Wrangled: Mavericks 122, Bulls 116

Defense… …the Bulls aren’t playing any. Okay, maybe that statement is a bit on the harsh side, but it’s not too far off the mark. The Bulls have now given up 100 or more points in 10 of their last 13 games. In fact, here’s a rundown of the points they’ve allowed during that stretch: 101, 107, 85, […]

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Bear food: Grizzlies 105, Bulls 96

Okay. I was wrong. I predicted that — with Joakim Noah out — the Memphis frontcourt of Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay might finish with at least 70 points and 35 rebounds, thereby exceeding their combined season average of 55.7 PPG and 27.0 RPG. Well, those three players ended up with only 60 points and […]

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The Bulls should retire Norm Van Lier’s number

Here’s a list of the former Chicago Bulls players, coaches and general managers whose “numbers” have been retired: Bob Love Jerry Krause Jerry Sloan Michael Jordan Phil Jackson Scottie Pippen Jackson and (cough, cough) Krause didn’t have numbers, obviously, but there are two banners in their honor hanging in the United Center rafters. That’s a fairly complete group, even if Jordan and […]

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Chicago’s M.A.S.H. unit

Injuries. They’re the bane of every NBA team, especially during the second half of the season. The Bulls are no exception. Chicago’s last two losses — versus the Pacers in Indiana and against the Hawks in Chicago — might have been avoided with a couple extra healthy bodies. Well, the Pacers game at the very least. But […]

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Bird food: Hawks 116, Bulls 92

No Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis in left foot). No Luol Deng (sore left knee). Derrick Rose, who entered the game with a bruised left knee, collided with Mike Bibby in the first quarter and spent the next several minutes on the court in obvious pain. Eventually, he hobbled to the locker room. I was taking part […]

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No sweep for you: Pacers 100, Bulls 90

So much for sweeping the season series with the Pacers. How did the Bulls shoot 57 percent against a pretty good Portland team on one night and then shoot 41.9 percent against a pretty not-so-good Indiana team the very next night? For starters, they were playing on the road, where they are 12-19 on the season. And they were playing in […]

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Guest post: Winning and worrying

Ordinarily, fans would revel in the kind of record the Bulls have compiled over the past couple of weeks. But the combination of relatively soft competition, coupled with their many mistakes and weaknesses exposed, has led, for me at least, to more anxiety than celebration. Using last night’s game against the Trailblazers as a microcosm, […]

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Hot hands: Bulls 115, Trail Blazers 111 (OT)

Derrick Rose. Wow.  Before I start gushing, let me state up front that it concerns me — and I mean a lot — when a starting point guard plays 47 minutes and finishes with 5 turnovers and only 4 assists. Those were Derrick’s final numbers. And you can’t blame the poor shooting of his teammates. […]

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Kirk Hinrich: “He’s heating up…”

Sorry. Had to pay homage to NBA Jam. (It’s coming back, by the way.) Captain Kirk suffered an early-season thumb sprain that caused him to miss time and, ahem, struggle shooting the ball. His struggles — as well as the poor shooting of the now departed John Salmons — really hurt Chicago’s spacing early on, […]

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