The Bulls lost a crushing game last night when their last second winning jumper was overturned after ten minutes of replay review. That has to hurt, but there were a couple of good Chicago notes to come out off the game. The first was that Derrick Rose continues to show how versatile and effective he can be. Just check out the line – 22 points, 5 assists, 2 blocks, a steal, a rebound, and no turnovers. The guy does a little bit of everything. He’s one heck of a player. Joakim Noah also had his second straight incredibly good game. He followed up a 16 rebound performance with 21 boards last night. This isn’t the first time Noah has strung together good games – he was brilliant in the playoffs last year. What he needs to do now is to find a way to keep his confidence high and his play strong like this over a more extended period. He has the capability to be an elite player if his normal output more closely approximated his best output.
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1. Jay Wright is a very lucky man. He’s the coach of a Final Four team now, but he came very close to being second-guessed for the rest of his life. With his team clinging to a late two point lead with seconds to go, Wright made the very bold call for a home run throw from the in-bounds. The receiver at the far end of the court couldn’t catch the ball and stay in-bounds, and they turned it over and gave Pitt a chance to win. The Panthers tied it up and Nova took the lead for good with less than a second left, though. If it hadn’t turned out that way, though, then Wright would have been haunted for life by questions about why he went for the bomb when he could have gone for a traditional in-bounds, probably gotten fouled, and won with less stress. Beyond that, though, that was probably the most entertaining game of the tournament. At least for a while, anyway. It was a slugfest between two heavyweights, and Nova proved that they are going to be very interesting down the stretch. They have been a nice, reasonably safe moneyline play as a mild underdog the last two rounds, and there is a good chance that that will continue next round.
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I’m not surprised to hear that the Vikings have decided to put Tarvaris Jackson on the bench. He hasn’t been helping his team at all so far, and the team has to do something now before it is too late to salvage the season. That seems ridiculous to say after just two games, but that’s how the league is. What I am surprised about, though, is that the team has name Gus Frerotte the starter for the rest of the seasonn. If the team was willing to get rid of Jackson that easily then why did they wait until now, and why didn’t they find a better option than Gus Frerotte? This move doesn’t give me a ton of faith in a coaching staff that I thought was ready for big things before the season started.