Archive for the ‘Coach’s Corner’ Category
Posted on Mar 2
Talk about your New York minute.
It’s been said as the time between the light turning green and a New Yorker blowing the car horn. It’s lately been the time between when an NBA game starts and the Knicks contemplating the postgame meal.
It was the time Sunday in the Bulls’ eventual 109-90 victory that Joakim Noah had three assists …
Posted on Mar 1
The Bulls aren’t this good, are they?
They’re in Dallas Friday night, and they’ve fought back from 16 points behind to take an 84-80 lead early in the fourth quarter, the highlight occurring with Joakim Noah literally diving over Dirk Nowitzki to corral a loose ball and call time out. But the Bulls then have five empty possessions, one with …
Posted on Feb 27
If Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are the greatest shooting backcourt in NBA history, like Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson likes to say, then the Bulls Wednesday produced one of the great defensive games of all time.
Except the Bulls’ 103-83 victory over the Warriors in which Curry was held to five points and no Warriors starter scored in …
Posted on Feb 26
Sometimes basketball can be like poetry, its interconnected movements evoking a dramatic and creative art.
Often it is not, like in the last few minutes Tuesday of the Bulls’ 107-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Let me count the ways to the depths, breath and heights of old and new griefs which enabled the Bulls to salvage the win, their …
Posted on Feb 23
The Bulls can say again it was just one bad quarter, like it was when they were blown out opening night in Miami. It was that way again Sunday as the Bulls played even with the Heat other than a third quarter domination that resulted in a 93-79 Miami win.
“When we play the Miami Heat our intensity has to …
Posted on Feb 22
Now is as good a time as any for the Bulls to test themselves, coming off Friday’s most one-sided win of the season, 117-89 over the Denver Nuggets for their fifth consecutive win and season-best four games over .500. It’s not only a nice time to get out of Chicago to Miami, but perhaps the best time this season to …
Posted on Feb 20
In Bulls franchise lore, it may become known as, “the Block.”
Or it may not.
But Jimmy Butler’s game-saving block on All-Star DeMar DeRozan with 2.4 seconds remaining Wednesday enabled the Bulls to pull out a 94-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors, Chicago’s fourth straight win to move to 28-25, a half-game behind third place Toronto in the Eastern Conference.…
Posted on Feb 14
This Bulls team took a hard right cross with Derrick Rose’s season ending injury and then a stunning uppercut when Luol Deng was traded. The mantra was to go out and play the games. They didn’t admit it, but they wondered. Was it too much of a beating? Was a knockout looming?
“Yeah, I did have doubts,” Joakim Noah admitted …
Posted on Feb 12
Maybe Roy Hibbert, who is an All-Star, and David West? Really don’t score that much. Same with Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter. Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe? Too young. Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic? Maybe too ineffective. Dwight Howard and someone? But who? Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Got to make more free throws.
With Joakim Noah, who had his …
Posted on Feb 7
Kirk Hinrich had such a good view he may as well have been charged admission.
One time Stephen Curry was just ambling over the midcourt line as Hinrich was digging into his defensive stance and ready to get up on Curry. Instead from about 30 feet Curry put up a three that was good!
OK, Kirk got closer. He bumped …