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Apr 26

Mike Dunleavy at 6-9 could make threes and big ones, like he did Friday night in the Bulls’ vital 100-97 victory over the Washington Wizards, like the five threes in the 2001 NCAA title game and a team-high 21 points as Duke won the national championship.

“He always played big when it counted,” says his father, former NBA player, coach …

Apr 25

Facing adversity is hardly anything new for the Chicago Bulls. So perhaps as they prepare for Friday’s Game 3 in Washington D.C. facing a 2-0 deficit, they are as equipped as any team to respond with a victory.

“We’ve been counted out all season long, many times,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau after Friday morning’s shootaround at the Verizon Center. …

Apr 25

This is what you’d say is a must win for the Bulls Friday in Washington trailing the first round playoff series 2-0 with only three teams in NBA history having come back to win after losing the first two games at home.

Dare we say backs to the wall as no team in NBA history has ever won a playoff …

Apr 20

There’s this view that the Bulls got to the conference finals on that last day of the regular season as they avoided the first round matchup with Brooklyn and saw Miami into the opposite bracket. And the Pacers already trail the Atlanta Hawks 1-0. Just four games from the Finals?

Or summer vacation.

We know Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau isn’t …

Mar 28

Playing without LaMarcus Aldridge, who had missed seven consecutive games with a low back contusion, the Portland Trail Blazers were starting to struggle.

Though still fifth in the Western Conference standings, Portland had gone 3-8 in its last 11 games and was only a few games from falling outside of the playoff picture.

On Thursday, however, Aldridge returned to record …

Mar 24

Tom Thibodeau is a coach who wants his team playing its best as the postseason approaches.

That’s certainly been the case with Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, who has averaged 15.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.29 steals in 41.9 minutes in his last 14 games.

And while Butler has come around offensively, it’s his efforts on the other end …

Mar 17

Derrick Rose remains out this season after a torn medial meniscus, a similar injury which Thunder guard Russell Westbrook suffered last spring when he tore his lateral meniscus. Westbrook subsequently had swelling and had arthroscopic surgery this season. Though he’s playing one game of back to backs, Westbrook started Monday against the Bulls and didn’t want to hear that he’s …

Mar 11

Winners in six of seven games at home and 11 of 14 overall, it’s been an impressive run for the Chicago Bulls as the stretch run approaches.

While Joakim Noah has garnered some well-deserved national attention with his play, he’s hardly done it alone. Noah is the first to admit as much, so it came as no surprise when he …

Mar 10

Coming off a hard fought, emotional overtime victory against the Miami Heat, a challenge for the Bulls will be to sustain the right mentality and come ready for their next opponent, which happens to be a formidable one.

“It’s not easy,” said Joakim Noah as he and his teammates prepared to host the San Antonio Spurs, owners of the league’s …

Mar 8

Carmelo Anthony is not going anywhere as a free agent this summer. That’s because next summer LeBron James is going to join him in New York.

Yes, the heck with leading stories four months in advance of free agency. I’m going with 16 months. After all, it’s then easier for everyone to forget if you get it wrong.

Sources who …

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