A quality win: Bulls 101, Hawks 98

Not again. That’s what many Bulls fans had to be thinking when Chicago fell behind 29-16 after the first quarter of last night’s home game against the Hawks. It was eerily reminiscent of the second quarter of the infamous “Apocalypse in Atlanta” back on December 9th, during which the Bulls got outscored 34-21 en route to an embarrassing 118-83 smackdown. […]

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A loss with a little fire: Lakers 96, Bulls 87

For three quarters, the Bulls played their most inspired basketball of the season. They hustled. They scrapped. They crashed the boards with a manic vengeance. And, most improbably, they held a 73-72 lead over the defending champions going into the fourth quarter. It was last spring all over again, only this time the Bulls were […]

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Derrick Rose: Go-to guy or not?

When a team is losing, everybody comes under intense scrutiny: management (who assembled the talent), the coaching staff (who direct the talent), and the players (who are the talent). It’s just the nature of the beast. Fans need someone to blame for their heartbreak. Derrick Rose has been pretty lucky so far. After all, Vinny […]

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Sometimes the truth hurts…

“It’s not disheartening. They beat us. You’re going to get beat sometimes by teams that are better than you, and they’re better than us. I can’t sit here and be like, ‘Well, they’re not better than us, I think we’re better.’ No, they’re better than us. They beat us. They smoked us once and then […]

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A short sigh of relief: Bulls 96, Warriors 91

I shared my thoughts about this game over at TrueHoop. However, I wanted to address a few things here as well. For starters: Yes, I’m relieved the Bulls won and therefore put a halt to one of the most depressing four-game losing streaks in recent memory. As they say, the best prescription for losing is winning. […]

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The curious future of Vinny Del Negro

The Bulls are in the midst of their patented early-season slump — going into tonight’s matchup the Golden State Warriors, they’ve lost nine of their last 10 games – and the villagers are lighting torches and sharpening their pitchforks. “Fire Vinny!” has become a popular refrain. And he knows it. Naturally, the press wants to know whether […]

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Apocalypse in Atlanta: Hawks 118, Bulls 83

You know the story: the Bulls couldn’t buy a shot (36.4 percent), couldn’t hold onto the ball (19 turnovers), couldn’t defend (50 percent shooting for the Hawks), couldn’t protect the paint (where they were outscored 46-34), couldn’t finish in transition (only 6 fast break points compared to 22 for Atlanta), couldn’t even begin to cool down a hot hand (former Bull […]

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Epic Failure: Nets 103, Bulls 101

I moved to Chicago back in the summer of 1998, so I didn’t become a hard core Bulls fan until the Michael Jordan era was coming to its storybook ending. It was a case of unlucky timing on my part, because the Bulls were about to go from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the trash heap. […]

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Do the Bulls need an alpha dog?

Only 18 games into the 2009-10 season, the Bulls appear to have a few significant team needs. These include: an inside scoring threat, a few high percentage three-point marksman (or even one would help), a shooting coach to work with John Salmons and Kirk Hinrich, a beefy frontcourt player who can push big men out […]

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