Officially Challenged: Thoughts From the Bulls 110-105 Loss to the CelticsBy Brad Stewart on November 5, 2010 at 11:36 pm in Bulls, Featured
Guys–let me tell you, I’m not one to complain, but I’m going to anyway. I’ll admit, the Bulls didn’t deserve to win based on how they played, but they had a chance to pull it out. The officiating in the game was an abomination. The refs seemed to take over, either by blowing the whistle or by swallowing it. Here are a few examples:
At the four minute mark of the third, Ray Allen spots up for three, Derrick Rose gets called for a ghost foul. The replay clearly showed that Allen fell on his own after Rose had turned his back on the play. Allen made the three, then proceeded to hit the free throw.
With four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Ray Allen stole an errant pass by Luol Deng, took the ball down the floor and laid it up for two. On the play, Deng was called for a foul. Replay showed that Deng didn’t make ANY contact with Allen! Three point play.
Forty seconds left in the game, Taj Gibson misses an open 17-foot jumper. Garnett rebounds, passes to Rondo, who isn’t sure whether or not to call a timeout. Doc Rivers thinks a T/O has been called and proceeds to walk 10 feet onto the floor while the game is in progress. So Rivers is standing in the backcourt as Rondo is trying to dribble the ball to half court through multiple Bulls defenders. Last time I checked coaches weren’t allowed on the court during play. I fully understand refs are very lenient when enforcing the rule, but come on man! Rajon Rondo doesn’t need ANY help penetrating a defense.
Oh wait–there’s more.
You see the last play of regulation? Rose drives from the top of the key with five seconds left, Rondo reaches across Rose’s body, makes contact, and knocks the ball loose. No foul. End of regulation.
With 1:43 to go in overtime, Rondo steals an errant inbounds pass from Derrick Rose, takes it the length of the floor, dishes to Glen “Big Baby” Davis who tries for a layup but is mysteriously fouled by Kyle Korver. Replay showed that Korver stripped the ball as Davis when up for the shot. No contact was made. Davis made one of two from the line.
Rose drives with 1:30 to go in OT and gets called for an offensive foul. Replayed showed almost NO CONTACT BY ROSE!
End of game, Bulls lose.
Other random thoughts:
Most Improved Bull? Joakim Noah? Tallied 26 points on 8-13 shooting with 12 boards in the loss. Clearly the best player on the court for the Bulls. Through five games, he’s averaging 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Da Bulls need to do a better job of finding open spots on the floor when Rose drives. Too often guys are caught standing around when he needs them to be moving. Derrick isn’t always going to get his shot. There will be times when he needs to get rid of the ball. With Boozer out, somebody needs to step up and be his outlet.
The Bulls have struggled with fast teams this season; Teams that play an up-tempo style game (ex: Celts, Thunder). I’m amazed by how slow they are to react when the ball changes directions. The team practices with perhaps the FASTEST player in the league, Derrick Rose. Speed shouldn’t surprise them!
The Bulls have a few days off before Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets visit the United Center on Monday(11/08/10). This is likely the last game Anthony will play at the UC as a member of the Nuggets. You can be sure that the trade winds will pick up once he arrives in the Windy City.
Until next time friends.
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Tags: Boston Celtics, carlos boozer, Carmelo Anthony, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Derrick Rose, Doc Rivers, Glen Davis, Joakim Noah, Kevin Garnett, luol deng, NBA, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Taj Gibson
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