Playoff Teams Preview, cont.
I’ve never been a big fan of this team. Last year, people loved this squad. But, really how is this team a title contender? They have 1 great player and 2 good ones. That’s it. Byron Scott isn’t anything special as a coach. This team lacks depth. They are what they should be- a number 7 seed who is going to get exposed in the playoffs.
CP is obviously great, no denying that. 21 points, 11+ dimes, 3 steals a night? Those are incredible numbers. But David West is incredibly overrated. And Chandler is pretty limited, despite his athleticism.
This team needs to find a backup point guard, a wing player who can create their own shot, and another big man to bring off the bench. Then, they might have something. For now, expect a quick exit against a Denver team that is just too physical inside for them.
thrived since trade for Miller, Salmons
KEYS: Gordon- 20.7 ppg, 41% 3pfg
The Bulls are playing possibly the best ball of any of the Eastern Conference going into the playoffs. Through the first two games against the C’s, they have shown that. The backcourt of Ben Gordon and Derrick Rose is explosive and the inside athleticism of Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah is starting to develop.
I like this team. They have a centerpiece in Rose, and a lot of athletic players to place around him. And Ben Gordon is one of the best closers in the League. Vinny Del Negro seems like a good young coach as he has helped Rose’s transition this year playing the hardest position. They are giving the C’s serious problems with their speed and outside shooting. At 1-1, they could easily go home and take two games in what is going to be bedlam in the Windy City. But, I don’t see it all happening. The C’s got too much pride and they got Pierce and Jesus. Eventually, after 6 or 7 games, the late-game experience of Boston will take over.