Archive for January, 2012

Jan 15

It hadn’t been a great night for Taj Gibson and the men of the Bulls Bench Mob, giving up an early 13-point lead the starters had created against the Toronto Raptors Saturday in the United Center.

The game, featuring two teams playing their fifth game in six nights, which about everyone does in the NBA these days, had emulsified into …

Jan 14

It’s a new day, NBA. The Boston Celtics are dead. Long rule the new kids, the Bulls.

There’s no official passing of the torch in the NBA. But the Bulls with an impressive 88-79 victory over the Celtics in Boston Friday moved to the best record in the NBA at 11-2 with arguably the most difficult schedule leading the league …

Jan 13

The captain was ready to play Friday night against the Boston Celtics. As long as the captain of the toes, the big toe of Derrick Rose, was ready.

“I’ll probably lose a step, but this is just preparing me for when I get old,” Rose joked before Friday’s game against the Celtics after missing Wednesday’s game with a sprained big …

Jan 13

The Bulls hit the quarter pole of this reduced NBA season Friday night in Boston for the nationally televised ESPN game. And they go into the game with the quickly aging Celtics with the best record in the Eastern Conference by a game and a half.

Which means Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau may be on the way to coaching the …

Jan 12

Heck, I didn’t even know All-Star voting had started with the season just a few weeks old. And now it’s about over for the fans.

That’s because with the release of the first returns Thursday, the starting lineups appear set with Derrick Rose to start again at guard.

I’m not suggesting, mind you, that your vote doesn’t count and you …

Jan 12

Just imagine you didn’t know anyone in the NBA and you watched the Bulls Wednesday defeat the Washington Wizards 78-64. You’d never heard of the point guards playing against one another, John Wall and John Lucas III.

Lucas, leading the Bulls, had 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists with two turnovers, while Wall for the losers was without a …

Jan 11

It’s John Lucas III at point guard Wednesday for the Bulls with Derrick Rose missing just the seventh game of his career with a sprained toe from Tuesday’s game in Minnesota.

So, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was asked before Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards, who’ll back up Lucas with C.J, Watson still out injured along with Richard Hamilton.

“Lucas,” …

Jan 11

The Bulls keep moving on, their 111-100 victory Tuesday over the Minnesota Timberwolves increasing the team’s record to 9-2. Now whether Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer will join in remains to be determined.

The essence of the Bulls front line was again on the bench in the fourth quarter as the Bulls came back from losing a 24-point lead behind …

Jan 10

Perhaps it will work. After all, the Bulls might have the NBA’s best combination of overall team depth and interior defensive strength. So maybe in this unusual season of 66 games in 124 days, they can endure longer.

So far, it’s been remarkably effective with Monday’s 92-68 victory over the Detroit Pistons. The Bulls are 8-2 and in their three …

Jan 8

In basketball, as in life, there occasionally are times like the Bulls’ unusually uncompetitive 109-94 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Call it: Saturday happens!

“In this league,” offered Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, “you usually get what you deserve.”

It was stunning in many respects as Derrick Rose with eight points, six assists and five turnovers likely had the poorest game …

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