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Apr 26

Joakim Noah was, as usual, the last one to leave the Bulls locker room after Friday’s breathless 100-97 victory over the Washington Wizards. It had been both an emotional and pivotal day, Noah earlier at shootaround involved in an expletive-filled dispute with an antagonistic Wizards’ employee and then fouling out late in the game. But as Noah scrubbed out his …

Apr 25

This is what you’d say is a must win for the Bulls Friday in Washington trailing the first round playoff series 2-0 with only three teams in NBA history having come back to win after losing the first two games at home.

Dare we say backs to the wall as no team in NBA history has ever won a playoff …

Apr 23

Perhaps the Bulls have the Washington Wizards right where they want them after Tuesday’s 101-99 overtime loss left the Bulls trailing 2-0 in this first round playoff series.

No Bulls team ever has recovered to win a series after losing the first two games at home, and only three teams have done so in NBA history.

But doesn’t it fit …

Apr 22

Love is what truly makes Joakim Noah who he is.

Love of his family, who was there Monday when Noah received the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, love of his teammates, whom he credited for his success, love of the fans, who thrill to his passion, and love of the game, a love that is on display …

Apr 21

No more Bulls home court advantage with Washington’s 102-93 victory in Game 1 of the playoffs Sunday! Outplayed down the stretch and outrebounded! Again! If Nene means baby, the Bulls need a bigger pacifier! I’m not even close to being out of exclamation points!

Help?

“We’re not going to get away from the guys who have gotten us there,” Bulls …

Apr 21

The Washington Wizards had something of an in your face strategy against the Bulls Sunday that went a long way toward the Wizards’ 102-93 victory in Game 1 of the playoffs.

The Wizards basically declared, “You guys aren’t that good.”

It wasn’t exactly in those words, and I’m fairly sure no one among the Wizards even thought that.

But, in …

Apr 20

There’s this view that the Bulls got to the conference finals on that last day of the regular season as they avoided the first round matchup with Brooklyn and saw Miami into the opposite bracket. And the Pacers already trail the Atlanta Hawks 1-0. Just four games from the Finals?

Or summer vacation.

We know Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau isn’t …

Apr 19

It’s a tired cliché to match sports teams with the images of their cities. As blue collar as Chicago likes to consider itself, it’s one of the great finance capitals of the world. And as sophisticated as Washington would like to be, there are as many working peoples’ areas as in Chicago.

Though when the Bulls open the 2014 playoffs …

Apr 19

So did we go another year just for Heat-Spurs II? Or can Oklahoma City finally break through now that they are about to have the league MVP? Or has Houston made the offseason acquisition with Dwight Howard that will be the difference?

As the 2014 NBA Playoffs open Saturday with Brooklyn at Toronto at 11:30 a.m. CT followed by perhaps …

Apr 17

The Bulls and Wizards played just three times this season with the Wizards winning two. Both of those wins were in January, shortly after the Bulls traded Luol Deng. Though the Bulls were playing well in that stretch with seven wins in nine games, both losses were to Washington, which had Nene playing at the time. Nene suffered a knee …

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