Bulls sign warm body to 10-day contract

Look out Eastern Conference playoff contenders! The Bulls have signed Linton Johnson to a 10-day contract today. I fully expect the Bucks, Knicks, Nets and Pacers to drop out of the postseason race by this evening, by which time Johnson — who participated in the team’s shootaround this morning — will be cheering wildly from the bench (I’m […]

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Fresh ink: March 11, 2009

Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald: “After playing the 58-minute game with just seven players — thanks to injuries to Luol Deng (right-shin contusion) and Tim Thomas (left-knee sprain), while Kirk Hinrich (bruised right knee) was not 100 percent — the Bulls canceled Tuesday’s practice. They face a tough bounce-back game Wednesday night against Orlando. […]

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Heartbreak in Miami

Sometimes I really hate being right, and this was most definitely one of those times. As soon as I heard that Kirk Hinrich — our best (and only) anti-Dwyane Wade defender — was hurting, a feeling of dread washed over me. I said as much before the game. I happen to think the word “great” […]

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I have a bad feeling about this…

According to Vinny Del Negro, both Kirk Hinrich (bruised right quadriceps) and Tim Thomas (hyper-extended left knee) will be game-time decisions tonight. Said Vinny: “They’ll warm up before the game and see how loose they can get. If they can give us some minutes, they will.” I’m not all that concerned about whether Timmy plays, […]

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(Mostly) Fresh ink: March 9, 2009

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: “Monday is an important day for the Bulls, for reasons that have nothing to do with their playoff-push matchup against the Miami Heat. Sources said Luol Deng will consult with an orthopedic surgeon in Miami who has extensive experience in treating tibial stress fractures to detail the fifth-year forward’s […]

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Blowing by the Bucks

Let me start off by saying that watching the Bulls take care of business was pretty gratifying. Last night’s 117-102 win over the Bucks gave them sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, not to mention a 3-1 regular season series win over the Bucks. So, should the two teams finish with identical […]

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Bucks-Bulls preview

The basics: Milwaukee (29-35) at Chicago (28-34). The Bucks are 11-23 on the road and Bulls are 18-11 at home. Advanced stuff: Milwaukee ranks 18th in Offensive Rating (107.3) and 14th in Defensive Rating (107.6). Chicago ranks 20th (106.8) and 17th (108.2), respectively. So science tells us that neither team is very good, but the Bucks are just a teentsy-weentsy bit […]

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So, what’s up with Luol, anyway?

The Bulls released a statement to clear up the lingering mystery of Luol Deng’s injury status. Here’s the skinny: “A review of a repeat MRI, and CT scan of his tibia, indicate that this represents an early anterior tibial stress fracture. All of the information to date points to some mild inflammation along his tibia, […]

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Wrecking the Warriors

This time when the Bulls fell behind by 14 in the first quarter, I wasn’t all that concerned. After all, the Golden State Warriors are undisciplined (at best) on offense and apathetic (at least) on defense. I figured that if the Bulls made even a half-hearted effort at getting back into the game, they’d win. And that’s what […]

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The tribute patch

From NBA.com: “The Chicago Bulls announced today that in remembrance of the late Johnny ‘Red’ Kerr and Norm Van Lier, the team will wear a tribute patch on its jerseys for the remainder of the season. ‘This is the right way to honor the memories of both Johnny and Norm,’ said Bulls Executive Vice President […]

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