Sam Smith Archive
Posted on Dec 15
The Bulls Monday won perhaps their most important game of the season, 115-96 over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The now 1-25 Philadelphia 76ers?
“Everybody is an NBA team,” insisted Jimmy Butler, who led the Bulls with 23 points. “It’s a decent team; they are young with a lot of a talent. I bet if they beat us you wouldn’t be asking …
Posted on Dec 13
So that’s what an offense is supposed to look like.
At least for the Bulls Saturday in overcoming a 10-point third quarter deficit with 34 fourth quarter points on the way to a 98-94 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Bring on the Warriors!
Still, it also took 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter from Aaron Brooks …
Posted on Dec 11
I know what it is; don’t tell me. Rhymes with violin. C’mon, no sad songs again. When you are smiling and the other guy is making excuses, when the questions are friendlier, the answers easier and the ride home smoother. Now what is that?
A win; that’s it. The Bulls almost forgot.
“We were in a bad situation before tonight’s …
Posted on Dec 10
The Bulls have been thinking this season they could be going to the moon, the NBA’s celestial championship destination.
But, Chicago, you’ve got a problem.
“We’ve got to pick it up. The way we are playing is not good enough,” said Jimmy Butler, whose career high 36 points Wednesday wasn’t enough as the Bulls lost 105-100 to the Boston Celtics. …
Posted on Dec 8
And then depression set in.
“You have to have that killer instinct,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Monday after the Bulls squandered a 16-point fourth quarter lead and lost 103-101 to the Phoenix Suns on an offensive rebound put back. “We have yet to find it this year.”
And off Hoiberg went following his briefest post game remarks of the …
Posted on Dec 6
The journey of a thousand miles, the proverb goes, begins with a single step. For the Bulls, it too often begins with an empty gas tank.
“I didn’t think we started the game the way we needed to,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg was saying late Saturday after the Bulls 102-96 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. “We dug ourselves a hole, …
Posted on Dec 3
Pau Gasol is a paradox. Right down to his name, the onomatopoeia you don’t get. It’s not Pow! It’s more silky and elastic from the seven footer, like the feathery touch on his jump shot and the strategic placement to thwart the opponent. There’s more guile than fury, more artistry than ferocity.
Sometimes it’s not as easy to appreciate, but …
Posted on Dec 1
Welcome to the NBA, Fred Hoiberg. Maybe the league office didn’t know your name.
David Blatt, Eastern Conference Coach of the Month? C’mon, really?
The NBA Monday announced its coaches for the month of November as the Cavs’ Blatt and the Warriors Luke Walton.
Yes, I get it with Walton in the Western Conference as their Coach of the Month. …
Posted on Dec 1
Jimmy Butler, we know, can defend. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich before Monday’s Bulls game with the Spurs likened Butler to his own star, Kawhi Leonard, as among the best two-way players in the game. And it was Butler with a terrific defensive play, refusing to go for the pump fake, bodying up the physical Leonard and forcing Leonard …
Posted on Nov 30
Mike Dunleavy likely will be unable to play longer than previously anticipated.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said prior to Monday’s home game against the San Antonio Spurs that Dunleavy experienced a setback in his recovery from preseason back surgery and would now be going to see additional specialists.
The preseason estimate was that Dunleavy would be out eight to 10 …