Sam Smith Archive

Apr 8

They’re in Orlando; there’s five games left to the regular season; they’re in third place and they’re wearing Rose colored glasses. Hit it!

“Just try tonight and see where it takes me,” said Derrick Rose, who is expected if there are no setbacks at morning practice to make his return from his February 27 meniscus surgery when the Bulls play …

Apr 7

Is he ready?

Is he back?

It’s beginning to look more and more like Derrick Rose’s latest return from knee surgery could be Wednesday in Orlando.

Unless it isn’t.

Sorry about that. Actually, I do believe Rose will play Wednesday when the Bulls visit the Magic. Why else would I go to Orlando when it’s 44 degrees and overcast in …

Apr 5

Joakim Noah was in the shower Sunday following the Bulls 99-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers rapping. There were lyrics that had something to do with Tony Snell. It didn’t seem like Noah was destined for a new career. Pau Gasol munched at a buffet while Jimmy Butler slipped into something with lots of black and white and gray patterns …

Apr 4

It wasn’t looking like the greatest night in a great season for Pau Gasol even as Gasol was recording his 50th double/double of the season Friday, the first Bull to do so since Charles Oakley in 1986-87.

The Bulls had blown basically all of a 16-point lead to the Pistons—much as they’d blown a 19-point lead to Detroit two weeks …

Apr 4

What did Magic Johnson call it? Winnin’ Time, right? For the Bulls, amazingly enough, it continues to be Nikola Mirotic time. It’s also enough to say with Mirotic Friday being named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for the second time this season that Mirotic should be Rookie of the Year.

Really, there aren’t many more unexpected stories this …

Apr 2

It’s not difficult to know you’re having a bad day, like the Bulls did Wednesday in a 95-91 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

You could swear the invitation said casual, or you could find yourself with maybe 5-10 Aaron Brooks trying to defend 6-6 Michael Carter-Williams, who would lead the Bucks with 21 points, including 15 consecutive in the second …

Mar 29

Bulls/Knicks is not what it once was, though anyone and Knicks really isn’t anymore as the Bulls Saturday in a relaxed 111-80 victory delivered the Knicks a franchise record 60th loss and ninth in the last 11 against the Bulls.

If there was a word to sum up Saturday night in the United Center it was “wave,” as in less-than-tense …

Mar 26

It was a good day Wednesday to be a Chicago Bull. It’s not something that’s been said all that much during the 2014-15 NBA season.

The Bulls finished off a season sweep of the Toronto Raptors with a huge fourth quarter and 116-103 victory on a season best 60.8 percent shooting. That gave the Bulls a solid lead over Toronto …

Mar 24

So who is this guy, this Nikola Mirotic, who basically has saved the Bulls for the last month? Enough so they’ve remained in place, playing around .500 ball with Taj Gibson returning last week from injury and Jimmy Butler Monday in the Bulls 98-86 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

The Bulls officially clinched a playoff spot and at 43-29 moved …

Mar 22

The Bulls know bad times in Detroit. Though not against Joel Anthony, Spencer Dinwiddle, Caron Butler and Reggie Jackson. Yet, it was against those guys Saturday the Bulls lost a 19-point third quarter lead in losing 107-91 to the Pistons.

Remember back some 30 years ago when the American car industry began to run out of fuel? You’d buy a …

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