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Apr 16

The fourth-seeded Chicago Bulls will open the 2014 NBA Playoffs on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. CT when they host the fifth-seeded Washington Wizards in Game 1 of their first round series.

The series opener will appear on Comcast SportsNet Chicago locally and TNT nationally. Game 2 will be played on Tuesday at the United Center and start at 8:30 p.m. …

Apr 16

The last night of the NBA season may not be the most exciting, but it may be the most intriguing.

Because it may be more like a John le Carre novel, something of the Season that Came in from the Cold, and not just because it’s finally becoming warmer outside.

The Nets supposedly are easing off with the speculation that …

Apr 12

The Bulls game in New York Sunday suddenly, and surprisingly, became, at least in theory, a lot easier.

Though it may make the playoffs a bit more difficult.

That’s because the Atlanta Hawks Saturday night defeated the Miami Heat 98-85. And Dwyane Wade played this time. The Atlanta victory eliminated the Knicks from the playoffs with the Hawks clinching the …

Apr 1

The Eastern Conference is certainly getting interesting, which is something no one has much said this season. So let’s take a look at the standings as the NBA heads into the final month of the regular season and fewer than 10 games remaining for most of the teams.

 

“They’ve probably got the best group of versatile big men and

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 …

Jan 9

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Luol Deng remains eleventh among Eastern Conference frontcourt players in the latest NBA All-Star Game fan balloting released Thursday.

There, I said it.

Luol Deng is a Cleveland Cavalier.

It’s not written on your All-Star ballot, and perhaps not in your heart. But it’s on the NBA’s list now. Friday he will be in that makes-you-blanch wine …

May 17

Probably someone in this stats infested sports world measures it, though I haven’t seen it yet. But the Bulls probably just completed the best ever 45-win regular season with a second round playoff loss.

Of course, they knew they’d be missing for part, and it turned out all, their best player and a former league MVP, Derrick Rose. But then …

May 16

The 2012-13 season probably had to finish like it did for the Bulls Wednesday in a series closing 94-91 loss to the Miami Heat, impressive in their resolve and refusal to yield against long odds while an if only and a coulda and shoulda away from yet another improbable victory.

The Bulls made Miami sweat again. They would make it …

May 15

If Game 5 were to be the last game of the Bulls season—and it remained only possible early Wednesday evening—then Derrick Rose would be missing the entire 2012-13 NBA season.

Rose was out before the game in Miami doing his regular shooting drills and workouts, drenched in sweat as he circled the court shooting at all angles and with both …

May 15

After more than 100 games back to preseason and more injuries and misfortune than worth recounting and just the appropriate bravado to face the defending champions Wednesday trailing 3-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Bulls after all this time basically have come to symbolize Nate Robinson.

“My whole life people told me I wouldn’t be able to make it …

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