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Bulls vs. Trail Blazers game preview and thread: Chicago hoping for another “should-win”

Bulls vs. Trail Blazers game preview and thread: Chicago hoping for another “should-win”

Photo by Quinn Harris/ the injuries are mounting Tonight, our 24-27 Chicago Bulls will host one of the league’s other depressingly “mid” teams with one All-Star, the 26-26 Portland Trail Blazers. The Bulls will at least be better-rested, as Portland will be playing the second night of a back-to-back pair of games, having vanquished the Washington Wizards (like Chicago, another Eastern Conference play-in tournament hopeful) 124-116 last night in D.C. Portland’s prolific undersized starting backcourt of Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons combined for 62 points on...
Feb 2, 2023
Bulls vs. Hornets: Ayo Dosunmu’s big night leads Chicago to a 114-98 win

Bulls vs. Hornets: Ayo Dosunmu’s big night leads Chicago to a 114-98 win

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Bulls got the victory, but got banged up as well After losing at home on Tuesday, the Chicago Bulls got back to winning ways by defeating the Charlotte Hornets 114-98. The Bulls were only up four at halftime but had a very strong third quarter which put them up 15 heading into the fourth. Despite Charlotte cutting the lead down to single digits Chicago did enough to hold them off by hitting timely shots. Ayo Dosunmu led the way with a career high 22 points, doing so on scorching efficiency (nine of ten from the field). From the jump...
Feb 2, 2023
Bulls vs. Hornets game preview: there are no “gimme” games for Chicago

Bulls vs. Hornets game preview: there are no “gimme” games for Chicago

Photo by Jared C. Tilton/ will the Bulls fall to the Hornets again? Tonight, our Chicago Bulls look to avenge their incredibly depressing 111-96 collapse against the Charlotte Hornets last week in a rematch at the United Center. At 23-27, Chicago is currently the 11th seed in the East, and could really, really use supposed these “gimme” wins against lottery-bound clubs like the 15-37 Hornets if it’s serious about competing for a play-in tournament spot. But, as we know, this team is not particularly serious about that, at least as currently comprised. It’s hard...
Feb 2, 2023
Bulls management can claim Lonzo’s injury hampers their activity. But what hurt just as much is being their typical cheap selves

Bulls management can claim Lonzo’s injury hampers their activity. But what hurt just as much is being their typical cheap selves

Photo by Michael Reaves/ AKME said they wanted ‘continuity’, it was really ‘affordability’ We have all come to expect the Bulls to do nothing at the trade deadline for several reasons. The primary reason being they’re the Bulls, and making trades is kind of showing off and comes off a bit desperate and we don’t do that here. Another being that while AKME has had some relative flurry of activity in their tenure, on the whole they have mostly dithered (sorry, ‘thorough evaluation buidling on personal relationships). Lonzo Ball’s injury has also been cited...
Feb 1, 2023
Cash Considerations Podcast: Bulls blow it vs. Clippers

Cash Considerations Podcast: Bulls blow it vs. Clippers

woof Jason and Ricky hopped on Spotify Live with Kevin Ferrigan and Stephen Noh right after the Bulls’ heartbreaking loss to the Clippers. We broke down what went wrong in a game the Bulls should have won, which has been a theme all season. We then discussed trade deadline strategy and what the front office should do as the team wallows in mediocrity. Cash Considerations: A Chicago Bulls Podcast is part of the Blue Wire Podcast Network.The pod can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts.
Feb 1, 2023
Bulls vs. Clippers final score: another night, another blown double-digit lead

Bulls vs. Clippers final score: another night, another blown double-digit lead

Photo by Quinn Harris/ at least this was to a good team? Well, it happened again. Our hapless Chicago Bulls built up an impressive early double-digit lead only to squander the whole darn thing and stumble into a loss. This time, their opposition was significantly more impressive than the last two teams to pull off this feat against them, but that’s still not really a great excuse for Chicago’s brutally erratic play on both ends of the floor. Hosting Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and their full-ish strength Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago pieced together a superlative...
Jan 31, 2023
Bulls vs. Clippers game preview and thread: playing for fools’ gold

Bulls vs. Clippers game preview and thread: playing for fools’ gold

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via it’s a good opponent, so Bulls will be good? There is a team out there that will beat some of the best teams in the league but lose to the worst. They’ve beaten the Celtics 3 times this year, and just beat the Sixers. They’ve also lost to the Bulls, who are currently in the lottery. I’m talking about the Orlando Magic. They have those aforementioned good wins plus other Ws against the Clippers, Warriors, Mavs, Suns...but nobody thinks of them as a team that is ‘weird’ like the Bulls. It’s just a bad team that has some...
Jan 30, 2023
No more time for ‘evaluation’, Bulls need to make a decision on Nikola Vucevic now

No more time for ‘evaluation’, Bulls need to make a decision on Nikola Vucevic now

Photo by Jared C. Tilton/ AKME ‘continuity’ and secrecy is not the tact, here This is a larger topic (drink! it’s a phrase I write a lot), but it’s important everyone remembers that a big motivation for the Bulls trading for Nikola Vucevic two trade deadlines ago was his contract. Vuc, an Eastern Conference All-Star (!), was signed for the rest of that season and the following two, at a sub-All-Star number of $28M that de-escalated to $22M this year. (insert Vince McMahon going progressively horny/crazy meme but with Jerry Reinsdorf) In the time since, the...
Jan 29, 2023
Bulls vs. Magic final score: big nights from ‘Big Three,’ Paw propel Chicago to 128-109 blowout

Bulls vs. Magic final score: big nights from ‘Big Three,’ Paw propel Chicago to 128-109 blowout

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via things did get annoyingly close late in the fourth, but the Bulls persevered for once! Last night, our Chicago Bulls actually beat a bad team, for the first time all week! It’s hard to get too excited about a game where the Bulls once again let a massive double-digit second half lead (25 points) evaporate to five points around the four-minute mark of the game’s fourth quarter. But, unlike some miserable contests against the Indiana Pacers (who, at a 1-9 record without All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton, sure qualify as bad to...
Jan 28, 2023
Bulls vs. Magic game preview and thread: things can always get worse

Bulls vs. Magic game preview and thread: things can always get worse

Photo by Jamie Sabau/ Will the Bulls make it three straight losses against bad teams? Had to rush this one. Hopefully the Bulls take it seriously, though they are on a road trip and there’s that hot Orlando nightlife that may tire them. The Magic are the ones who should be tired, playing last night and losing to the Heat down state in Miami. So the Bulls should win, and Vegas agrees with the Bulls being a slight -2.5 favorite. But I think it’s a cop-out to say the Bulls play down to competition like this. In looking at their last game against the Hornets...is...
Jan 26, 2023
Bulls vs. Hornets final score: It’s all falling apart, blown out 111-96 in Charlotte

Bulls vs. Hornets final score: It’s all falling apart, blown out 111-96 in Charlotte

Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports Another winnable game thrown away After giving up a 20 point lead against the Pacers on Tuesday, the Bulls have now followed that up by getting blown out by the Charlotte Hornets 111-96. While not giving up a huge lead like against the Pacers, the Bulls were up eight at the half and double digits multiple times in this game even in the third quarter. The Bulls had ample opportunities to pull away from the Hornets as Charlotte missed 17 three-point shots at one point (yes you read that right). But it fell apart in the fourth as Chicago was...
Jan 26, 2023
Bulls vs. Hornets game preview and thread: GOTTA have this one

Bulls vs. Hornets game preview and thread: GOTTA have this one

Photo by Grant Halverson/ the trick-or-treat Bulls SHOULD win tonight... but will they? Tonight, our Chicago Bulls will continue their mini-road trip against some of the worst teams in their conference when they face off against MJ’s ailing Charlotte Hornets, in a game that may not include either Ball brother. After somehow blowing a 20-point second half lead to a Pacers team that hadn’t won in two weeks on Tuesday, it’s hard to know what to expect from this Bulls team. On paper, yes, they absolutely should beat Charlotte. But Zach LaVine’s three-point shooting...
Jan 26, 2023
Cash Considerations Podcast: Bulls are who we thought they were

Cash Considerations Podcast: Bulls are who we thought they were

two steps forward, one step back Jason and Ricky lament the Bulls’ disastrous collapse against the Pacers, which ruined what should have been a four-game winning streak. We discuss what went wrong and highlight Zach LaVine’s key role in the loss before diving more into LaVine’s hand injury and future with the team. We finish up with some trade deadline talk. Cash Considerations: A Chicago Bulls Podcast is part of the Blue Wire Podcast Network.The pod can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts.
Jan 25, 2023
Zach LaVine is hurt and bad again, so the Bulls remain in place

Zach LaVine is hurt and bad again, so the Bulls remain in place

Photo by Dylan Buell/ DeRozan can’t do it alone I don’t know about the lot of you, but this here blog declared the season over already. Not swayed by the 3 game win streak, and not swayed by another crushing loss to an undermanned opponent. This team won’t be consistently good because the players aren’t consistently good. I saw last night’s team partner post-game show sort of imply that this is DeMar DeRozan’s fault for making the Bulls offense too isolation heavy. To give some credit first on this line of analysis: yes DeMar is poor defensively, and was...
Jan 24, 2023
Bulls vs. Pacers final score: Chicago loses another big lead in 116-110 collapse

Bulls vs. Pacers final score: Chicago loses another big lead in 116-110 collapse

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports Can’t keep giving away games Less than 24 hours after a solid win against the Atlanta Hawks, the Chicago Bulls suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Indiana Pacers 116-110. It was also a frustrating loss as the Bulls were up 20 points in the second half only to watch it all crumble away. Indiana outscored Chicago by nine in the third and 13 in the final quarter. This was a team on a long losing streak who were missing their best player. There were a variety of factors which sparked this implosion by the Bulls: offensive...