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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.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 03/26/2010 - 02:22
From my seat, the Bulls’ non-competitive 103-74 loss to Miami on Thursday, more than anything, was a brilliant performance by Eric Spoelstra and the Heat coaching staff.
The Heat spent two off days in Chicago after playing in New Jersey on Monday. Spoelstra told reporters he was treating this as a playoff game and showed up well-prepared.
Miami had an answer for everything the Bulls tried in the first half. The visitors scored points off one-on-one isolations – Jermaine O’Neal vs. Brad Miller and Quentin Richardson vs. Flip Murray were popular choices – then repeatedly picked apart the Bulls’ pick-and-roll defense.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 03/25/2010 - 01:50
Miami decided to show Dwyane Wade that he can experience his hometown of Chicago during NBA season without changing teams.
After playing in New Jersey on Monday, the Heat headed straight to Chicago for two days off before facing the Bulls on Thursday at the United Center. After practicing Wednesday at Attack Athletics on the West Side, the players were talking up the intensity of the Bulls-Heat rivalry.
Here are the quotes, courtesy of the South Florida Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald.
“It started when we beat them in the first round of those playoffs (in 2006), and it will always be something there,” Wade said. “This is always a physical game, playing against the Bulls. If it gets any more physical, nobody would be playing."
Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 03/23/2010 - 15:53
Things were relatively quiet at the Berto Center after Tuesday’s practice.
Joakim Noah livened things up by grunting through an extra 15 minutes of cardio workouts, sprinting repeatedly up and down the court, sometimes dribbling a ball along the way.
Once Noah sat down and caught his breath, he offered an interesting take on coach Vinny Del Negro’s ejection in the third quarter of Monday’s 98-88 win over Houston.
“Just try to win it for Vinny, man,” Noah said, using a mock intense voice. “Kirky (Hinrich, presumably) said that on the court yesterday and everybody just started laughing. I thought it was pretty funny. ‘Come on guys, let’s do it for Vinny.’ I thought that was pretty funny.”
Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 03/20/2010 - 00:06
With LeBron James in town and the NCAA Tournament on television, I can’t help but think that it’s a shame the NBA didn’t forbid high-schoolers from entering the draft a few years earlier.
It might have been the most intriguing tournament ever if James followed through on a threat to take his four high school teammates from St. Vincent-St. Mary to Akron University for one run at glory.
Imagine if the 2003 Final Four featured Carmelo Anthony and Syracuse, Kirk Hinrich’s talented Kansas squad, Marquette with Dwyane Wade and Akron? (Edit -- I got my college seasons messed up, see below).
I think it’s possible James could have won a title essentially by himself, but we’ll never know.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 03/19/2010 - 18:27
It will be more of the same tonight at the United Center when the Bulls take on LeBron James and friends. Derrick Rose will skip his fourth game with a sprained left wrist.
Luol Deng wasn't likely to play this weekend, but coach Vinny Del Negro mentioned before the game that Deng tweaked his right calf strain before the game in Dallas. He has more inflammation now than he did when the injury first occurred on March 9 against Utah.
Deng said in the locker room he thought he was close to coming back until the mishap before the Dallas game. So there was a setback in his recovery and James Johnson is the starting small forward until further notice.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 03/18/2010 - 22:45
From a local perspective, the most interesting line in Michael Jordan’s “Welcome to NBA ownership news conference” on Thursday was this one:
“The thing that I can get out of this, I want to have fun,” Jordan said. “I want to provide entertainment to the public and to the city of Chicago … I mean, to the city of Charlotte. Or Chicago, too. I want to provide entertainment to everybody.”
Was Jordan secretly wishing he was being introduced as owner of the Bulls instead of the Charlotte Bobcats?
Well, from a business standpoint, of course he’d rather be running a large-market NBA team. But that’s the biggest reason Jerry Reinsdorf didn’t invite Jordan to join the Bulls’ ownership group – there’s too much money being made to get out now.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 14:43
Derrick Rose will sit out a third game to rest the sprained left wrist he injured last week in a mid-air collision with Orlando's Dwight Howard. Rose will watch as the Bulls try to avoid a ninth straight loss tonight in Dallas.
Luol Deng will miss his fourth game with a right calf sprain. It appears very likely Rose will return Friday when the Bulls host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center. Deng's return is less certain.
Rookie forward Taj Gibson is listed as questionable for tonight's contest because of lingering plantar fasciitis in his left foot, which so far hasn't caused him to miss any games. Gibson had a rough night on Tuesday in Memphis, fouling out after producing 2 points and 3 rebounds in 26 minutes.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 03/16/2010 - 15:58
Derrick Rose will sit out tonight's game against Memphis to give his sprained left wrist more time to heal.
It's unclear whether he'll return Wednesday when the Bulls face another tough assignment at Dallas. Rose suggested at Monday's practice that he might wait until Friday, just to make sure the wrist is back to 100 percent.
The Bulls don't seem likely to win these next two games, anyway. They'll face Memphis without Rose, Luol Deng (right calf strain), Kirk Hinrich (suspension) and Joakim Noah (sore left foot).
Jannero Pargo and Flip Murray are expected to start in the backcourt. The Bulls have lost seven in a row, but started he day just a game behind Toronto for the final playoff spot in the East.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 03/15/2010 - 14:03
Derrick Rose says he’s getting better every day and is hoping to play Tuesday when the Bulls visit his college home for a game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Speaking after practice Monday at the Berto Center, he almost seemed resigned to sitting out the next two games to help his sprained left wrist heal.
“Gar (general manager Gar Forman) was telling me don’t rush it,” Rose said. “If anything, wait for this weekend or this Friday’s game. I want to play definitely because it’s Memphis. But if they tell me to wait, I’ll wait.”
Even though he shoots with his right hand, Rose prefers to dribble with his left, especially when attacking the basket, which would make things difficult.