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Welcome to Rock Bottom, Population: Bulls

I certainly didn’t see this one coming. If you’d told me before the season started that this Bulls team — even without Derrick Rose and beset by several other injuries to key personnel — would get blown out by 42 points by a Sacramento Kings team that was 20 games below .500 and playing without […]

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Game Recap: Lakers 90, Bulls 81

The Bulls do not have “more than enough” to win. They just don’t. Not right now. Not without Derrick Rose, whose status remains as murky as ever. Not without Kirk Hinrich (swollen right foot), Rip Hamilton (bask spasms) and Taj Gibson (sprained left knee). Not with Joakim Noah limited by plantar faciitis. Not with Luol […]

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Game Recap: Spurs 101, Bulls 83

Looking back at this game, it’s hard to figure out what was worse: Chicago’s defense or offense. The Spurs — who are without the services of All-Star point guard Tony Parker — connected on eight of their 14 three-point attempts (57 percent), converted better than 54 percent of their field goal attempts overall, and scored […]

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Game Recap: Pacers 97, Bulls 92

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. An undermanned Bulls team — currently missing their superstar (Derrick Rose), two starters (Kirk Hinrich and Rip Hamilton), and their top reserve (Taj Gibson) — playing with their backs against the wall against a top-notch opponent. It’s been that kind of season. Actually, it’s been this way […]

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Game Recap: Bulls 93, Sixers 82

So all it took for the Bulls to break out of their slump was an historic performance by Joakim Noah. That and a visit to the United Center by a team struggling even more than the Bulls have been. In case you missed it, the Sixers aren’t known as “the Sixers” anymore. They’ve been rechristened […]

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Game Recap: Cavaliers 101, Bulls 98

Is this what Jackson Browne was thinking when he wrote Running on Empty? Is this what Michael Ray Richardson meant when he infamously said: “The ship be sinking”? Because the Bulls are in a serious funk. There’s no denying it anymore. After going 12-4 in January — which no doubt helped in getting Joakim Noah […]

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Game Recap: Thunder 102, Bulls 72

The Bulls were hopelessly — and some would also say haplessly — blown out by the Thunder in Oklahoma City last night. How bad was it? Well, the Bulls converted only 29.1 percent of their field goal attempts, which is the worst shooting performance in the NBA this season. At halftime, they were shooting 10-for-48 […]

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Game Recap: Heat 86, Bulls 67

The NBA trade deadline passed yesterday with nary a move by the Bulls. Management apparently took Tom Thibodeau at his word that the team has more than enough to win…no matter who’s playing and who isn’t. In all seriousness, though, making a blockbuster trade for a star player isn’t all that easy and such moves […]

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Game Recap: Bulls 96, Hornets 87

The Good: The Bulls returned from the All-Star break to break their two-game losing streak with a good win over the Hornets. In doing so, they pushed their Eastern Conference-leading road record to 16-10 and moved to within one game of the Indiana Pacers for the Central Division lead. The Better: Seeing the team’s point […]

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Game Recap: Celtics 71, Bulls 69

The Bulls arrived in Boston faced with the depressing realization that Derrick Rose might not play at all this season. Of course, they weren’t going to get any sympathy from the Celtics, who have lost three players to season-ending injuries in the last three weeks. Not only their own All-Star point guard, Rajon Rondo, but […]

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