Archive | February, 2011

James Johnson traded for…

The James Johnson era is over in Chicago. According to the news service, the Bulls have traded him to the Toronto Raptors for the Miami Heat’s first round draft pick, which the Raptors obtained in the sign-and-trade deal that sent Chris Bosh to Miami. It’s not exactly shocking that management would ship Johnson for […]

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Joakim Noah is back (on Wednesday)

At long last, after a 30-game absence following thumb surgery, Joakim Noah will play on Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors. It’s hard to say how good the Bulls will be with Noah back and a full contingent of healthy players. Interestingly enough, Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus checked the math, and the math says the […]

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Derrick Rose and the All-Star Game

Derrick Rose was very quiet (for him) in his first All-Star start: 11 points, 5-for-13 from the field, 1-for-2 from the line, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, a steal and a turnover in 29 minutes and 56 seconds. If you’re a Bulls fan, this wasn’t the Rose you know and love. At times, he looked like he […]

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John Paxson talks trades

Anthony Parker. Arron Afflalo. Courtney Lee. J.R. Smith. O.J. Mayo. These are some of the names bloggers, Bulls fans and various experts have mentioned as potential answers to Chicago’s problem at the shooting guard position. The “problem” being Keith Bogans. So, even as the Bulls nip at the heels of the Celtics and Heat for […]

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Game 54 Recap: Bull 109, Spurs 99

It wasn’t exactly Babe Ruth calling his shot in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, but Rose said up front that this was an important game, a measuring stick that would show how good the Bulls really were. Or weren’t. To me, that was Derrick’s way of saying: “Look out. I’m coming.” Well, he […]

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Spurs-Bulls Preview

San Antonio Spurs Status Check: Record: 46-9 Division: 7-3 Conference: 29-5 Road Record: 21-7 Last 10 Games: 8-2 Streak: Won 2 Last game: Won 102-85 at New Jersey PPG: 103.5 (6th) Opponents PPG: 96.1 (10th) Offensive Rating: 111.3 (3rd) Defensive Rating: 103.3 (7th) Pace: 92.5 (13th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .523 (4th) Turnover Percentage: . […]

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2,070 minutes and counting…

According to the Basketball-Reference leader boards, Luol Deng ranks seventh in the NBA in both minutes played (2,070) and minutes per game (39.1). Deng has already exceeded his minutes played for two seasons (2004-05 and 2008-09) and is less than two games away from surpassing his minutes played for another (2007-08). His current MPG is […]

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Game 53 Recap: Bulls 106, Bobcats 94

“You can’t leave him open. Everybody knows he can’t do anything else but shoot. When he shoots, he shoots it well. You have to respect him as a shooter. He can’t really do anything else, but if you let him sit out there and shoot he’s going to kill you.” That’s what Charlotte’s Stephen Jackson […]

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Bobcats-Bulls Preview

Charlotte Bobcats Status Check: Record: 24-31 Division: 3-7 Conference: 14-20 Road Record: 10-17 Last 10 Games: 4-6 Streak: 2 wins Last game: Crushed Lakers 109-89 PPG: 93.8 (28th) Opponents PPG: 96.4 (12th) Offensive Rating: 103.4 (25th) Defensive Rating: 106.3 (14th) Pace: 90.0 (24th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .482 (24th) Turnover Percentage: .148 (29th) Defensive Rebound Percentage: […]

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Joakim Noah: Possibly a week and a half away

ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell writes: “Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is on schedule with his rehabilitation and expects to be back after the All-Star break. Noah is hopeful he will make his return on Feb. 23 against the Toronto Raptors.” Noah hasn’t played since a 110-93 win over the Raptors in Toronto back on December 15. That’s […]

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