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Missing man? Bulls face former teammate Keith Bogans

February 06, 2012|RedEye

The Bulls had the NBA's best record last season and was three games away from playing in the NBA Finals. But something was amiss.

Starting shooting guard Keith Bogans, a defensive hound, was an offensive liability. He averaged 4.4 points per game. Not good.

In the offseason, the Bulls parted ways with Bogans and picked up veteran Richard Hamilton, who has been out much of the year with injuries.

Bogans wasn't happy about how he was treated.

"I don't know why they waived me," Bogans told the Chicago Tribune on Monday. "I get upset every time I talk about it."

Bogans is now playing for the New Jersey Nets, averaging 3.7 points per game.

But would he make his former team and fans miss him Monday night when the Bulls rolled into town? We tracked him during the Bulls' easy 108-87 win.

WE DON'T MISS HIM

Bogans gets the ball along the baseline for a wide-open three-pointer early in the first quarter, and he bricks it. Been there, done that. Too often.

WE MISS HIM

Bogans shows his toughness in the paint, using a pump fake then following his own miss to score his first points of the game.

WE DON'T MISS HIM

A wide-open Joakim Noah prepares to go up for a dunk—or at least a lay-up—but Bogans grabs him by the arm and swings him to the ground. Not cool, Keith.

WE MISS HIM

Like he was able to do at least once a game, it seems, Bogans hits a three-pointer to break a two-minute second-quarter scoreless streak for the Nets. Still, they are down 45-23 at this point.

WE DON'T MISS HIM

When he's in the game, Bogans spends most of the time hanging out behind the three-point line, scarcely moving. Even on one good leg, Hamilton moves more in one night than Bogans does in an entire season.

WE MISSHIM

At 10:55 in the third quarter, Bogans drives to the hoop then drops off a nice pass to a cutting Kris Humphries for a dunk. Nice play.

FINAL JUDGMENT: Let's be real. The Bulls don't miss Bogans. They don't seem to miss anyone. Even with Derrick Rose, Hamilton and Luol Deng out this season, the Bulls haven't missed a beat.

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