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Mar 31

Sometimes the other guy is just too good and he gets you as Dirk Nowitzki did to the Bulls Saturday with a phenomenal shooting performance, 14 of 17 mostly tough shots for 35 points in an unlikely 100-98 Dallas Mavericks comeback win.

“Contested, off balance, off one leg,” muttered a dejected Jimmy Butler. “He’s a really hard person to guard. …

Mar 29

With an 82-game schedule that usually doesn’t provide more than a day or two in between contests, the NBA season rarely allows teams to enjoy any one particular victory for too long.

So it’s easy to understand why neither Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau or his team are spending much time basking in the glow of Wednesday night’s victory over the …

Mar 28

It really was something to see. LeBron James was losing it, unraveling like a worn Nike Wednesday with the Miami Heat trailing the Bulls 90-82 with about four minutes remaining on the way to a 101-97 loss and the end of Miami’s 27-game winning streak, the second longest in NBA history.

Don’t kid yourself, and don’t believe James when he …

Mar 27

After missing the last two games with a sore right knee, Heat guard Dwyane Wade will return to action on Wednesday when Miami takes on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

“I think I’m going to give it a go,” said Wade following the team’s shootaround at the arena. “I’ll get back out there, play, and see how I …

Mar 27

These days in the NBA, and elsewhere, you wonder about many things. I know I’ve heard it debated whether if a parsley farmer is sued they garnish his wages. If you are a vegan, can you eat animal crackers? And how exactly with 27 consecutive wins can you beat the Heat?

Punk ‘em, I say.

Nothing dirty or sinister, now, …

Mar 26

As they have all season, the Chicago Bulls remain focused on winning the next game on the schedule.

It just so happens that on Wednesday, the opponent comes in the form of LeBron James and the Miami Heat, winners of 27 games in a row.

Following the team’s practice Tuesday at the Berto Center, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau downplayed the …

Mar 25

The Bulls Sunday night won their second consecutive game, 104-97 over the Minnesota Timberwolves, after having lost 14 of their previous 24.

The Miami Heat Sunday won their 26th consecutive game.

The Bulls have Jimmy Butler, who started for the injured Marco Belinelli at shooting guard, and had 20 points, nine rebounds and three steals. The Heat has Dwyane Wade, …

Mar 24

With the Bulls’ gritty 87-84 victory over the Indiana Pacers Saturday at the United Center, I’m reminded of history, of Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence.

Stay with me here.

Jefferson famously wrote about everyone being equal, though conveniently forgetting about one population group. And while I assume Jefferson wasn’t looking ahead to this season’s Eastern Conference, though he …

Mar 22

The Bulls’ face of frustration Thursday in their mostly one sided 99-89 home loss to the Portland Trail Blazers was wearing a pony tail.

“We got smacked; we got smacked,” Joakim Noah said in clipped comments after the game.

Asked what the team could do differently, Noah was direct: “I don’t know.

“It’s disappointing, it’s really disappointing,” he said. “It’s …

Mar 21

Derrick Rose said Thursday he’s close to playing but not quite there yet.

Is that what they call deja vu all over again?

Hey, didn’t Rose say that in Los Angeles a few weeks back, and in Boston maybe a few weeks before that?

“It can be tomorrow where I feel I can play next game,” Rose told reporters Thursday …

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