Sam Smith Archive
Posted on Nov 20
If you think Toronto mayor Rob Ford had a bad week…
Well, the Bulls’ next week is looking like it may have some cracks in it as well.
The starting lineup changes with the news that shooting guard Jimmy Butler is out “week-to-week” with a turf toe injury. Butler did not accompany the team for the Western Conference road …
Posted on Nov 19
It hasn’t necessarily been artistic or aesthetic, and it’s raised questions and concerns. But the Bulls reach the first marker in their season long NBA marathon in competitive position after Monday’s 86-81 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
“I will take it,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. “I told our guys that it got choppy out there.”
That’s not my metaphor. …
Posted on Nov 17
The natural order of things, at least how the Eastern Conference of the NBA was supposed to be, seemed to begin to adhere to the predicted natural laws Saturday as the Bulls dominated the Indiana Pacers 110-94 in a game in which Chicago led by at least 20 points for most of the game.
“A couple of days ago that …
Posted on Nov 16
It’s the run and shoot NBA again. Thirteen teams for just the second time in the last 19 years are averaging at least 100 points per game.
There are more than 20 players averaging at least 20 points per game. Last season there were nine. Contending teams like the Clippers, Thunder, Rockets and Heat are playing games to 120 points. …
Posted on Nov 12
There are a lot of sentences with “Derrick Rose” and “injury” that are no laughing matter. The one Monday late in the Bulls’ 96-81 pulling away victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers made you smile.
Because this time Rose was joking about it.
Rose sustained what he and the Bulls afterward termed a minor strain in his right hamstring, apparently …
Posted on Nov 9
So long sad times, we are rid of you at last. You are now a thing of the past. Happy days are here again.
Let’s sing a song of cheer again. Happy days are here again.
Those are some of the classic lyrics from one of the great songs, Happy Days Are Here Again, an attempt at uplifting a stunned …
Posted on Nov 7
This Bulls team for 2013-14 sure looked good on paper.
Though now we’re starting to wonder if we were writing with invisible ink.
“It’s frustrating,” admitted Derrick Rose Wednesday after the Bulls collapsed down the stretch once again and lost 97-80 to the Indiana Pacers, who closed the game with a 30-11 run in the last seven minutes. “But we’re …
Posted on Nov 6
There used to be this 1960’s TV show which you can still find on reruns, the Munsters, about a curious family led by a gentle Frankenstein sort of family head who thumped around somewhat awkwardly in heavy boots.
No, it wasn’t Pacers center Roy Hibbert.
But Indiana’s somewhat deliberate 7-2 center suddenly has become a center of attention, a monster …
Posted on Nov 5
The Bulls, especially coach Tom Thibodeau, do not like to talk about games being crucial or vital, especially this early in the season. But when Chicago visits the Indiana Pacers Wednesday, it’s something of a showdown given Indiana’s undefeated start and that the Bulls and Pacers are considered rivals for the defending champion Miami Heat.
“For us getting off to …
Posted on Nov 3
It may not be time to panic after Saturday’s 107-104 Bulls’ loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
But is it a quarter to time?
“I don’t think he’s playing poorly,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said about Derrick Rose, who had the basketball game equivalent of a bad cheese steak, or just a cheese steak, with 13 points on four of 14 …