Sam Smith Archive
Posted on Mar 30
The Bulls arrived in Houston for Thursday’s TNT nationally televised game—talk about your preseason scheduling assumptions—and basketball was the talk of the city. Not the Bulls and Rockets, though, even with the Bulls’ superior 37-37 record to the Rockets’ 37-38.
Hey, if you are disappointed in the Bulls season, this Rockets team, mostly healthier than last season, also is just …
Posted on Mar 30
When the Bulls showed up Tuesday in Indianapolis, it seemed like a funeral and they’d be in a casket. The four consecutive losses dropped them below .500, they’d suffered humiliating blowout losses to non contending teams, and the obituary was being written.
And then they sat up and declared, “We ain’t dead yet!”
That was with Jimmy Butler’s 10 footer …
Posted on Mar 29
We know close counts mostly in horseshoes and hand grenades. That it did count somewhat for the Bulls Monday in their 102-100 loss to the Atlanta Hawks suggests how far they are from the team they believed they were.
“I was proud of them for fighting back from a double digit deficit,” said Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. “We were able …
Posted on Mar 27
As the Bulls jet traveled back to Chicago following the disastrous 111-89 loss to the Orlando Magic, a somber Saturday night transitioned into Easter Sunday, and it was a Bulls team seeking a resurrection of its own.
A lively playoff chase has quickly become a death spiral with Saturday culminating perhaps the Bulls’ worst week in a decade, three consecutive …
Posted on Mar 24
Perhaps this is what it’s come to. Are the New York Knicks better than the Bulls?
Watching the last two nights, an unbiased observer would have to say yes considering Knicks’ back to back victories by an average of 10 points with an average of a plus-15 rebounding margin and shooting more than 51 percent in each game.
“Hell, yeah, …
Posted on Mar 24
Sometimes you can hold your tongue and say the right thing, the political thing, for just so long. And this was just too much for Jimmy Butler, what with the Bulls shockingly uncompetitive 115-107 loss Wednesday to the going nowhere New York Knicks, the Bulls outrebounded a stunning 53-34, giving up 52 percent shooting and 56 percent on threes, trailing …
Posted on Mar 22
The Bulls Monday were mostly awful against the Sacramento Kings.
Which was actually the good news. Other than, of course, the Bulls’ 109-102 victory, their third straight.
“We played well for about six minutes tonight,” agreed Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. “Thankfully, it was the last six minutes of the game.”
That was a wonderful stretch, a 19-7 close to the …
Posted on Mar 20
The Bulls pressured into the ball, forcing so many tough shots they were able to hold the Utah Jazz to 40 percent shooting and 30 percent on threes in Saturday’s 92-85 Bulls victory over the Jazz.
Yes, those Bulls.
The Bulls guards fought over screens and their big men flushed out to force the Jazz guards away from the lane …
Posted on Mar 18
It’s taken almost two years, but the nickname finally is starting to fit. Doug McDermott is proudly, efficiently and vitally getting McBuckets for the Bulls in his best stretch as a pro.
And it perhaps is saving the Bulls season.
McDermott Thursday scored 25 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter when the Bulls had allowed a 24-point lead erode …
Posted on Mar 17
Teachers understand this syndrome best. You make it so simple, go over it and over it and over it, almost tell them what’s going to be on the test, the questions and the answers. And then half the kids flunk. What the heck were they thinking about?
“Going into these games we put the biggest key, if you want to …