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Home woes continue for inconsistent Bulls

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls aren't as bad as they played in Sunday afternoon's deflating 96-84 loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday afternoon. But they aren't as good as they played in wins over the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks a few days ago. They are caught in the middle of an emotional rut that they can't pull themselves out of just yet. "We just got to do better," said Pau Gasol...
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Joakim Noah, Bulls embrace winning path

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — DALLAS -- Joakim Noah knew his team was stuck at a gigantic fork in the road. After another embarrassing defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, the Bulls' sixth in their last eight games, the emotional center knew his team's entire season was headed in the wrong direction. The Bulls weren't fighting hard together, they weren't communicating enough on the floor and the hard-nosed...
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Gasol: 'Special' to play vs. brother in ASG

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Even Pau Gasol is having a hard time believing that he and his brother Marc will be starting in the All-Star Game together next month in New York City. Pau, who plays for the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference, and Marc, who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies in the West, were voted into the game as starters by the fans, and become the first pair of brothers ever to start in the...
  • 3 days ago

Bulls regain edge as Rose shows his is getting ever sharper

ESPN (Jon Greenberg) —  CHICAGO — Fresh off an old-fashioned Bulls stampede, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich started his postgame press conference by following up on a pregame question.“Whoever asked me that question before the game, ‘They’re not listening to Thibs and Thibs has lost them’ and that kind of bulls---, you got your answer,” he said after the Bulls’...
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Getting Noah, Dunleavy back the answer?

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Tom Thibodeau has held to a firm belief over the last few weeks amidst one of the worst stretches of his five-year tenure in Chicago. The belief being that once injured starters Joakim Noah (ankle/knee) and Mike Dunleavy (ankle) come back to the lineup, the Bulls should start racking up wins again after losing six of eight games over the last two weeks. Thibodeau has a point -- the...
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Noah out, Dunleavy game-time call vs. Spurs

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Joakim Noah will miss his fourth straight game Thursday night against the San Antonio Spurs because of a right ankle injury. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said the All-Star center went through a portion of the team's shootaround, but is not ready to play yet. The good news for the Bulls is that Noah, who took extra shots after practice, appears close to a return. Bulls guard Mike...
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Despite slump, Thibodeau hasn't lost team

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Lost amid Derrick Rose's frustrated words after Monday night's latest poor performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers was the fact Taj Gibson may have spoken the most telling words of the entire night. Gibson doesn't have the same clout that Rose does, but he is a six-year veteran who gives some of the most honest assessments in basketball. The power forward has been around for the...
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Bulls' defense can't contain red-hot Hawks

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose didn't know what to say after Saturday's night's latest deflating 107-99 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The same issues which have hounded his team during its surprising stretch in which the Bulls have lost five of their last seven were apparent. They dug themselves an early hole, their intensity was lacking at times, and their defense, a calling card of the Tom Thibodeau...
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Bulls finally close out a bad team late

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — BOSTON -- Joakim Noah stood towards the back of the visitor's locker room in the TD Garden late Friday night with an embarrassed smile on his face. Noah, the emotional leader of the Chicago Bulls who sat out Friday night's 119-103 win over the Boston Celtics because of a sprained right ankle, earned a rare NBA distinction during the game. With 4:33 left in the third quarter of a tight game,...
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Bulls' D cause for concern at halfway point

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — BOSTON -- Throughout Tom Thibodeau's five-year tenure as head coach of the Chicago Bulls, his teams have always prided themselves on defensive intensity. It is one of the biggest trademarks of the Thibodeau era. The Bulls want to outwork opponents and break their collective spirit on the defensive end.But as the Bulls reach the halfway point of their season Friday night against the Boston...
  • 10 days ago
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Wizards emerging as a nemesis for Bulls

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- The Washington Wizards have the Chicago Bulls' number. After a 105-99 loss on Wednesday that included a 61-point barrage in the second half by the Wizards, the Bulls are now 3-8 against Washington over their last 11 games, including the playoffs, according to ESPN Stats and Info. They've lost five straight to the Wizards at the United Center. Obviously, with Derrick Rose back, and...
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Dunleavy (ankle) still not ready to run

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Mike Dunleavy will miss Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards as he continues to work his way back from a right ankle injury, and his return to the floor remains unclear. Dunleavy, who injured the ankle during a New Year's Day win over the Denver Nuggets, spent some time after practice taking some extra shots -- but he admitted he hasn't been able to run since sustaining...
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Noah trying to smooth his bumpy ride

ESPN (Doug Padilla) — CHICAGO – Now 2� months into a season that followed knee surgery over the summer, Joakim Noah continues to work himself toward full strength.He hasn’t been a liability this season, but he clearly has been at his best either, and while his repaired left knee seems to be the obviously culprit, Noah refuses to make any excuses.“It's good; I've just got to keep working, keep...
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Bulls work on ABCs of better D

ESPN (Doug Padilla) — CHICAGO – A day after he blasted his team’s defensive effort, questioning who wanted to be in the inner circle and who was looking to get out out, Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau spoke in more measured terms Tuesday.“The good thing about our team is they’ve been through a lot of things, so today they came in, had a good approach, we watched the film, I thought we had...
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Bad teams are a big problem for Bulls

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls don't have an answer.They don't know why they keep losing to bad teams at home -- as they did again Monday night to the Orlando Magic in an embarrassing 121-114 defeat. Out of the Bulls' 13 losses, six have been to teams currently with sub-.500 records. That ties them with the Suns for worst in the NBA for teams with winning records, according to the Elias Sports...
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