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2012-13 Record: 57-25 (3rd in West)z-nuggets

Playoff Result: Lost in First Round

Key Additions: Nate Robinson (free agent), J.J. Hickson (free agent), Randy Foye (free agent), Brian Shaw (coach), Tim Connelly (general manager)

Key Losses: Andre Iguodala (trade), Corey Brewer (free agent), Kosta Koufos (trade), George Karl (coach), Masai Ujiri (general manger)

Projected 2013-14 Record: 36-46 (9th in West)*

What to Expect: “So much of coaching is you cheat your family,” George Karl muttered solemnly to a room full of reporters. He paused, fighting back tears, “This is not about me. This is about a lot of people.” Karl, the 62-year-old head basketball coach of the Nuggets, was accepting his 2013 Coach of the Year award. Less than a month later, he was fired by the organization that he had just led to a franchise record 57 wins. His firing is a cold reminder that the NBA is a business. And when winning regular season games doesn’t equate to playoff victories – Karl was 21-38 in the playoffs with the Nuggets, only escaping the first round once in nine seasons – the nature of business, that only the strong survive, takes over. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Bulls 93, Hawks 76

Raj Prashad —  February 3, 2013

FINAL

CHI(29-18) 93 – 76 (26-20)ATL

Key Performers:

L. Deng (CHI): 25 pts, 14 reb, 5 ast, 4 stl, 2 blk
J. Smith (ATL): 19 pts, 13 reb, 5 ast, blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

No Joakim Noah, no Carlos Boozer and still without their electric point guard, Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls were able to outlast the Hawks, Saturday night. Chicago used an undersized lineup with 6-9 Taj Gibson playing center and head coach Tom Thibodeau combated Atlanta’s lineups with multi-guard sets. The Hawks led multiple times throughout the evening- clinging to a one-point lead when they did- but Chicago used a 9-0 run to close the third and they walked away with their second blowout win over Atlanta this year.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Two shots. That is how many shots J-Smoove took in the second half. He made one three-ball, missed his other attempt and grabbed seven rebounds as Jeff Teague did his best to stop Chicago’s third-quarter run. Smith was solid, but his disappearing act against an overmatched Chicago team doesn’t bode well for the Hawks moving forward. 7/10

Al Horford: Without Noah and Boozer, the Bulls didn’t have any problems with Atlanta’s interior duo of Horford and Smith. Chicago used speed against Horford on the defensive end and attacked him offensively, as he admittedly couldn’t find his shot throughout the contest Saturday. Horford notched a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double, but his inability to battle at the rim made it easy for Gibson to score 19 points and grab 19 rebounds on his career night. 7/10

Kyle Korver: 40 straight games. Korver has hit a trey in 40 straight games now, as his only three makes on the night came from beyond the arc. Korver is good for his 10 points and around five or six rebounds nightly, which was his production Saturday against the Bulls. He left some to be desired on the defensive end, letting Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton waltz up and down the court, though. 6.5/10

DeShawn Stevenson: Stevenson put up a dreadful 1-of-6 performance against the Bulls despite being in the starting lineup. The Hawks needed a full-team effort and Stevenson failed to show up when they needed him Saturday. It’s very possible that his knee is still bothering him. 3/10

Jeff Teague: Teague left midway through the first quarter with a right hip contusion, which gave a partial explanation for his struggles on the defensive end. The point guard scored 16 points on the night, including nine in the third quarter, but he had no answer for Nate Robinson. Robinson matched Teague’s nine with 12 of his own in the third and he had 20 points and eight assists for the game. Just imagine what kind of nightmarish matchup this team will be with Derrick Rose back to full strength. 6/10 Continue Reading…