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Jan 10

The encouraging component of the Bulls 120-105 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Saturday was that last season’s 60-win conference finalist Hawks were using the matinee game against the Bulls to gauge their strength.

“We understood this was a good measuring stick game for us,” said Atlanta’s Al Horford. “They’re a really good team. They just won six straight. We knew …

Jan 9

The Bulls Monday begin their only four-game-in-five-nights sequence, but it looks like reinforcements may be in the way. OK, maybe just one, Joakim Noah.

“Hopefully we’ll get him back on Monday,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said before Saturday’s game with Atlanta. “He’s going through some activity today (Noah did not make the trip to Atlanta). We’ll get him doing some …

Jan 8

Sometimes an NBA game is like an opera, florid, intricate, classic.

Sometimes, like Thursday in the United Center when the Bulls outlasted the Boston Celtics 101-92 for their sixth consecutive victory, it is baroque.

Though in the end the Bulls fixed it.

After an uncertain opening during which they trailed by 10 points in the first half, the Bulls produced …

Jan 7

Jimmy Butler remained fourth among Eastern Conference guards, but he still has a good chance of being voted a starter in the latest fan All-Star voting returns released Thursday.

Miami’s Dwyane Wade leads the Eastern Conference guards by a wide margin and surely will be one of the starters. The Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving is second with fewer than half the …

Jan 6

The Bulls kind of look the same these days.

Derrick Rose, who Tuesday returned from missing three games with a sore hamstring, has ditched the mask from his face fracture and trimmed the high hair, though he has the mustache and goatee. Jimmy Butler still has a mound of that hair. Pau’s still got that little beard working, though not …

Jan 3

Jimmy Butler was absolutely, positively, impressively Jordanesque Sunday when he carried the Bulls with a franchise record 40 second half points to a 115-113 comeback victory over the Toronto Raptors.

I’ll get to later all the statistics and records that usually come first in these summations.

Those of us who saw Jordan from the early days through six championships don’t …

Jan 2

The Bulls Friday began the 2016 new year with what is becoming a welcome formula from the old year, a dominant performance from an eclectic group of reserve players.

The result was a fourth quarter rout on the way to a 108-81 victory over the New York Knickerbockers.

Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 23 points and Nikola Mirotic bounced …

Dec 31

Maybe, just maybe, the Bulls have found something.

“I think we have put together now four games in a row where we competed from the beginning to the end and that’s a very good sign,” said Pau Gasol after Wednesday’s dramatic 102-100 overtime win over the Indiana Pacers. “As long as we continue to do that, I think we’ll always …

Dec 31

Jimmy Butler’s tip in finish of Pau Gasol’s lob pass for the Bulls 102-100 overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers Wednesday was a classic winner, perhaps as good as you’ll see. It demonstrated on the surface amazing skill, dexterity and ability for Gasol to hang the ball up to just the right spot against one of the best defenders in …

Dec 31

Jimmy Butler is known around the Bulls for many things these days, lately his delicate comments regarding coach Fred Hoiberg’s handling of the team, before that his 600-gallon boom box fish tank thanks to his considerable long term contract he signed with the Bulls last summer and also his native Texas affinity for country music.

Like standing by your man, …

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