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Washington Post

NBA playoffs, Wizards vs. Bulls: Nene lifts Washington to Game 1 victory, 102-93

CHICAGO — Nene hadn’t been in the playoffs for two years, with a trade deadline deal to the Washington Wizards in March 2012 burying him with a franchise that lacked a solid foundation and was focused on the future. His time with the Wizards has been marred by injury to his feet and legs, but his ability to affect the game with his passing, scoring and intelligence was undeniable. Read full article >>

Washington Post

NBA playoffs: Keys to Wizards-Bulls matchup

Noah’s arc The biggest difference between Washington’s two wins and its one loss against Chicago this season was that Nene sat out the defeat with a knee injury. Using his soft midrange touch and passing ability, Nene often set up at the elbow to ignite Washington’s offense and averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 assists against the Bulls. Without Nene in the lineup, Joakim Noah had his way, exploding for 21 points and 12 rebounds in an 18-point rout earlier this month at Verizon Center. With Nene back in the post alongside Marcin Gortat, who scored 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting when...

Wizards Insider | Washington Post

Wizards-Bulls NBA playoff series could be decided by battle in the paint

In a perfect world, the first-round playoff series between the Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls would be a matchup pitting two of the NBA’s most-skilled point guards against one another in Washington’s John Wall and Chicago’s Derrick Rose. But with Rose again sidelined by a season-ending knee injury, the focus of this series has shifted […]

Chicago Bulls Blog | ESPN Chicago

Paxson lauds Augustin's 'special' season

When Derrick Rose went down for a second straight season in November with a knee injury, luck certainly didn't appear to be on the Chicago Bulls' side. As the Bulls tried to regain their balance in the wake of another devastating loss of their franchise player, D.J. Augustin was sitting on the bench in Toronto, a former lottery pick in 2008 unable to crack the Raptors rotation. He appeared in just 10 games with the Raptors, averaging just 8.2 minutes a game before being released on Dec.

Bulls Blog | Chicago Breaking Sports

Bulls' Rose ranks fourth in NBA jersey sales

Derrick Rose has missed most of the last two NBA seasons, but his absence from the court due to injuries apparently hasn't done much to diminish the Bulls star's popularity.

Chicago Sun-Times

Bulls prefer rhythm over rest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Suddenly, all the complaints about coach Tom Thibodeau and the pacing of his team died down as the regular season ended. His starters’ minutes haven’t been as extreme, and, more significant, the Bulls aren’t crawling into the playoffs held together by gum and tape. “Well, we had a lot of injuries early on,’’ Thibodeau said Wednesday. “Sometimes you have no control over that. That contributed heavily to getting off to a slow start....

CSN Washington

Wizards rebound from injuries in time for playoffs

The Wizards have had to juggle personnel all season and manage through rough spots without Nene, in particular, but they should be at full capacity come Game 1 vs. the Bulls.

Queen City Hoops

Game #82: Bobcats vs. Bulls — Sprint to the finish + NEW PodCats!

Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Chicago Bulls What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game When: 7:00 PM ET Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC The Matchup: Record Offensive Efficiency Defensive Efficiency Pace Charlotte 42-39 101.3 (23) 101.3 (6) 94.8 (21) Chicago 48-33 99.9 (27) 97.8 (2) 92.8 (28) Injuries: Charlotte: Brendan Haywood (OUT), Jeffery [...]

Knicks Blog | ESPN New York

Melo: Thibodeau's system is 'great'

Carmelo Anthony was probably just being polite. But the verbal bouquet he threw at the Chicago Bulls may be a little concerning to Knicks fans, especially those worried about Anthony signing with another team this summer. The free-agent-to-be was asked on Friday night about the Bulls’ ability to succeed despite the loss of Derrick Rose (injury) and Luol Deng (trade). Chicago is 15 games above .500 and is on the verge of locking up the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago Tribune

Haugh: Ten Commandments of Postseason

If they don't go all the way, don't blame it on injuries, weary legs or refereesAs the Blackhawks and Bulls begin the playoffs this week, heed one Chicago sports observer's Ten Commandments of the Postseason, not exactly handed down from on high as much as from the United Center's hockey press box.

Chicago Tribune

Mike Dunleavy up to the minutes

Bulls swingman says he can handle heavier workload and responsibilityThanks to injuries and Luol Deng's trade, Mike Dunleavy has started more games and played more minutes than he has since he was with the Pacers in 2007-08.

Chicago Sun-Times

Bulls’ Joakim Noah makes All-Scowley team

It’s that time of year. The Scowley Awards for the 2013-14 NBA season: ◆ All-Scowley team (formerly known as the All-Man team): Guard: John Wall, Wizards — Swag? Check. Game to back it up? Check. Guard: Lance Stephenson, Pacers — Four triple-doubles and 14 technical fouls Big: DeMarcus Cousins, Kings — When your nickname is “Boogie,’’ ’nuff said. Big: Blake Griffin, Clippers — Look who had surgery to have a spine put in before the season started....

Chicago Tribune

Bulls laying groundwork for big money summer deal

Signing of veterans Ronnie Brewer and Mike James to contracts with options set club up to create salary cap spaceTom Thibodeau said the Bulls' rotation is set, so the additions of Ronnie Brewer, Mike James and Lou Amundson — the latter two signed Thursday — are in part late-season injury insurance.

Bucks Blog | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Mike Dunleavy happy to be with a winner

Chicago - It hasn't worked out just the way the Chicago Bulls planned it, with Derrick Rose going down with another knee injury this season.

Chicago Sun-Times

Thibs to Tony Snell: Play defense and make shots

ATLANTA — Tony Snell looked like a playoff-rotation performer when the Bulls were re-establishing themselves as contenders in the wake of Derrick Rose’s injury and Luol Deng’s departure. But he’s going to have to re-earn that role. The 6-7 guard from New Mexico, who started 12 games in the first half of the season and averaged seven points in 22 minutes in a 12-game stretch after Deng was traded, has become a bit player as the Bulls head to the finish of the...

Chicago Sun-Times

D.J. Augustin’s career-high 33 points lead Bulls past Celtics

BOSTON — The player making $17.6 million this season again was running with the second team Sunday, recovering from his season-ending knee surgery and helping to prepare the Bulls’ starters as part of a virtual scout team. That’s about all Derrick Rose can do these days. As for the player who was out of a job and looking for work back in December, well, all D.J. Augustin did as Rose’s replacement was continue to save the Bulls’ season. Augustin scored a...

Chicago Sun-Times

D.J. Augustin’s career-high 33 points leads Bulls past Celtics

BOSTON – Derrick Rose was doing his part again on Sunday, getting some practice time in on the scout team as he recovers from season-ending knee surgery. His replacement on the roster, D.J. Augustin? Well, he was doing his part as well – continuing to save the season for the Bulls. Thanks to a career-high 33 points against the Celtics, Augustin helped hold off a pesky Boston team, scoring 15 fourth-quarter points to lead the Bulls to the 107-102 win at the TD...

Chicago Sun-Times

Derrick Rose finds new role as scout player

BOSTON – The Bulls might not have the most talented team in the Eastern Conference, but they definitely have the best scout team. That’s basically what Derrick Rose’s role is the remainder of the season, as he continues his road back from season-ending surgery on his right knee. Although coach Tom Thibodeau revealed on Sunday that Rose is still not taking any contact in practice, he continued working with his teammates, and will do so even into the playoffs as...

Behind The Blazers Beat | Oregonian

Will LaMarcus Aldridge play in Trail Blazers' game vs. Bulls?

The All-Star forward has 25 points and 16 games in his return after a back injury.

Chicago Bulls Blog | ESPN Chicago

Portland provides a playoff test for Bulls

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- The Chicago Bulls want to use the final nine games of the regular season to test their playoff readiness and the ideal challenge awaits Friday. The Portland Trail Blazers will be at the United Center and the game against the Western Conference's fifth best team figures to include a matchup with All-Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge. The 6-11 power forward is expected to return to action Thursday night against the Atlanta Hawks after missing seven games with a back injury.

Boston Celtics Blog | ESPN Boston

Rondo to serve as color commentator

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has found a new way to stay busy when he's inactive for games this season: Color commentary. Rondo, who is sitting out the second night of back-to-backs this season during his initial return from ACL surgery, will join Comcast SportsNet's Mike Gorman for the first quarter of Monday's game against the Chicago Bulls. Comcast SportsNet has utilized a rotating cast of guest analysts during road games this season, including ESPN Boston's Jackie MacMullan and Grantland's Bill Simmons.

Lakers Nation

Lakers vs. Bulls: Kendall Marshall On Steve Nash Injury and Kaman's Performance

After the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Chicago Bulls, Kendall Marshall reacts to Steve Nash leaving the game with an injury and Chris Kaman's season high performance. Join the Largest Lakers Fan Site in the World http://LakersNation.com | Follow http:/