Archive for the ‘Coach’s Corner’ Category
Posted on Mar 31
It’s about two minutes left in a tough game, the score tied. It’s called different things in different places. Pat Riley called it ‘Winnin’ Time. The Celtics knew it as a Larry Legend Moment.
For these Bulls, who defeated the Boston Celtics Sunday 107-102, it’s just another D.J. Save.
“He’s meant a little bit,” Joakim Noah deadpanned in a vibrant …
Posted on Mar 29
Surprisingly, Bulls players were not huddled around the radio late Friday night after the dispiriting 91-74 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Joakim Noah, who had 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, sat for a long time in his locker stall staring ahead. Jimmy Butler quietly picked at his cell phone. Taj Gibson dressed quickly, pulled on a bright …
Posted on Mar 28
Playing without LaMarcus Aldridge, who had missed seven consecutive games with a low back contusion, the Portland Trail Blazers were starting to struggle.
Though still fifth in the Western Conference standings, Portland had gone 3-8 in its last 11 games and was only a few games from falling outside of the playoff picture.
On Thursday, however, Aldridge returned to record …
Posted on Mar 26
The Chicago Bulls are on the verge of clinching a spot in the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
And while that moment could happen in the next day or two, don’t expect a great deal of celebration from the Bulls, who see it as another step in a long process.
Though as Taj Gibson admitted, it would be fun to go crazy …
Posted on Mar 25
The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers are supposed to be in the Eastern Conference finals this season. Everyone knows it, right? It’s all we’ve heard all season about that weak Eastern Conference; get the regular season over with so one of them will have home court advantage for that seventh game.
Well, the Bulls with Monday’s dominant 89-77 victory over …
Posted on Mar 23
The Bulls Saturday defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 91-81 in a significant kind of game. And, no, not because of the 76ers’ 24th consecutive loss, the second longest losing streak in NBA history.
It was yet another game that a Bulls’ team with nascent playoff aspirations was once again outplayed physically, on the boards, for loose balls and generally outhustled.
Posted on Mar 22
The Bulls made a Chicago type statement Friday in their 91-79 loss to the Indiana Pacers. It was a Cubs-like paraphrase to, “Wait until next time.”
For the Bulls, next time comes Monday at the United Center. Though the Bulls will have to be a lot better if they hope to even the season series because the only reason they …
Posted on Mar 20
You hate that this is happening to the seemingly decent kids playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, who lost their 22nd consecutive game Wednesday, this time 102-94 to the Bulls.
This 76ers team, which did compete hard, is the basketball version of a train wreck in the making. You can’t bear to look as the crash is coming and you weep …
Posted on Mar 18
The Bulls were right there, trailing the powerful Oklahoma City Thunder by a point with 10 minutes left.
“I thought we were in a good situation,” said Taj Gibson, who led the Bulls with 16 points in their 97-85 loss to Oklahoma City. “It was one of those games you want to take back. It was just one of those …
Posted on Mar 14
It hasn’t been a perfect week for the Bulls, though on national ABC Sunday Joakim Noah’s play overshadowed that of LeBron James in a Bulls overtime win. And on national TNT Thursday, Noah missed a triple-double by one assist in the 111-87 victory over the Houston Rockets and an uninspiring Dwight Howard.
Mike Dunleavy came back from a 10-stitch …