Andrew's Chicago Bulls Dynasty - November 2006

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Postby Ruff Ryder on Thu Feb 23, 2006 1:53 am

Wooooooooah! When you said career high I was expecting around 45 or so. :o
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Postby AlwaysWhat,NeverWhy on Thu Feb 23, 2006 3:39 am

60?!?!?!? Good one.
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Postby Anthony15 on Thu Feb 23, 2006 10:02 am

wow!! 60 Points is very good :shock:
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Postby Andrew on Thu Feb 23, 2006 10:11 am

It came fairly effortlessly, too. I don't plan on doing that every game but when I need the points, I know where to go. (Y)
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Postby BOSS on Thu Feb 23, 2006 10:16 am

Holy.
Alot of people are gettin some sick career high numbers.
Props to him. Good luck next game.
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Postby jordan23bond007 on Thu Feb 23, 2006 10:19 am

nice win. gordon's 60 point performance is great.

as for the trade.

i do'nt like to see chandler leaving co'z he is doing great. i think he's averaging double double.

plus he's an inside stopper. you need him down low.
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Postby Andreas Dahl on Thu Feb 23, 2006 10:43 am

Damn Gordon was on fire that game :shock: Great game, great recap, great everything... (y)
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Postby Ezio Auditore on Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:15 am

Wow 60... nice job.
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Postby Andrew on Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:33 pm

November 26th, 2005
Chicago (117) at Houston (120)
Wesley's game winner tames Bulls

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In a furious finish, David Wesley drilled a three pointer from the right elbow with 1.3 seconds left to give the hometown Houston Rockets a 120-117 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Ben Gordon, fresh off a 60 point outburst against defending champions San Antonio, scored 35 points and had 14 assists with just one turnover in 38 minutes but his three point attempt at the buzzer caught the back of the rim.

The end of the game was not without controversy. With the Rockets up 117-115, Shawn Kemp got the ball down low for the Bulls and went up for a layup. Yao Ming appeared to flop in the no-charge area, but Kemp was whistled for an offensive foul, bringing the Bulls' irate coach Andrew Begley to his feet. After Gordon managed to tie the game on a couple of free throws, the Rockets used their last timeout and found Wesley, who nailed a difficult three pointer over Gordon.

Chicago also suffered a blow as Tyson Chandler injured his wrist attempting to block a dunk by Yao in the third quarter. He returned in the fourth quarter but was in visible pain and picked up two quick fouls before leaving the game for good. X-rays were negative but it is expected he will miss some time with the injury.

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The controversial offensive foul on Kemp

November 27th
Bulls coach fined for comments


CHICAGO, IL -- Andrew Begley has been fined $10,000 for his outburst during the fourth quarter of last night's 117-120 loss to the Houston Rockets played in Houston, Texas. Begley was clearly upset with a foul call on Shawn Kemp after drawing contact with Yao Ming in the no-charge area under the basket on a layup attempt. Begley's tirade continued in the post-game press conference where he again criticised the decision.

"Honestly, there's no reason for the no-charge zone if they're not gonna call anything," Begley remarked. "What had been a fine, competitive game has been marred by a serious error in judgement. I don't want to take anything away from David Wesley. He made a very difficult shot and the Rockets earned their victory. But I still feel we weren't given a fair ruling on that play."

Begley is not expected to be suspended for his comments.

November 27th
Bulls lose Chandler for two weeks


CHICAGO, IL -- More bad news for the Chicago Bulls as starting centre Tyson Chandler is expected to miss up to two weeks with a badly sprained right wrist. The injury occurred when Chandler attempted to block a dunk by Yao Ming in the third quarter of the Bulls' loss to the Houston Rockets last night. He would return briefly in the fourth but was clearly bothered by the pain in his wrist and committed two quick fouls before being taken out.

The Bulls have activated Othella Harrington and placed Chandler on the inactive list. Chicago also activated Eric Piatkowski and Malik Allen and placed Jake Voskuhl and Jannero Pargo on the inactive list. It is not known who will start in place of Chandler.

Chandler, in his fifth season with the Bulls after being drafted second overall in 2001 by the Los Angeles Clippers and acquired in a trade for Elton Brand is averaging 13.8 ppg, 11.6 rpg and 2.25 bpg starting all 12 games for the 4-8 Bulls this season.

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November 27th - Tough break


The first thing I did today was apologise to the team for my outburst. Even though we all felt robbed, I have to maintain a cool head out there. Unfortunately a loss like that stings, because we were in control late and blew a couple of opportunities that let them come back and take that 117-115 lead...then David Wesley buried that trey. I also felt like Ben might have been hacked on that last three but I think I've got into enough trouble for my words already.

But we can't dwell on it too long. We're already looking ahead to the Magic, who we'll meet up with on the 29th. Francis is going to make that a tough matchup but I think Ben is up to the challenge.

Losing Tyson is a huge blow. I'm not sure who I'll start in his place yet, but I'm thinking I'll move Shawn over to centre and bring Noce into the starting five. I'm hoping Mike and Darius can give us some productive minutes off the bench. I've also brought Eric and Othella back onto the active list.

Orlando awaits. It's going to be refreshing to play at home again.
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Postby dada on Fri Feb 24, 2006 3:10 pm

Tough loss man.

Is that $10,000 going to charity?
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Postby peaches on Fri Feb 24, 2006 5:16 pm

Good recap there but tough loss. I rather the dynasties that have more writing in them rather then overloaded with screens. Gordon's getting on a roll :D Good luck, nxt game. (y)
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Postby Andrew on Fri Feb 24, 2006 6:04 pm

dadamafia wrote:Is that $10,000 going to charity?


Sure, why not? ;)
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Postby Num33Baller on Fri Feb 24, 2006 7:07 pm

nice... tough loss though. The false no charge area ticks me off too... I got picked up with chandler against nash down there... =\
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Postby Andrew on Sat Feb 25, 2006 6:44 pm

I have to admit, I've probably had it work in my favour sometimes too. But with the advantages the CPU can afford itself, it kind of breaks even.
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Postby Andrew on Wed Mar 01, 2006 3:42 pm

Been waiting a couple of days to post this now...

November 29th, 2005
Orlando (96) at Chicago (126)
Bulls celebrate return to Chicago with impressive victory

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Returning to play on their home floor seems to have worked for the struggling Bulls, who last week lost to the Houston Rockets in the final seconds. Against the Magic, the Bulls looked determined to prevent another losing streak with tough defense and sharp execution at the offensive end. Chicago kept up the pace throughout and withstood a third quarter run to capture the win in their largest margin of victory, 126-96.

Playing without Tyson Chandler, the Bulls got a scare when Andres Nocioni, making his first start of the season, was forced to leave the game in the third quarter holding his elbow. Nocioni however would return in the fourth and did not appear to show any ill effects from the earlier collision. He combined with Shawn Kemp to score 37 points and grab 12 rebounds in an impressive showing for the frontcourt duo. Mike Sweetney also scored 11 points and snared 6 boards playing more minutes in Chandler's absence.

Steve Francis, Dwight Howard and Grant Hill all scored more than 20 points and behind Hill's 10 third quarter points, the Magic seemed to be in position to make an unthinkable comeback heading into the fourth. The Bulls had led by as many as 24 points during the first three quarters, but Orlando managed to whittle the lead down to 12 halfway through the fourth. Chicago was not about to give in though and pulled ahead as Ben Gordon scored 19 of his 40 points in the final period. He also handed out 10 assists, his second straight game with more than 35 points and 10 or more assists. Kirk Hinrich led Chicago with 12 assists to go along with 10 points.

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November 29th - The dream game


Tonight was the kind of win we needed, our first blowout victory of the year. I was much, much happier with our defense tonight. Francis scored 23 but we made him work for it. Hill and Howard had an easier time but I still feel we did a tremendous job limiting the rest of the Magic. I was very pleased with our offense as well. We had trouble in spots but Orlando were determined not to be embarrassed. It did feel like it might be a close one but then came that last explosion. When Ben started nailing those threes, you could tell it took the wind right out of their sails. They stopped attacking and started going through the motions.

Even though Ben was at the front again, I was pleased to see our other guys playing so well. Shawn and Noce were big for us. Mike I thought played great in the 22 minutes he was on the floor. Wes very quietly found his way into double figures with perfect shooting and I liked what Darius did in the few minutes he was on the floor.

The important thing now is to keep this up. We're now 5-8 and looking better than we have done but we're yet to win two in a row. Tomorrow we play the Knicks in New York but if we play like we did tonight I think we might just break that trend.

November 30th, 2005
Nocioni shaken up but won't miss time


CHICAGO, IL -- For a moment it looked like the Bulls would lose another key player last night when Andres Nocioni left the game during the third quarter holding his left elbow after a hard fall in a collision with Steve Francis. The second year forward would return in the fourth quarter however and did not appear to be in any pain as he finished with 18 points and 6 rebounds in the Bulls' 126-96 rout of the Orlando Magic. He is not expected to miss any time and will be available when the Bulls take on the Knicks tonight in New York.

Nocioni is averaging 12.3 ppg and 7.5 rpg in 13 games for Chicago this season. He was signed as a rookie free agent in the Summer of 2004 after teaming with the Spurs' Manu Ginobili to capture gold for Argentina at the Athens Olympics.

November 30th, 2005
Chicago (130) at New York (114)
Bulls make it two in a row

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Ben Gordon scored 34 points, including 24 in the third quarter as Chicago pummeled the Knicks to win two straight for the first time this season. In the first quarter it looked as though Chicago would mimic their performance against the Orlando Magic a night earlier but the Knicks were not ready to concede defeat to early. Led by Quentin Richardson's 17 first half points, New York burned Chicago in the second outscoring them 35-23 despite Stephon Marbury sitting out due to early foul trouble.

Jamal Crawford caught fire during the third, scorching the Bulls from the perimeter and on quick forays to the hoop. Chicago struggled at times but did not look panicked. Gordon, who has been developing a reputation for late game heroics since being drafted by Chicago in 2004 and fresh off a 19 point fourth quarter against the Magic, led a 39 point third quarter for the Bulls with 24 as they charged back and took the lead by the end of the period.

Obviously mindful of the run Orlando made at the beginning of the fourth, the Bulls entered the final quarter full of energy, aggressively pressing and making it difficult for the Knicks to even cross midcourt, once forcing Marbury to step out of bounds during the first couple of minutes. Luol Deng, who had been struggling the last two weeks, scored at will finishing with 19 points in his first game as a reserve this season. Crawford would finish with 31 points but the game had been decided by the six minute mark. With three minutes remaining the Bulls cleared their bench, cruising to an easy 130-114 victory.

Coach's Diary
November 30th - On the right track?


It wasn't as dominant as the last game, but we performed well when we needed to and ended up with another easy victory. I was amazed how little energy the Knicks had in that final quarter. I guess they ran out of steam by the end of the third, when we started to take over again. They were pounding us for a while there, even if the deficit wasn't too bad most of the time. Our defense wasn't as good in this one but our offense more than made up for it. I can live with that. I'd rather see our D get much better but so long as we can simply outscore our opponents that will work for the meantime.

Luol played a fine game off the bench, leaving me wondering whether he's coming out of his slump and should be back in the starting lineup soon, or whether he'll be more effective off the bench. Mike responded very well to getting the starting nod so I'm not sure I'll make a change just yet. Noce was again huge with 19 and 6. He's doing well at both forward spots.

We've finished November on a high note, winning three of our last four including a couple of routs and the victory over the Spurs. I'm hesitant to say we're on the right track but it's looking a lot better for us. It's important we find a way to win while we're down a starter so we can come out even stronger when Tyson returns. Chances are he might be out a little longer than the original estimate of two weeks.

December 1st, 2005
Sixers' guard out with back spasms


PHILADELPHIA, PA -- According to Sixers' team doctors, Andre Iguodala is expected to miss up to two weeks with a back injury. Iguodala has been suffering from back spasms after an awkward fall during a practice session. He managed to play 38 minutes in the Sixers' 90-89 victory over the Boston Celtics scoring 14 points but looked uncomfortable and was reportedly in a lot of pain after the game.

Iguodala has been averaging 17.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.5 apg and a sixth-best 2.31 spg so far this season.
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Postby Ezio Auditore on Thu Mar 02, 2006 3:19 am

Nice wins Andrew (Y)
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Postby Andrew on Mon Mar 13, 2006 11:50 am

November 2005 Recap

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Record: 6-8 (Fifth, Central)

December 1st, 2005
Bogut, Paul named Rookies of the Month


The Milwaukee Bucks' Andrew Bogut has been named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month after averaging 15.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 4.1 apg and 1.64 bpg during the month of November. The Australian native was drafted first overall by the Bucks after a standout career with the Utah Utes.

Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets garnered Western Conference Player of the Month honours after posting averages of 15.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 4.9 apg. Paul was selected fourth overall out of Wake Forest in this June's draft and leads all rookies in steals with an average of 1.86 per game.


December 1st, 2005
McGrady and James tops in November


LeBron James took home Eastern Conference Player of the Month honours for November, while Tracy McGrady was the best in the West. James averaged an amazing line of 29.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 6.7 apg, 1.29 bpg and 2.57 spg while leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 12-2 record. McGrady's Rockets were 9-6 as he averaged an impressive 29.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 6.6 apg and 2.13 spg. T-Mac and LeBron rank second and third respectively on the scoring leaders chart this season behind Ben Gordon at 32.1 ppg.

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Postby Blasphemy on Mon Mar 13, 2006 11:52 am

Gordens a beast. Nice dynasty so far (Y)
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Postby Dee Rip on Mon Mar 13, 2006 11:56 am

Love the dynasty and love the league leader screens, ur last in central standings, have to change that hope ya do.
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Postby Andrew on Mon Mar 13, 2006 1:58 pm

Another update. :)

December 2nd, 2005
Chicago (104) at Boston (88)
Bulls continue to roll

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Ben Gordon and the Chicago Bulls appear to be finding their way after a rough start to the season. The second year guard scored 32 points including 10 in the final quarter to give Chicago its third straight win in convincing fashion. The Bulls captured the lead late in the first quarter and would not trail again.

The Celtics were bothered throughout the game by foul trouble. Both Ricky Davis and Paul Pierce picked up two quick fouls in the first half and were forced to take a seat. Boston's reserves performed admirably, answering a Bulls run in the second quarter to cut the deficit to two with under a minute left. However, Gordon nailed a three pointer at the halftime buzzer to give Chicago a five point advantage at the break.

Davis returned in the second half and looked to make up for lost time. Held scoreless in the first half, he scored 12 points in the third but the Celtics fell further behind as the Bulls found themselves getting a lift from Andres Nocioni, who finished with 14 points. Davis did however throw down two monstrous dunks over Shawn Kemp which caused a buzz in the Boston crowd.

But the Celtics would be unable to close the gap in the third as Gordon returned to cap off a splendid game in which he also had 4 rebounds and 6 assists without a single turnover. Pierce finished with 18 points on 9/23 shooting as Boston dropped its second straight game.

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Coach's Diary
December 2nd - Coming together


I still wouldn't deem it a perfect game but this contest might have been the best so far. Ben shot well and led us with 32 but the attack still felt much more balanced at least amongst the starting five. Even though the last two games have been prolific shootouts where we've gunned down our opponents this felt like a truly fine performance because of the way we managed to hold the Celtics down. I felt we responded very well defensively when they tried to make their runs in the second half.

I'd still like to find a way to get Luol involved more offensively. He had ten attempts but a few of them were quite tough. We were happy with his contribution of 7 points and 7 boards. I'd also like to find a way for Chris to be more effective, I know he's better than his numbers indicate. Mike had a nice game and Shawn was a turnover away from a perfect 30 minutes on the floor.

We were joking about Ricky's dunks after the game. Shawn commented than ten years ago he would've been on the good side of the poster. I suggested that ten years ago he might have been able to get into the stratosphere and block the attempts. He laughed. It's good to see Shawn enjoying the game again. I know this year has been very gratifying for him so far.

Bad news about Tyson though. Seems like the initial prognosis was somewhat optimistic, he's expected to be back later than we originally thought. Hopefully we'll be able to get by without him until he's ready to return.

Detroit's up next. Word is they'll be without Sheed though so we might have caught a break there. That will be a real test for us but after the win over the Spurs a couple of weeks back it would seem nothing is impossible for us at the moment.

December 3rd, 2005
Trio of Eastern forwards to miss time


In a wave of misfortune, Detroit, Indiana and Philadelphia will all be without their starting power forwards.

The Pistons' Rasheed Wallace is expected to miss a week with a strained achilles tendon. Sheed has been averaging 15 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 2.2 bpg so far this season but the Pistons have struggled, going 7-7 so far this season after losing to the Spurs 4-3 in the 2005 NBA Finals.

Indiana suffered a huge blow when it was announced that Jermaine O'Neal may miss up to a month with a broken toe. O'Neal, averaging 26.5 ppg, 10.9 rpg and 2.3 bpg so far this season, missed more than 30 games last year for his involvement in the brawl in the Pacers/Pistons game last November as well a shoulder injury. Indiana has a record of 8-7 so far this season.

Chris Webber is also expected to miss up to two weeks with a broken finger. Philadelphia is already shorthanded having lost Andre Iguodala to back problems earlier this year. Webber has posted numbers of 18.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 4.4 apg in 17 contests this season. Philadelphia is atop the Atlantic Division at 10-7.
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Postby Blasphemy on Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:00 pm

Nice win, Gordan did great. Keep up this dynasty.
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Postby Andrew on Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:48 pm

I'm getting back into it (finally), should hopefully be able to keep up the thread a bit more. Once you get 10 games into the season it starts to get more interesting, the slow start has given me a challenge that I haven't always had so that helps as well.

(19000th post, by the way. :))
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Postby Gator on Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:02 pm

Wow, amazing work! Congrats on the 19000. :chug:
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Postby Andrew on Mon Mar 13, 2006 4:56 pm

December 3rd, 2005
Detroit (150) at Chicago (153) 2OT
Bulls survive in double OT thriller

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Somehow, someway, the Chicago Bulls found a way to topple the Detroit Pistons and defend their homecourt. After opening the first quarter with an impressive 34-15 effort against the defending Eastern Conference champions, the Bulls lost their touch and saw their lead dwindle to single digits. Chauncey Billups gave the Pistons the halftime lead and after a 41-31 outburst in the third, Detroit appeared to have the game well in hand. In reality, it was only beginning.

Chicago mounted a furious fourth quarter surge behind Ben Gordon and Andres Nocioni, who became the tenth pair of teammates to score 40 or more points in the same game. Nocioni's career high 44 and Gordon's 46 also topped the mark set almost ten years ago by Michael Jordan (44) and Scottie Pippen (40) during the Bulls' historic 1996 season. Gordon scored 16 of his 46 in the fourth and Nocioni chipped in 12 including the dunk that knotted the game at 108.

On the next play, Billups nailed a three pointer but Ben Gordon answered with a trey of his own at the other end to tie it up at 111. After the game reached a tie at 117, the Pistons had the final shot but Hamilton's attempt was short, leading to the first overtime.

Chicago appeared to have control early but the Pistons quickly rallied and the teams engaged in a shootout throughout the extra period. With the score tied at 133 the Bulls held for a final possession after collecting the defensive rebound and calling timeout with 22.5 seconds left. Detroit's defense was unyielding however and Gordon's three pointer missed hard off the back of the rim sending the game into a second overtime.

Weariness appeared to be setting in for the Bulls as they struggled early in the second overtime and it looked as though the Pistons may finally prevail. Once again it was basket for basket maintaining the tie until Billups hit a three to give the Pistons a 142-141 advantage. Both teams continued to answer the call until finally the Bulls led 151-150 with 8.8 seconds left.

Detroit called a timeout and found Tayshaun Prince, but he rushed his release and the shot missed to the right. The Pistons had been relentless on the boards all game, outrebounding Chicago by 9 for the game and coming up with 20 offensive boards. This time, veteran Shawn Kemp came up with the key defensive rebound for the Bulls forcing the Pistons to commit the intentional. Kemp then made both free throws finishing with a season high 28 points. With no timeouts remaining the Pistons failed to attempt a final shot, allowing Bulls players and fans alike to breathe a collective sigh of relief as Chicago finally emerged victorious 153-150.

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December 3rd - Exhausting


Now that was a marathon game, especially at the end as we weren't subbing much. This is our hardest earned victory...I'm not sure about it being the most enjoyable but we sure earned it. Chris did a great job playing the entire fourth quarter and the first overtime. I knew it was a risk bringing Kirk in cold but I felt we needed the extra scorer out there.

Ben and Noce are the real heroes though. Their combined 90 points is simply amazing. Truth be told, I preferred the way in which we won the last game (against Boston) but we needed every single one of those 90 points tonight. That was crazy.

I couldn't believe our luck after we blitzed the Pistons in the first quarter. Part of me thought it might turn out to be a pretty easy game after all but they haven't made the Finals the last two years by accident. They made us work for everything after that first quarter. Dyess stepped into the starting lineup and simply burned us for 34 points in addition to abusing on the boards with 14 rebounds.

A lot of skill and a lot of luck. That's what won this game for us. But since we've got the win, now we can enjoy it.
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Postby JohnA20 on Mon Mar 13, 2006 7:11 pm

Nice match, that was awesome
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Postby Moop_Moop on Tue Mar 14, 2006 1:08 am

Wow.

I've been reading this dynasty for a while now and I figured I'd finally post to say... WOW! This is easily my favorite dynasty.

Anyways, crazy win against the Pistons, and it'll be nice to see if you can catch the playoffs. Go Noce!
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Postby Andreas Dahl on Tue Mar 14, 2006 8:01 am

Amazing game and a great win (y)

Nice to see Kemp with such a solid performance, didn't think he still had it in him..
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Postby Ezio Auditore on Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:55 am

Warriors 13-4 :) Great job in this last games Andrew, congrats on the 19000th (man that's a milestone :P)
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Postby Andrew on Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:07 pm

Thanks for the comments. :) It sure was a crazy game...a very well earned victory. All the CPU's cheating couldn't get the job done. :lol:
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Postby Mark. on Tue Mar 14, 2006 6:49 pm

Some great wins there andrew (Y)
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December 5th, 2005
Dallas (118) at Chicago (121)
Bulls late rally seals fifth straight

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Chicago's winning ways continued against Dallas after a fourth quarter charge led by Ben Gordon gave them their fifth straight win. Both teams had six players in double digits in the high scoring contest, with Nowitzki and Gordon leading all scorers with 31 apiece.

The game appeared to be heading towards an overtime during the fourth quarter shootout when the Bulls tied the game at 109 with just over three minutes remaining, but with Jason Terry's three pointer giving Dallas a one point advantage the teams began trading the lead on each possession. After a timeout, Gordon made a layup with 23 seconds left to put the Bulls ahead for good. After Nowitzki's 15 foot jumper came up short, the Mavericks sent Andres Nocioni to the foul line where he sank both free throws. With no timeouts remaining Dallas raced up court and found Josh Howard for a three point attempt that was off target.

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December 5th - Really starting to roll


Tonight was another big win for us. We're up in the top eight in the East, we're a game about .500 and we didn't fold when Dallas took a couple of big leads. I was a lot happier with the scoring distribution compared to the Pistons game. We'll take a win however we can get it but we'll win more this way. I didn't go too deep tonight but I had to go with the lineup that was working almost the whole way. There wasn't much of a window for giving the starters much rest.

This Friday will be a special night. Scottie Pippen's jersey retirement ceremony. I'm looking forward to being a part of such a special occasion. Hopefully we'll be able to cap it off with a win as well. But first we've got the Orlando Magic on the road. They're 3-14 but we can't afford to be complacent.

December 7th, 2005
Chicago (142) at Orlando (145)
Magic snap Bulls' streak

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The Bulls were unable to extend their winning streak to six as the Orlando Magic triumphed in spectacular fashion Wednesday night. Steve Francis scored 31 points including 13 in the fourth quarter as the struggling Magic narrowly avoided blowing a 23 point lead instead holding on to defeat Chicago by three.

Orlando was impressive from start to finish, capitalising on early foul trouble to Ben Gordon and Andres Nocioni. The Magic scored 36 first quarter points and followed up with 42 in the second quarter for an amazing 78 first half points. Chicago would rally in the third quarter and continue their run early in the fourth behind Chris Duhon, who finished with a season high 30 points and 13 assists.

However, Chicago had no answer for Dwight Howard who simply abused the Bulls' big men inside scoring on 18 of his 23 field goal attempts which included an array of powerful dunks. He was also a beast on the boards with 8 of his 11 rebounds coming at the offensive end. Seven players scored in double figures for the Magic led by Howard's 39.

Chicago held the lead for a possession in the fourth quarter but Francis swooped to the hoop for a couple of dunks, drawing a foul for a three point play each time. Forced to foul in the final seconds, Chicago had a chance when Deshawn Stevenson missed a free throw but Nocioni unknowingly called a timeout when the Bulls had none left. Francis sank the technical free throw and the Magic ran out the final two seconds for the victory.

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December 7th - Stopped in our tracks


Tonight's loss was disappointing, plain and simple. We had a really good run there in the second half and might have taken it if not for a couple of critical turnovers and shooting fouls. But the fact of the matter is Orlando should not have been able to score 78 points in the first half. After the way we were able to stick with teams like Detroit and Dallas, we shouldn't have been run over like that by the Magic.

But, the season is still young and these things will happen. We were able to put together a five game winning streak and we're not doing too badly at .500 given our start to the year. Chris played a fantastic game, I hope we can continue to see great things from him. It's a matter of finding him that 25-30 minutes per game without taking productive minutes away from Ben and Kirk. If it didn't leave us so small, I'd be inclined to run the three of them together more often.

Lakers are up next, with Pip's jersey retirement ceremony at halftime. I'm hoping we make it a great night.

December 9th, 2005
LA Lakers (115) at Chicago (135)
Bulls rout Lakers as Pip is honoured

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It was a night of celebration for Chicago. After retiring Scottie Pippen's famous number 33 at halftime, the Bulls proceeded to dominate the Lakers in the final two quarters emerging with a 135-115 victory. Chris Duhon made his first start of the season and scored 15 points in addition to dishing out 10 assists and grabbing 3 rebounds.

The altered lineup did not appear to be working in the Bulls' favour in the first quarter however. Los Angeles took advantage of having the bigger team by crashing the boards and feeding the post, jumping out to an 18-8 lead early on. The Bulls eventually found their rhythm but Kobe Bryant's 11 first quarter points helped the Lakers maintain a seven point lead at the break. The two teams matched each other's total in the second quarter keeping the deficit at seven.

During the halftime ceremony to honour Pippen, several former Bulls players appeared including Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and Horace Grant. Phil Jackson also took part in the festivities and spoke warmly of Pippen's leadership and abilities on the court. Michael Jordan called Pippen his "brother" and lauded his former teammate's accomplishments. Finally, an emotional Pippen addressed the crowd, thanking them for their support. He also praised Jordan and Jaxson, calling Jordan "the greatest ever" and thanking Jackson for helping him be the best Scottie Pippen possible.

Perhaps inspired by the moving ceremony filled with tributes, the Bulls poured in an amazing 50 points in the third quarter, led by Gordon and Kemp with 10 apiece. The Lakers could never quite recover and the starters were pulled with 7 minutes remaining in the fourth as Chicago cruised to an easy 20 point victory. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 40 points but was unable to get the Lakers back into the game after the third quarter blowout.

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December 9th - What a night!


Tonight was extremely gratifying. It was an honour to be a part of Scottie Pippen's special night. It was very emotional to watch his #33 be unveiled alongside Michael Jordan's #23 in the rafters of the United Center. It's difficult to sum up what Pip meant to this franchise back in the 90s in just a few paragraphs. This is a fitting tribute for a great person. It was great to see MJ speak so highly of his former teammate and for Pip to return to the compliment referring to MJ as the greatest to play the game. It was great to see the former Bulls out there honouring Pippen. And the crowd reaction was simply fantastic.

I think we rode that into the third quarter. I couldn't believe it when we scored 50 points but that's just how hot we were. It may not have been pretty the whole way but we got the job done and we avoided any kind of troublesome fourth quarter run by the Lakers in the fourth. Another fine game from Chris, Ben was Ben and it seemed everyone came to play tonight. The experiment with the small lineup was costly in the first quarter though. I'd really like to run that more often but it may be problematic as a starting five. We're just giving up too much size. But I'll definitely run it more often and try to get Chris as much PT as possible. He's really playing well right now.

Shawn scored 20 points VERY quietly tonight. That's been the way all season though. When he scored 28 in the Pistons game he seemed to do so effortlessly and very much under the radar. I think that works to our advantage. Obviously we won't shoot this well every game but I really liked the shot distribution tonight. The Orlando game was a disappointment but it's clear we're not going to let a loss here and there rattle us.

I'm glad we were able to win this one so easily, it's the first of a back-to-back and right now I'd feel a lot more comfortable if we can string a few more wins together. Washington poses an interesting challenge. With Jeffries playing in the backcourt this year we're at a clear size disadvantage. We'll have to try and counteract that with quickness and cunning. The way we've been playing the last couple of weeks, I'm confident we can rise to the occasion.
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Postby Dee Rip on Thu Mar 16, 2006 12:09 pm

damn it was good while it lasted, how u can beat detroit but orlando came outta nowhere, and lakers comes up ahead by 20, but gosh 50 pts in the 3rd incredible but nice try to win, gud luck next gamez (Y)
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Postby Ezio Auditore on Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:59 am

Great job there Andrew... high scores.
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Postby Andrew on Fri Mar 17, 2006 9:43 am

I know, I'm still trying to bring down the scores. It'd be easy if I reduced the quarter lengths but I prefer to play the 12 minute quarters.
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Postby Andrew on Fri Mar 17, 2006 1:36 pm

December 10th, 2005
Chicago (127) at Washington (116)
Wizards fall at home

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Washington's fourth quarter run came up short as the Chicago Bulls moved two games above .500 for the first time this season. Chicago once again prevailed with a balanced attack, boasting seven players scoring in double digits led by Ben Gordon's 24. Chris Duhon had another fine game off the bench with 18 points and 9 assists in just 20 minutes.

Chicago led early in the first quarter and held a 10 point advantage at the break. They held the Wizards at bay during the second quarter but fell victim to a ferocious charge led by Gilbert Arenas and Chucky Atkins in the third, leading by only three heading into the fourth quarter. Tough inside defense forced several missed layups by the Bulls allowing the Wizards to recapture the lead.

It would be short lived however. Chicago soon regained their composure and took a seven point lead with four minutes left. The Wizards would not come closer than five the rest of the way, eventually falling 127-116.

December 11th, 2005
Tyson Chandler set to return against Heat


The Chicago Bulls will get a welcome lift when Tyson Chandler returns to the lineup against Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat on Tuesday. Chandler, who has started 12 games for the Bulls this season averaging 13.8 ppg, 11.6 rpg and 2.3 bpg, has missed the last eight contests with a sprained wrist. It is unknown whether he will start upon his return to action.

Chicago placed guard Jannero Pargo on the inactive list to make room for Chandler. Pargo has appeared in 7 games for the Bulls this year averaging 1.3 ppg.

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December 12th - Challenges ahead, Tyson's return


Another good game against the Wizards. Balanced attack, strong response to their runs and once again a great job of closing out. A couple of days rest and some good news about Tyson; he's ready to go. I'm not sure if I'll start him just yet as Noce and Luol have been playing well and Shawn's done such a great job filling in at centre. I'll see how he performs though. He's said there's no pain and he looked good at practice.

I'm expecting the Miami game to be tough. I have feeling we might be using up a lot of fouls on Shaq and Wade will likely punish us as well. I'm wondering who that third guy will be. J-Will and Toine are scoring in double figures and if their outside shot is falling in addition to Shaq's inside force and Wade's wizardry it's going to be tough. They're 28th in the league in turnovers as well, so we'll likely have to play a near-perfect game to get the better of them right now.
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Postby Andrew on Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:26 pm

December 13th, 2005
Miami (120) at Chicago (115)
Heat spoil Chandler's return

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Tyson Chandler had an impressive return to the Bulls' lineup with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks in 31 minutes off the bench but the Heat triumphed 120-115 thanks to 40 points in the fourth quarter, including 17 from Shaquille O'Neal who finished with 41 for the game.

Gerald Fitch started in place of the injured Dwyane Wade, scoring 18 points, grabbing 3 rebounds and handing out 6 assists in 35 minutes. Miami were without Jason Williams for all but 18 minutes due to foul trouble, but J-Will still came up big. He scored 16 points including the three pointer that gave the Heat the lead for good in the final two minutes.

It was O'Neal who punished the Bulls throughout the game though, having his best quarters in the second and fourth, scoring 13 and 17 points respectively. Chandler's presence altered many shots in addition to the four he caught but there was no stopping the Diesel down low. Even though the Bulls once again had 7 players score in double digits they were ultimately unable to overcome Shaq's outburst.

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December 13th - Tough game


I had forgotten Wade was out with injury. As it turned out the rest of the Heat gave us enough trouble. Tyson looked good out there and gave us a really good 31 minutes but Shaq's just too big, too powerful. We had Shawn on him some of the time and we tried to double as often as possible but when Shaq gets the idea he's going strong to the basket...well, you know the story by now. I would've liked it if we could've put him on the line more often since he was only 3/6 for the game.

We gave up those ten extra points in the fourth though, we really didn't play too badly. A couple of lapses here and there, Shaq being Shaq and a couple of bad plays. That's all it takes to throw a game like this away.

I'm not quite sure what I'll do as far as the starting five is concerned yet. I'm not sure who to have coming off the bench as the spark plug since we've got three guys who can probably fill that role at the moment. I'm thinking I should start Tyson because of the size advantage he gives us. We forced a lot more misses inside when he was on the floor. I might experiment over the next few days to find out which lineup would be best to come out strong at the beginning of the game without leaving the bench too weak.
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Postby The X on Fri Mar 17, 2006 10:15 pm

Forget everything else for a minute as I pay homage to Scottie :bowdown: :bowdown:

although most people never understood at the time, but Scottie was easily my favourite Bulls' player....I even had a Bulls hat with #33 Pippen embroidered on the side....everyone liked this guy named MJ....sure he could jump, sure he could dominate, sure he was clutch, but he wasn't Pip :P

nice homage to him Andrew (Y)
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Postby Andrew on Fri Mar 17, 2006 10:21 pm

MJ hater! :P Just kidding. Even though MJ's my favourite all-time player, Scottie's an extremely close second. The 90s was a great time to be a Bulls fan, and an NBA fan in general. But I'm developing an affinity for the new crowd too. :)
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Postby Jugs on Fri Mar 17, 2006 11:14 pm

Tough loss against teh Heat, nice Pippen tribute (Y)
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December 14th, 2005
Chicago (110) at Toronto (119)
Bulls stumble against Raptors

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Chicago dropped its second straight as Toronto finally got the upper hand on their former division rivals. The Bulls have had the advantage, having won every game since the two teams completed a deal during the 2003/2004 season that featured Jalen Rose and Antonio Davis at the forefront.

The Bulls may have more to worry about than the loss however. Kirk Hinrich left the court during the third quarter after a collision with Chris Bosh and appeared to be in great pain. Although he would return, he was clearly still bothered by pain and was unable to spark a run for the Bulls, who dropped a three point lead heading into the fourth and were out of sync throughout the final six minutes. Toronto took advantage and closed out strong taking the game 119-110.

The Raptors played only 7 players and relied heavily on its starting lineup, all of whom played more than 40 minutes. Jalen Rose burned his former team throughout the game finishing with a season high 39 points. Chris Bosh had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the fourth quarter alone, totalling 30 points and 20 rebounds on the night. Rookie guard Jose Calderon scored 22 points and dished out 9 assists. He also hit a three from his own backcourt to close the second quarter.

For Chicago, six players scored in double figures but they were outscored 37-25 in the final quarter. Ben Gordon led the way with 26 points. Tyson Chandler had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in his second game back from injury.

December 15th, 2005
Bulls guard to miss up to two weeks


CHICAGO, IL -- Bulls starting point guard Kirk Hinrich is expected to miss up to two weeks with an injury to his neck and shoulders. Hinrich was shaken up on a collision with the Raptors' Chris Bosh in Chicago's 119-110 loss to Toronto last night. Hinrich is suffering from neck spasms and discomfort in his shoulders. While the injury isn't as severe as first thought, Hinrich will not be available for action until the Bulls face Cleveland on Boxing Day.

Kirk Hinrich has started all 22 games so far for the Bulls. He is averaging 15 ppg, second best on the team, in addition to 2.4 rpg, a team high 1.27 spg and 8.1 apg, fourth best in the league. He led the league in November with an average of 9.4 assists per game. Jannero Pargo will replace Hinrich on the active roster.

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December 15th - Not so good


Tyson's return hasn't gone so well so far but it's hardly his fault. We've just not played well when we need to the most in these last couple of games. The stats are there but the stops are not, and the shots aren't falling when we need them. We had some very lacklustre stretches against the Raptors and we did little to stop the bleeding.

We got some bad news after the game about Kirk's injury. Even though he played through it, he's not in great shape right now. He's suffering from neck spasms and a lot of pain in his shoulders from that collision from Bosh. Chances are he'll miss up two weeks. The way Chris has been playing lately he should be able to step up but we'll still miss Kirk.

Tough times ahead.
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Postby Dee Rip on Sat Mar 18, 2006 5:34 pm

Kirk Hinrich's injured HA! i mean wow, lol good luck playing 2 weeks without your playmaker, and terrible loss.
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Postby Moop_Moop on Sun Mar 19, 2006 12:00 am

Dee Rip wrote:Kirk Hinrich's injured HA! i mean wow, lol good luck playing 2 weeks without your playmaker, and terrible loss.


Chris Duhon. He's been playing great lately, and I think he can easily fill the void. This also gives some other guys a chance because you'll need to make up for that lost scoring.

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Postby Andrew on Sun Mar 19, 2006 9:15 pm

Dee Rip wrote:Kirk Hinrich's injured HA! i mean wow, lol good luck playing 2 weeks without your playmaker, and terrible loss.


I probably shouldn't have even played that game, I had other things on my mind...I pretty much deserved to lose that one, the way I was playing I should've lost by a lot more. Hinrich's injury will at least make things interesting. I've found ways of using Duhon more effectively though so it might not be so bad.
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Postby Mark. on Sun Mar 19, 2006 10:51 pm

Gutted boutthe injury, but its a chance to give other players a chance
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Postby Andrew on Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:08 pm

I'm not sure about having Pargo being the first option backing up point guard...I've played Gordon at point guard in spurts but I need him to be fresh and foul trouble is an issue as well. Not much I can do, no cheap point guards available and it's not really worth making a trade for a five game stretch. Still, wouldn't hurt to have some more depth there anyway.
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Postby Ezio Auditore on Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:03 am

Andrew wrote:It'd be easy if I reduced the quarter lengths but I prefer to play the 12 minute quarters.


Yeah me too, I only play 12 minute quarters only. Nice job in the last games. (Y)
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Postby Anthony15 on Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:06 am

Tough losses there, even though I think u could have won against the raps!
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Postby Andrew on Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:55 am

I really should've won that game, I played rather poorly. Can't even blame the comeback code for that one, my head just wasn't in the game.
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Postby wade4325 on Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:50 am

sorry if i missed them. hav u posted your sliders yet?
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Postby Andrew on Mon Mar 20, 2006 12:33 pm

No, I haven't.
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