/21 from three point range. The Pacers were 7/18 from downtown...Bulls reserve Danny Granger did not check in until the beginning of the fourth quarter and played just eight minutes, scoring four points...three Pacers reached double digits in rebounds led by Jermaine O'Neal with 13, followed by Jonathan Bender and Ron Artest who eached totaled 10...Jamaal Tinsley and Jermaine O'Neal both recorded double-doubles as O'Neal added 16 points to his 13 rebounds and Tinsley also posted 16 points along with 10 assists.

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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Justine. on Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:37 pm

Wow nice writing there. Nice narrow win over Indy, and it feels great that this dynasty will continue again :D
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:01 pm

Thanks. :)

One more for tonight.

November 27th, 2006
Chicago (105) at Miami (98)
Bulls outlast Heat in see-saw battle

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Kirk Hinrich and Tyson Chandler both registered double-doubles as their Chicago Bulls overcame the Heat in Miami for a 105-98 victory. Hinrich found Chandler early and often as the sixth year centre scored 14 of his team high 24 points in the first quarter. Chandler would go on to grab 16 rebounds and block two shots while Hinrich totaled 17 assists along with 12 points.

Perhaps mindful of their slow start against the Indiana Pacers two nights ago, the Bulls came out determined to put points on the board and traded baskets with the Heat through the first few minutes of the game. They appeared to be pulling away when a couple of layups by Dwyane Wade sparked a Heat run that brought Miami right back into the game. Though the Bulls would maintain the lead through the first quarter break, the Heat made a spirited run at the beginning of the second and led by as many as seven four minutes into the quarter. Chicago did not appear fazed however and battled back to lead by four at halftime.

The third quarter saw more of the same, with Antoine Walker keeping the Heat in the game while Ben Gordon led the Bulls' attack. Sloppy turnovers prevented the defending champions from pulling away from the Heat, though deft hands by the Bulls eventually saw them build a ten point lead late in the fourth quarter. Hinrich tallied eight of his seventeen assists in the final period as he found Chandler and Chris Wilcox with a handful of lob passes along with a couple of shrewd passes to Luol Deng along the baseline. Walker and Gary Payton both hit threes that briefly cut into the Bulls' lead but came no closer than a four point deficit in the final two minutes.

Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 23 points while also handing out six assists. Antoine Walker added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists while Jason Williams contributed 16 points. Shaquille O'Neal had 12 points and 9 rebounds. For the Bulls, Ben Gordon had 17 points but shot poorly from downtown, connecting on just one of six three point attempts. Chris Duhon and Nick Collison both scored 10 points off the bench for the Bulls, with Duhon adding five assists.

Notes: Both teams shot 13/16 from the free throw line...the Bulls were just 2/14 from downtown while the Heat shot 5/12 from beyond the arc...Chicago had 25 turnovers to Miami's 21, but handed out 34 assists compared to 19...every Bulls player scored at least one point...the Heat were the only team to defeat the Bulls in last year's Playoffs, falling 4-1 to the Bulls in the second round.

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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Phil89 on Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:15 pm

Hinrich and Chandler had massive games. Nice job getting a couple of wins in close games. (Y)
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Martti. on Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:18 pm

You have some troubles from beyond the arc, which is odd because when I played with Gordon & Hinrich, they were both deadly shooters from outside, especially from the corner.

Nice to see you back of course! :)
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:29 pm

Thanks for checking in guys. :) Three point shooting has always been a weakness for me in Live, but yeah, I've really struggled the last couple of games.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Kenny on Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:05 am

Nice to see you writing again Andrew. Good to see you were winning despite being shooting woes. Three point shooting is generally a problem for me too. I make a lot, but I'm not the most efficient at it generally. I miss NBA Live 06...
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:16 am

Glad to be back at it in between everything else. Thanks for checking in!

Well, I've decided to make some changes to the roster, for a few reasons. First, even though it's 2006 and some of those players aren't developed as they have since in real life, it's getting a bit distracting having all those "names" on the roster. Second, there are some ex-Bulls I feel a bit more comfortable in trading. Third, some players just aren't panning out and fourth, there's an in-game/story reason that I'll get to in a second.

November 29th, 2006
Bulls complete trade for Boozer


CHICAGO, IL -- The Chicago Bulls announced today that they have completed a trade that will send Chris Wilcox, Andres Nocioni and Danny Granger to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Carlos Boozer. Boozer will not be in uniform for tonight's game against the Washington Wizards.

Nocioni, a member of the 2006 championship team, started five games for the Bulls this season and has posted averages of 9.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 2.0 apg. He has struggled at times to find his shot and was rumoured to have been on the trading block. Granger, acquired from Indiana earlier this season, has not shot the ball well and has seen his court time diminish in recent games. Wilcox, an offseason acquisition, had started eight games for the Bulls while posting averages of 12.7 ppg and 8.7 rpg.

Boozer has averaged 20.6 ppg, 11.9 rpg and 3.6 apg in 14 games for the Jazz this season.

November 29th, 2006
Chris Duhon traded to Toronto


CHICAGO, IL -- Bulls' backup point guard Chris Duhon has been traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for journeyman Mike James, the team announced today. James will not be in uniform for tonight's game against the Washington Wizards.

Drafted by the Bulls in 2004, Duhon was a member of last season's championship team. He has posted averages of 5.7 ppg and 3.4 apg in 14 games this season, including one start. Erratic shooting had seen his playing time decrease this season by nine minutes per game and rumours have persisted since the season's opening week that the Bulls were quietly shopping him.

James, who has played for the Heat, Celtics, Pistons, Bucks, Rockets and Raptors, has since little court time in twelve appearances with the Raptors this season. He is expected to help anchor the Bulls' bench offseason and bolster their perimeter shooting.

November 29th, 2006
Bulls swap Ariza for Korver


CHICAGO, IL -- The Chicago Bulls announced a third trade today, having sent Trevor Ariza to Philadelphia in exchange for Kyle Korver. Korver will not be available for tonight's game against the Wizards but is expected to join the team in Charlotte for their matchup with the Bobcats on December 1st.

Ariza, in his third season and first with the Bulls after spending his first two years with the Knicks, had struggled to find significant minutes in Chicago's rotation. He posted averages of 2.1 ppg and 1.5 rpg, while appearing sparingly in all thirteen games for the Bulls this season. Kyle Korver has also struggled to crack the Sixers' rotation this season but is expected to see more time in Chicago as their main perimeter threat off the bench.

November 29th, 2006
The inside scoop on the Bulls' latest trades


The latest trades by the Chicago Bulls may leave more than a few fans scratching their heads, but it appears there is a method to their madness. Although the defending champion Bulls sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 9-4 record, word has it that there was some dissatisfaction with the performance of the players who now find themselves moving on and the team is confident that they can repeat with the members of the core rotation whose performance has been more consistent, along with the additions of Carlos Boozer, Mike James and Kyle Korver.

Korver's addition certainly makes sense. The Bulls have struggled shooting the three of late and Trevor Ariza's minutes were sporadic and his production inconsistent. Chris Duhon has not shot the ball well and seen fewer minutes as a result; no doubt the team is hoping that James will provide more of a spark off the bench in the backup point guard role. Boozer is clearly the major prize however as he immediately provides the Bulls with a legitimate 20-point, 10-rebound player, something they have lacked since trading Elton Brand for Tyson Chandler in 2001. The team arguably overpaid for him however, sending away Chris Wilcox, Andres Nocioni and Danny Granger; their starting power forward and two of the key forwards in their rotation.

Their willingness to overpay for Boozer speaks volumes about the confidence they have in their new acquisition but also the diminished value of Wilcox, Nocioni and Granger. Granger had not panned out as expected in a sixth man role, often shooting the ball poorly and struggling to fit into the offense. Nocioni and Wilcox were more consistent but were also erratic at times and deemed expendable when Boozer became available.

Chicago has also positioned themselves to have around $17 million in cap space this offseason and may seek to create more cap space with a trade closer to the deadline. Sources indicate that the team expects to once again contend for the championship with their revamped roster then lure a major free agent next year, with the possibility of back-to-back titles being a major selling point. The team will likely try and re-sign Kirk Hinrich this offseason which certainly suggests a further cap clearing trade may be made to maximise their chances of landing a high profile free agent. The team would then likely look to re-sign Ben Gordon and Luol Deng to extensions in the offseason of 2008, which would likely place the team over the luxury tax threshold.

It's an unusual gamble for a defending champion in position to contend for a second straight championship to make, but one they could certainly profit from. If it all pans out, the Bulls will likely have positioned themselves to win or at least contend for championships for years to come.

For the record: LeBron, Wade and Bosh are all free agents in the upcoming offseason. ;)
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Clutch on Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:35 am

nice to see the defending champs once again on the move (Y)

abysmal 3pt-shooting :lol: but what great games by Capt'n Kirk & Chandler v. the Heat!

love the trades to slim down the roster, espec. the acquisition of Boozer; i found it refreshing to interject a little reality with what's going on virtually, even if the dynasty's not in the same calendar season; actually thinking of something similar taking place in mine, though non-committed atm
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Andrew on Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:47 am

Thanks Clutch. :) I think it will be for the best, it also keeps things interesting and bringing a couple of current Bulls on board appealed to me as well. I don't want to overdo it with the trades but I felt a change needed to be made, saw an interesting scenario I could work with and expect I'll be able to see it through, perhaps with just one or two more deals to try and clear a bit extra space if possible.
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Martti. on Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:59 am

Korver should tremendously help your 3PT shooting. (Y)
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Re: Andrew's 06 Bulls, Part 2 :: 2006/07 (November 2006)

Postby Murat on Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:51 am

Good trades...
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