Drew Gooden hasnt played in what 2 weeks? I personally think we have been playing our best ball since he stopped playing.
Tyrus Thomas has been putting up a double double basically every night since Gooden's absence. Ive been saying it for awhile that all he needs is the playing time and he can do it.
Noah who has still been inconsistent is playing well lately. Hes only had a couple bad games since taking over the starting C role.
Gooden is just like Larry Hughes a cancer to the offense. When i watch him play and he gets the ball he tries to back somebody down, but isnt strong enough, and then takes a fadeaway jumper. Ok so maybe sometimes he makes it, but it throws the offense off.
Our offense has been flowing better because Noah and Thomas arent looking to take jump shots all the time, they are looking to drive the lane and get easy buckets, or dish it off to somebody else.
We have been playing much better as a team with Hughes and Gooden not playing. Even Ben Gordon is taking less shots and passing the ball off alot more.
Please Paxson, trade Hughes and Gooden i dont care who we get, we can get Sam Cassel for those 2 for all i care. The team is better without them, if we can get a solid role player or 2 for these two ball-hogging bums please do it.
I really think with the way we are playing we can make a serious run in the 2nd half of the season. And possibly sneak in the 6th seed of the playoffs.
Heres some stats: Drew Gooden last played on 12/19.
Here are our main players' stats since that day. Luol Deng's since 1/12.
Points Rebounds Assists FG% Blocks Steals
Derrick Rose- 15.0 3.4 6.7 47% .2 .7
Ben Gordon 19.1 3.3 3.5 44% .3 .6
Luol Deng- 17.9 8.0 2.2 51% .4 1.5
Tyrus Thomas- 11.0 6.4 1.2 46% 2.0 1.3
Joakim Noah 6.5 7.0 1.0 53% 1.7 .43