Sam Smith Archive
Posted on Apr 12
The Bulls game in New York Sunday suddenly, and surprisingly, became, at least in theory, a lot easier.
Though it may make the playoffs a bit more difficult.
That’s because the Atlanta Hawks Saturday night defeated the Miami Heat 98-85. And Dwyane Wade played this time. The Atlanta victory eliminated the Knicks from the playoffs with the Hawks clinching the …
Posted on Apr 12
Taj Gibson usually sits next to Derrick Rose on the Bulls bench. The fourth quarter was about to begin Friday, and though the Bulls had worked back from an 18-point halftime deficit to the Detroit Pistons, they still trailed by 10 and were being hammered on the backboards with Andre Drummond on the way to a game of 26 points …
Posted on Apr 10
How does that slogan go about the NBA playoffs? Forty days and forty nights? No, that’s the Noah movie. And no, there’s not a movie about Joakim Noah, who had yet another triple-double Wednesday in the Bulls’ 102-87 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Not yet, anyway. Come see our big, sweaty ballerinas? No, that’s not it.
It’s that you want …
Posted on Apr 6
You remember mid-January, don’t you? Actually, it’s not a very pleasant memory for those of us in the Midwest. There was about 25 inches of snow on the ground already for the month and we were learning the phrase “polar vortex” in also a most educational month. It was, by all accounts, a vortex to forget.
For the Bulls, too, …
Posted on Apr 5
The Bucks stopped here Friday in the Bulls 102-90 victory over Milwaukee. Nah, been used too much.
The Bulls passed the Bucks, and outrebounded them and outhustled when as well with 13 steals, equaling a season high they also matched in Atlanta Wednesday. Don’t really like that one, either.
The Bulls Bucked the trend of being threatened by losing teams …
Posted on Apr 3
There didn’t seem anything extraordinary in the Bulls’ 105-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday, a sweep of the season series that was the Bulls’ fifth win in their last six to move to a season best 43-32.
The Bulls still remain tied with Toronto for third in the Eastern Conference and two and a half games ahead of fifth …
Posted on Apr 1
The Eastern Conference is certainly getting interesting, which is something no one has much said this season. So let’s take a look at the standings as the NBA heads into the final month of the regular season and fewer than 10 games remaining for most of the teams.
1. Brooklyn 30-12
2. Bulls 30-14
3. Miami 27-15
4. Toronto …
Posted on Apr 1
They’re all teams, 30 of them in the NBA. But some, like the Bulls, just seem like more of a team than others. And it came through once again Monday in a 94-80 victory over the Boston Celtics.
The win moved the Bulls to a season-best 10 games over .500 and tied for third in the Eastern Conference with the …
Posted on Mar 31
It’s about two minutes left in a tough game, the score tied. It’s called different things in different places. Pat Riley called it ‘Winnin’ Time. The Celtics knew it as a Larry Legend Moment.
For these Bulls, who defeated the Boston Celtics Sunday 107-102, it’s just another D.J. Save.
“He’s meant a little bit,” Joakim Noah deadpanned in a vibrant …
Posted on Mar 29
Surprisingly, Bulls players were not huddled around the radio late Friday night after the dispiriting 91-74 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Joakim Noah, who had 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, sat for a long time in his locker stall staring ahead. Jimmy Butler quietly picked at his cell phone. Taj Gibson dressed quickly, pulled on a bright …