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Nov 22

As John Winger famously said in the movie Stripes, “And then depression set in.”

Hey, you don’t get great literary references for a November game.

But like seeing his girlfriend walk out the door to close a terrible, horrible, no good very bad day, the Bulls Friday in losing 105-87 to the Portland Trailblazers began to see this road trip …

Nov 21

Kirk Hinrich Friday joined the rest of the world in the quest of being day to day.

“Day to day, I joke,” Hinrich said before Friday’s game in Portland about his bruised ribs/chest contusion which put him out of the game. “I hope I’m better tomorrow. Today was tough.”

Hinrich played the role of human pinball in the loss to …

Nov 21

If it’s Thursday, it must be Sacramento.

Too bad, because this Bulls Western tourist group doesn’t find much precious in those hills near where the famous gold rush took place. Instead, the Bulls came up empty and frustrated again in yet another double digit loss in Sacramento, this time 103-88. But getting better: The last two were by 42 and …

Nov 18

Why can’t Jimmy Butler be the MVP of the league?

No, he didn’t say it, and, in fact, the Bulls leading scorer Monday went to great lengths after the Bulls impressive comeback 105-89 win over the Clippers to deny he’s even one of the team’s go to scorers.

“I don’t think I’m a scorer,” said Butler, who led six Bulls …

Nov 17

Pau Gasol said he suffered a mystery calf strain Saturday in the game with the Indiana Pacers, thus forcing him to miss Monday’s game with the Clippers. Gasol said he hopes to play Thursday in Sacramento.

“Happened during the last game,” said Gasol before the game as he again was greeted by numerous Los Angeles media on his first return …

Nov 17

It was terrific Monday to hear Derrick Rose on the right path to a long career.

”Getting better every day,” Rose said about his hamstring injury, which will keep him out of Monday’s game against the Clippers. “Taking my time. (It’s) calming down, not as sore. Trying to listen to my body again and get the most out of every …

Nov 16

This time Butler couldn’t do it; at least not enough. Jimmy Butler, continuing his breakout season, scored a career high 32 points Saturday. But it wasn’t close to a solution for the Bulls as the decimated Indiana Pacers led almost the entire game on the way to a 99-90 victory.

Derrick Rose was out with a hamstring injury, but the …

Nov 14

A funny thing happened to the Bulls Thursday on the way to an impressive 100-93 victory over the conference leading Toronto Raptors, the Bulls’ fifth consecutive road win without a loss.

Derrick Rose, who had 20 points with the Bulls leading by seven with 1:53 remaining after being up by 18 a few minutes earlier, slipped on a drive and …

Nov 11

Derrick Rose was back Monday, and so was Joakim Noah, the Jake and Elwood of this Bulls band. And for the first time this season, the regular starters were all together, Pau “Opera” Gasol, Jimmy “the” Butler and Mike “Shooter” Dunleavy. It resulted in the best half of basketball for the Bulls, a 60-44 start on the way to a …

Nov 9

Remember when the Bulls looked like potential NBA champions, scoring impressively, shooting the ball as well as they have in years, a deep bench coming in to grab the baton from the starters and race ahead to finish off teams, a conference best record with the only loss in overtime?

Oh, right. That was Friday.

And then came Saturday when …

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