NBA Christmas is almost upon us, viagra and that means the return of All Star fan voting. The NBA is one of, if not the most digitally savvy professional sports league, and this year is no different than those in the past with new digital and social avenues to vote to see your favorite players in Toronto in February. This year, for the first time, you can vote simply through google search. Just google “NBA VOTE ALL STAR” or “NBA VOTE TEAM NAME” to cast your votes. For example, you’d type in NBA VOTE 76ERS and check the photo of Nik Stauskas to see the Canadian guard on the court at tip off in the All Star Game.
That wasn’t serious. Please don’t do that.
In addition to Google search voting, you can also vote on NBA.com/vote, the NBA App, by posting with a players first and last name along with #NBAVOTE on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, or by taking it real old school and texting a player’s last name to 69622 (MYNBA). All current NBA players are eligible, but the voting ends January 18th at 11:59pm ET. The starters will be announced January 21st on TNT.
Fans can vote for 10 unique players every day and on each voting platform, so with a very large voting pool, the most deserving players will likely end up with the start, and if they don’t, they’ll be selected by the head coaches in their conference as All Star reserves.
I’ll definitely be casting a few ballots. An all Bulls, all Wolverines, all Chicago area, etc. But for my first votes, I was inspired by the years that Yao Ming led All Star voting because of his passionate fans in China, so I decided to cast my first ballot via google search for players that I’m passionate about after a quarter of the season:
Jahlil Okafor – For being not the first or last 7 ft tall NBA player who will attempt to use a fake ID 7 months removed from hoisting a trophy amid mass national attention.
Lance Stephenson – For having a brother named Lantz and all of the rap videos.
Jamal Crawford – For general perfection at any age.
After back-to-back games this weekend both the Clippers and Trail Blazers were able to grab the Bulls by the horns and tame our team easily. Saturday’s match-up against the Los Angeles Clippers ended in a 101-80 blowout and Sunday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers was a 102-94 romping. It feels like we’ve gone from having the strongest bench in the NBA with the “Bench Mob” last season, buy cialis to having the “Bench Slobs” who easily give up leads and are sloppy at the rim. We’re 10 games into the season and the Bulls are sitting 5-5, yes things could be much worse, but Chicago is playing like a middle of the road team – which isn’t going to cut it for long!
Bulls at Clippers:
All in all it was a spanking. The Bulls trailed the Clippers the entire game, got off to a sloppy start with turnovers resulting in fast break points and really let things get out of control in the second quarter where the Clippers scored 35 points. Chicago’s second unit is really struggling producing points. Even with the superstar power of Derrick Rose the Bulls cannot give away easy points to their opponents.
Former Bull Jamal Crawford was unguarded – or so it seemed. He was the Clippers second highest scorer with 22 points off the bench and gave a performance worthy of the “6th man of the year” award. Big-man Blake Griffin showed Chicago just what happens when they let him have a fast break down the court – big nasty alley-oop dunks! Griffin also showed off his improved jump shot late into the final seconds finishing with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Carlos Boozer (22 points, 12 rebounds) was determined and effective as the most consistent offensive power throughout the game. His efforts seemed to go unnoticed because the Clippers firepower was too much to contain. In the final stanza, coach Tom Thibodeau went to an all reserve unit lineup – basically throwing up his white flag to surrender because this game was a lost cause.
Bulls at Trail Blazers:
Portland is young and inexperienced, but they played Chicago’s game and got physical at the Rose Garden Sunday night. Every Blazer starter finished in double digits: LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points, 13 rebounds, swingman Wesley Matthews finished with 21 points, Nicolas Batum had 21 points and rookie point guard Damian Lillard got down and dirty against Kirk Hinrich with 16 points showing why he is an early candidate for “Rookie of the Year”.
Joakim Noah and his messybun-swagger played 41 minutes and was just shy of a triple double with 16 points, 15 rebounds, and eight assists. He seemed pretty gassed by the end of the game, but he never stopped fighting. Nate Robinson was a spark off the bench with 18 points initiating the Bulls 4th quarter comeback, but it was all just too little, too late.
Three pointers have brought doom and gloom to the Bulls this year. The Bulls rallied early in the 4th quarter coming back from a 15 point deficit, but then Portland stared sinking three point shots and sealed the deal.
Your Take Away Piece:
“It’s time for some reevaluating for our Chicago Bulls. They absolutely have to cut down the turnovers, those are inexcusable When a team is having a difficult time making baskets, giving their opponents easy opportunities to score is only going to result in more blowouts. They also need to work on their three point shot (I really miss Kyle Korver). It’s an obvious weakness that opponents have abused early on this season. The bench needs to pick up the slack as well and start making shots. In the end, a 2-game losing streak isn’t anything detrimental at this point in the season as long as the Bulls can shake it off and keep on trucking’.”
Chicago has a few days off and then they’re making their way to Houston to face the Rockets. Former bench mobber Omer Asik was picked up by the Rockets during the off-season after the Bulls were unable to match a large contract offer. They also picked up last year’s point guard sensation Jeremy Lin and recently snatched the bearded warrior James Harden (OKC’s 6th Man of the Year winner in 2012). Generally the Rockets aren’t a huge threat in the Western Conference, however with their updated roster they will definitely give the Bulls a run for their money. Tune in at 7 PM on CSN Chicago to catch the action.