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Official Game Thread: BULLS v. MAGIC 3/28/06 - 7:30 pm CT/WCIU/WRBW/NBALP

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Tuesday March 28, 2006 7:30 pm United Center, Chicago

Series: Bulls lead 2-0.

Last meeting: Bulls won 102-93 Dec. 7 in Orlando.

Records: Magic 27-43, Bulls 31-39.

Magic probable starters (ppg):

G DeShawn Stevenson 11.3, G Jameer Nelson 14.2, F Hedo Turkoglu 14.1, F Dwight Howard 15.6, C Tony Battie 8.1

Bulls probable starters (ppg):

G Chris Duhon 8.8, G Kirk Hinrich 15.7, F Luol Deng 13.8, F Andres Nocioni 12.0, C Michael Sweetney 8.4

Story line: The Bulls are coming off a 101-97 victory Sunday at Boston, their second straight win. A win over Orlando would pull them within one game of Philadelphia for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Orlando is only 7-29 on the road.

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Orlando has been playing good, hopefully we can keep our momentum going and pull this out.

Here's some other games of relevance tonight:
Phoenix @ Milwaukee
Washington @ Sacramento

No Philly tonight, they have Detroit on ESPN tomorrow night.
So if we win tonight, and the Pistons don't disappoint tomorrow, we'd be within .5 games of them.

Our next 5 games:
3/28 ORL
3/31 @ CHA
4/1 BOS
4/4 IND
4/5 @ PHI

Philly's next 5:
3/29 DET
3/31 @ NY
4/2 NY
4/4 @ CLE
4/5 CHI

Two straight games against the Knicks isn't something I wanted to see on their schedule.
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the suns are going to be really really pissed off tonight. i think the bucks are in for a tough one!
mizenkay said:
the suns are going to be really really pissed off tonight. i think the bucks are in for a tough one!
Ya seriously what the hell happened to them last night? They lost by 38 points, that's crazy.
The Bucks are 4 games ahead of us now, so I wouldn't count on getting anywhere near them by the end of the season (especially since there's only 12 games left), but they do have a rough schedule for the rest of the year:

3/28 PHX
3/31 @ DET
4/1 IND
4/4 @ MIA
4/5 @ ORL
4/7 @ MEM
4/9 NJ
4/12 WAS
4/14 @ NY
4/15 ATL
4/17 DET
4/18 @ WAS

I haven't been following closely, but I don't think they've been playing too bad lately, 6-4 in their last 10.

I wouldn't want to be them tonight though. :D
Nash didn't even score last night, I wouldn't bet on the same thing happening tonight.
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Bulls are favored by 5.5 tonight, how many of you like them to win by 6+?

The Bucks have fared well against the top teams in the Western conference so far this year, they maynot win, but I think it will be an excellent game... I hope.
game preview

CHICAGO (Ticker) - Ben Gordon and the surging Chicago Bulls look to continue their late push toward the postseason when they host the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.

The Bulls have won two straight and trail the Philadelphia 76ers (32-37) by just 1 1/2 games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Gordon scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter on Sunday as Chicago rallied for a 101-97 triumph over the Boston Celtics.

Luol Deng scored 20 points while Chris Duhon added 17, six rebounds and seven assists for the Bulls, who never led in the first 45 minutes but never trailed in the final three.

Gordon has come alive since being taken out of the starting lineup for Chicago's last two games. The 2005 Sixth Man Award winner has scored a total of 42 points off the bench over his last two games.

The Bulls hope for another strong performance from Gordon on Tuesday against a Magic squad that has won three straight and seven of its last 10.

Hedo Turkoglu scored 23 points and Dwight Howard added 15 and 13 rebounds on Sunday as Orlando posted a 108-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Jameer Nelson had 15 points and reserve Darko Milicic chipped in 13 for the Magic, who have lost both meetings with the Bulls this season.

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Bulls will win this one and continue storming towards the playoffs.
surging? I dunno about that. But one things for sure, I hope we kick some magic rear tonight. I have a bad feeling about this game. Not sure why.
apelman42 said:
Bulls are favored by 5.5 tonight, how many of you like them to win by 6+?
That's the exact line I rate the game to be as well, so 50/50%
anorexorcist said:
surging? I dunno about that. But one things for sure, I hope we kick some magic rear tonight. I have a bad feeling about this game. Not sure why.
Me too....this feels like a trap game. Orlando is not that bad and IIRC, Howard usually does pretty good against us.

If we win this, that 8th spot is ours. There's no way the Sixers can keep it the way they are playing right now. Plus of the three teams looking for that 8th spot (Philly, Chicago and Boston), we have the easiest schedule of the 3 I believe, and we have the best shot of getting there if we win tonight.

OK one more thing, I think some important games down the stretch we need to win in order to get that 8th spot: (let's be honest, EVERY game is important right now).

-Tonight against Orlando
-pretty much the next two weeks (we're facing Boston again, so they'll be hungry for revenge. And we also have to face Philly twice in the nexxt two weeks, so we'll have to get those Ws in order to get that 8th place.)

I'm telling you guys, the two most important games that are left are those two games against Philly. Those two will either make or break our chances of making the playoffs. If we win one and lose one, we still have a chance. Lose both, we're out. Win both, we're in for sure.

Let's hope tonight is gonna turn out with a victory. GO BULLS!!! Let's get that 8th spot!!
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Sweetney with the bounce inside. layup GOOD. Deshawn Stevenson has it, lost it.

Deng baseline travels with the ball.

Nelson baseline. OOB Magic ball. Hedo to inbounds. to D-Ho. to Turkoglu for three. GOOD.

3-2. 11:00 left
Hinrich to Nocioni. top of the key jumper GOOD. 4-3 Bulls.

Howard has it up high to Deshawn . to Hedo, to Jameer in the corner, three try. MISS>

Nocioni downlow, fakes gets fouled by D-HO. shooting foul.

makes the first FT. and the second. 6-3. Bulls.
steal by Hinrich to Noc, to Deng to Duhon for three. GOOD!

9-3 Bulls.

Wayne Larivee has the 9-0 run incorrect.

Turkoglu to Nelson for three. GOOD.

Deng downlow outside to Noc, drives layup GOOD. 1-6.

Howard spins inside the lane. layup GOOD.

11-8 Bulls.
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Hinrich in the lane. to Noc. to Sweetney, fakes a jumper to Deng jumper MISS.

Battie loses the ball. Hinrich picks it up, brings it up. to Deng layup MISS. but fouled by Jameer.

Deng missed the first.
Dwight Howard dunks the ball. 10-12 Bulls

Hinrich drives baseline kicks out to Noc, runner in the lane GOOD and fouled!

14-10. 15-10 as he makes the FT.

7:39 left.
Turk to Jameer splits defenders, layup GOOD.

Deng around the curl, jumper in the lane, MISS.

Arroyo brings it Battie, stolen by Duhon, drives layup MISS. but fouled.
Duhon splits FT's 16-12.

Arroyo to Battie, long jumper MISS. Sweetney. boards.

to Deng, to Nocioni driving baseline, dunks the ball!

Stevenson has it, loses the ball on the cut, to DUhon to Noc, back to DUhon, for three. MISS. Sweetney, boards, a putback IS MISSED. 18-12.

makes both FT's. timeout Orlando. 20-12 6:06 left.

Bulls look SHARP.
Good start for the Bulls. Suns up over Bucks by 3, Charlotte over Atlanta by 5, hopefully those stand
Howard inside layup MISSED. rebounds his shot, MISS again. Darko has it to Turk.

Turkoglu fouled by Sweetney on the layup attempt.

splits FT's

Sweetney downlow from Hinrich, layup GOOD.

Stevenson three try MISS. arroyo boards. jumpball Arroyo and Deng. Hinrich has it.

Noc jumper MISS. tipped by Tyson MISS.

Arroyo gets fouled on the reach-in.

Arroyo sets up. to Stevenson to Darko back to Carlos jumper GOOD.


Duhon brings it up. to Hinrich . around a screen to DUhon to Deng circles in the lane, jumper MISS. got his own board and dunks it.


Luol on the fastbreak, jumper GOOD. 26-15. Bulls 3:25 GOOD

Arroyo brigns it up to Deshawn layup MISS. Dwight Howard gets the board. good and 1. timeout Bulls 26-17. 3:12 left
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