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Jan 20

Joakim Noah is a big reason why the Bulls have won seven of their last nine games.

And while statistics tell part of the story—Noah has recorded 13.9 points, 14.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 2.00 blocks and 1.20 steals in 35.8 minutes over his last 10 games—it’s the intangibles that separate him as one of the elite centers in the NBA. …

Jan 18

The most memorable part of Marquis Teague’s Bulls career could be Saturday when it apparently ended with a tentative agreement of a trade to the Brooklyn Nets for 6-9 forward Tornike Shengelia, who mostly has played in the D-League.

Teague, a quiet respectful young man who was the Bulls first round draft pick, No. 29 in the 2012 draft, patiently …

Jan 13

After missing last game with a left thigh injury, Jimmy Butler will be back in the lineup when the Bulls host the Washington Wizards on Monday while seeking a sixth straight victory.

“He looks good,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau of Butler on Monday morning. “He went through the whole shootaround and feels a lot better. He’s ready to go.”…

Jan 7

There is only so much grief anyone can go through. It has to have an effect.

That’s perhaps the biggest issue facing the Bulls now not only in the wake of Derrick Rose’s season-ending knee surgery in November, but after Monday’s late night trade of Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Though Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before Tuesday’s game …

Jan 4

Will the Bulls be looking at immortality Saturday when they play the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center? Will the Bulls be defending the greatest shooter in the history of the NBA, Kyle Korver?

It’s certainly a debatable issue given the various criteria to rate shooting in the NBA.

But no one can claim what Kyle Korver can. Korver has …

Jan 2

Brad Stevens may be changing coaching in the NBA. Well, not exactly how the game is played. But the former Butler University coach who looks like he’s still matriculating has been one of the surprise new coaches in the NBA season and going a long way toward changing the attitude of college coaches coming to the NBA.

The Celtics even …

Jan 2

As 2014 begins, the Chicago Bulls have the ninth best record in the Eastern Conference. But only five games separate the Bulls from fourth-seeded Atlanta.

That’s part of why Joakim Noah says he’s optimistic as ever about the prospects of the New Year.

“We’ve got to keep grinding,” said Noah. “A lot of basketball left. I think that if we

Dec 24

Christmas morning is one for surprises, and starting at 11 a.m., the NBA is getting one.

No Derrick Rose, no Brook Lopez, Paul Pierce barely avoiding a suspension, Luol Deng likely out with an Achilles problem, Carmelo Anthony uncertain with a sprained ankle, Kevin Garnett calcifying.

“We’ll go in there and probably think of Game 7 for a minute,” said …

Dec 19

Noah? Present.

Deng? Absent.

Boozer? Present.

Hinrich? Absent.

Augustin? Anyone got a play book?

Just the right time for the Bulls Thursday to be on national TNT to play the league’s hottest team, the Oklahoma City Thunder who have won 15 of the last 16 games. And that’s with only four games against Eastern Conference teams.

Anyone for watching A …

Dec 17

The Bulls, averaging 79.5 points the last six games and 91.2 points per game overall, which is 28th in the NBA, will be in Houston Wednesday to play the second highest scoring team in the NBA on national ESPN and Thursday in Oklahoma City to play the third highest scoring team in the league on national TNT.

Whose idea was …

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