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Posted on Jan 26
It’s coming down to this for the Bulls, who Saturday defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 89-87 to go back above .500 at 22-21. As D.J. Augustin goes, so go the Bulls.
“We did some good things,” said Bobcats coach Steve Clifford, whose team scored nine points in the last seven seconds to make the game uncomfortably close for the Bulls. “At …
Posted on Jan 25
There’s the story of the guy who walks into the bookstore and asks where he can find the self help books. The salesman says he’d tell him, but then that would defeat the whole purpose, wouldn’t it?
And so it was for the Bulls Friday night at the United Center in a 112-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. They’re …
Posted on Jan 23
They’d been asked for days, “What’s it going to be like?” “How would it feel?” “What would you say?”
So when Taj Gibson Wednesday in the Bulls anxiously awaited first game against former teammate Luol Deng got a defensive switch onto Deng, Gibson was ready.
“‘Lu, I know every move you want to do,’” Gibson chided the new Cavs small …
Posted on Jan 21
Taj Gibson knows all about game winning shots, certainly one. Though it’s Nazr Mohammed’s.
Gibson’s space in the Bulls locker room is adjacent to Mohammed’s. And Gibson says just about every day Mohammed pulls out his cell phone and shows him an Instagram of a Mohammed game-winner from when Mohammed was at the University of Kentucky.
“Every time I see …
Posted on Jan 19
It’s Joakim Noah’s basketball world now, and all the rest of us can do anymore is be witnesses.
“Joakim is doing just about everything. Laundry, everything,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau after the team’s most comfortable win of the season Saturday, 103-78 over the Philadelphia 76ers. “You can’t play any better than he is playing right now in every aspect …
Posted on Jan 18
Apparently in tribute to the NFL’s championship games Sunday, the Bulls went into their prevent offense late Saturday and with one basket in the last 5:17 fell to the Washington Wizards 96-93.
“We had a drought at the end,” agreed D.J. Augustin, who had 16 points in 19 minutes and four of six threes while sitting out the last six …
Posted on Jan 16
Triple overtime wins, like the Bulls’ 128-125 victory over the Orlando Magic Wednesday, can be ugly as well.
Even when Joakim Noah has season-highs of 26 points and 19 rebounds and when rookie Tony Snell is dunking flying in from the free throw line like Vince Carter and leading the team in scoring in the clinching overtime and when Mike …
Posted on Jan 14
Games like Monday’s 102-88 loss to the Washington Wizards in which the Bulls never led illustrate why the rest of this season is going to be so difficult without Derrick Rose and Luol Deng.
The Bulls, in theory, should beat a team like the Wizards, though not just because they were ahead in the standings while both now are tied …
Posted on Jan 12
Joakim Noah’s play is an eloquent testimony to his game, and it was once again Saturday as Noah’s 13 fourth quarter points saved the Bulls from blowing a double digit lead and led the Bulls to their fifth consecutive win and eighth in the last 10 with a 103-97 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
“Big baskets, big rebounds, blocks. (Noah) …
Posted on Jan 11
If you like defense, the rugged kind, bumping up and harassing and switching and helping and rotating and working so hard at it you barely have enough energy left to make a shot, well, there’s a team for you.
Hello, Chicago Bulls.
“You (media) guys are into the aesthetics; I’m into the wins.” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said after Friday’s …