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May 8

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau reported Luol Deng will not rejoin the team until they are back in Chicago, meaning the All-Star small forward will miss Wednesday’s Game 2 in Miami.

However, Thibodeau wouldn’t rule Deng out for Game 3 on Friday at the United Center.

“Day-to-day,” said Thibodeau of Deng as the Bulls took the court at AmericanAirlines Arena for …

May 8

It seemed to Jimmy Butler that life in the NBA was his life all over again, ignored and rejected as a child back in Texas, overlooked by all the big basketball schools when he so much wanted to play, secondary at Marquette as a backup role player when he arrived and then watching, watching, watching all the time even as …

May 7

The night before the NBA Playoffs got underway, Bulls center Joakim Noah had serious doubts about whether or not he’d be able to play in the postseason.

Plagued by plantar fasciitis down the stretch, Noah rested for most of the final month of the regular season to alleviate the pain. When he returned to play limited minutes in the Bulls’ …

May 7

Sure, the Miami Heat had that long layoff after sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs, and they missed several wide open shots early in the game, and LeBron James picked up his Most Valuable Player award in a ceremony with commissioner David Stern before the game and Chris Bosh was reported missing to the Miami …

May 6

There have been tougher games to win for the Bulls against the Miami Heat than Monday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

There was the one when the team was late and Benny and the Elevators had to match up with the 1986 Celtics. And there was the time Shaler Halimon and Kennedy McIntosh took on Jerry …

May 5

I don’t think the Bulls can beat the Miami Heat in the conference semifinals, but anyone makes a mistake discounting what the Bulls can accomplish no matter how great the odds.

“We’re excited for the challenge of playing against the best team,” Joakim Noah was saying late Saturday night amid the intoxicating aroma of Game 7 victory in Brooklyn.

It …

May 5

It’s much more difficult to gauge matchups for a playoff series when even your team doesn’t know who is playing. The Bulls closed out the Nets Saturday without Kirk Hinrich, who gave it a try pregame and couldn’t go, and Luol Deng, who at least got out of the hospital. The hope is Deng will be able to get back …

May 5

The Bulls and Miami Heat have had intense engagements, if not quite a fill blown rivalry, since the arrival of LeBron James and Chris Bosh in Miami after both passed on offers from the Bulls along with Dwyane Wade. That first season, the Bulls swept the Heat 3-0 in the regular season with the infamous last game going to the …

May 5

This has been a fabulous season for the Bulls; really, one of the best in franchise history. No, it’s not likely to end with any of those parades or rallies, though you never want to say never with this group, and you don’t want to go comparing them to the great Michael Jordan championship teams of the 1990’s. It’s a …

May 4

John, breaking news. We’ve just received a bulletin and we are going live to Bulls practice.

Take it away on the scene.

Derrick Rose is not playing Saturday in Game 7 against the Brooklyn Nets.

“I’m feeling about the same, still being patient, still trying to take care of my body and trying to enjoy this time and cheer on …

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