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Boozer not trusted late by Thibs?

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08:15 AM ET 01.27 | Carlos Boozer wondered why, with the Bulls trailing by three late in Wednesday night's loss to the Pacers, he was replaced by Brian Scalabrine. That meant coach Tom Thibodeau thought Option C -- Scalabrine -- gave the Bulls a better chance of getting a stop than leaving Boozer on the floor. ... [It's] fair to question whether he has completely bought in defensively. He never has been and never will be a great one-on-one defender. That's OK. The Bulls aren't a great one-on-one defensive team. It's everybody executing their responsibilities within Thibodeau's system that makes the defense greater than the sum of its parts. Too often, breakdowns happen when Boozer doesn't react quickly enough.

Chicago Sun-Times

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January 27, 2012  09:11 AM ET

FIRST!!!

January 27, 2012  09:12 AM ET

LOL!!! This is funny...

January 27, 2012  09:14 AM ET

Damn being replaced by Scal is never a good thing....

January 27, 2012  09:19 AM ET

What, No Magic threads? Even in this crazy season, the two straight humiliating losses to a depleted Celtics team is somewhat mind-blowing.

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January 27, 2012  09:41 AM ET

Damn. Being replaced by Scalabrine should be a wake up call for Boozer.

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January 27, 2012  10:13 AM ET

Well I watched the game, the Bulls were down 3 points with 15 seconds left and the ball. It was fairly obvious to me that Chicago needed a three to tie the game. In this instance, playing Brian was the right call. he has the ability to make a three point shot. Boozer does not. And with Deng and Gibson both out with injuries there was really no other option. Plus Brian spaced the flood a bit more for Rose.

And as fate would have it Brian did get a wide open look from the wing... but front rimed it and the Bulls lost their first home game of the season. The real point hear is Chicago has 12 guys who can play basketball.

January 27, 2012  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Well I watched the game, the Bulls were down 3 points with 15 seconds left and the ball. It was fairly obvious to me that Chicago needed a three to tie the game. In this instance, playing Brian was the right call. he has the ability to make a three point shot. Boozer does not. And with Deng and Gibson both out with injuries there was really no other option. Plus Brian spaced the flood a bit more for Rose. And as fate would have it Brian did get a wide open look from the wing... but front rimed it and the Bulls lost their first home game of the season. The real point hear is Chicago has 12 guys who can play basketball.

Why did the article focus on defense ?

January 27, 2012  10:33 AM ET
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Why did the article focus on defense ?

Because the Chicago Sun-Times needs to get their circulation up? I have no idea, but to suggest that Scal is a better defender than Boozer is laughable.

January 27, 2012  10:50 AM ET

Wonder what Scal thinks and if he did a double take when Thib's asked him to go in.

January 27, 2012  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Wonder what Scal thinks and if he did a double take when Thib's asked him to go in.

Unfortunately he has been playing the last 10 days or so, the sprained ankles of Gibson and Noah along with Deng wrist he has to.

January 27, 2012  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Well I watched the game, the Bulls were down 3 points with 15 seconds left and the ball. It was fairly obvious to me that Chicago needed a three to tie the game. In this instance, playing Brian was the right call. he has the ability to make a three point shot. Boozer does not. And with Deng and Gibson both out with injuries there was really no other option. Plus Brian spaced the flood a bit more for Rose. And as fate would have it Brian did get a wide open look from the wing... but front rimed it and the Bulls lost their first home game of the season. The real point hear is Chicago has 12 guys who can play basketball.

Everything you wrote makes a lot of sence but I still think if Boozer was a better (tougher) defender, he would have stayed in the game. Just my opinion.

January 27, 2012  11:37 AM ET

Boozer has taken a lot criticism since arriving in Chicago, it's like the city and organization expected him the single handedly carry this team to the finals.

January 27, 2012  12:01 PM ET

It was the correct move. If Scalabrini hits the shot (and more often than not he does) everybody is talking about what a genius Thibs is.

January 27, 2012  12:54 PM ET

Boozer's defense has always been crap. This move should come as no surprise to anyone who has seen him play. Defensively, he is a liability on the floor. Low desire, low effort.

January 27, 2012  01:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

......If Scalabrini hits the shot (and more often than not he does).....

No....."more often then not" Scalabrine misses the shot.

This just goes to show that of the 12 roster spots, one should NEVER be dedicate to a charity case.

I mean, c'mon.....he shouldn't have been anywhere near the court.....if ANYONE truly believes that Scalabrine is a bonifide NBS talent, then they're absolutely outta their mind!

January 27, 2012  01:32 PM ET
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....a bonifide **NBS** talent....

Should be ....."NBA".....

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January 27, 2012  01:43 PM ET

He'll be on the move soon

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