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Chicago Bulls (32-23) VS. Oklahoma City Thunder (40-15) Game Preview: Preparing for the Storm
February 24th, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Here comes the second tough challenge of the week for the Chicago Bulls.  Although they were able to pick up a much needed moral booster in Charlotte, the Bulls have been in a slump lately ever since the Kirk Hinrich injury occurred.  They have lost six of the last ten...

Quarterly NBA Awards Report: a Bulls 101 Roundtable
December 17th, 2012 at 4:21 PM
As the NBA reaches the quarter-season mark, and with the yearly Christmas extravaganza coming up, the Bulls 101 staff takes a look at the NBA award races: MVP, Coach of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year. MVP Avi:...

Oklahoma City Thunder 97, Chicago Bulls 91: Thunderstruck
November 8th, 2012 at 11:45 PM
The "closer" ideology is a tricky subject, but one that's generally considered a bit silly these days. Statistics peg teams that do things other than run isolation for one player over and over again as the best in the clutch. But when those isolations, known in NBA circles as "hero ball,"...

Chicago Bulls (3-1) Vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (2-2) Preview: Primetime
November 8th, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Raise your hand if you had the Chicago Bulls with a better record than the Oklahoma City Thunder, even through just four games. Now, anyone who just raised their hands, put them back down because you are lying. To be fair, the Bulls have yet to play a team that could reasonably...

Northwest Division 2012-2013 Season Preview: Mountains to Move
October 23rd, 2012 at 6:30 AM
Hello there! For the second consecutive year, I am putting entirely too much effort into previewing the NBA season. Last year, I tried to cram everything into two parts — three, actually, if you include the preview for just the Bulls — but that was impractical and not particularly well...

Chicago Bulls #NBARank: Derrick Rose Emerges at 5
September 27th, 2012 at 3:43 PM
ESPN.com is doing its second annual #NBARank, in which they rank every single NBA player. We here at Bulls 101 will be taking a brief look at where each of the Bulls players falls along the way. For previous installments, click here, here, here, here, here, here here and here. Derrick Rose: 5 ***PHOTO1*** Despite an injury filled season that ended in tragedy, Chicago Bulls'...

Oklahoma City Thunder Sign Serge Ibaka to Four-Year Extension
August 18th, 2012 at 9:58 PM
Hello again, sorry not to have been updating the sight more regularly. In my defense, there hasn't been a whole lot to say about the Bulls of late, but still. My apologies. I'm sure many of you are wondering why this particular headline is showing up on a site that follows...

Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose on Cover of NBA 2K13 Along with Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin
June 26th, 2012 at 5:01 PM
The NBA 2K video game has been my favorite basketball simulation over the past few years. NBA 2K11 had Michael Jordan on the cover, and famously brought M-Jeff and his Chicago Bulls teammates to life in the "Jordan Challenges." NBA 2K12 followed that up with a "Legends Mode" that allowed you to...

LeBron James Finally Gets His Ring as Miami Heat Trounce Oklahoma City Thunder to Win NBA Title
June 22nd, 2012 at 1:42 AM
I remember watching "The Decision" back in the summer of 2010, simultaneously cursing the ridiculousness of it and praying that LeBron James would choose the Chicago Bulls as his next destination. When LeBron uttered his famous "take my talents to South Beach" line, a feeling of both disappointment and rage...

Miami Heat on Brink of NBA Title After Exhilarating 104-98 Win Over Oklahoma City Thunder
June 20th, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I'm still trying to catch my breath. A Game 4 that started with the Oklahoma City Thunder running out to an early 17-point lead ended with the Miami Heat grabbing a heart-pounding 104-98 win despite LeBron James finding himself on the bench with leg cramps. With the victory, the Heat...

Miami Heat Take 2-1 Series Lead After Hard-Fought 91-85 Game 3 Win Over Oklahoma City Thunder
June 17th, 2012 at 11:03 PM
After an extremely competitive first half in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder threatened to blow the game open in the third quarter. The Thunder opened a 10-point lead over the Miami Heat, leaving the sell-out American Airlines Arena crowd dead silent. But thanks to Kevin Durant...

Miami Heat Barely Hang on in 100-96 Game 2 Victory Over Oklahoma City Thunder
June 15th, 2012 at 12:40 AM
***PHOTO1*** In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat jumped out to a early 13-point lead before being reeled in by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Game 2 started in similar fashion, with Miami blitzing Oklahoma City from the get-go and holding a double-digit lead throughout the majority of...

Big Second Half Helps Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-94 Game 1 Win Over Miami Heat
June 13th, 2012 at 12:04 AM
The Oklahoma City Thunder had been in this position before. In fact, it was Game 6 against the San Antonio Spurs where they faced an 18-point first half deficit and came back to win the Western Conference.  This time around in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat,...

Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder Should Provide NBA Finals to Remember
June 11th, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Before the shortened 2011-12 season started, many thought the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder were on a collision course for the NBA Finals. And even though both teams finished second in their respective conferences, plenty of folks still believed that we were destined for a heavyweight bout between the...

Big Fourth Quarter from ‘Big Three’ Propels Miami Heat to Second Straight NBA Finals
June 10th, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics. Game 7. 73-73 heading into the fourth quarter. What else could you ask for with the Chicago Bulls out of the playoffs? Well, when it got down to winning time, the Heat's "Big Three" delivered one of their finest performances since so boldly joining forces in...

Miami Heat’s LeBron James Silences Critics for One Night
June 7th, 2012 at 11:35 PM
***PHOTO1*** I really had no idea what to expect in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. My heart told me the Celtics would dispatch the Heat and advance to the NBA Finals to face the Oklahoma City Thunder, but my head simply...

Oklahoma City Thunder Advance to NBA Finals with 107-99 Game 6 Win Over San Antonio Spurs
June 7th, 2012 at 12:26 AM
***PHOTO1*** At some point during the 2010-11 NBA season, I felt compelled to hop on board the Oklahoma City Thunder bandwagon. Kevin Durant soon became my favorite non-Bull, while I also derived much enjoyment from watching Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka develop as players. Things did not work out...

With Chicago Bulls Out, These Conference Finals All NBA Could Ask For
May 27th, 2012 at 6:54 PM
It was rather difficult for me to watch the second round series between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers for two reasons. One, it just was not entertaining basketball. Sure there were some moments of brilliance, but for the most part, the brand of hoops was hideous. And second, I...

The Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose and ‘Hero Ball’
April 9th, 2012 at 10:04 PM
***PHOTO1*** "Hero ball" is called just that for a reason. When it works, it turns players into heroes. Guys have built legacies on clutch play in the fourth quarter, including a certain #23 who played for the Chicago Bulls back in the day.  But is hero ball really the best way...

Chicago Bulls Number One Seed Watch: Miami Heat Trounced by Memphis Grizzlies
April 6th, 2012 at 9:58 PM
The Chicago Bulls are currently in a tight battle for the number one seed in the Eastern Conference with our not-so-good friends from South Beach, so I figured it would be a good idea to provide some updates (when possible) on those dastardly Miami Heat as we come down the...