Game Recap: Bulls 101, Mavericks 78

Two days after blowing a 27-point lead against the Bucks, the Bulls hosted the slumping, Dirk Nowitzki-less Dallas Mavericks. And it was just what they needed. Return of the Bench: Strong games from Luol Deng (game-high 22 points) and Joakim Noah (13 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks) were offset by the subdued performances […]

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Mavericks-Bulls Preview

Dallas Mavericks Status Check: Record: 7-8 Division: 0-0 Conference: 2-4 Road Record: 2-5 Last 10 Games: 3-7 Streak: Lost 2 Last game: 100-98 loss to Philadelphia PPG: 100.7 (6th) Opponents PPG: 101.5 (28th) Offensive Rating: 105.2 (15th) Defensive Rating: 106.1 (21st) Pace: 94.4 (3rd) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .505 (8th) Turnover Percentage: .142 (15th) Defensive […]

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Game Recap: Bucks 93, Bulls 92

The Good: Rip Hamilton had a monster 30-point game, Kirk Hinrich finally broke out of his offensive slump with 17 points and 6 assists, and Carlos Boozer had a manly double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Overall, the Bulls played nearly flawless basketball for the first 33 minutes  and 11 seconds. The Bad: Chicago’s […]

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Bucks-Bulls Preview

Milwaukee Bucks Status Check: Record: 6-5 Division: 2-1 Conference: 5-4 Road Record: 3-2 Last 10 Games: 5-5 Streak: Lost 3 Last game: 93-86 loss to the Bulls PPG: 99.8 (10th) Opponents PPG: 98.8 (18th) Offensive Rating: 103.7 (17th) Defensive Rating: 102.7 (11th) Pace: 95.4 (1st) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .485 (13th) Turnover Percentage: .127 (5th) […]

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Game Recap: Bulls 93, Bucks 86

Finally. The Bulls have so rarely lost consecutive games under coach Tom Thibodeau that their recent three-game skid — the longest losing streak of the Thibodeau era — felt like it lasted forever. Here are some key aspects of last night’s much-needed win. Back to the Basics: The primary keys to this team’s success the […]

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Bulls-Bucks Preview

Milwaukee Bucks Status Check: Record: 6-4 Division: 2-0 Conference: 5-3 Home Record: 3-2 Last 10 Games: 6-4 Streak: Lost 2 Last game: 113-106 loss to Miami PPG: 101.2 (6th) Opponents PPG: 99.4 (20th) Offensive Rating: 104.3 (17th) Defensive Rating: 102.4 (11th) Pace: 96.1 (1st) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .489 (13th) Turnover Percentage: .129 (5th) Defensive […]

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Bulls-Rockets Preview

Remember when the Bulls defense and bench was their strong suit?  Well that hasn’t been the case in the past few games. They’ve allowed more than 100 points in four straight games, and are 1-3 in those contests. And their bench, which last year was the best in the league, has lost leads or dropped […]

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The Worst of Kirk Hinrich

The Chicago Tribune recently ran an article  about Kirk Hinrich’s shooting slump titled Hinrich not sweating cold spell. Well, if Captain Kirk isn’t sweating, he should be. Remember: Despite the fact that Derrick Rose was out indefinitely and C.J. Watson had played well both as a backup and as a starter when Rose was out, the […]

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Bulls Bench Production: Then and Now

Sunday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers dropped the Bulls to a  mediocre 5-5. That’s not what these Bulls — who have owned the league’s best record the past two seasons — are accustomed to. There are three main reasons the Bulls are struggling: 1. No Derrick Rose 2. Decline in Defense 3. Reduced Bench […]

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Game Recap: Blazers 102, Bulls 94

Last night’s loss in Portland was the Bulls’ second in a row — something that has been nearly unheard of under coach Tom Thibodeau — and it dropped the team to a very humble 5-5 on the year. There are disturbing signs. And it’s not just because Derrick Rose is still out. The Incredible Shrinking […]

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