Bulls have revenge on their minds vs. Milwaukee


Bulls have revenge on their minds vs. Milwaukee

DEERFIELD, ILL. After surrendering a 27-point lead late in the third quarter in a late-November home loss to the Bucks, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau shouldnt have to do too much motivating when Milwaukee comes visits the United Center for a rematch Wednesday night.
I think we all remember it. He doesnt have to remind us, Jimmy Butler asserted after the teams morning shootaround at the Berto Center. We know what we did that game wrong, so we know what we have to go out there and do tonight. We all talk about it, not letting it happen, and it definitely happened that game, so we know how to prevent it.
Thibodeaus focus on the present wont allow him to revisit that gameafterwards, a mild controversy about him underutilizing his bench developed, though that game was somewhat of an aberration, as only Luol Deng and Joakim Noah regularly play heavy minute totals among the startersin which Milwaukees bench improbably outplayed the Bulls starters.
Theyre an explosive team, Thibodeau said. That was a home-and-home, so you can never let your guard down against anybody in this league. That was in the past; weve got to be ready for them now. They played very well last night.
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In their first game after the organization and ex-Bulls head coach Scott Skiles mutually parted ways, the Bucks topped Phoenix, but even with interim head coach Jim Boylana former Bulls assistant for whom this must be dj vu, as he took over for Skiles back in the 2007-08 seasonMilwaukees emphasis remains the same, as the high-scoring backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis are complemented by defensive-oriented role players.
I think great players always figure out how to play with each other and I think when you look at how those two Ellis and Jennings play together, they have great chemistry. But I think the thing thats overlooked with them is they have young, athletic bigs. They lead the league in shot-blocking. Theyre quick, so the blocked shots can lead to open-floor opportunities. They anticipate quite well, play passing lanes, so they have shot-blocking to protect them if they miss and if they come up with steals, again, youre putting them into the open floor, and their speed and quickness comes into play, Thibodeau explained.
Theyre well-balanced. Their defense has been real solid. Larry Sanders is a tremendous shot-blocker, so he protects the rim for them. John Hensons a young, long, athletic guy. Ersan Ilyasova spreads you out defensively. Luc Mbah a Moute is one of the premier defenders in the league; hes back. Mike Dunleavys solid. Its a deep team. They have quality depth.
Butler chimed in: I feel like they play extremely hard, try to get up and down in transition, go for steals, block shots, get up and down, and make you run with them. If we play that type of basketball game, who knows what its going to be, but if we get back and make them play in the halfcourt, I think well be okay.

Bulls fall flat in blowout loss in Dallas

Bulls fall flat in blowout loss in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) -- Wesley Matthews has taken greater responsibility with Dirk Nowitzki out of the Dallas Mavericks' lineup much of this season.

Matthews scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half of Dallas' 107-82 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

"Matthews was the star of the game, obviously," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "He is our leader right now with Dirk out. He really sets the tone for us in the locker room and on the floor. He is just the vocal guy."

Matthews has accepted the expanded role as Nowitzki has been limited to five games by a strained right Achilles tendon.

"I feel like that's one of the reasons why they brought me over here (from Portland). Through this rough patch, injuries and everything, everybody had to mold together. It's almost like we had to restructure ourselves. I think everybody has embraced that."

Harrison Barnes scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half to help Dallas improve to 4-15.

Chicago was coming off a 111-105 victory over defending champion Cleveland on Friday night.

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Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 26 points.

"I don't think anybody played well tonight," Butler said. "We didn't play with energy on either end of the floor."

Barnes powered the Mavericks to a 17-point first-quarter lead with eight points.

"They came out and threw the first punch and kept throwing, and we could just never recover from that," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We did expend a lot of energy (Friday) night."

Dwight Powell (17) and rookie Dorian Finney-Smith (11) had career highs in scoring, and Deron Williams had a season-high 15 assists with only one turnover.

"The biggest thing was we were even (43-43) on the boards," Carlisle said. Andrew Bogut had a game-high 11 rebounds, and Powell grabbed eight.

Neither team scored in the first 2:15, but Dallas went on a 7-0 run over the next 1:20. The Mavericks led 23-6 with 3:17 left. The quarter ended with Dallas leading 29-18. Bogut had six points and eight rebounds.

Chicago pulled within six points three times in the second quarter, but Dallas finished the first half with a 57-45 lead. In the third quarter, Matthews had 14 points, and the Maverick led by as many as 21 points.

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