Archive | January, 2012

Game Recap: Bulls 95, Bobcats 89

Are the Bulls better without Derrick Rose? I’m kidding. But they certainly are taking care of business without him. Mind you, the Bulls are also minus Joakim Noah (ankle), Taj Gibson (ankle) and John Lucas III (groin). Depth? Neil Funk and Stacey King named Mike James (9 points and 10 assists) player of the game…and James […]

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Bulls-Bobcats Preview

Charlotte Bobcats Status Check: Record: 3-12 Division: 0-6 Conference: 2-11 Road Record: 1-6 Last 10 Games: 2-8 Streak: Lost 2 Last game: 96-89 loss to Orlando PPG: 91.1 (24th) Opponents PPG: 101.7 (30th) Offensive Rating: 97.1 (26th) Defensive Rating: 108.4 (29th) Pace: 93.2 (7th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .459 (23rd) Turnover Percentage: .138 (9th) Defensive […]

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Game Recap: Bulls 114, Cavaliers 75

“My prayers are answered.” That’s what Cleveland coach Byron Scott said shortly before tipoff when he found out Derrick Rose would miss the game due to his toe injury. But after the Bulls beat his team by 39 points — the biggest home loss in Cavaliers franchise history — I had to wonder what kind […]

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Cavaliers-Bulls Preview

Cleveland Cavaliers Status Check: Record: 6-7 Division: 1-1 Conference: 4-3 Home Record: 2-2 Last 10 Games: 5-5 Streak: Lost 1 Last game: 105-95 loss to Golden State PPG: 96.4 (11th) Opponents PPG: 96.2 (20th) Offensive Rating: 102.2 (16th) Defensive Rating: 102.0 (14th) Pace: 93.5 (5th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .477 (17th) Turnover Percentage: .152 (23rd) […]

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Game Recap: Bulls 118, Suns 97

What a difference a day can make. And a location. And an opponent. The Bulls were still without Derrick Rose (toe injury), but they were at home and facing a Phoenix Suns team that was playing defense like… …well, okay, the Suns weren’t playing any defense. None that I could see anyway. The Bulls got whatever they […]

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Bulls-Suns Preview

Phoenix Suns Status Check: Record: 4-8 Division: 1-1 Conference: 3-5 Road Record: 1-4 Streak: Lost 4 Last game: Lost 102-91 to San Antonio PPG: 93.8 (19th) Opponents PPG: 95.3 (17th) Offensive Rating: 103.2 (13th) Defensive Rating: 104.8 (23rd) Pace: 90.9 (20th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .487 (12th) Turnover Percentage: .131 (5th) Defensive Rebound Percentage: .705 […]

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Game Recap: Grizzlies 102, Bulls 86

Some games are lost before the opening tip. This was one of those games. The Bulls were without Derrick Rose, who was hurting enough from his toe injury to sit himself out, rating his discomfort at a “six or seven” on a scale of one to 10. Said Rose: “I went out there to shoot. […]

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Grizzlies-Bulls Preview

Memphis Grizzlies Status Check: Record: 5-6 Division: 2-1 Conference: 4-5 Home Record: 4-2 Streak: Won 2 Last game: 108-99 win over New Orleans PPG: 92.8 (21st) Opponents PPG: 94.4 (12th) Offensive Rating: 99.8 (24th) Defensive Rating: 101.5 (10th) Pace: 93.0 (8th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .460 (20th) Turnover Percentage: .136 (9th) Defensive Rebound Percentage: .719 […]

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Chicago Bulls Status Check

Hey, everybody. Be sure to join at noon for the ESPN Daily Dime Live. The Bulls have the best record in the league — again — and here’s a snapshot of how they’re doing it. Record: 12-2 (NBA best) Hollinger Power Ranking: 110.575 (2nd) Division: 2-0 Conference: 7-1 Home Record: 5-0 Road Record: 7-2 Streak: […]

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Game Recap: Bulls 88, Celtics 79

This used to be a rivalry. Now these two teams are going in vastly different directions. The Bulls, who haven’t won a championship since 1998, are on their way back up. The Celtics, who won the NBA title in 2008, are on their way down. Mind you, not everybody agrees with me. Some people, like ESPN’s Peter May, are blaming […]

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