Bulls-Blazers preview

The game: Chicago Bulls (6-6 overall, 2-5 on the road) at Portland Trail Blazers (10-5 overall, 5-2 at home). The history: Last season, the Blazers won the season series 2-0, beating the Bulls 116-74 during last year’s circus trip as Andres Nocioni (13 points), Drew Gooden (11 points) and Derrick Rose (11) points were the […]

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Circus Trip Game 3: Nuggets 112, Bulls 93

I started worrying about this game the night before it even happened. Not because the Bulls were facing a good team on the road, or because they had played so poorly in Los Angeles against the Lakers, or even because of their ugly history of losing on their annual circus trip. No, I got nervous after […]

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Circus Trip Game 2: Lakers 108, Bulls 93

In the NBA, whether a team loses by one point or 30, it still counts as only one loss. And even some blowout losses have lesser meaning, such as when they happen on the second night of back-to-back games, or when the team’s star has an off night, or when the team simply has a group meltdown. […]

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Derrick Rose has made a vow…

At 6-4, the Bulls are off to their best start since the 1997-98 season. You know, the last season that Michael Jordan guy played for them. The fast (for the Bulls) start has been mostly a result of the team defense. Chicago currently ranks 4th in Defensive Rating, as they’re giving up only 99.5 Points […]

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Circus Trip Game 1: Bulls 101, Kings 87

The Kings entered last night’s matchup with the Bulls on fire, having won five of their last six games while averaging 111 PPG. Meanwhile, the Bulls hadn’t scored 100 points even once. Their season-high had been 94 points at home against the Philadelphia 76ers last Saturday night. Yet Chicago currently ranks 6th in Opponents Points […]

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The Circus Trip of Horror begins…

Here’s a mind scrambler for you. According to the Chicago Tribune: “The Bulls at 5-4 are actually off to their best start since the 1997-98 season (also 5-4). And, they have done it against the second-toughest schedule in the league to-date. The Bulls have played teams with a .595 winning percentage; only the Wizards have […]

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Key pre-road trip victory: Bulls 94, 76ers 88

It was an offensive explosion last night in Chicago, as the Bulls scored a season-high 94 points on a season-best 45 percent shooting! Okay, okay, enough with the sarcasm. It was good to get the win — especially since the team begins a six-game road trip on Tuesday — but there were still plenty of […]

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Shooting apocalypse

The good news: the Bulls are currently ranked 10th in Opponents Field Goal Percentage (.436), Opponents Three-Point Percentage (.325) and Defensive Rating (101.6 Points Per 100 Possessions), and they’re 11th in Opponents Effective Field Goal Percentage (.476). Chicago’s opponents shoot free throws at the league’s 12th-best rate (.759), but the Bulls have given up fewer […]

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Upon further review: Nuggets 90, Bulls 89

Well, you can go ahead and file this one under “Almosts,” “Heart-Breakers,” or “What-Ifs.” Take your pick. Last night’s loss to the Denver Nuggets might very well qualify as one of the closest one-point defeats in NBA history. With the score knotted at 89-all, Kirk Hinrich fouled Chauncey Billups as the Nuggets guard was driving […]

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