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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 at 8:25 am  |  131 responses

Post Up: Advantage, Bulls

DRose and friends earn a 3-2 series lead.

Chicago 95, Atlanta 83

In a seven-game NBA Playoff series, the winner of Game 5 takes the series 83 percent of the time. That stat tells you exactly how much was on the line for both the Atlanta Hawks and the Chicago Bulls last night in the United Center. Win this game and the Eastern Conference Finals await. Lose and you might as well start planning your summer vacation.

Luckily for the fans of both franchises and for basketball fans in general, each team gave a brilliant effort and it was the kind of game that had just the right amount of quality basketball mixed with energy and passion that makes for an exciting contest. It was also the kind of game that the Playoffs are all about.

Chicago came out and looked as if they were trying to put the game out of reach early as they lead by as many as 15 points at one point and finished the first quarter up 11 on Atlanta. But the Hawks battled back in the 2nd quarter and showed that they weren’t going anywhere as they outscored Chicago 21-16 and found themselves down just 6 points by halftime.

In the third quarter, the Hawks outscored Chicago once again and briefly took the lead for the first time in the game on the continued brilliance of Jeff Teague (21 points, 7 assists, 0 turnovers, 8-11 shooting) who seemed to put the team on his back. The quarter was also highlighted by some chippiness between Carlos Boozer (11 points, 12 rebounds) and Josh Smith (16 points, 7 rebounds) in which both players were assessed double technical fouls on a Boozer elbow to the face (possible fine and/or suspension?) after a JSmoove dunk. Tom Thibodeau also used a more defensive oriented lineup that hasn’t been seen in this series (Rose, Gibson, Deng, Asik, Gibson). It seemed to throw the rhythm of Atlanta off and give Chicago momentum heading into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, it was the Derrick Rose (33 points, 9 assists, 2 turnovers) and Taj Gibson show. Both players accounted for 11 points apiece, with all of Gibson’s points coming in the final quarter. Chicago outscored the Hawks 26-15 in the final period to take a 3-2 lead going back to Atlanta on Thursday where they’ll look to close the Hawks out and advance to the ECF for the first time in 13 years. —Bryan Crawford (@_BryanCrawford)

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  • Myung

    Good game through 3 quarters. Hawks went cold at the wrong time. Jamal Crawford was a no show. As has been the case throughout these playoffs, he has been the posterchild for our team. When he goes off, we tend to win. When he struggles, so do we. Huge game from Teague. He’s been an absolute revelation. Can’t believe it took a Bibby trade and a Hinrich injury to discover the best PG on our roster was actually Teague. It’s like finding a $100 bill in your wallet that you forgot about. Only, because our weakest position for the past 12 years has been point guard, it’s like finding 1,000 $100 bills in your wallet that you forgot about (I guess my analogy requires some imagination and a fat wallet). We may or may not lose this series (more likely the former), but we also added a pretty good point guard in the process. My whipping boy Josh Smith came out and played a great game again. I’ve got nothing negative to say about him. He played hard and remained focused, which is all a Hawks fan can ask for. I don’t think the refs were giving us any calls in the 4th, and it’s clear that the NBA wants to see Miami vs. Chicago in the ECF. That being said, we didn’t lose because of them. We lost because we went cold in the 4th, Chicago played great defense, Chicago once again rebounded like crazy, and because Rose did his thing all night and Taj came up big to seal the game. Good win, Chicago fans.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    =T, i liked most of what you said myung, except the its clear the NBA wants CHI v. MIA ECF, you’re above conspiracy theories man.
    but anyways, good win for the bulls, totally didn’t expect taj, asik and brewer out in the entire fourth but it worked perfectly. i was wondering how long it’d take thibs to realize taj was playing well enough to sit boozer.
    noah being out really surprised me, but he wasn’t showing up.
    great game for rose and deng, i expect the bulls to finish it in ATL

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    We have a new best closer in the nba named;
    “TAJ GIBSON”
    Let the kid start instead of Booz.

  • Myung

    Taj > Boozer…all day

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Myung’s 10:19 comment was me. You really need to fix this SLAM…I’ve been on here for 2 years and nothing has been done about it!

  • Myung

    I’m sure Bulls fans will have an issue with that one statement (I knew as soon as I typed it that that one phrase would be singled out among my many zillion words). And I guess we’re all entitled to our opinions on this site. I respect those who think that both teams are on an even playing field. And that’s fine. It’s just one person’s opinion. Like I clearly stated, the refs didn’t cost us the game. I sincerely believe the NBA and Stern want Chicago to win this series. But again, the refs didn’t cost us the game. Did they give favorable calls to Chicago in the 4th? Yes. But that’s basketball. It’s the Playoffs. Home teams get the 50-50 calls. Still doesn’t change my stance. But I’m not blaming the refs for the loss last night.

  • Myung

    Yeah, that 10:19 post definitely wasn’t me. haha. But I kind of agree with it. I’m not sure about all day, but Boozer’s on his way down and Taj is on his way up. I’d still take Boozer over him for today, but for the next 3 years, I’ll take Taj.

  • http://Thundercats.com ThunderCats

    Bulls in 7. I liked the way the Hawks came back after being down in the 1st. They just need one more player to step up. Johnson was a non factor as well as Crawford. I think at least one can contribute tonight and get the win but bulls win edge out in game 7. They (Rose) tends to come back well from losses I’ve noticed.
    Heat beat Bulls in 5

  • Myung

    I’ve always been on the wordy side, as you guys have noticed, but I’m going to post some of my thoughts on my favorite franchise in a little bit… just warning you that it’ll be long. If we end up losing this series, I doubt I’ll be checking back in on SLAMonline for a while. So I’ll get it out while I’m here. haha

  • Myung

    The gloom and doom part of me wallows in self pity because we (meaning the Hawks + their 10 loyal fans) gave up 9 years of our basketball lives by seeing three failed re-building projects (Jason Terry-JR Rider-Mutombo era, which led to the JET-Shareef-Ratliff-Big Dog era, which led to the Al Harrington-Antoine Walker era). In the process, we traded the draft rights to Pau, rented Stephen Jackson, and missed out on Bron and Dwight. Finally in 2005, we added Joe Johnson (a year after drafting two Josh’s), thus entering our FOURTH (!) re-building phase of the decade (again, with no Playoff appearances). We passed on CP3/Deron that same summer by stupidly taking Marvin and passed on B Roy and Rondo in 2006 by stupidly taking Shelden. In 2007, the only reason we got Al Horford was because we got fortunate in the lottery. Anything 4th and lower was going to PHX (from the Joe sign and trade). Somehow we got #3 (first break the Hawks caught in maybe a decade?). And this past summer, we opted to overpay Joe $40 million over his market value. We recently traded our 2011 first round pick as well as a bright young player in Jordan Crawford (2010 first round pick) who just happened to become Washington’s most consistent scorer in April (all for a guy who just might be on our bench or even TRADED, with Teague’s “arrival”). IN SPITE OF IT ALL, we still have a backcourt of Joe and Teague (and Hinrich, for now). We re-signed Horford to a long extension. We have Josh under contract (I’d push for a trade, but then again, I don’t like him so I’m biased). Boston is headed downhill. ORL might be blowing things up. There are some up and coming teams in the East (Indy, Washington, Philly), but the only legit powers are MIA and CHI (NYK: pending), meaning it’s not farfetched to say we’ll be the East’s 3rd best team in 2012. It’s crazy to think that after all that’s been mishandled in the past 12 years, we still have a chance to improve upon this season (which it turns out was a success for our franchise)… and as crazy as this sounds, it’s ALL because of Kirk Hinrich’s injury. I’m not going to say Jeff Teague is a future All Star, but I think he’s showing that he just might be a top 15 to 20 PG in this League. A freak injury to Kirk (literally happened just as we clinched the victory vs. ORL), and our future got 30 to 40% brighter. Pretty wild. Again, sorry for rambling. But even though I’m not a regular anymore, SLAMonline is my basketball community so I wanted to reflect on my team here before I take a break from the site for another few months.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    its all good myung, although i’d think the lakers would still be in this thing if stern really had his way.

  • feez22

    well some of you guys may be above conspiracy theories… However i find it awfully funny that rose can be touch fouled on a couple layups while joe johnson gets mauled in the paint, HANDCHECKED by luol deng and the refs don’t call anything. Clearly the refs changed the game. The hawks may have gone cold at the end but the refs altering the momentum by calling soft stuff on one end while calling almost nothing on the other (until the game was truly over) is changing the game. just had to put that out there. On another note, jamal crawford… for the non conspirators on this chat jamal was the main reason for the hawks losing this game. Unforced turnovers, stupid shot selection, letting BOGANS go off… jamal had the worst bball i

  • feez22

    Jamal Crawford… Jaammaaaalll CCRAAWWFOOORRDD. For the non conspirators that dont want to blame the refs (even though the refs were clearly biased in the 4th), jamal crawford was the difference between winning and losing. 1st of all, WHY THE HELL IS HE DRIBBLING UP THE COURT? he has killer handles but his decision making is subpar @ best. his shot selection is still terrible & his defense was beyond horrible last night (bogans TORCHED jamal last night. and yes if bogans gets more than 6 pts it is called a torching). Jamal… step it up.

  • feez22

    lol my 10:40 comment was shortened a bit. let me complete it. “jamal had the worst bball iq on the court and thats saying something when you have josh smith shooting jumpers and zaza blowing defensive coverages”

  • http://bulls.com airs

    i think there’s a difference between conspiracy and just bad officiating. i saw neither last night but don’t take my word for it,
    im horribly biased, ha.

  • Nella

    Anyone else take like 10 times longer to find the post up with the new layout?

  • ThaWindy

    Yea, they need to put it back on the opening page.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The game got really physical in the fourth. But, Drew messed up his substitutions patterns. He left his stars in too long after he regained the lead because he was afraid of losing it, forgetting that they had just expended a lot of energy to claw back into the game. I understand the choice, but I think you have to get Joe and Josh some rest so they can stay fresh. The Bulls, with Assik and Gibson giving them GREAT minutes, played like the fresher team.
    Right now, Boozer is not earning his money. For what he’s giving them, they could have kept Taj, and saved that money to go after a legit two guard. Gibson is the better defender and rebounder and right now they are equal offensively.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Larry Drew got outcoached last night as Thibs made adjustments to his lineup and Drew did nothing to counter. Zaza balled out and had 13 points going into the 4th quarter but I don’t think he saw another minute of playing time. Outside of him though, Drew got absolutely nothing from his bench aka Jamal Crawford.

  • ThaWindy

    Dont cry about the refs and say “they” want Bulls vs Heat. Bulls made the plays in the 4th and the Hawks didnt. Unlike in game 4, where Bennett Salvatore admitted to blowing a big call. Consider yourselves lucky to have a game 6. I thought the Bulls would take it in 5.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Wanted to give you all a chance to throw some jabs at me and the Lakers. Been out of commission the last couple days because of “unseen problems.” So I will stay on here today and read all the things you wanna say. Just remember, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, we shall return! Go Lakers!

  • mj23

    drose is shot jacking PG. he play like boom last game the same think with lebron but lebron playes like a boom the same thing with lebron but lebron playes not to often like a boom 51fg%.

  • mj23

    he is chocking like crazy in playoffs

  • mj23

    why he not pass teh ball more. He only have 11-24 shots, and ref gives him too many FT. he is not mvp like lebron.

  • mj23

    bulls is not going to beat heat becuz drose not best than dwade becauxe he is shot jacking and chocking many time in playoffs.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bulls played harder in the fourth with a crazy defensive lineup.
    Assik, Gibson, Deng, Bogans and Rose can defend any five in the league pretty much.
    Also, the refs started letting the game get physical, and the Hawks had trouble getting into their offense with Joe Johnson getting pushed out even farther. Plus, when he got into the lane, I think Assik did a great job of helping without fouling and just getting his hands up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    That last quarter was just a clinic on defense from the Bulls. I’ve wanted to see more Asik, Taj since the beggining of the playoffs. I love the bench, I really do. I have to admit, it did kinda suprised me coach Thibs kept them on the floor.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I respect him for sticking what worked.
    First, he made the smart move in getting his stars rest early in the quarter. Then, when his bench players played great, he rewarded them with more time.
    That’s good coaching, but lots of coaches panic. Drew kind of got shook and refused to rest his stars, which I think cost him.
    Also, has anyone seen the All-Star center formerly known as Al Horford, because I sure haven’t.

  • showtime

    Im officially on a Free Jeff Teague campaign!!!

  • http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2011/5/9/2161944/derrick-rose-kobe-bryant-lebron-james-bulls-nba-playoffs-2011 nbk

    allen i’ve been lookin for that guy since game 2< and all i can find is a younger< more in shape< Jason Collins

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    R.I.P. Robert “Tractor” Traylor

  • http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2011/5/9/2161944/derrick-rose-kobe-bryant-lebron-james-bulls-nba-playoffs-2011 nbk

    good summary BC – and Jeff Teague is starting to look like the PG i thought he would be coming out of college.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Common really? Nothing?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Also, Boozer hit Josh Smith with an intentional elbow to the face for no reason.
    He should be fined.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    that was HILARIOUS.
    smith pushed boozer and then booz turned around like “HAYWTFAREYOUPUSHINGMEFOR?!?”
    cuz you just elbowed his grill dude,
    that was funnier than his celebration after his dunk with blood dripping from his forehead.

  • http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2011/5/9/2161944/derrick-rose-kobe-bryant-lebron-james-bulls-nba-playoffs-2011 nbk

    Well idk if he should be fined, but if the league wants to remain consistent your right. Other then that its basketball I think all this punishing guys for being frustrated business is getting out of hand. (I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT THE ANDREW BYNUM THING)

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Everybody let’s all say something bad about the Lakers so LakeShow can still feel relevant on here.
    Ummm…nah, I don’t give a sh*t about the Lakers, to nevermind.
    That lineup to close out the game last night was dope. I love when Asik and Gibson play together because both are so defensive-minded that oftentimes, I’ve been them both block the same shot on the same possesion.
    Rose did his thing last night. I predicted 35 points on 25 shots, and for everyone to call him a chucker again. I was actually close. I think he had like 33 points on 23 shots, but surprisingly, little hate this morning.
    Thibs showed why he’s the COY last night.

  • Myung

    Rose is not a chucker.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    NBK
    I think that if you do something that can hurt another player because you are frustrated you should be fined.
    I’m not saying I’ve never done it, but it’s wrong. Particularly the elbow to the face and crap like that.
    I support hard fouls, but frustrated dirty plays are ridiculous.

  • http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2011/5/9/2161944/derrick-rose-kobe-bryant-lebron-james-bulls-nba-playoffs-2011 nbk

    honestly I feel like its obvious Rose is not a chucker. He’s doing what’s best for his team, his teammates obviously don’t think he shoots to much, and they win, so far this year more then everyone else. Luol Deng even said today that Rose can shoot 100 shots as long as they are the right looks, which he said is what Rose has been taking, the right looks.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    yeah i was watching last nite and i was like “damn, matic was right.
    or well, really close. except for the noah thing.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    allenp, watching the replays i don’t think boozer was aiming to hit smith in the face, more like he was just trying to push him off as he came from hanging on the rim. but it’ll probably be a little slap on thew wrist fine if anything

  • http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2011/5/9/2161944/derrick-rose-kobe-bryant-lebron-james-bulls-nba-playoffs-2011 nbk

    i understand where your comin from allen, my thing is players do cheap frustrated sh*t like that all the time. like when they are fighting for rebounds down low guys will get punched, grabbed, slapped. I think what made it so bad was how it was in the open. If they happened in a crowd of 6 people it would have been a little stare down and then just moving on. Boozer is obviously in the wrong and shouldn’t do that, but idk if fining him is the right answer.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Yeah, airs, I thought for sure Noah would feed off the home crowd, and go off for damn near 20 rebounds but it didn’t happen.
    The whole Boozer/Smith thing I thought was uninentional on Boozer’s part, followed by Smith taking exception and Boozer’s obligatory “I’ma ice-grill you but on the low hoping you don’t do nothing” stare-down.
    It’s nothing.

  • http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2011/5/9/2161944/derrick-rose-kobe-bryant-lebron-james-bulls-nba-playoffs-2011 nbk

    if anyone gets a chance to read that Brian Shaw story on ESPN i highly highly recommend it. great story

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I’ve been hearing about that story. Haven’t read it yet.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Slow TPU today…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I thought he was just mad that Smith got a dunk. And bowed him in the head. And then for him to swell all up after the fact? Man, I can’t believe Josh Smith got teched for pushing him. He just got elbowed in the head and the refs didn’t blow the whistle fast enough in my opinion.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    no big time teams lost. nothing polarizing happened. its hard for people to come up with stuff to talk about on their own apparently.

  • Scott

    Who is everybody’s favorite to win it now? Miami looks like the best team but you got to be rooting for Dirk and Kidd to finally get a ring.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I didn’t even know if the refs saw it, and you know the rule in the NBA, its always the retaliator that gets caught. And I thought Smith’s reaction was almost mild, i half expected him to swing immediately.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I’m obviously pulling for the Bulls, but if I put my “realist” cap on, I have to say it’s looking like it might be an ’06 Finals remix, with probably the same result as last time.

  • Scott

    Tractor Traylor dead at 34. R.I.P.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I like Miami and Dallas to make the finals. And I won’t make a serious prediction on that series until I see how Miami handles the Dirk and Shooters band. I would preemptively take Miami just in observation of my “the best players usually win in the playoffs” rule.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Going to the Finals the last 4 years I would say is pretty relevant, i think you’d agree RiNig. At least i’d say i’m the Bono of NBA fans. Still have most my hair. Can dance a little. Can rock shades like no other. Yeah i’ll take it.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    your “relevance” is gone, the team that made it to the finals for 4 years is dead, and about to be dismembered. LA ain’t makin a trip to the finals until Superman wears a Lakers jersey.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    which is next year…. so…. see ya then haha. Who u reppin NBK? Suns right?… No joke needed.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    nobody, i rep good basketball and logical thinking. but yes i’m from phoenix

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Ha, I actually meant you as a commenter. Not the Lakers themselves.
    Come to think of it, most of the Laker fans on here are gone now. Seems like more than any other fanbase, Laker fans only wanna talk about their own team and no one else.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    LakeShow is mis cleo, you can tell by how he/she “knows” Dwight will be a Laker next year. Just like he knew the Sonics last season in Seattle was 2008. Infact you haven’t even been a laker fan for 4 years, how can you claim your relevance is connected? for all we know you’ll be the heatshow next year.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    When the Bulls win and Derrick Rose plays well, both TPU and Twitter is slander free. But when they lose, oh boy…

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Haven’t you heard?
    Dwight is going to Chicago for Taj Gibson and Carlos Boozer this summer.
    At least, that is what some clueless Bleacher Report writer wrote about this morning…
    Sigh…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    LakeShow is awesome! and has allot of relevance!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Haha had to do it since Slam invited me to. Lakers have been my second favorite team my whole life so nope. You really want to discuss fandom with me? He who has no team lol. Fo real kid. I am a little bored now that the Lakers are gone. I’m half rooting for the Thunder seeing as how I am one of a few that own a vintage Durant Sonics jersey! hells yes

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Blasphemy!
    You can’t root for the Thunder!
    You’re supposed to be sticking needles in your Clay Bennet voodoo doll!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    half rooting you heard me lol. Rooting for players not teams. Shout out to Nick Collison!

  • A.

    @LakeShow: Finals the last 4 years? 08, 09, 10. I count three years. Maybe I’m forgetting something. Aaaannnnddd Laker fans can drop the “they get the benefit of the doubt because they’re the champs” bit. They’re no longer relevant.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Sooper, maybe he’ll start following the Hornets and become the HorShow!
    Just clownin’, Lake.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    MJ isn’t relevant no more. Doesn’t mean he ain’t OG as f*ck. I’ll take OG as f*ck also. Really we can drop that now? thank you! nexxxxxt!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Keep clowning with your online GF RiNig ;) I don’t know whats better, first year of relevance or last of 4 years of relevance.

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    I’m curious guys..does anyone think the bulls can beat the heat?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    you know I actually can’t consider myself a fan of any team. I just like whose got the biggest bandwagon.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    cute^

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I actually have never even been to a Laker game.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Cute again Timmy^ i remember wayyyy back in the day when you said you like good basketball discussions.. those were the days.. or minutes…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Show’s over, atleast for the Lakers, and Phil, and my useless opinion.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Datkid, in my opinion, we honestly can’t know until they play each other, if they do.
    The Bulls have struggled against their first two opponents in the playoffs, but their pride kicks in and they ALWAYS stand up against the elite teams.
    Since January, they were 10-0 against teams that ended up winning 50 or more games on the season, and were 3-0 against Miami.
    Which means precisely not a damn thing in the playoffs, but it does kind of prove that the Bulls play their best when facing the best.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Lakeshow’s like that dude looking at himself in the mirror: “I’m not crazy, you’re crazy! I’m not crazy, you’re crazy! I’m not crazy…”

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lakeshow is a person who gets upset when people do exactly what he just did. – and i do like basketball discussions, the problem? you have in no way shape or form attempted to have a basketball discussion today. Your hear being you, which is annoying and useless. so i’m going to let you know. and if it means using your own tactics ima do that.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I’m upset? Wheres the basketball convo? you’ve just been mocking me for the last 30 mins. Do what you preach and teach little guy. Don’t stoop to my level ya dork. If i was a straight up f*cking creeper like you i would save peoples names and emails. Shouldn’t you be teaching someone to shoot or something. Damn all this talk of “I don’t have time, waaah waaah wahhh” and your a friggin internet geek with no life… No offense doody ;) Don’t be hurt by what i’ve said please Timmy it’s not meant to hurt only to help you up! I’m crazy! i’m not crazy! Am I crazy? I’m f*cking craaaaazay! Did you really hear that Dwight to CHI-town RiNig?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    actually your name and e-mail keeps popping up. over and over again, just like mine did for you when you posted as me. I’m getting paid to write this comment, how bout you? internet dork lol, IM GETTING PAID HOE

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    oh and your obviously upset, if you weren’t why you using my real name? i thought you weren’t a creeper that remembered stuff like that? infact making it public for everyone (i don’t really care but still) once again shows your ignorant hypocrisy. you wanna talk basketball? bring up something about it, don’t go on about the irrelevant lakers and how your relevant cuz you jumped on their bandwagon. shouldn’t you be looking for a new team anyway? you see that, see how someone can point out something useless to try and sound smarter? its what you do, its your arguing tactic, like your coaching shooting comment, or your little “have no life” comment. You don’t know me, no need for you to try and peak into my personal life. unless your the “creeper” you are worried I am.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I’m getting paid to write this comment also probably a bit more than you also but lets not out piss eachother. and i’m not here every day all day cause theres this thing called the great out doors where you can play REAL basketball. Check it out. Take a breather from your computer fan. Slut.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    hahaha you have literally no idea what your talking about.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Hipocrissy is ripe throughout this conversation. NBK: “Why don’t you talk good basketball and not call people names, Hoe!” lol. Read what you write holmes.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I said I’M GETTIN PAID HOE. its like I JUST WON THE LOTTERy B*TCHES. — I comment on this site because I am working, and can because I have time, talk about basketball all day, because its what I like to do. Most people would love to have the opportunity to do what they love while they work, others would ignorantly come to a different conclusion. you can figure out which one you are.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I never bandwaggoned a team in my life. Not ever. Not once. Only been a fan of my home team my entire life. I ain’t lookin for a new team. Ride/Die Lakers for life! Unless the Sonics come back then i’d have to switch back haha

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    “I never bandwaggoned a team in my life. Not ever. Not once. Only been a fan of my home team my entire life” – oh so you live in LA? if not your being a hypocrit, again.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Its whatever dude but your classless and thats obvious your litterrally the one guy on here I can’t have a basketball convo with. It’s just insults and trash talk with you. “Good Bball talk!” “Good Bball talk!”

  • ThaWindy

    Where are the Rose the haters today?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I live in LA you friggggin Dork! how many times do i have to say that! moved to LA 6 years ago!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I was checking. You haven’t said ONE basketball comment today. How do you want to have a basketball related conversation when you comment the way you do. read what you write, you see anywhere that is open for a basketball discussion? you calling the lakers relevant and guaranteeing they’d get dwight is the closest thing you’ve said today to a relevant basketball topic, but it isn’t relevant. Your out here trying to have a p*ss*ng match, and trying to play the victim at the same time.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I’m getting paid significantly less than both of y’all to comment .
    Ha!
    Lake, I was forwarded a link to an article by a co-worker of mine.
    How in the hell does this writer think that the Magic would take Gibson and Boozer in exchange for Howard? Damn!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    oh and i apologize for checking, i do remember the conversation now, which still made me feel like you just jumped on the bandwagon. but i don’t want to have that conversation again, your not goin to change my perception of you as a lakerfan.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Is it just me, or are there an unusually high number of pissing contests on this site these days?
    I guess it’s spring and rutting season.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    RIP Robert “Tractor” Traylor; thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    oh and Lakeshow it was you that started with the insults and crap. I mean seriously how you come at me or talk about me dictates how I respond to you.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Lol you all crack me up! Yes i’m still a little bitter NBK, and i probably will be till the lakers go on a long winning run in several months. RiNig, That would be a wayyy bigger steal than Pau was from Memphis! Boozer litterally sucks these days. Sad to see. Allot of money for a bum (GIMME DAT MONEY!!). I like Taj allot but is he ever going to be starter material? isn’t he undersized at PF? And then what Noah and Howard starting lineup? i know you can’t have to much size but damn haha

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    the trade is never happening. matic pointed it out sarcastically, because it was a stupid thing for whoever wrote that, to write.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Word?
    Taj is starter material right now. He was starter material in his rookie season, when he started 70-plus games and did a damn fine job.
    Taj is the same size as Boozer, is already one of the best defenders at his position, and is a pretty good rebounder as well.
    He averaged 10 points, 7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per as a starter this year.
    In games where he played 30 or more minutes this season, he averaged 11.9 ppg, 9.6 rpg and 2.3 bpg.
    I’d say he’s pretty good starter material.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yes you are correct RiNig he obviously produces with the mins provided anyway. Maybe that exact trade isn’t going down but everyone is going to make a play for D12. I would think Noah would be required in that deal wich has been spoken about on here and as i recall the Bulls faithful would prefer to have Noah which i don’t blame you on. But honsetly Boozer and Noah for Howard would be a decent trade for both teams if Taj is as good as advertised. Who’s better Taj or Paul Milasp?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Pretty good because of his defensive flexibility, but he really needs to get that jumper right, and develop at least a solid jump hook. Then he will be better than Boozer.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Millsap.
    Taj is a better defender though.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lets note that Orlando will definitely, without question, want whoever they trade with to take back either turkoglu or arenas. Chicago is not a realistic destination for Howard under any circumstance. Also how often do you see one contender trade their best player to another contender in the same conference? Dwight is going to LAL or LAC from what I’ve heard so far, but if Orlando looks like they can at all compete for a title with Dwight I would bet they keep him. The new CBA might make it almost stupid for a player with bird rights to leave their team, unless they are championship chasing. (and dwight is 24, i would bet he is more about the money then the titles at this stage of his career)

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I wonder how much Gibson’s age should be a concern though.
    Dude will be 26 when next season start.
    Has he hit his ceiling?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    At first i was think Taj should try tha old “Put on 20 lbs” over the summer but maybe that whats wrong with concrete feet Booz is the extra muscle slows his ass up. I can’t believe the Celts are on the verge of elimination and the Lakes are gone. Clearly new things are happenin in the NBA these days. I don’t think its Perkins with the Celts either. If anything they were more prepared for Heat but still the athleticism is just to much for them. I think the Celts are twice the team the Heat are but obviously that means nothing.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    It’s all popcorn muscles…

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    The Bulls won, DRose played well and efficiently = Boring TPU.
    I garanty u 2morrow will b much more exciting, no matter what the results of the games are.
    GO CELTICS!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Lol. Well lets say his ceiling is in 4 years at age 30 thats still a good amount of time to get something outta him. RiNig did you watch Asik play for Turkey this last summer? Dude has SKILLLLLZ

  • http://bulls.com airs

    the only knock i have on taj is that he needs to get bigger.
    his J is actually pretty consistent (maybe more than booz, honestly) and he’s got some decent post up moves. like ACTUAL post up moves, not putting his head down and diving towards the rim.
    i predict bulls fans to groan through boozer’s injuries and inconsistencies for the next few years unless we can trade him for something more valuable, like a new gatorade vending machine or something.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    LakeShow – I made it a point to watch for Asik in the summer, cause I knew he’d be joining the Bulls.
    He didn’t really play all that much, if I remember correctly, though.
    I ever tell y’all Boozer holds like a three-day basketball camp for kids in Jueanu, Alaska every summer?
    I’m seriously considering signing up one of my kids just so I can go and see if he instructs them on the proper way to yell nonsense after every shot/rebound/assist/potential and-one.
    “Now, remember kids, it comes from the gut – GIMME DAT SH*T!!!!”

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    I’m a Hawks fan who vehemently disagrees with Myung’s regular take on Josh Smith, but his 10:38 post was absolutely on point.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    haha! i’d love to see that camp
    “lesson one – Defense? Optional”

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Lesson Two – “The Bobblehead Dance”. Much more imortant than defense!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    LMFAO RiNig, All the kids shouting back “GIMME DAT SH*T!” back at Booz lol. Asik did play somewhat limted mins for some reason. He played great everytime i saw him though. lmao at AIRS also. Booz: “Who wants to play defense?! Me either!”

  • http://bulls.com airs

    lesson 3
    “alright now kids there are times when your man is gonna blow right by you and go in for a lay up. now what do we do, do we push him and let him get an and one? or do we look around confused and blame your teammates?
    the answer: both. come on, lets go practice our confused faces”

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    stop dude your killin me^^!!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    i’m takin my kid to he manu ginobili camp when I have one…. He will master the flop so well he’ll do it to get out of homework at school

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    What about “bat grabbing?” Is that included in the basic package?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    no you have to pay an extra ten thousand dollars, send your kid out to argentina, and he’ll be gone for 1 month to 3 years. its a gamble worth taking i think

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    1 month to 3 years huh? haha i love it. Learn the ways of the Ginobli!

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Boozer: “No, young man! What are you doing?!”
    Kid: “Umm…I’m running back on offense?”
    Boozer: “Did you grab the defensive rebound?”
    Kid: “No.”
    Boozer: “Why not?”
    Kid: “Because my teammate did?”
    Boozer: “Why did you let your teammate get the board?”
    Kid: “Ummm…cause he’s my teammate?”
    Boozer: “NO! You gotta grab ahold of dat ball, yell ‘GIMMME DAT’ and GRAB DAT SH*T!!!”
    Kid (under breath): “Wow. My dad spent $300 for this?”
    Boozer” WHAT YOU SAY?!”
    Kid (normal voice): “Ummm… wow. My dad spent $300 for this?”
    Boozer: “I didn’t hear you! You better YELL DAT SH*T!”
    Kid: “WOW!! MY DAD SPENT $300 FOR DIS?!?!”
    Boozer: “That’s better! Now go practice your defensive stance! With one of the camp counselors!”

  • Myung

    What, it’s always good to hear your “voice” on here. Other than Lang and Coco, you’re the only other regular Hawks fan of the past decade on SLAMonline. I guess we have different views on Smoove. I’ve always been on my side of the line when it comes to him. Seems like most of our city was on his side for much of his career. Lately, a lot of folks have turned on him. I can at least say I’ve been consistent on my stance for the past 5 years; I’ve been down on Josh since season 3 (I cut him some slack his first two seasons). It’s not blind hate. I just hate how he plays the game. There are moments when he is an absolute beast. I can admit to that. But there are also so many instances of low basketball IQ and just general apathy (he takes off a lot of plays throughout games, on both sides of the court). He is such an amazing physical specimen, but I can’t get over how he only realizes 60% of his potential at best. It’s sad, really. Either way, it’s always good to see you reppin’ our team on here. Coco seems to have vanished from this site, and my wife and I just had our 2nd baby so I’m going to be MIA from here for the long run. You and Lang are going to have to hold it down for us. Take care.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Myung – congrats on the second child. Personally, I love fatherhood, I think it’s “the bees knees”, as Scoop Callahan might phrase it.
    I’ve only been around on SLAM Online since Derrick Rose’s rookie year, so I wasn’t around back in your heyday (though I’ve been down with the magazine since like issue 12, but was busy doing the military thing when the website was starting up) but it’s been dope reading your comments on here so if you’re gonna be gone for a while, peace and take care.

  • Myung

    Thanks, Rigo. I used to comment a ton (just like you guys do now). Then work got in the way. And marriage. And a baby. And most recently a 2nd baby. I have so little time. I squeeze in a little SLAMonline when I can, but I rarely have any free time. These late night Hawks games are killing me (for a lot of people, games ending at 11 PM aren’t that late… but I wake up at 5:30 AM and with two kids that wake us up at all hours of the night, I need ALL the sleep I can get). I love fatherhood too. There’s nothing like it. I mentioned this last week, but I named my son “Jordan.” You and everyone else can figure out why I named him that. And you’ll be happy to know that other than rooting for my hometown Hawks, I am a lifelong Bulls fan as well so this series is a win-win for me. I obviously am rooting for my team, but I will be happy to see either team advance (although in all honesty, I don’t think either team will get past Miami). Be good, man. I’ll still be around for a few days, but in spite of my optimism, I’m not expecting us to move on… which means my time on this site will probably be ending for a while.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Congrats on the second baby, Myung. Huge blessing.
    In bball news, the Heat just did their part in setting up the ECF-matchup that might get Slamonline to hire moderators for the course of a few weeks.
    Heat vs. Bulls aka Comment Wars.

  • JTaylor21

    Rigo, that 7:05pm comment was some classic sh*t.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Myung – ha, my son is named Jordan too. And I wake up at 5, but I feel you.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Ha, thanks JTaylor. Didn’t see you on here today. But I’ll expect to see you on TPU bragging about your boy Bron’s dominance.
    And deservedly so. Dude was a beast to the nth degree tonight.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Myung — No doubt. Understood on Josh. He’s easily the most polarizing player on the team and maybe one of the most polarizing ATL athletes in recent memory. I’ll do my best to hold it down for Hawks fans on here, haha.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Rigomatic 7:05 for the lol

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