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NBA set to give Noah defensive award

Daily Herald (mikemcgraw) — The Bulls have scheduled a news conference for 4 p.m. on Monday. All signs point to Joakim Noah getting the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. Once the Pacers and center Roy Hibbert went into a late-season tailspin, it was clear Noah would win this award with ease and it obviously didn't take long for the league office to count the ballots. Noah will be handed the trophy before Tuesday's...
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Bulls will host Game 1 on Sunday

Daily Herald (mikemcgraw) — Only two of the eight first-round NBA playoff matchups are settled heading into the final night of the regular season. But the league did announce some of the starting times for Game 1. The Bulls will host either Brooklyn or Washington on Sunday at 6 p.m., on TNT and Comcast Sports Net. The full Sunday lineup is at San Antonio at noon (TNT), at Miami at 2:30 (ABC), with Portland at Houston...
  • 6 days ago

Is Brooklyn looking for the down escalator?

Daily Herald (mikemcgraw) — Brooklyn had a chance to clinch the No. 5 seed on Tuesday at home against New York, but missed badly. Despite starting most of their regulars, the Nets lost 109-98 in a game that wasn’t very close in the second half. The Bulls’ first-round playoff opponent remains in doubt heading into Wednesday’s final night of the regular season, but a scenario where the Bulls are No. 4 and Washington moves...
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Snow ruins Noah's night

Daily Herald (mikemcgraw) — This video of Joakim Noah learning about the snowfall after Monday's win over Orlando is getting a lot of play nationally. Some strange reporter comments put a little bit of a damper on the moment. I astutely kept my mouth shut while this was going on. Sometimes, you should just sit back and let things happen.
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Pacers to rest all five starters

Daily Herald (mikemcgraw) — Interesting news out of Indiana, where coach Frank Vogel will try resting his players to solve the team's bewildering slump. All five Pacers starters are expected to sit during Wednesday's game at Milwaukee. Does this mean Indiana is conceding the No. 1 seed in the East to Miami? Actually, no. The Heat has a tough game on Wednesday at Memphis, while the Pacers could conceivably win without...
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Noah is best since Wilt

Daily Herald (mikemcgraw) — Joakim Noah dished out 120 assists in the month of March. The Bulls played a ton of games in March (16 in 31 days), but that's still an impressive average of 7.5. According to Elias Sports Bureau, that is the most assists by a center in a single month since Wilt Chamberlain had 155 in March, 1968. That was the year Wilt decided he'd done enough scoring in his career, so he led the league in...
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Bulls clinch playoff spot

Daily Herald (mikemcgraw) — Fred Hoiberg and Kevin Ollie never made the playoffs with the Bulls. But on a night when those two former Bulls squared off as coaches in the NCAA Tournament, the current Bulls clinched a playoff spot. The Bulls turned in a lackluster performance Friday and lost to Portland 91-74 at the United Center. But when New York lost at Phoenix later in the night, a playoff berth became official. By...
  • 24 days ago
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Brunson video evidence

Daily Herald (mikemcgraw) — Since Stevenson guard Jalen Brunson is the son of former Bulls player and assistant coach Rick Brunson, this is an appropriate topic for All Bulls. Brunson was spectacular in Friday's state semifinal loss to Whitney Young, scoring a state finals record 56 points, including 26 in the fourth quarter. The 6-4 junior guard hit 16 of 30 shots, 7 of 14 3-pointers and 17 of 23 free throws. The...
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Noah out with illness vs. Minnesota

Daily Herald (mikemcgraw) — Joakim Noah left the United Center before tip-off of Monday's game against Minnesota due to an illness. Noah has built a career-long streak with 16 straight double-figure rebound games. This would have been a good matchup with Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, who ranks second in the league in rebounding at 13.0 per game. Also, Minnesota center Nikola Vucevic has averaged 22.5 points and 12...
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Boozer won't play vs. Atlanta

Daily Herald (mikemcgraw) — Another day, another injury for the Bulls. Carlos Boozer will sit out Saturday's game against Atlanta at the United Center because of a sore right knee. Coach Tom Thibodeau said the injury occurred sometime during Thursday's win over Boston and an MRI exam was negative. Boozer did not practice on Friday. The Bulls are down to two players who have played in all 32 games this season -- Taj...
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Noah meets obstacle in OKC locker room

Daily Herald (mikemcgraw) — It's not unusual for NBA players to stop by the opposing locker room after games, usually to greet former teammates. Joakim Noah met some resistance, though, when he walked into the Oklahoma City locker room after Thursday's 107-95 loss. Noah was there to greet former Bull and fellow French speaker Thabo Sefolosha, no doubt. But he was stopped by a former enemy from Boston, Thunder center...
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Bulls sign Augustin

Daily Herald (mikemcgraw) — The Bulls officially signed point guard D.J. Augustin on Friday, a move that had been expected for a few days. He is expected to be in uniform for tonight's game at Milwaukee. The Bulls host Augustin's old team, Toronto, on Saturday. He was waived by the Raptors to make room for the players acquired from Sacramento in the Rudy Gay trade. Augustin, 26, wasn't playing much for Toronto. He...
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Noah joins Bulls' injury list

Daily Herald (mikemcgraw) — The Bulls had yet another injury surprise waiting before Tuesday's game against Milwaukee at the United Center. Center Joakim Noah will not play because of a knee contusion. He was out on the floor shooting baskets after Monday's practice, so it's unclear when this injury happened. Luol Deng (sore left Achilles) and Jimmy Butler (turf toe) won't play tonight. If veteran point guard Mike...
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Deng a game-time decision for Detroit

Daily Herald (mikemcgraw) — Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters at shootaround that forward Luol Deng is a game-time decision with a calf injury. The Bulls host Detroit on Saturday at the United Center. Thibodeau initially did not mention Deng's injury, then Joakim Noah told reporters Deng might not play because of an Achilles injury. Deng has been rolling lately. In the last five games, he averaging 27.0 points,...
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How do Bulls compare to other bad-luck NBA squads?

Daily Herald (mikemcgraw) — The Bulls have lost former MVP Derrick Rose to another season-ending knee injury. It's tough to take, but plenty of other NBA teams have endured some rotten luck. Some bounced back, other didn't. Here's a list of bad luck NBA teams of the past 30 years: 1984 Portland Trail Blazers Bad luck: Chose injury-prone Sam Bowie instead of Michael Jordan in ’84 draft. Outcome: Reached Finals in ’90 and...
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