Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Man, What the Hell Was I Thinking??? Here's what I said on Friday:
And with Pippen out now at least a month, its E-Rob's time to shine. He's actually been playing pretty well so far this year, but will get a major minutes boost from the 20 he's been averaging thus far. Consider it an opportunity to finally see what he can do.
Since then, there have been 2 games, a loss at Milwaukee (how, I don't know), and then a shocking win at home against the league-leading Pacers. Here's the E-Rob resurrection stat line:
@Milwaukee: 3min, 0pts, 0 rebs, 0ast Indiana: DNP
Impressive huh? I couldn't have been more wrong about ERob's minutes, since they've actually plummeted since Pippen had surgery. Here's what was in the Herald:
Eddie Robinson has played a total of three minutes in the two games since he let Spurs guard Manu Ginobili shake loose and bury 3 straight 3-point baskets late in a loss last Monday. But coach Scott Skiles wanted to make it clear that the defensive lapse against Ginobili is not why Robinson has stayed on the bench. "I made a point when I came here of telling everyone that I not only base things on what they do in the game," Skiles said. "I base it on coming early, staying late, working on their games, knowing what we're supposed to be doing. There are other reasons I may or may not be playing somebody besides just one thing that happens in a game." For the record, Robinson rarely stays after practice for extra work.
Yeah, He was the one guarding Ginobili when he went on that 4th quarter rampage in their game last week. But who in the league can stop MANNUUU!!! Point is, I believe Skiles when he says it wasn't the reason for Robinson's lack of play lately. At least I want to believe him, because that would be the kind of knee-jerk reaction I'd expect from Bill Cartwright. So apparently it took Robinson a little over a week to get his new coach doubting him. Great work. So who was exactly playing at the forward spot while E-Rob was counting his millions on the bench?? Why its our old friend Marcus Fizer!! Well..MY old friend, since most Bulls' fans hate him. Look at what he's been up to lately:
@Milwaukee: 30min 19pts 5rebs 3ast Indiana: 37min 15pts 15rebs 2ast
This whole year I thought Fizer hadn't been playing minutes because his knee couldn't handle it yet, since I know the man can play when healthy. I still think he's a great guy to have off the bench for some inside scoring (and who doesn't need that). More bad news for that lineup though, since its possible that Curry may miss tonight's game (or as NBA.com now says, 2-4 weeks!!!) against the Magic due to a bruised knee suffered in the Indiana game. Corie Blount is also out till the weekend. So that leaves 3 guys to take up major minutes: Davis, JYD, and Fizer. I think that frontcourt could shatter the NBA record for offensive fouls in a game. So look out for that. Missing Curry tonight could really hurt, since the Magic get torched by everyone inside, the kind of defense that Eddy scores at will on (the kind of defense that Eddy isn't scared of). The new starting backcourt of Hinrich and Crawford is really playing well together, so it would be nice to see some momentum from them carried into this game along with any help possible inside. This game begs for a win. But fear not on the injury front, because Rick Brunson is back in town!! start the Grant Park rally. He was traded for Roger Mason Jr., in what was the worst kept secret in the league. Add Mason to the list with fellow 2002 draft pick Lonny Baxter, guys that Bulls fans loved to say 'give them a chance', which they never got it, probably because they're not very good. Hm....I can't remember anyone ever saying 'give Dalibor Bagaric a chance!' . Oh well, I doubt Mason will get minutes with the Raptors either, but good luck to him regardless. All kidding aside, if Curry is really out 2-4 weeks to go along with Chandler and Pippen, this could be a bad bad month. But the Magic are terrible, so lets get a win! UPDATE: well....I guess this is as official as you can get.