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Posted on Dec 15
We interrupt this bawdy bratwurst celebration to return to the reality of the Bulls season, which continued to break down Saturday in a 99-77 home loss to the Toronto Raptors.
That made it 10 losses in the last 13 games, basically since the start of the Western Conference trip when the Bulls lost Derrick Rose for the season. The Bulls …
Posted on Dec 14
The best thing about the Bulls’ 91-90 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Friday was not Mike Dunleavy’s banked in three-pointer with 5.8 seconds left.
Though it was pretty kooky.
“When it left my hand I went, ‘This is going to bank in.’ And it did,” said Dunleavy. “I can’t say when I set out to shoot the ball I was …
Posted on Dec 12
There was perhaps one offensive possession for the Bulls Wednesday in their 83-78 loss to the New York Knicks that encapsulated the frustration and ineffectiveness that has been this discouraging season.
The Bulls with a little help from their equally underperforming colleagues in short pants from New York had tied the game at 74 with 3:38 left after trailing by …
Posted on Dec 11
Has it come to the point already where the Bulls are playing spoiler?
It looked a bit that way Tuesday as the Bulls lost at home 78-74 to the Milwaukee Bucks, who seemed well on their way to a top lottery draft pick with the poorest record in the Eastern Conference.
But it’s not the first time the Bulls may …
Posted on Dec 8
How ‘bout that Taj Gibson!
The Bulls forward starting for injured Luol Deng—yes, another one bites the dust—added to the best-in-his-career season Saturday with 21 points and 10 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons. Gibson is averaging 21.4 points and 8.4 rebounds on 61 percent shooting the last five games.
The rest of the starting five?
“We sucked tonight,” explained Joakim …
Posted on Dec 3
The chances were there; they thought they’d make it.
There was Luol Deng, with 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, trying a pick and roll pass to Joakim Noah at the buzzer in regulation after Jrue Holiday tied the game with an 18-footer with 3.9 seconds remaining. Deng’s pass did not connect.
There was Deng again at the close …
Posted on Dec 1
Well, at least they didn’t have to go by bus.
Then it really would have been a zoo compared to the bizarre circus the Bulls just endured over the last two weeks.
The Bulls Saturday concluded their annual November road trip, almost 7,000 miles through the Rockies, Derrick Rose’s second season-ending injury, which left a much greater mountain to climb, …
Posted on Nov 28
That whistling sound you heard around the Bulls Wednesday was no longer the air leaking out of their playoff balloon as much as escaping relief in their voices after a smothering 99-79 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
“That was huge, man,” agreed Luol Deng. “There has been a lot weighing on the team. This was what we needed.”
Taj Gibson …
Posted on Nov 26
Luol Deng never really had a summer like this where he was so excited about basketball. Deng traveled extensively, but more than ever he spoke regularly with his buddy and teammate, Derrick Rose. Rose mostly continued his rehabilitation from ACL surgery in Los Angeles, and while Deng did clinics and appearances all around the world, he was constantly on the …
Posted on Nov 23
I’m out of jokes and witty repartee. Our greatest concerns as basketball fans were on display again late Friday night in Portland as Derrick Rose, headphones covering a black stocking cap, hobbled on crutches leaving the arena after Portland’s 98-95 victory over the Bulls.
Rose suffered an apparent right knee injury with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter with the …