Heat-Bulls Preview

Miami Heat Status Check: Record: 56-14 Division: 12-1 Conference: 33-9 Road Record: 24-11 Last 10 Games: 10-0 Streak: Won 27 Last game: 108-94 win over Orlando PPG: 103.5 (5th) Opponents PPG: 95.5 (7th) Offensive Rating: 112.7 (1st) Defensive Rating: 104.0 (9th) Pace: 90.8 (22nd) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .549 (1st) Turnover Percentage: .133 (8th) Defensive […]

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A winning weekend…at last

There haven’t been many feel-good moments lately for the Bulls or their fans. With the way the team has been playing lately, it’s hard to remember (and even a little difficult to believe) that the Bulls finished the month of January with a 28-17 record and a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference. Then came […]

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Bulls-Timberwolves Preview

Minnesota Timberwolves Status Check: Record: 24-43 Division: 3-10 Conference: 14-29 Home Record: 16-16 Last 10 Games: 4-6 Streak: Won 1 Last game: 117-86 win over Phoenix PPG: 94.8 (20th) Opponents PPG: 97.7 (15th) Offensive Rating: 102.1 (25th) Defensive Rating: 105.3 (13th) Pace: 92.5 (11th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .467 (28th) Turnover Percentage: .140 (18th) Defensive […]

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Pacers-Bulls Preview

Indiana Pacers Status Check: Record: 43-26 Division: 12-2 Conference: 29-15 Road Record: 15-18 Last 10 Games: 6-4 Streak: Won 3 Last game: 102-78 win over Milwaukee PPG: 94.4 (21st) Opponents PPG: 89.8 (2nd) Offensive Rating: 103.9 (20th) Defensive Rating: 98.8 (1st) Pace: 90.0 (26th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .477 (23rd) Turnover Percentage: .142 (25th) Defensive […]

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Game Recap: Trail Blazers 99, Bulls 89

During Chicago’s ongoing post-All-Star break slump, I’ve repeatedly asserted that what this team needs most are more warm bodies. I figured the Bulls would return to their usual hard-nosed and competitive selves as soon as one or two players returned from injury. Apparently, I misjudged the situation. Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson were back. The […]

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Trail Blazers-Bulls Preview

Portland Trail Blazers Status Check: Record: 31-36 Division: 6-5 Conference: 18-22 Road Record: 9-25 Last 10 Games: 5-5 Streak: Lost 2 Last game: 102-95 loss to Milwaukee PPG: 98.3 (13th) Opponents PPG: 99.7 (19th) Offensive Rating: 106.6 (10th) Defensive Rating: 108.2 (24th) Pace: 91.2 (19th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .499 (12th) Turnover Percentage: .139 (14th) […]

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Game Recap: Nuggets 119, Bulls 118

It’s too bad they don’t have a “Moral Victory” column in the NBA standings. The shorthanded-as-always Bulls — who were once again without Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich, Rip Hamilton and Taj Gibson — were faced with a daunting task: Slow down the Denver Nuggets, the league’s second hottest team, winners of 11 straight games. The […]

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Bulls-Warriors Preview

Golden State Warriors Status Check: Record: 37-29 Division: 7-5 Conference: 19-19 Home Record: 22-9 Last 10 Games: 4-6 Streak: Won 2 Last game: 105-97 win over Detroit PPG: 100.6 (9th) Opponents PPG: 100.7 (23rd) Offensive Rating: 105.9 (13th) Defensive Rating: 106.0 (16th) Pace: 94.3 (6th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .501 (11th) Turnover Percentage: .142 (23rd) […]

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Welcome to Rock Bottom, Population: Bulls

I certainly didn’t see this one coming. If you’d told me before the season started that this Bulls team — even without Derrick Rose and beset by several other injuries to key personnel — would get blown out by 42 points by a Sacramento Kings team that was 20 games below .500 and playing without […]

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Bulls-Kings Preview

Sacramento Kings Status Check: Record: 22-43 Division: 4-6 Conference: 9-28 Home Record: 16-15 Last 10 Games: 3-7 Streak: Lost 1 Last game: 115-113 loss to Milwaukee PPG: 99.1 (11th) Opponents PPG: 105.1 (30th) Offensive Rating: 105.2 (17th) Defensive Rating: 111.6 (30th) Pace: 93.3 (9th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .486 (19th) Turnover Percentage: .138 (11th) Defensive […]

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