Sam Smith Archive
Posted on Oct 24
The grey warm up t-shirt the Bulls’ starting shooting guard was wearing before Friday’s final preseason game was soaked through with sweat. He was ready to go. Yes, it was time for Jimmy Butler to change into his suit to watch the game.
Butler remains sidelined with a sprained thumb sustained last week against Charlotte. It, unfortunately, occurred just a …
Posted on Oct 20
The Bulls Monday lost 107-98 to the Cleveland Cavaliers, their consensus rival for supremacy in the Eastern Conference. There wasn’t all that much to make of the result with LeBron James sitting out almost the last seven minutes, the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler out with a sprained thumb and James and Derrick Rose often playing at different times.
But it was …
Posted on Oct 20
The Bulls Sunday in a 101-96 preseason win over the Charlotte Hornets finally began to show their hand for the regular season.
And they deserved a hand, as it were, for a strong finish after blowing a 13-point fourth quarter lead as Derrick Rose showed his old form scoring the team’s last six points and Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol …
Posted on Oct 17
Bulls broadcaster Stacey King likes to call Jimmy Butler by the nickname Jimmy Buckets. He may soon have to switch to Jimmy Bucks.
The Bulls shooting guard, who is up for a new contract this month, was money in the Bulls bank Thursday with a buzzer beating three for an 85-84 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Butler with 20 fourth …
Posted on Oct 14
The Bulls Monday evened their preseason record at 2-2 with a 110-90 victory over the Denver Nuggets in which the Bulls overcame a 21-point first half deficit.
That led Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau to remark afterward, predictably, of course, that the team had much work to do to be ready for the regular season.
“The regular season is going to …
Posted on Oct 12
We know the sports axiom that a player doesn’t lose his starting job when he is injured.
Except perhaps if his team needs that player to help stabilize its reserve unit and depth.
The Bulls Saturday held on for their first win of the preseason, 91-85 over the Milwaukee Bucks. Pau Gasol led the Bulls with 20 points, 11 rebounds …
Posted on Oct 7
Perhaps the Bulls will have more good fortune in the regular season this time.
The Bulls Tuesday lost their second straight preseason game—after going undefeated in last year’s preseason—111-109 in overtime to the Detroit Pistons.
It was played as early preseason games generally are, this time with Joakim Noah missing the game to rest his surgically repaired knee and Derrick …
Posted on Oct 6
The Bulls Monday opened the 2014-15 preseason with an 85-81 loss to the Washington Wizards. Though, unofficially, make it 1-0 for the Bulls.
Derrick Rose with 11 points and four assists in just under 14 minutes and one-of-two on threes was the best player on the floor, albeit as little he played and only in the first half.
“I thought …
Posted on Sep 14
MADRID–Derrick Rose concluded the USA’s gold medal winning journey through the FIBA Basketball World Cup Sunday night in this decorative Castilian capital city with his second scoreless game of the tournament in the USA’s overwhelming 129-92 victory over Serbia. Rose finished nine games averaging 4.8 points and 3.1 assists while shooting 25.4 percent and one of 19 on threes, missing …
Posted on Sep 13
MADRID—Just one game left for USA Basketball in the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Sunday here against Serbia for the gold medal. But for Derrick Rose, not that the championship isn’t foremost on his mind, because it is. But he’s won, already, won big the way Rose has come through this grueling seven weeks strong, healthy and confident.
The enormity of …