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Mar 15

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a rare visit to the White House last week in what was termed a mutual friendship visit.

Could it have been he was there to complain about the Bulls?

“Something about it, the matchups maybe,” said Doug McDermott. “I don’t have anything against them, no grudges against them or anything. I just play well …

Mar 14

Now, he’s back!

Yes, I’m using that one much too much. But with this Bulls team it’s become the go-to lead.

This time as the Bulls Monday prepare to face the Toronto Raptors, it’s Jimmy Butler, back from his second opinion, and missing 14 of the last 15 games with knee problems and 15 of the last 17 since going …

Mar 13

The Bulls haven’t been kicked out of the playoffs or had their team shut down quite yet, but it’s perhaps getting dangerously close.

The Bulls Monday are in Toronto with Pau Gasol back in Chicago with a right knee swollen. Derrick Rose remains doubtful to play with a groin strain, though Jimmy Butler could return after missing 15 of the …

Mar 12

Ten minutes to go in the Friday night game and anything could happen. The Miami Heat was desperately hanging onto a one-point lead over the Bulls. The United Center was throbbing with enthusiasm and the Bulls were coming. First, Nikola Mirotic defected a Dwayne Wade pass inside and the Bulls were out running. Justin Holiday missed a runner, but the …

Mar 11

It’s not difficult to find out what happened. The Bulls Thursday lost 109-101 to the San Antonio Spurs, falling to 32-31 and into ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

The most common explanation was, in addition to the missing players with Joakim Noah lost for the season and Jimmy Butler out with a knee injury, though not serious and expected …

Mar 9

The Bulls Thursday visit the “rest” home of the NBA, sleepy San Antonio, for the national TNT game with the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs, of course, are known for resting their main players throughout the season to build toward the playoffs. So it remains unclear after Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili didn’t play in Tuesday’s win over …

Mar 8

It was just one play among a few hundred in Monday’s Bulls’ resolute 100-90 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. But as much as any lately, it may have symbolized who the Bulls are and have to be in this extended playoff race against heightening odds.

“Nobody wants to be in this position knowing you are right at the end of …

Mar 7

Oh, fiddlesticks, applesauce, humbug and horsefeathers!

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg Monday in a flat monotone before the Bulls were to host the Milwaukee Bucks delivered perhaps what should not be unexpected among the Bulls these days.

Perhaps the disbelief should be expected by now.

After the Bulls regular starting lineup played one consecutive game together for the first time this …

Mar 6

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg after Saturday’s 108-100 victory over the Houston Rockets was considering the team’s effective play in a near end to end victory. Jimmy Butler made a magnificent return with 24 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, Pau Gasol continued his savvy efficiency with 28 points, 17 rebounds and six assists and Derrick Rose darted and dashed for …

Mar 5

The Bulls got the old gang back together for Saturday’s nationally televised game with the Houston Rockets.

Well, not everyone as Joakim Noah is out for the season after shoulder surgery. Though Noah is expected to rejoin the team next week for at least moral support.

But before Saturday’s game, the Bulls got some more encouraging news with coach Fred …

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