The Bulls are playing like a bunch of school girls right now. Skiles does not seem to know what he is doing with the lineup. When it looks like the team has some chemistry, he messes up the lineup. Tonight against the Suns the lineup of Duhon, Gordon, Deng, Nocioni, and Tyrus, they were doing some damage. Tyrus did his job and got Amare into foul trouble. At that point Tyrus has a much more open lane to do what he does. So what does Skiles do? Takes him out and puts in Joe Smith. Now I know Smith is a veteran, but Tyrus earned that. And when Smith was in, he played scared. Ridiculous. I'll go down the line now with everyone else.
Hinrich: BAD decision making as of late. If he is open for a 17-footer, he has to make it. No question.
Gordon: Still WAAAAY to streaky.
Deng: Absolutely ineffective in the 4th quarter.
Nocioni: Tons of heart. Leads by example.
Tyrus: Still raw. Needs to learn control, but when can control himself, VERY dangerous
Wallace: No passion, let him go
Thabo: Plays too timid
Duhon: Should be starting. Shows great composure when he is in.
Noah: NBA body, just needs to adjust to the speed of the NBA
Smith: Great open jumper, plays cool, almost TOO cool at times
Gray: BIG man, he'll be the next Brad Miller
Khryapa: His game is in his name
It's obvious there is no superstar or all-star on this team at the moment. This is how they start every year though. And if that's the case, it just means the off-season pickups did not obviously improve the team. Once they gel, they may be great, but right now it is status quo. When teams like Utah and Boston have clearly gotten better, it's going to be a looong season for the Bulls. What happens next? Skiles will mixup the lineup until ultimately Gordon will come off the bench and start scoring 25ppg. It has happened the past 3 years, and it will happen again this year. If Hinrich, Deng, or Tyrus can pick up their game a level, then they will be a successful team. But if this continues into December, we'll be saying goodbye to Coach Skiles.