Gregg Popovich

Popovich and Parker

Popovich and Parker via kens5.com

After a day of R&R the Bulls will need to conjure up some more hustle as the San Antonio Spurs are blowing into the windy city Tuesday. Chicago has won six of their last seven games at home and are looking to knock down another big dog in the league. Their opponents are currently on a six-game winning streak and looking to extend their winning record to seven. It’s a night where two of the greatest minds in the NBA will face-off. Who’s the coaching master mind; Coach Thibodeau or Coach Popovich?

You may be thinking to yourself, pharmacy “isn’t Tim Duncan an NBA dinosaur?” If last season taught us anything, sale age does not defy Gregg Popovich and his Spurs who’s roster seemingly continues to get older and older, but these dudes (46-16) are chasing the Pacers and OKC Thunder for the best record in the league. Brace yourselves Bulls babes, it’s going to be a wild and crazy night on the United Center floor.

What You Need to Know: 

  • If you’re looking for the hottest center in the league, Chicago Noah’s someone. Jo-No is having a remarkable season and you can bet he’s coming out guns blazing after the Bulls emotional win over the Miami Heat on Sunday. We’d like to place an order for another triple-double with some blocks on the side por favor.
  • Watch Out For: Tony Parker (PG) and Kawhi Leonard (SG). Parker (AKA Eva Langoria’s ex) is one of the best PG’s in the league and also the leading scorer on the Spurs. Leonard will most likely be matched with Mike Dunleavy which means he may have more open shots than his other teammates.
  • Noah has some competition when it comes to rebounding. NBA veteran Tim Duncan (PF) is a big boy and knows his way around under the basket. Be prepared for some serious booty-boxing-out.

    Belinelli 3 point contest

    3-point Champ via MBeli3 Instagram

  • Familiar Faces: Marco Belinelli will return to the United Center for the first time since being traded to the Spurs. Bells didn’t let the trade bring him down. He won the 2014 three point contest and you can be sure he’s ready to show his old teammates his outside shooting.
  • Per usual, it’s going to be about the Bulls top defense holding the Spurs elite offense to a scoring minimum. Los Bulls have done it before this season back in January when they held San Antonio to their lowest scoring game of the season. It’s time for some Deja Vu.

Your Take Away Piece:

“Don’t let their age fool you, a matchup with the San Antonio Spurs is never just a walk in the park. If the Bulls play with the same heart, hustle and muscle that has been surging them throughout the season, it’s going to be a great game. If the Bulls come out tired or hesitant, the Spurs will exploit any weaknesses.”

What’s Next:

Everything goes down at 7:00 pm at the UC – be there or be tuned in on WGN to catch all the action. We #BULLieve

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No star-power? No problem. So goes the saying for the San Antonio Spurs. A shorthanded Spurs team came to the windy city Monday Night and easily man-handled the Bulls in a complete game that demonstrated why they lead the competitive Western Conference.

Chicago had a nasty case of the turnovers that ultimately led to their 103-89 loss. Joakim Noah and Marco Belinelli made their way back into the lineup, generic but it wasn’t enough of a boost to top the Spurs. Even with their three stars on the bench, malady the Spurs still had enough depth to defeat the Bulls on their own turf, delivering them an ugly homecoming in their first game back at the UC after completing a 6-game road trip.

What You Need to Know:

  • Chicago was a sloppy mess on Monday racking up 19 turnovers – that’s quite a few. On the other end of the court, the Spurs only gave up eight turnovers. The discrepancy between the two teams was ultimately the game changer.
  • Kawhi Leonard killed it against the Bulls; he led the Spurs with a career-high of 26 points. Who is Leonard you ask? He’s a second year youngin’ out of San Diego State who continues to make a name for himself in the league. Danny Green contributed with 18 points while Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal both picked up 16 points.

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    Kawhi Leonard, Source: www.spokeo.com

  • The Bulls were a hot rebounding team Monday night, but they couldn’t make anything out of their hard work under the hoop. Honestly, they just didn’t shoot very well. Chicago had 49 rebounds compared to the Spurs’ 26 – yet the Spurs led for the majority of the game.
  • Nate Robinson who started in place of the injured Kirk Hinrich led the way for Chicago with 20 points. Rip Hamilton also tacked on 16 points.
  • As expected, Spurs’ stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili weren’t in the lineup Monday night, but point guard Tony Parker was a game-time scratch with a swollen knee. With Parker out of the game you’d assume the Bulls would have the advantage, but the Spurs stole the momentum in the second quarter forcing the Bulls to fight back for the rest of the game. 
  • There was nothing but respect between two of the league’s best coaches last night. Gregg Popovich proved victorious over coach Thibodeau in this meeting, but Chicago gets another shot at the Spurs later this season.

Your Take Away Piece: 

“You can’t beat the best team in the West if your shots are ice cold. The effort was there as the Bulls were fierce rebounders, but if you can’t make baskets, you can’t win the game. With the team on the verge of being healthy and Derrick Rose’s return around the corner, the Bulls need to get it together and avoid ugly games like tonight’s.”

What’s Next: 

Garnett and Pierce

Source: www.syracuse.com

And they’re off! Chicago will need to shake off this home loss and get ready for their Eastern Conference match-up with the Boston Celtics Wednesday night. Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo feels Rose’s pain as he too was plagued with a season ending ACL injury just a few weeks ago. Our men in red will take on the green machines in Boston at 6:30 PM. Luckily, the Bulls have played better on the road than at home this season. Tip off is at 6:30PM CT on Comcast SportsNet.

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Parker and Duncan

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Sweet home Chicago! After a six game road trip the Bulls have made their way back to the windy city just in time for a meeting with the West leading San Antonio Spurs tonight at the United Center.   Don’t let their “old and boring” reputation fool you, treat the Spurs are one tough opponent and would like nothing more than to spoil the Bulls’ homecoming.

What You Need to Know:

  • Tom Thibodeau & Gregg PopovichTwo of the league’s best coaches will go head-to-head tonight. Tom Thibodeau won the Coach of the Year award in 2011 and Spurs’ coach, Greg Popovich snatched the award in 2012 (Thibs came in second). Both of these coaches know how to create a top caliber team, but Popovich has one thing on Thibs:  multiple championship titles.
  • Kirk Hinrich has been ruled out tonight against the Spurs; he just can’t seem to shake that nasty elbow injury. This means Nate Robinson will get another start at point guard and we don’t really mind since he’s been so productive offensively. Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis) and Marco Belinelli (ankle sprain) are both game-time decisions.
  • actress Eva Longoria kissing her husband Tony Parker as they arrive for the screening of the film "Bright Star" at the 62nd Cannes Film FestivalSpurs hot shots Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have both been sidelined with injuries and are listed as doubtful against Chicago. Unfortunately, San Antonio has plenty of depth. Shooting guards Tony Parker (Eva Langoria’s ex hubby) and Danny Green will light up the court for the opponents. Parker has stayed healthy this year leading his team to their winning record. Green has a nasty three point shot, which proposes a threat to the Bulls since Chicago doesn’t always have the best three-point-shooting percentages.
  • Carlos Boozer is coming off a huge game in Utah (19 points) where he lead the Bulls to a victory over the Jazz. Hopefully Boozer won’t pay attention to any of the trade rumors (there are rumblings of a possible move to Toronto for the Booze Cruise) and keep playing like a beast for the Bulls.

Your Take Away Piece:

“The Spurs are leading the West for a reason. Age may not be on their side, but they’ve got plenty of swagger left. They’re a very talented team, led by one of the best coaches the league has ever seen. The Bulls will need to play their toughest defense and have a collective team effort on offense to defeat the Spurs.”

What’s Next:

Set the DVR again because the Bachelor can wait! Besides, who wants to watch all of those commercials?! Make your way towards the United Center or tune into CSN Chicago at 7PM. Bulls vs Spurs is a must watch as the best of the west take on our beasts of the east.

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Tom Thibodeau & Gregg Popovich

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was a front runner for the 2012 NBA Coach of the Year Award, sales but his chance to become the first coach in history to win the honor in back-to-back seasons was denied Tuesday. So close, cialis but yet so far.

And the winner is…Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich. Coach Pop has won the award twice now in his 16-year career after leading a veteran Spurs team to a 50-16 record in this condensed post lock-out season.

Coach Thibs had words of respect and admiration for Popovich “The thing about Pop is he’s a great example for our profession. I’m happy for him. He’s had a great season. The way he runs an organization, hospital you can’t say enough about him. The thing I really admire about him is I had an opportunity to meet him 20 years ago and he’s the same guy today that he was then. All the success, the championships, he hasn’t changed one bit.” Nothing but class from Thibodeau.

What You Need to Know:

  • Other than winning a Championship title for your team, Coach of the Year is the crème de la crème for NBA coaches. The voting is based on a panel of 119 big wig sportswriters and broadcasters. Popovich finished with 467 votes and Thibodeau had 315 votes. The voting closed last Friday so Derrick Rose’s season-ending injury did not effect Thibs’s votes.
  • The Bulls and Spurs finished with the exact same record this season, but because the Bulls beat the Spurs in their only on-court dual this year, the Bulls locked in the home court advantage throughout the playoffs.
  • Coach Thibs won Coach of the Year in 2011 during his first shot at being an NBA head coach, but many would say that his performance this year was even more impressive than last. He managed to maintain the best record in the NBA with three of his stars (Derrick Rose, Rip Hamilton, and Luol Deng) sitting on the sidelines due to injury.

What’s Next for Thibodeau: Many more years of continued success (hopefully in Chicago). Thibs’s 2 year contract deal is up with the Bulls at the end of this season, when talks about a contract extension will be continued. Thibodeau wants to stay in Chicago, he wants to coach the Bulls and after two seasons with the best record in the NBA, we think we should keep him. Win or lose we still love Coach Thibs and the amazing work he’s done with the Chicago Bulls.

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