2:27 PM EST, Tue November 20, 2018
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ESPN’s initial 2018-19 season RPM numbers for Bulls aren’t pretty

ESPN’s initial 2018-19 season RPM numbers for Bulls aren’t pretty

Jabari Parker is dead last ESPN finally released their Real Plus-Minus statistics for the 2018-19 NBA season on Monday, and Chicago Bulls fans are probably going to wish they didn’t. But before wading through the muck, let’s define what RPM is really quick: Drawing on advanced statistical modeling techniques (and the analytical wizardry of RPM developer Jeremias Engelmann, formerly of the Phoenix Suns), the metric isolates the unique plus-minus impact of each NBA player by adjusting for the effects of each teammate and opposing player. The RPM model sifts through more than 230,000...
5 hours ago
Cash Considerations Podcast: Goodbye Big Macs, Hello Portillo’s

Cash Considerations Podcast: Goodbye Big Macs, Hello Portillo’s

plus Denzel’s injury, 3 ugly losses and more Ricky and Jason tackle a historically bad week for the Bulls that included losing three games by a combined 87 points. Three games! 87 points! We mourn the end of the United Center Big Mac deal, welcome Portillo’s with open arms, discuss Denzel Valentine’s season-ending injury, talk draft, and plenty more. Cash Considerations is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Play. Please listen, rate, subscribe, etc.
21 hours ago
Denzel Valentine likely out for season

Denzel Valentine likely out for season

Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad news Another year, another major lower-body surgery for Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine. INJURY UPDATE: The Bulls announced today that guard Denzel Valentine has been diagnosed with ongoing ankle instability. Valentine will undergo a surgical reconstruction with an anticipated recovery time of four-to-six months. He is expected to make a full recovery. pic.twitter.com/28yJiH6teX— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 19, 2018 Valentine’s injury history with his ankle is long and concerning. During the 2017 offseason, he underwent...
Nov 19, 2018
The Jabari Parker experiment has been a failure

The Jabari Parker experiment has been a failure

this just isn’t working out Predictably, the Jabari Parker experience has been an abject failure. Do we need more than 17 regular-season games to make such a declaration? A rational voice would say it’s far too early for such claims. In most circumstances, it would be true. Oddly, however, in this case, that same voice would’ve never advised signing Parker to begin with. Swinging for the fences on a 23-year-old former No. 2 pick who has suffered two significant knee injuries carried some level of risk, as did forcing him into a position he has rarely played in the NBA. Still, given...
Nov 18, 2018
Shorthanded Bulls walloped again as Raptors cruise from opening tip

Shorthanded Bulls walloped again as Raptors cruise from opening tip

another brutal showing For the second time in as many nights, the Chicago Bulls were completely outclassed by an Eastern Conference powerhouse, losing mightily to the Toronto Raptors 122-83. Without Zach LaVine, who was rested due to illness, the Bulls never had a legitimate shot of bouncing back from an embarrassing loss to the Milwaukee Bucks the previous night. Chalking up a loss before the game was obvious, but a 39-point drubbing to a team who was also on a back-to-back and missing Kawhi Leonard, Norman Powell, OG Anunoby and C.J. Miles went beyond expectations. Already missing four...
Nov 17, 2018
Bulls vs. Raptors preview and open thread

Bulls vs. Raptors preview and open thread

Another tough Eastern Conference test for Chicago as the top seed visits the United Center This has been a really rough week for the Chicago Bulls. A loss to the Dallas Mavericks at home on Monday didn’t get things off to the right start, and it has been downhill since. They were absolutely walloped by both the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks as well. Granted two of their three opponents in the week have been top contenders in the Eastern Conference. In those games against the Celtics and Bucks, there were segments of the game where you could easily tell the gap in talent between...
Nov 17, 2018
Bulls vs. Bucks final score: Poor 3rd quarter dooms Chicago in 123-104 loss

Bulls vs. Bucks final score: Poor 3rd quarter dooms Chicago in 123-104 loss

Chicago dominated for a half then got outscored 46-17 in the third quarter and got destroyed Regression to the mean is a common occurrence in sports. This proved to be the case, once again, for the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. Like in Boston on Wednesday, the Bulls were competitive. This time it was for a half instead of just a quarter. And they weren’t just competitive, they were dominant. However, when the offense began to sputter in the third quarter, the wheels fell off. It aided a 78-point second half for the Milwaukee Bucks as they took the game from Chicago in a 123-104 blowout....
Nov 16, 2018
Bulls vs. Bucks game preview and open thread

Bulls vs. Bucks game preview and open thread

East hell week continues as Jabari returns to Milwaukee The Bulls’ hellish week against top Eastern Conference competition continues Friday night with a date against the Bucks at the new Fiserv Forum. The Bucks are out to a 10-4 start to the season under new head coach Mike Budenholzer, which is good for second in the East behind only the Toronto Raptors. Bud has transformed Milwaukee into what looks like a juggernaut after disappointing years under Jason Kidd/interim coach Joe Prunty. The Bucks are launching over 40 3-pointers a game and playing at one of the fastest paces in the...
Nov 16, 2018
Wendell Carter Jr. questions the team’s togetherness, is there a leader?

Wendell Carter Jr. questions the team’s togetherness, is there a leader?

Is that player not stepping up or is he simply injured? Despite the Bulls marketing team’s efforts to make #RunWithUs a thing, it seems like there’s issues with the team chemistry and leadership in the midst of all this losing. The Bulls were looking better in recent games after their embarrassment against the Golden State Warriors. But after a home loss to a fellow-bad Dallas Mavericks team followed by an annihilation in Boston, while there hasn’t been any public intersquad fighting, according to Wendell Carter Jr. this team remains far from perfect: “When the times get hard, I...
Nov 14, 2018
Bulls vs. Celtics final score: Chicago competes for a quarter before getting destroyed, 111-82

Bulls vs. Celtics final score: Chicago competes for a quarter before getting destroyed, 111-82

yuck The Celtics have struggled to start this hype-filled season, but Wednesday night’s game against the hurt/bad Bulls gave them a good opportunity to get right. It took a quarter as the Bulls actually grabbed a five-point lead after a hideous first frame (they led by as many as eight), but then the Celtics’ good players remembered they’re good and the Bulls stayed awful in a 111-82 shellacking. Jabari Parker got the Bulls off to a nice start with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the first quarter, but as was indicative of this entire game, he finished with 14 points on 6-of-13...
Nov 14, 2018
Bulls vs. Celtics Preview: Will Bulls offense finally wake up?

Bulls vs. Celtics Preview: Will Bulls offense finally wake up?

Celtics actually aren’t playing very well this year, so maybe? Chicago Bulls (4-10) at Boston Celtics (7-6) 6:30 p.m.; NBC Sports Chicago Injury Report: Same old, same old for the Chicago Bulls. I could just copy the injury report game to game, but instead I’ll link to RotoWorld.com where I get the information. The Boston Celtics injury report is squeaky clean. Preview: The Boston Celtics were supposed to be really good. Like, run-away-with-the-Eastern- Conference-level good. Maybe even challenge-the-Golden-State-Warriors-level good. But so far it hasn’t clicked, even though the...
Nov 13, 2018
Bulls vs. Mavericks highlights, where Zach LaVine is attempting to do too much

Bulls vs. Mavericks highlights, where Zach LaVine is attempting to do too much

and it’s probably necessary Falling to a 4-10 record, it’s easy to be down on the team right now. Instead, I’ve found myself chugging down glasses half full with optimism. Here’s why: Including the loss to the Mavericks, five of the Bulls’ 10 losses have come by eight points or less, three of which coming on the final possession of the game. Perhaps that’s searching too hard for a silver lining, but given the Bulls were already a team with a thin margin for error, removing four rotational players through injury took away any realistic chance of an early season push toward...
Nov 13, 2018
Cash Considerations Podcast: We’re still talking about Jimmy Butler

Cash Considerations Podcast: We’re still talking about Jimmy Butler

plus LaVine, Carter and more! Ricky and Jason are back to talk about the Bulls’ loss to the Mavericks and win against the Cavs. Zach LaVine and Wendell Carter Jr. remain the only two things actually worth talking about it. The Jimmy Butler trade is also a central point of discussion -- how he fits in Philly and how Bulls fans should view the trade in hindsight. There’s also the advent of a new hashtag: #stoptryinforzion Cash Considerations is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher. Please listen, subscribe, rate, etc.
Nov 12, 2018
Bulls vs. Mavericks final score: Bulls shooting stays cold in 103-98 defeat

Bulls vs. Mavericks final score: Bulls shooting stays cold in 103-98 defeat

a turnover-y, foul-y game In a battle of bad teams, this time the Bulls came up short. The Dallas Mavericks had a 2nd quarter surge that put them up double-digits, and from then the game would see runs back and forth where the Bulls would get very close but never back on top. The 4th quarter saw mostly Zach LaVine hero-ball that this time came up short. LaVine was the story in this one for the Bulls because he used up a ton of possessions over the course of his 41 minutes. He finished with 26 points but shot 8-23 from the field, 0-6 from distance ,and had 7 turnovers. He did also have 5...
Nov 12, 2018
Fred Hoiberg has kept his team from being a total disaster, which is better than expected

Fred Hoiberg has kept his team from being a total disaster, which is better than expected

I was expecting much worse! After Kris Dunn went down and exposed the Bulls lack of roster planning at the point guard position, I really expected the Bulls to become a league-worst disaster. Maybe bad enough for Bulls management to look past any nebulous performance benchmarks from Fred Hoiberg and pull the plug on their head coach. But especially after the night the Warriors embarrassed them at home, the Bulls have not been playing that poorly. Some of it has been flukey single-game performances and a relatively soft home-heavy schedule, but Hoiberg has done some actual coaching to keep...