Archive | January, 2011

Chicago Bulls: Status Check

Have you taken a look at the standings today? The Bulls (33-14) are currently tied with the Miami Heat for the third-best record in the NBA. Only the San Antonio Spurs (40-7) and Boston Celtics (36-11) have been better approximately halfway through the season. In terms of wins and losses anyway. John Hollinger’s Power Rankingshave the Bulls ranked […]

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Magic-Bulls Preview

Orlando Magic Status Check: Record: 30-16 Division: 5-3 Conference: 20-8 Road Record: 13-10 Last game: Won 111-96 at Indiana Last 10 Games: 6-4 PPG: 100.5 (11th) Opponents PPG: 94.6 (6th) Offensive Rating: 108.7 (11th) Defensive Rating: 102.3 (5th) Pace: 92.0 (17th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .528 (2nd) Turnover Percentage: .142 (23rd) Defensive Rebound Percentage: .774 (1st) […]

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Derrick Rose: All-Star Starter

Nick Friedell of ESPNCHicago writes: “Derrick Rose will be the first Chicago Bull since Michael Jordan to start an NBA All-Star Game. Starters were announced Thursday for the Feb. 20 game to be played in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. Rose joins fellow Chicago native Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat as the Eastern […]

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James Johnson: Headin’ to the D-League

According to Scott Schroeder of NBA FanHouse: “James Johnson, selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 16th overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft, is expected to be assigned to the NBA D-League’s Iowa Energy on Thursday, according to a source close to the situation. Johnson, a 6-foot-9 forward out of Wake Forest, has played […]

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Derrick Rose and defense

In yesterday’s post, I presented various arguments about whether or not Derrick Rose should be given (or should at least be considered) for the MVP award. Mind you, this kind of discussion, while irresistible, is both futile and meaningless. The MVP is awarded in June, not January. We haven’t even reached the All-Star Break yet. And, last time I […]

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Derrick Rose and the MVP

As the Bulls keep winning — despite the fact that Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah have played together only nine times this season — the “Derrick Rose for MVP” talk keeps heating up. Here’s a recent samping from around the Web. Charles Barkley on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 (via ESPNChicago): “I […]

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Game 45 Recap: Bulls 92, Bucks 83

Big Sexy Breaks Out: Back on January 25, 2005, Kurt Thomas scored 24 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for the New York Knicks in a 133-118 loss to the Phoenix Suns. Those were good numbers. A little skewed, maybe, because of the pace (103.3) and the number of shots the Knicks attempted (105). Let […]

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Bucks-Bulls preview

Milwaukee Bucks Status Check: Record: 16-25 Division: 3-3 Conference: 10-11 Road Record: 7-15 Last game: Lost 94-81 vs. the Grizzlies Last 10 Games: 3-7 PPG: 91.2 (30th) Opponents PPG: 92.8 (4th) Offensive Rating: 100.7 (29th) Defensive Rating: 102.4 (6th) Pace: 90.2 (25th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .455 (30th) Turnover Percentage: .131 (11th) Defensive Rebound Percentage: .763 […]

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Game 44 Recap: Bulls 92, Cavaliers 79

The Cavaliers showed up at the United Center last night having lost 15 games in a row and 19 straight on the road. They left with a 16-game losing streak and are now one loss shy of setting a new franchise record for consecutive road losses. So, on the surface, it appears the Bulls took care […]

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Game 43 Recap: Bulls 82, Mavericks 77

I’m sorry. I thought the Packers-Bears game wasn’t until Sunday. It was a real defensive battle out there, folks. The kind where it looked like both teams were wading through invisible mud. Chicago hit only 36.9 percent of their shots. Dallas converted on 35.6 of theirs. The Bulls scored 12 points in the third quarter. […]

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