Bulls-Celtics: The series preview

The basics: The Chicago Bulls (41-41) versus the Boston Celtics (62-20). The Bulls are 28-13 at home (yay!) but only 13-28 on the road (boo!). Meanwhile, the Celtics are 35-6 in Boston (the third-best home record in the league) and 27-14 outside of Beantown (tied for the second-best road record). Is it a bad sign […]

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Trapped by the Raptors

Me and my big metaphorical mouth. Yesterday on Basketbawful, I made what was, in retrospect, a rather rash and foolish statement regarding Philadelphia’s loss to the Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen-less Celtics: “The defeat will almost certainly cost the Sixers the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs (unless the Bulls lose at home to the Raptors […]

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Fresh ink: April 5, 2009

Kurt Helin of NBC Los Angeles: “Remember back around the All Star break, when Bulls were an unmitigated disaster? Rose looked like a rookie — a promising rookie, but one who turned the ball over and was still learning to play in the clutch. The team gave away fourth quarter leads like Jim Cramer gives […]

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Moving past the Pistons

What a crazy, wild, unthinkable ride this season has been. A few months ago, the Chicago Bulls were an awful mess. GM John Paxson was accused of mismanaging the team and at one point was rumored to be stepping down in semi-disgrace. Vinny Del Negro was declared a coaching bust; people were calling for his […]

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Derrick Rose: On fire from midrange

If you’ve been watching the Bulls play lately, then you’ve probably noticed that Derrick Rose has been knocking down a lot of open jumpers. Trust me, it’s no mirage. Check out his NBA Hot Spots chart from the last 10 games: Dig it: Derrick’s been hitting at a 55 percent clip (31-for-56) from that midrange zone in his last […]

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Besting the Bobcats

The Chicago Bulls: .500 (at 40-40) for the first time since mid-November (when they were 5-5). I will now do the dance of joy! Chicago had already clinched a playoff berth when Charlotte suffered a three-point loss to the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Friday Night, but that hardly effected the quality of play. Both teams still wanted […]

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Deng: Done

Since the stress fracture in his right tibia hasn’t gotten any better, the Bulls have shut Luol down for the year. I mean, officially speaking, it’s for “the rest of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs.” But that’s just a semantic rope-a-dope. Deng’s season is over. Said coach Vinny: “It’s just best […]

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Smacking down the Sixers

After Chicago’s 113-99 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, Tyrus Thomas said: “We’re the most dangerous team going into the playoffs in the Eastern Conference right now. I wouldn’t say anyone is counting us out, but we’re the underdog right now. I think we’re going to come out and shock a lot of people.” Wow. You […]

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Luol Deng: Grim tidings

Bad news straight from the source: “I increased the workout a little bit and had a great deal of pain. So I’m just going to try and be off of everything for a little bit again. I don’t want to get to that point [where his season is over]. Even if I’m capable of being back […]

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