Archive for December, 2013

Dec 31

The Memphis Grizzlies are the Bulls’ kind of Western Conference team. They don’t score much or shoot well and can’t make threes. They like to run down the clock until they have to force up a contested shot, but they’re willing to give you a shot of another sort. Yeah, they can play those guys.

And the Bulls did Monday, …

Dec 29

So how bad was it for the Bulls Saturday at the United Center in a 105-83 loss to the Dallas Mavericks?

It was so bad Vince Carter deserved to have a nickname again and Shawn Marion deserved credit.

The two oldest Mavs with a combined 29 years in the NBA and working on near career low seasons and their Social …

Dec 26

The Bulls’ hopes of having a player in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game took a bit of a hit in the latest NBA fan voting returns released Thursday.

It’s now looking as if center Joakim Noah may have the best chance among the Bulls players as he held onto seventh among Eastern Conference frontcourt players. Deng, who was ninth among …

Dec 25

Practice! Yes, Tom Thibodeau was talking about practice after the Bulls ruined the Brooklyn Nets’ Christmas Day with an inspiring 95-78 victory and perhaps the birth of a new attitude.

Yes, Thibodeau was talking about the game in which Taj Gibson was dominant with 20 points, eight rebounds and two blocks back in his native Brooklyn, Jimmy Butler had 15 …

Dec 24

Christmas morning is one for surprises, and starting at 11 a.m., the NBA is getting one.

No Derrick Rose, no Brook Lopez, Paul Pierce barely avoiding a suspension, Luol Deng likely out with an Achilles problem, Carmelo Anthony uncertain with a sprained ankle, Kevin Garnett calcifying.

“We’ll go in there and probably think of Game 7 for a minute,” said …

Dec 23

It’s 800 miles to Chicago, they’ve got almost a full roster, it’s late morning, it’s inside, they’ve got sunglasses and it’s Christmas Day.

Hit it!

The Bulls are putting the band back together.

“Doing better,” Kirk Hinrich said Monday after participating in practice. “Today was big for me to get my legs underneath me a little bit and get a …

Dec 22

What’s the word for that again? You know. When guys are happy, six of them scoring in double figures, when you have a season-high shooting percentage, a whopping edge in rebounding and a high number of assists? You know what I mean, when you score more points than the other team? Oh, c’mon, what’s that again?

Oh, right. Thanks. A …

Dec 20

There’s ice and there’s electrical stim and there’s massage and there’s ultrasound and there’s heat and manual therapy and soft tissue and joint work and muscle relaxation and all the conventional remedies for treating injuries.

But now with Jimmy Butler Thursday on crutches after a sprained ankle during the 107-95 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Luol Deng in a …

Dec 19

Noah? Present.

Deng? Absent.

Boozer? Present.

Hinrich? Absent.

Augustin? Anyone got a play book?

Just the right time for the Bulls Thursday to be on national TNT to play the league’s hottest team, the Oklahoma City Thunder who have won 15 of the last 16 games. And that’s with only four games against Eastern Conference teams.

Anyone for watching A …

Dec 19

Sometimes it’s such a beautiful morning and a storm comes up unexpectedly and ruins the day. Sometimes you are so certain about something, perhaps a stock or a friend, and maybe even a sports team, and it’s just not what you ever imagined.

Wednesday when the Bulls were in Houston in what would become a 109-94 loss, the Bulls 12th …

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