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Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 04/04/2010 - 20:16
The Bulls caught a break in the playoff race Sunday when Toronto lost at home 113-112 to Golden State, one of the NBA’s worst teams.
The Warriors (23-53) led by 16 points with just under seven minutes remaining. After a furious comeback, the Raptors missed a chance for a miracle finish when they stole a late inbounds pass, but Chris Bosh botched a lay up as time expired.
With the win, Golden State coach Don Nelson tied Lenny Wilkens for the most coaching victories in NBA history.
The Warriors missed 4 free throws in the final minute, giving Toronto a chance to tie the score with a 3-pointer. Nelson decided to play the preemptive foul game and the teams combined to make 10 foul shots in the final 10 seconds.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 04/04/2010 - 12:08
Watching Saturday's win over Charlotte had me thinking back to last summer, when some suggested the Bulls drafted Taj Gibson to take over at power forward from Tyrus Thomas.
At the time, I thought that idea was ridiculous. Guys drafted with the No. 26 draft pick are not projected starters. Even after seeing Gibson in action, I wondered if he was athletic enough to rebound against first-string NBA competition.
Of course, that's funny now because Gibson has been a sensation. In the two games this weekend, he piled up a combined 31 rebounds and 28 points against Charlotte and Washington. Gibson has reached double-figure rebounds in seven consecutive games.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 04/04/2010 - 01:11
The talk of the NBA on Saturday is bound to be the gruesome elbow injury suffered by Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut.
During the second quarter of a win over Phoenix at the Bradley Center, Bogut caught a long pass and dropped in a two-handed dunk on the fast break. As he hung onto the rim, Bogut’s momentum caused him to lose his balance and he fell hard onto his back, with his right arm buckling underneath him. Make sure you have a strong stomach before watching the replay.
Suns forward Amare Stoudemire trailed the play and was given a flagrant foul. But Stoudemire barely touched Bogut and clearly didn’t do anything to cause the Australian big man to lose his balance.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 04/03/2010 - 18:45
The Bulls’ dream of a healthy finish to the regular season has already been sidetracked. Forward James Johnson will sit tonight against Charlotte because of persistent foot pain.
That means Luol Deng will be back in the starting lineup against the Bobcats. After missing 11 games with a right calf strain, Deng returned Friday in Washington and scored 14 points in 28 minutes.
Coach Vinny Del Negro said Deng would have started tonight even if Johnson was playing.
This is the first Chicago visit by Tyrus Thomas since being traded to Charlotte on Feb. 18. Thomas visited the Bulls locker room before the game and enthusiastically greeted security personnel in the halfway, but did not speak to reporters.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 04/03/2010 - 01:42
The obvious highlights from the Bulls’ 95-87 win at Washington on Friday were Luol Deng’s return from a calf injury and Joakim Noah’s alley-oop pass to Derrick Rose.
But it’s tough to ignore the remarkable consistency of rookie power forward Taj Gibson. All he did against the Wizards was collect 14 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks.
As I pointed out in the game story, Gibson has six double-doubles in his last eight games and during that span has averaged 13.5 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks, while shooting 51.2 percent from the field. Reminder: The USC product and Brooklyn native was the 26th pick of last year’s draft.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 03/31/2010 - 14:53
The Bulls-Suns was the featured game on NBA TV’s Tuesday “Fan Night,” which this week included special guest Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers star was asked several Bulls-related questions and gave some interesting responses.
Here’s Bryant on Derrick Rose: “He is at the top of the list, but he’s still young so he has a lot to improve on -- mainly his shooting. He can handle the ball. He can change his pace very well for a young player, finish at the rim. The biggest key for him is getting that long ball. He has got a pretty good mid-range game as it is. What I like about him is that he is not all speed.”
Back in 2007, Bryant claimed he wanted to join the Bulls. That urge faded quickly, but Bryant had some advice on what the Bulls need to take a step forward.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 03/31/2010 - 01:03
The Bulls seem willing, but may not have enough left in the tank to push their way into the playoffs.
Tuesday’s 111-105 loss to Phoenix at the United Center was a classic case of the more poised, experienced team getting things done in crunch time.
Brad Miller’s corner 3-pointer gave the Bulls a 97-93 lead with 4:50 remaining. From then on, the home team made far too many mistakes.
Losing Kirk Hinrich at halftime because of a sprained left ankle was costly. But the Bulls can’t seem to stay on the same page defensively since making those deadline trades.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 03/29/2010 - 14:35
Before Toronto lost to Miami on Sunday, Raptors star Chris Bosh told South Florida reporters that he expects to take his time deciding on a new destination once he becomes a free agent on July 1.
“I think it's going to drag out for a while,” Bosh said, according to the Miami Herald. “There are so many possibilities and scenarios, with guys staying with their own teams and trying to get other guys.
“You have to look at combinations and possibilities of what could happen. So I don't expect it to be over too quickly.”
Bosh also mentioned a specific guideline for choosing a team.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 03/27/2010 - 18:43
Before Saturday’s game against New Jersey, Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro announced that rookie forward James Johnson has a partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot.
Johnson said he felt a pop in the foot during the first quarter of Thursday’s loss to Miami. He came out of the game for a spell, but returned to play 13 more minutes after the injury occurred.
Johnson had started seven of the last eight games in place of Luol Deng, who is out with a right calf strain.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 03/26/2010 - 14:26
James Johnson wore a walking boot on his right foot Friday at the Berto Center and appears questionable at best for Saturday’s game against New Jersey.
During Thursday’s brutal loss to Miami, Johnson played 6 ½ minutes in the first quarter, then the Bulls passed along an injury update saying the rookie forward had a right foot sprain and his return was questionable.
Johnson did return late in the second quarter and went on to play a total of 20 minutes. So it appeared the injury scare was no big deal, but apparently it got worse overnight. Coach Vinny Del Negro said Johnson was planning to get an MRI exam.
The Bulls are already missing starting forward Luol Deng with a right calf strain and Johnson has started seven of the last eight games in his place.