Word on the Street: Bulls most cost-effective NBA team

Word on the Street: Bulls most cost-effective NBA team

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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Bulls spent their money wisely

According to a new Forbes survey, which calculates efficiency of NBA teams by looking at team payrolls and number of regular-season wins, the Bulls are the most cost-effective team for the 2010-11 season. The Oklahoma City Thunder were behind them, while the Toronto Raptors got the least bang for its buck. (usatoday.com)

Blackhawks blindsided by Canucks physical play?

According to one columnist in Vancouver, the Blackhawks didn't see the extreme physicality coming from the Canucks and it has turned the table on this series from the prior two seasons. He says it has left the Hawks upset, irate, distracted and unfocused.

"It took us off guard, we weren't prepared for it," John Scott admitted. "Mentally, it wears on us (out defensemen). Every time they get the puck, they're checking over their shoulders. They're not as effective if in the back of their mind they're thinking, 'Oh boy, I'm going to get hit.' " (vancouversun.com)

Pacers' Collison hopes to play in Game 3 vs. Bulls

Darren Collison hopes to play Thursday in Game 3 of the Bulls first-round series vs. Indiana. I dont know if hes going to be able to (play) or not, we have to go into preparing to be without him, Vogel said.

However, Collison sounded much more optimistic: If Im at 60-70 percent, Im going to play, he said. This is the playoffs. I was disappointed I couldnt get in the game in the second half, but its unfortunate it happened. (indystar.com)

Northwestern's Shurna enters NBA draft...

...but has not hired an agent yet. "This is an exciting opportunity for John and I fully support his decision," coach Bill Carmody said in a release. "It's a chance for him to pursue his dream and we look forward to helping him gather information throughout the process."

Shurna has the size and shooting touch that is often attractive to pro scouts. He's 6-foot-8, 217 pounds and was averaging 23.3 points per game when he hurt his ankle in the final non-conference game last season. If informed he's likely a first-round pick, he's expected to stay in the draft. (latimes.com)

Ex-Cubs, Sox Qualls awarded pension benefits

Jimmy Qualls, who played for both the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, will be rewarded with health care and a pension for his brief time in MLB that resulted in 31 hits and ended in 1972.

Qualls is among 870 former major-leaguers who will be covered by an agreement between ownership and the players union. Qualls broke up Tom Seaver's perfect game against the Cubs in 1969. (chicagobreakingsports.com)

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After loss to Mavs, Wade says Bulls 'keep putting (their) hand on the hot stove every day'

After loss to Mavs, Wade says Bulls 'keep putting (their) hand on the hot stove every day'

Dwyane Wade sounded every bit like a frustrated 35-year old father when talking about the repeated ills and so-called growing pains of his Bulls, as they surrendered yet another game against a sub-.500 team.

Sometimes it's the New York Knicks whom the Bulls are offering temporary refuge. Or maybe the Minnesota Timberwolves as they are all-too-generous to roll out the welcome mat for returning figures to Chicago.

Tuesday it was the Dallas Mavericks, the second-worst team in the Western Conference, who stormed into the United Center and escaped with a 99-98 win, courtesy of Wesley Matthews' triple with 11.7 seconds left followed by him locking down Jimmy Butler on the ensuing possession.

Wade was forced to take a contested 21-footer that went awry, but the Bulls' ills went far beyond the last two possessions, when the Mavericks exploited their strategy yet again.

"Either you learn the lesson or figure out," Wade said. "Keep putting your hand on the hot stove every day.

"We just gotta figure out not to put our hands on that stove. And understand when we come in the kitchen, that stove is hot, don't touch it. As I continue to say, this is a very young team and they have to play in these games and have to go through these moments. The one thing you want, whether it's this year or next year, is to not make the same mistakes."

The Bulls are apparently insistent on touching the stove and keep burning themselves, the most recent time with the confusion or the bad strategy in defending the Mavericks' final offensive possession.

Deron Williams found himself with Nikola Mirotic defending him off a switch from Jimmy Butler. Not the quickest afoot, Mirotic gave Williams an easy path to the basket and Wade was the backside help, not wanting to leave Matthews on the wing for a triple.

But with the bench commanding Wade to help, Williams easily found Matthews for an open 3 as Wade had no help for his man. With the Bulls up two, one could see how Wade didn't want to leave Matthews.

"I'll have to go back and watch, but it looks like Deron got downcourt, Wade went over to help and we didn’t rotate accordingly," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We obviously need to do a better job of staying in front of the other end."

Mirotic was supposed to be brought back slowly in his return from strep throat, but he played the entire fourth quarter and 22 minutes overall, having lost eight pounds with his illness that had him miss four games.

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Their issues were game-long and have been seasonlong as the Mavericks were supposed to absorb a shellacking from a Bulls team that felt a 25-point beatdown in Texas last month.

Instead, they would've been happy with settling for an escape when Butler rose up over his college teammate Matthews for a 20-foot wing jumper with 22.8 seconds left.

Butler nearly added a triple-double and clutch moment to his growing resume with 24 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds but was dogged by Matthews all night, the defender who wouldn't give him airspace, went chest-to-chest and even earned a technical foul when he felt Butler exaggerated some contact in the third quarter.

"He took away my space, wouldn't let me get to my spot," Butler said of Matthews. "Good for him. I should've did something different."

Wade missed 13 of his 21 shots, scoring 17 with five rebounds on his 35th birthday

With scoring at a premium, Robin Lopez had a season-high 21 points being guarded by Dirk Nowitzki — and they were necessary considering the Bulls were without Taj Gibson (ankle injury) and Doug McDermott couldn't repeat his 30-point showing from Sunday in Memphis.

Rick Carlisle has long been regarded as one of the top strategic coaches, and though he doesn't have the usual personnel from the Mavericks' salad days, he had enough tricks up his sleeve to throw the Bulls off.

Six Mavericks scored in double figures, led by Harrison Barnes' 20 points and Seth Curry's 18, as Barnes, Matthews and Curry combined for eight triples — spreading the Bulls out and picking them apart defensively.

The Mavericks started Nowitzki at center, going to an almost all-small lineup. And though Lopez scored 14 points in the first half, trying to feed him seemed to take the Bulls out of it in the second half.

The energy was tardy to the party, as they shot just 41 percent in the first half but woke up a little in the third quarter — continuing their all-too familiar trend of half-hearted efforts against lesser teams.

And it looks like the ever-optimistic Wade is dishing out some realism, probably something that comes with the perspective of turning 35.

"You can't keep getting stressed out or frustrated. We've been going through this all year. We'll get back in in the morning.

"Once you realize who you are, you're better off. I sleep better at night. Once we want to be a better team and start winning games, we will. I'm not mad, I'm not frustrated, I'm not stressed. Just taking the hits."