Archive | March, 2011

Bulls-Timberwolves Preview

Minnesota Timberwolves Status Check: Record: 17-57 Division: 1-14 Conference: 7-40 Home Record: 12-25 Last 10 Games: 2-8 Streak: Lost 7 Last game: Lost 85-82 to the Celtics PPG: 101.1 (10th) Opponents PPG: 106.8 (30th) Offensive Rating: 104.4 (24th) Defensive Rating: 110.3 (26th) Pace: 96.4 (1st) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .480 (25th) Turnover Percentage: .151 (30th) […]

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Reality check: Sixers 97, Bulls 85

Assumptions can be dangerous things. Never assume a team can’t stumble. Never assume a team is unbeatable at home. Never assume that superstars can’t have an off night that will prove disastrous. Never assume a team is ready to contend for a title before the regular season has even ended. Speaking of which…the regular season […]

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Sixers-Bulls Preview

Philadelphia 76ers Status Check: Record: 37-36 Division: 7-5 Conference:22-22  Road Record: 14-24 Last 10 Games: 4-6 Streak: Lost 2 Last game: Lost 114-111 in overtime to the Kings PPG: 99.4 (15th) Opponents PPG: 97.8 (13th) Offensive Rating: 106.8 (17th) Defensive Rating: 105.1 (9th) Pace: 91.9 (16th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .496 (17th) Turnover Percentage: .125 […]

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A few thoughts on Chicago’s offense

The latest “Article of Outrage” about Derrick Rose’s presumed MVP award comes to us courtesy of Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald. Thank the Basketball Gods! We needed another scribe to save us from the creeping menace of Rose’s MVP candidacy. Le Batard’s piece doesn’t break any new ground. It’s basically a zero calorie […]

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Oh my good lord: Bulls 95, Bucks 87

Derrick Rose had himself an “MJ game.” Here’s what I mean by that. There are people who incorrectly believe that Michael Jordan did all of the Bulls’ winning by himself. Experts and astute Bulls fans know otherwise. Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, Bill Cartwright, John Paxson, B.J. Armstrong, Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc, Ron Harper Steve Kerr…all […]

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Too big. Too fast. Too Strong. Too good.

The line: 30 points (game-high), 9-for-17 from the field, 12-for-12 from the line (game-high) and 17 assists (career-high). The crunch-time numbers: 10 points (3-for-3 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line) plus 3 assists in the final four minutes and nine seconds. On the second night of back-to-backs. On the road. Against a Bucks […]

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Bulls-Bucks Preview

Milwaukee Bucks Status Check: Record: 29-42 Division: 5-7 Conference: 21-21 Home Record: 19-18 Last 10 Games: 6-4 Streak: Won 1 Last game: 102-96 win over Knicks PPG: 91.6 (30th) Opponents PPG: 92.7(3rd) Offensive Rating: 101.3 (29th) Defensive Rating: 102.5 (4th) Pace: 89.9 (25th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .465 (30th) Turnover Percentage: .131 (12th) Defensive Rebound […]

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A Close Call: Bull 99, Grizzlies 96

So, uh, those Grizzlies sure came to play, didn’t they? After two ridiculous (and ridiculously fun) blowout wins in which they enjoyed 40-point leads, the Bulls walked into a buzz saw. Memphis was obviously fired up for this game and apparently not the least bit intimidated by Chicago’s 31-4 home record. With about four and a half minutes left […]

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Grizzlies-Bulls Preview

Memphis Grizzlies Status Check: Record: 40-32 Division: 5-8 Conference: 24-19 Road Record: 15-22 Last 10 Games: 6-4 Streak: Won 3 Last game: Beat Boston 90-87 PPG: 99.9 (13th) Opponents PPG: 98.1 (14th) Offensive Rating: 107.2 (15th) Defensive Rating: 105.3 (10th) Pace: 92.1 (15th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .490 (21st) Turnover Percentage: .129 (8th) Defensive Rebound […]

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