The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 129
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SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 DAILYIIKRAI.O SKCTION '2 PAGES Smaller role for Hughes; Bulls still lose BY MIKE MCGRAW intnrgmw®tlriifylirml<l.rom Nothing went even remotely well for the Bulls during their 116-93 loss at Boston on Friday. But earlier in the week, the team made an interesting transformation. After leading the Bulls in shot attempts for three consecutive games, newcomer Larry Hughes took a step back offensively during wins over Memphis and Cleveland. He scored a combined 20 points and took an average of 9.5 shots in those two contests, compared to averaging 22.7 points and 18.3 shot attempts in die previous three games. During the first five games with Hughes and Drew Gooden in the lineup, the Bulls' holdovers seemed to struggle with the change, including top scorers Ben Gordon and Luol Deng. Hughes recognized the situation. "I want to try to keep everybody playing the same role," said the 6-foot-5 guard, the oldest player on the Bulls' roster at 29. "We don't want to throw a drastic change in what these guys have been doing. "Lu's great inside the paint. BG shoots the ball well from outside. We can tell when guys are struggling, when guys are kind of out of their comfort zone." Deng and Gordon played more like their old selves in the wins over Memphis and Cleveland, while Hughes helped set aside criticism that he's more interested in getting Today's faceoff Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers at the United Center, 2p.m. TV: None Radio: WSCR670-AM The skinny: This is a must-win game for the Hawks, but it won't be easy. The surging Oilers have won five of their last six, including a 2-1 decision in overtime at Columbus on Friday. It was Edmonton's 21st game this season decided in either overtime or by Shootout. The Oilers are without five injured regulars in Geoff Sanderson, Shawn Horcoff, Raffi Torres, Ethan Moreau and Sheldon Souray. Edmonton leads the season series 2-1. Hawks goalie Patrick Lalime has both losses. Player to watch: Kevyn Adams. Hawks center returns after missing 53 games with torn knee ligaments, Next: Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday —TimSassone Hawks: Continued from Page 1 middle of a playoff race. With only 14 games left on the schedule and the Hawks still 6 points out of the eighth and final spot, a home game such as today's against Edmonton is critical to win. "This is a must win," Sharp said. "Every game from here to the rest of the year is going to be the biggest game of the year, but this definitely a must win. It's 2 points we have to have at home." There were times when it appeared that if Adams returned, it would be to a team hopelessly out of the playoff race, but 9 wins in the last 13 games has the Hawks still in the mix. "I'm ready and now it's go time," Adams said. "It's a huge time of year, so it's fun to be able to jump back in. I'm proud of what these guys have been able to do and so hopefully I can jump back in and add to it. I'm confident in my knee and confident I'm ready." ASSOCIATED 1'RKSS Larry Hughes has his shot blocked by Darius Songaila during the Bulls' 97-91 loss to the Washington Wizards on Feb. 29. a high volume of shots than winning games. "He's playing within the game," coach Jim Boylan said. "He's not really forcing anything. As a coach, I appreciate that, because he's trying to play a team game." Thursday's victory over Cleveland provided one sample blueprint for success with the new lineup. Deng and Gordon each finished with 23 points, while four other Bulls scored in double figures and the defense helped hold the Cavs below 40 percent shooting. "When we put five or six guys in double figures every night, it gives us a good chance to win," Hughes added. "When the time is right, when it's time to turn it up, I know I'm ready to do it and I know Drew is ready." A day later in Boston, the Bulls were not up to the challenge. Gordon, Hughes and Deng combined to hit 14 of 43 shots, while Kirk Hinrich scored just 3 points and was limited to 20 minutes because of foul trouble. "At times we look good," Boylan said. "At times we look like we just made a trade. It's still a work in progress." The Bulls might struggle for a few more days. On the heels of Boston, the Bulls visit Detroit tonight and host Utah on Tuesday. Making a run at one of the bottom playoff spots in the East, which die Bulls insist is a top goal, will depend on improving the chemistry of a guard-heavy roster. "I'm starting to feel comfortable, but I feel that we still have a ways to go as far as chemistry," Hinrich said. "It's going to take a little bit of time." Brown still looking out for Thomas BY MIKE MCGRAW mmrfynw@ilnilylirrnM.cnm Even though RJ. Brown has officially cut ties with the Bulls by signing with Boston, he still considers himself a mentor to second-year forward Tyrus Thomas. The two Louisiana natives were tight during Thomas' rookie season and were neighbors in the United Center locker room. "That's my guy," Brown said Friday. "That's my nephew, man. I'll always be there for him. Whenever he needs to talk to me or call me, I'll be on the phone. I love him like family. Things are rough right now, but things are going to turn around. He just has to stay strong." Thomas served the second game of his suspension Friday for missing a practice and should be available tonight at Detroit. "I didn't get a chance to really talk about it," Brown added. "We will. It's been a tough week for him, but Tyrus is strong. Tyrus has a lot of talent and he's going to be a player in this league. It's just going to take time for it all to come together." No to New Orleans: PJ. Brown also addressed why he chose to sign with the Celtics instead of his hometown New Orleans Hornets, one of the top contenders in the Western Conference. 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Brown said the Bulls never offered him a sign-and-trade scenario while they still held his Bird rights. Bull horns: Bulls newcomer Shannon Brown is a Proviso East High School product, like Celtics coach Doc Rivers, but their ties go even deeper. "My dad's a police officer. His dad's a police officer," Brown said. "My dad kind of came up under his dad. There's a lot of connections there." ... Luol Deng's roommate during his freshman year at Duke was Joe Pagliuca, whose father, Stephen, is a Celtics managing partner. The younger Pagliuca visited Deng in the locker room following Friday's game. Tonight's tlpoff Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills, 7 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet, ESPN Radio: WMVP1000-AM Update: One of the great mysteries of this NBA season Is how the Bulls have managed to go 3-0 against the Pistons, who own the league's second- best record at 45-17. The Bulls have won six of the last seven regular-season meetings between the teams and five straight, including a 98-91 victory at the Palace on Dec. 7. Fast facts: Detroit forward Rasheed Wallace sat out Friday's game in New York with a sore left ankle and is questionable for tonight. ...The Pistons lead the league in fewest turnovers per game with an average of 11.5. Next: Utah Jazz at the United Center, 7:30 p.mi Tuesday — Mike McGraw WHEN YOU BUY A SET OF FOUR GOODYEAR TIRES. OFFER VALID 3/8/0810 4/5/08. SEE S10RE FOR DETAILS. WHEN YOU PURCHASE A TIRE & WHEEL PACKAGE WITH YOUR DISCOUNT TIRE CREDIT CARD. OFFER VALID UNTIL 3/31/08. SEE STORE FOR DETAILS. BFGoodrich Jf YOKOHAMA rZiLKEM ItalOCCSTDnc Qnllnenlal® ALGONQUIN 2341 W. Algonquin BJ II b:t East of Randall Rd.l AURORA 2445 Augusta Way 11-88 S Orchard Rd] ...................... 16301 907-8720 BLOOMINGDALE 86 Stratford Dr. (Struck Rd ilGiryAvft rmmoBwgerKmjl 16301 528-2003 BOLINGBROOK 785 E. 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