Rose, Bulls should take home multiple honors

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Rose, Bulls should take home multiple honors

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Posted: 9:11 a.m.

By Aggrey Sam
CSNChicago.com

With Wednesday night's NBA regular-season finales over, here are my picks for league honors.

(Disclaimer: I actually have an official say in two awards this season)

Most Valuable Player: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls (runner-up: Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic)

All-NBA first team: Rose (point guard); Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (shooting guard); Howard (center; LeBron James, Miami Heat (small forward); Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (power forward)

Second team: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (small forward); Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks (power forward); Pau Gasol, Lakers (center); Dwyane Wade, Heat (shooting guard); Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics (point guard)

Third team: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers (power forward); Carmelo Anthony, Knicks (small forward); Tyson Chandler, Mavericks (center); Russell Westbrook, Thunder (point guard); Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs (shooting guard)

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Rookie of the Year: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

All-rookie first team: Griffin; John Wall, Washington Wizards; DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings; Gary Neal, Spurs; Landry Fields, Knicks

Second team: Jordan Crawford, Wizards; Omer Asik, Bulls; Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons; Wesley Johnson, Minnesota Timberwolves; Ed Davis, Toronto Raptors

Defensive Player of the Year: Howard

All-defensive first team: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee Bucks; Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns; Howard; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers; Westbrook

Second team: Luol Deng, Bulls; Ibaka; Chandler; Kyle Lowry, Houston Rockets; Arron Afflalo, Denver Nuggets

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Sixth Man of the Year: Lamar Odom, Lakers (runner-up: Thaddeus Young, 76ers)

Most Improved Player: Rose (runner-up: Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves)

Coach of the Year: Tom Thibodeau, Bulls (runner-up: Doug Collins, 76ers)

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.com's Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox crush Royals; Cubs shutout Pirates; Bulls battle Celtics tonight on CSN

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox crush Royals; Cubs shutout Pirates; Bulls battle Celtics tonight on CSN

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Five Things To Watch: Bulls battle Celtics in pivotal Game 5 on CSN

Five Things To Watch: Bulls battle Celtics in pivotal Game 5 on CSN

Watch as the Bulls take on the Boston Celtics today in Game 5 on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. And be sure to stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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1. Point guards need to be better. It’ll be Isaiah Canaan starting Game 5 at the point for the Bulls, but their game plan can’t be to have him play 34 minutes again. That means one of Jerian Grant or Michael Carter-Williams is going to have to give the Bulls some semblance of good run at times early in the second and fourth quarters. And that’s assuming Canaan can replicate Game 4’s performance.

2. Perfect time for a Jimmy Butler takeover game. Jimmy Butler has been good, not great, in this series. And for a No. 8 seed to upset a No. 1 seed, the eight seed’s best player needs to be great. Butler is shooting just 41 percent – and 24 percent from deep – despite averaging nearly 25 points per game. This could be a game where he decides to take over. When he does that (and is hitting jumpers), he’s unstoppable and can win a game himself.

3. Niko, Portis or Zipser? The Bulls wouldn’t have won Game 1 without Bobby Portis, and they would have had a much tougher time closing things out had Paul Zipser not gone for 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting. One of those two, or the struggling Nikola Mirotic, needs to step up in a big way for the Bulls, especially with Rajon Rondo out and Dwyane Wade struggling.

4. Is this now Isaiah Thomas’ series? With the Celtics going small Isaiah Thomas appears to have found his way offensively. He was dynamite in Games 1 and 2 with one of Gerald Green or Marcus Smart in the small-ball lineup. The Bulls don’t have enough options to throw at him when he’s on his game. There’s a reason he’s an MVP candidate, and if he decides this series is over the Bulls can’t match him.

5. The series is on the line. The Bulls are eight-point underdogs heading into Game 5, and the series is essentially on the line. A loss tonight means the Bulls need a win Friday at home AND a Game 7 road win in Boston against the top team in the East (record-wise). That just isn’t feasible. The season is on the line, and you can bet Fred Hoiberg has told his team as much – as if they needed to be told.

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