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Tribune staff reporterScott Skiles just about separated a shoulder, such was the ferocity of his fist pump. Tyson Chandler leaped in celebration as if he were snaring a rebound high above the rim. Ben Gordon, the rookie guard who created the mayhem with a cool-as-ice, 19-...
Tribune staff reporterThe Bulls' 75-73 victory over Toronto Tuesday night at the United Center revived that nutty concept of playoffs in a postgame locker room that is, after all, still inhabited by an Eastern Conference team. "Until it's mathematically impossible, I don't...
Tribune staff reporterLeBron James' performance has more than matched his hype, which is why a Rookie of the Year award could be in his immediate future. But on Monday night at the United Center, James wasn't even the best rookie on the court. One game after posting his...
Tribune staff reporterScott Skiles didn't want the credit, despite making a lineup change that struck gold. "When you lose four in a row, changing the lineup is a no-brainer," Skiles said. Jamal Crawford passed credit to Kirk Hinrich, which seemed odd since Crawford scored...
Tribune staff reporterLike sunsets, a page-turning novel and the holiday season, all good things must come to an end, and so it was for the Bulls on Sunday night at the Bradley Center. The Bulls' first five-game winning streak in more than six years came to a crashing thud...
Tags: Eddy Curry, Basketball, Kirk Hinrich, Ben Gordon, Scottie Pippen
The Associated PressTeams that are missing one starter to injury, two others to foul trouble and en route to committing 21 turnovers while allowing 14 offensive rebounds aren't supposed to be in games in the fourth quarter. Especially against San Antonio. Especially against...
Tribune pro basketball reporterCan anyone beat the New Jersey Nets? Just wanted to see how that looked on paper. Yes, the Nets are the class of the conference. Yes, there must be hope for the Cubs. With the addition of Dikembe Mutombo at center and Rodney Rogers off the bench and...
Random thoughts by Sam Smith Most Valuable Player Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers We're sorry, but every time the playoffs arrive and O'Neal dominates, people want to change their vote. Shaq is the only unguardable player in the NBA, the league'...
Tribune staff reporterThe Bulls are selling hope this season, which isn't the glitziest marketing tool when a team is six seasons and 341 losses removed from its glory days. But if such esoteric concepts are as exciting as Friday night's game, this could work. All the...
Tribune staff reporterAntonio Davis' back ached. Eddy Curry's groin stung. Andres Nocioni clutched his side. The bumps and bruises are starting to pile up, but then again, so are the victories. The Bulls have no time for pain. In a physical game that marked their fourth in...
Tribune staff reporterRare is the night when faded rap star MC Hammer makes his way into a halftime motivational speech. Even rarer is the night a Bull makes eight three-pointers. In fact that never had been done until Saturday night at Philips Arena, and the likelihood of...
Tags: Michael Jordan, Chris Duhon, Tony Delk, MC Hammer, Kirk Hinrich
Tribune staff reporterWith the sellout crowd in a pregame frenzy and both teams anxious to begin Game 3, officials briefly delayed the opening tip Saturday as smoke from pregame indoor fireworks clouded the MCI Center. The cloud eventually vanished into a wisp, but once the...
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