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Game 16 recap: Magic 107, Bulls 78

Back on Thanksgiving night, Charles Barkley predicted the Bulls would win the Eastern Conference and reach the NBA Finals. Not in the future, mind you. Chuck said the Bulls would do it this season. This prompted a strong response from Joakim Noah: “Poison. We’re not in the Finals yet. I love Chuck. I think he’s […]

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Magic-Bulls Preview

Here are some quick facts about the Orlando Magic: At 13-4, they’re leading the Southeast Division and tied for the best record in the Eastern Conference. They rank 1st in Defensive Rating (100.1) and 12th in Offensive Rating (107.5). More stats: Offensive Four Factors: 2nd in Effective Field Goal Percentage (.530), 13th in Free Throws […]

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And things get much worse: Magic 111, Bulls 82

Realistically, the Bulls didn’t have much of a chance to beat the Magic. Orlando came into the game on a six-game winning streak, while Chicago stumbled into the Magic’s Kingdom on a season-worst five-game skid. The Bulls were without Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis in his left foot) and Luol Deng (strained calf muscle), and both […]

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“Loving” it Live

Ugh. Double ugh. Triple ugh. Etc. The Bulls have lost a season-worst five games in a row. Joakim Noah is out (plantar fasciitis). Luol Deng is expected to miss at least the next two games with a Grade 1 or 2 calf strain. Brad Miller (thumb) and Taj Gibson (plantar fasciitis) both missed practice yesterday, and Taj […]

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Not a chance: Magic 107, Bulls 87

I’m not quite sure what to say about this loss. For all intents and purposes, the game ended two minutes and 24 seconds into the first quarter. That’s when Derrick Rose drove the basket, elevated, ran into Orlando’s Dwight Howard, and fell. Hard. Probably not the way Derrick wanted to celebrate his selection to the […]

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A brief look ahead

After finishing their seven-game Western Conference Road trip with a 5-2 record, the Chicago Bulls are feeling pretty good about themselves. And they should be. After all, they became the first NBA team to ever beat five straight winning teams on a single road trip. That’s a heck of a lot better than being on the wrong […]

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Four in a row: Bulls 101, Magic 93

Again I say: who are these guys and what have they done with the Chicago Bulls? Or maybe the team we’ve been watching most of the season — the same one that coughed up a 35-point lead at home to the Sacramento Kings — was the imposter. Maybe now that Tyrus Thomas is back from injury and […]

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Preseason Game Seven: Magic vs. Bulls

Chicago’s preseason primer is almost over. It ended last night with an exciting (by preseason standards) 101-98 home defeat by the Orlando Magic. The Bulls ended a successful 5-2 preseason with questions and a bit of controversy. The questions revolve around continuity. With starters (particularly Rose) missing time, Vinny Del Negro was forced to use […]

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What If: Game 2

This post continues the multi-part tale “What If…the Chicago Bulls had defeated the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2009 NBA Playoffs.” Following the Bulls’ 123-95 Game 1loss to the Magic, Vinny Del Negro decided that what his team really needed — rather than, say, key coaching adjustments –was some rest and relaxation, […]

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What If: Game 1

The Bulls have been eliminated from the playoffs and their season is over you say? That kind of talk is for quitters and wimps. For me, Chicago’s postseason stampede is still alive and well. It’s going on in the world’s most powerful basketball simulation computer: My mind. So, in the proud tradition of Marvel Comics’ […]

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