Meditating on an inefficient offense

ESPN’s Beckley Mason recently penned an article called Its smart to be fun. Mason’s essential point is that current analytics indicate an “athletic, aggressive open-court style” of offense is both efficient and successful. Mason supports his case with the following extended quote from Denver Nuggets coach George Karl: Coaching has now gotten so technical and […]

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Game Recap: Lakers 90, Bulls 81

The Bulls do not have “more than enough” to win. They just don’t. Not right now. Not without Derrick Rose, whose status remains as murky as ever. Not without Kirk Hinrich (swollen right foot), Rip Hamilton (bask spasms) and Taj Gibson (sprained left knee). Not with Joakim Noah limited by plantar faciitis. Not with Luol […]

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Rose’s return is being hamstrung by hamstrings

During the first quarter of today’s Bulls-Lakers game, ESPN’s Doris Burke reported that Derrick Rose’s hamstrings — and not his surgically-repaired left knee — are delaying his return. Rose has been taking part in full-contact practices for a month and the big “news” on Friday was that he’s been medically cleared to play (although that […]

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Bulls-Lakers Preview

Los Angeles Lakers Status Check: Record: 32-31 Division: 5-5 Conference: 18-21 Home Record: 21-11 Last 10 Games: 7-3 Streak: Won 2 Last game: 118-116 win over Toronto in OT PPG: 102.7 (6th) Opponents PPG: 101.7 (26th) Offensive Rating: 108.0 (8th) Defensive Rating: 106.9 (21st) Pace: 94.8 (3rd) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .515 (8th) Turnover Percentage: […]

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Jazz-Bulls Preview

Utah Jazz Status Check: Record: 32-29 Division: 5-4 Conference: 18-19 Road Record: 10-21 Last 10 Games: 4-6 Streak: Lost 2 Last game: 104-101 loss to Cleveland PPG: 98.7 (11th) Opponents PPG: 98.8 (17th) Offensive Rating: 106.7 (9th) Defensive Rating: 106.8 (22nd) Pace: 91.4 (19th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .488 (17th) Turnover Percentage: .139 (15th) Defensive […]

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Putting basketball in perspective

Can you imagine traveling by plane and having two engines blow out mid-flight? It happened to the Bulls last weekend. Chicago’s charted plane was on its way to Indianapolis when near-disaster struck. Bulls radio analyst Bill Wennington described the incident on ESPN 1000’s “Waddle and Silvy Show”: “Apparently a compressor in engine No. 3 had […]

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Game Recap: Spurs 101, Bulls 83

Looking back at this game, it’s hard to figure out what was worse: Chicago’s defense or offense. The Spurs — who are without the services of All-Star point guard Tony Parker — connected on eight of their 14 three-point attempts (57 percent), converted better than 54 percent of their field goal attempts overall, and scored […]

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Bulls-Spurs Preview

San Antonio Spurs Status Check: Record: 47-14 Division: 11-2 Conference: 26-10 Home Record: 24-3 Last 10 Games: 8-2 Streak: Won 2 Last game: 114-75 win over Detroit PPG: 104.8 (4th) Opponents PPG: 95.7 (7th) Offensive Rating: 109.7 (6th) Defensive Rating: 100.2 (3rd) Pace: 94..4 (7th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .539 (2nd) Turnover Percentage: .139 (14th) […]

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Game Recap: Pacers 97, Bulls 92

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. An undermanned Bulls team — currently missing their superstar (Derrick Rose), two starters (Kirk Hinrich and Rip Hamilton), and their top reserve (Taj Gibson) — playing with their backs against the wall against a top-notch opponent. It’s been that kind of season. Actually, it’s been this way […]

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