Archive | April, 2009

Rondo’s foul and other thoughts

The ruling is in: NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson believes that Rondo’s ear-boxing of Brad Miller was just a plain old foul. Said Stu: “We felt Rondo was making a basketball play and going for the ball after a blown defensive assignment by the Celtic team. In terms of the criteria […]

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Some random post-game thoughts

Kevin Garnett: Did anybody else notice KG tongue-lashing an impassive Ben Gordon last night (as beautifully illustrated above)? Way to stay classy, Kevin. Call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure there are rules prohibiting a player on the bench from verbally abusing an opponent who happens to be strolling by. But you know, the refs have […]

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Game 5: What a waste

Early on in this series, I could have accepted and might even have been pleased with a moral victory. But that was then, and right now all I can see is a wasted opportunity that — in my mind, if not yet in fact — cost my team its last best chance of advancing to […]

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Random pre-game thoughts

This Bulls-Celtics series has had more unexpected twists and turns than an M. Night Shyamalan movie. Except, unlike an M. Night Shyamalan movie, I could watch these games over and over again. (Sans Game 3, of course.) I have no idea what to expect from Game 5. (Although I have a sneaking and somewhat paranoid […]

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Updated! MRI looming for BG’s hammy

Chicago’s shot-making superhero is scheduled to undergo an MRI today. The reason: He strained his left hamstring in the first half of yesterday’s double-overtime thriller against the Celtics. Said Gordon: “I was driving and I heard something pop. It’s sore; hopefully it’s not too serious. I’m going to do what I need to do.” I couldn’t […]

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Game 4: Epic redemption

And to think, I was ready — several times — to dub this baby “The Free Throw Game.” As in, “Missed free throws cost the Bulls the chance to tie this series at two games a piece.” It wasn’t just the nine misses (26-for-35). It was when some of those misses occurred. You know, at the worst possible times. First, Tyrus […]

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Game 3 Disaster: Complete and Utter

Ever had one of those bad dreams where everything goes wrong? Like, you’re in school but you don’t know your locker combination, haven’t got your books, didn’t do your homework, can’t find any of your classes, forgot to get dressed, and the teachers are all slavering, tentacled monsters who want to use your stomach as […]

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Celtics-Bulls: Game 3 Live Blog

Hey folks. By the Horns is teaming up with fellow TrueHoop Networker Celtics Hub to provide a live blog of Game 3. I’ll be at the game, but my good friend and pickup league running mate Evil Ted will be live blogging in my totally understandable absence. Live Blogging

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“Be water, my friend.”

Last night, I was talking to Jason Smith for ESPN’s NBA Today Podcastwhen Jason mentioned that some of the buzz about Derrick Rose died down a bit in late March/early April due to the strong late-season play of fellow rookies such as New Jersey’s Brook Lopez and Minnesota’s Kevin Love. Now, maybe it was because I had […]

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Derrick Rose: Rookie of the Year

Here’s a piece of breaking news that should shock absolutely nobody: Derrick Rose is the NBA Rookie of the Year. From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: “The Bulls have called a 2 p.m. news conference Wednesday to announce that Derrick Rose has won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award. Rose joins Michael Jordan and Elton […]

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