Posts Tagged ‘Bulls’

Will Ferrell Provides Hornets’ Only Highlight of the Night

by Micah Hart

Hot off doing a Super Bowl beer commercial that ran only in North Platte, Nebraska, Will Ferrell decided to continue his string of bizarre but funny choices by doing a little PA work at Wednesday night’s Hornets-Bulls game:

Sadly this was pretty much the highlight of the night for the Hornets, who got blown out 90-67 by the East-leading Bulls.

I tell you what though — I’d go to a lot more Hornets games if Ferrell introduced them every night (or if I lived in New Orleans).

UPDATE: He did the Bulls too:



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Three for all: New York Knicks

by Micah Hart



As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the New York Knicks, who played three straight from Feb. 2-4.

The Knicks have been in a season-long funk, unable to live up to the increased expectations that came with trading for Carmelo Anthony and adding Tyson Chandler. Would three games in three nights be a rallying cry for the squad, a bonding experience that could turn the season around and put them back on a playoff track? Or would it be just another 72 hours of disappointment in a season so far full of them? Let’s find out.

Game 1: Bulls 105, Knicks 102 - Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire combined for 60 points, but the Knicks defense could not contain Derrick Rose, who torched them for 32 points and 13 assists as the Bulls escape MSG with the road win. -2 points

Game 2: Celtics 91, Knicks 89 - It seems to me if you go through all the trouble to sign Amar’e to a giant contract, then trade half your roster to get ‘Melo, you might want to get one of them a shot in the closing seconds of a tight game. Instead the Knicks got two bad shots from Landry Fields and (making sure I’m reading this correctly) Steve Novak in the final seconds, and there’s your L. -1 points

Game 3: Knicks 99, Nets 92 - Much like the Pistons, the Knicks faced the prospect of going oh-fer in their three play with the final game coming against the lowly Nets. Fortunately for New York they found some resolve, and by resolve I mean backup guard Jeremy Lin, who set new career highs in (gathers breath) points, field goals made and attempted, 3-pointers, free throws made and attempted, rebounds, assists, and minutes played in helping the Knicks salvage a win. 5 points

2 total points for the Knickerbockers, which given the way their season has gone so far seems fairly appropriate. 

Up next: The Denver Nuggets also played three straight Feb. 2-4, with games against the Clippers, Lakers, and Blazers.

Three for all Scoreboard:
Chicago Bulls (13 points)
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
Portland Trail Blazers (6 points)
L.A. Clippers (6 points)
Philadelphia 76ers (6 points)
Denver Nuggets (6 points)
Orlando Magic (5 points)
L.A. Lakers (3 points)
Charlotte Bobcats (3 points)
New York Knicks (2 points)
New Jersey Nets (2 points)
Sacramento Kings (2 points)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2 points)
Toronto Raptors (1 point)
Detroit Pistons (-3 points)

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Three for all: New Jersey Nets

by Micah Hart



As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the New Jersey Nets, who played three straight from Jan. 21-23.

So far we’ve had two teams go undefeated in their three for alls, a surprising and impressive feat indeed. But for every yin there is a yang, and with some really terrible NBA teams this season, surely one of them will post an oh-fer at some point right? The Nets, with no Brook Lopez, seem like a good candidate — let’s see how they did.

Game 1: Thunder 84, Nets 74 - Hard to blame them for a loss to the Thunder, current owners of the best record in the Western Conference, even at home. Deron Williams shot 5-18 in this game, and let’s be honest — the Nets ain’t winning many games when he has any kind of an off night. -2 points

Game 2: Nets 97, Bobcats 87 - Hooray! No zero-output for the Nets after all! You know it might actually be hard to go defeated in these situations because there are so many terrible teams, you’re bound to get to play one of them. Case in point the Bobcats, who make the Nets look like championship contenders by comparison. MarShon Brooks had 20 points, and he’s been a nice find for the Jers so far. 4 points (3 for win, 1 for +10 margin)

Game 3: Bulls 110, Nets 95 - New Jersey had to be like “Come on D-Rose, don’t you want to sit out one more game?” But Rose wasn’t listening, and dropped 22 on them while dragging a bum toe around all game. 0 points

A final tally of 2 total points for the Nets, an effort I’m sure they’ll improve on when they trade for Dwight Howard and play three games in three nights next season, both of which seem to have the same likelihood of happening.

Up next: The Portland Trail Blazers play three straight Jan. 23-25 when they host Sacramento and Memphis, then travel to Golden State to take on the Warriors.

Three for all Scoreboard:
Chicago Bulls (13 points)
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
L.A. Clippers (6 points)
Philadelphia 76ers (6 points)
Denver Nuggets (6 points)
Orlando Magic (5 points)
L.A. Lakers (3 points)
Charlotte Bobcats (3 points)
New Jersey Nets (2 points)
Sacramento Kings (2 points)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2 points)
Toronto Raptors (1 point)

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Three for all: Chicago Bulls

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Chicago Bulls, who played three straight from Jan 9-11.

Well, that was impressive. Oklahoma City set the bar high with their clean sweep of three in a row earlier this week, but the Bulls came along and took it a notch higher, earning the maximum possible points that the schedule would allow.

Game 1: Bulls 92, Pistons 68 - About what you’d expect when one of the best defenses in the league meets up with statistically the worst offense. Every team has an off night now and again, but the Pistons barely put anyone in double-figures, yeesh. 2 points (1 for win, 1 for +10 margin)

Game 2: Bulls 111, Timberwolves 100 - Chicago got out to a big early lead, then held on for dear life in Minnesota for the win. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Derrick Rose, better known as the Bulls’ entire offense, sustained a turf-toe injury (on hardwood???) that could prove meddlesome. Not tonight, but maybe later. 5 points (3 for win, 1 for road, 1 for +10 margin)

Game 3: Bulls 78, Wizards 64 - With Rose out because of the aforementioned toe injury (and backup C.J. Watson still hurting as well), the onus fell on journeyman John Lucas to come to the Bulls’ rescue. Fortunately they were playing the Wizards, and I’m pretty sure Bennie the Bull could have taken over the reigns and led the team to a win. Still, 25-8-8 for Lucas is impressive stuff.  6 points (5 for win, 1 for +10 margin)

Was this the most impressive performance by a team so far? The stats say yes — three double-digit wins in three nights. However, given that the combined record of the three opponents currently stands at 6-24, I suppose we’d be disappointed if Chicago did anything less. Still, the Bulls can do nothing but play the opponents put in front of them, and you gotta tip your cap to the new leaders, who notched 13 total points. The only way they can be topped from here on out is if a team plays two road games and wins all three by double figures, so, yeah, good luck beating Chicago.

Up next: The Philadelphia 76ers also played three straight Jan. 9-11.

Three for all Scoreboard:
Chicago Bulls (13 points)
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
Denver Nuggets (6 points)
L.A. Lakers (3 points)
Sacramento Kings (2 points)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2 points)

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Three for all: Minnesota Timberwolves

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Minnesota Timberwolves, who played three straight from Jan 8-10.

The Timberwolves got off to a good start, but became the first team to lose the third game of the triumvirate in what was ultimately a disappointing stretch for the squad.

Game 1: Timberwolves 93, Wizards 72 - Minnesota becomes the first team to get max road points -i.e., winning on the road by +10 margin, but the fact that it was against (at the time) winless Washington makes it a little less exciting. Still, Ricky Rubio dished out a career-best 14 assists as he continues to impress. 3 points (1 for win, 1 for +10 margin, 1 for road)

Game 2: Raptors 97, Timberwolves 87 - Minnesota couldn’t stop Andrea Bargnani (31 points, nine rebounds) and couldn’t hit the water from a boat, shooting 34% from the field as a team. Kevin Love was 3-16 from the field as no starter scored more than 13 points. -1 point

Game 3: Bulls 111, Timberwolves 100 - Minnesota got down early in this one, and I give them credit for rallying back to make it close down the strech despite tired legs. Plus, they had this sweet alley-oop from Rubio to Anthony Randolph. 0 points

Season in a microcosm for Minnesota over this stretch, as they continue to play exciting basketball but fail to register notches in the win column. 2 total points for the Timberwolves.

Up next: Three teams are at it at the same time, as the Sixers, Bulls, and Raptors all play three straight Jan. 9-11.

Three for all Scoreboard:
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
Denver Nuggets (6 points)
L.A. Lakers (3 points)
Sacramento Kings (2 points)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2 points)

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Three for all: Atlanta Hawks

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Atlanta Hawks, who played three straight from Jan 5-7.

Before I get into the meat of the Hawks triumvirate of games, I should make note (for those that didn’t know) that I spent six years working for the franchise before coming over to NBA.com. I mention this because as far as I am concerned, these three games perfectly encapsulate what it’s like to root for them. They were the Hawksiest Hawks games I’ve ever seen.

Game 1: Heat 116, Hawks 109, 3OT - The Heat were without LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and if you know these Hawks, you know that spells trouble. Missed free throws, missed opportunities, Hawks loss. They made history by becoming just the 10th team in history to go scoreless in an overtime period (the third), so there’s that. -2 points

Game 2: Hawks 102, Bobcats 96, OT - Atlanta always seems to struggle in Charlotte, and despite the Bobcats being one of the worst teams in the league, they nearly pulled out the home win. I give the Hawks credit for perseverance if not style. 4 points

Game 3: Hawks 109, Bulls 94 – Just when you are ready to bury the Hawks, they turn around and blow out the Bulls in Game 3, snapping Chicago’s six-game win streak in the process. Josh Smith had one of those games that makes you simultaneously gobsmacked by his abilities (25 points, five rebounds, five assists, six blocks) and depressed because he often eschews them in favor of low-percentage jump shots. 6 points

What to do with this team? Do you focus on the fact that they lost at home to a Heat team playing Chris Bosh and the JayVees? Or do you notice the squad that was talented enough to go up 30 on Chicago in the third game — especially impressive given they’d played almost an extra half of basketball the previous two nights thanks to overtime? Shoot, the Hawks were a few missed free throws away from going 5-0 last week, with four of the games coming against the reigning Eastern Conference finalists.

Yet with all my griping and complaining, with settled dust and cleared smoke the Hawks somehow managed to post a new high score for the three-play, putting up 8 total points. Go figure.

Up next: The Oklahoma City Thunder are right on the Hawks tails, with three games in a row Jan. 6-8: home and home against the Rockets, and tonight against the Spurs.

Three for all Scoreboard:
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
Denver Nuggets (6 points)
L.A. Lakers (3 points)
Sacramento Kings (2 points)

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Three for all: L.A. Lakers

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart.

I’ve come up with a completely arbitrary system with which to judge team performance, that looks a little something like this:

Game 1 win = 1 point
Game 2 win = 3 points
Game 3 win = 5 points
Game 1 loss = -2 points
Game 2 loss  = -1 point
Game 3 loss = 0 points

Bonus points:
+1 for road win
+1 for +10 margin of victory

Will this system work? I guess we’ll see how the season goes. In the meantime, let’s take a look at how the first contestants, the Lakers, handled running the gauntlet.

Game 1: Bulls 88, Lakers 87 – L.A. nearly got a win in the first game, at Staples Center, before Derrick Rose reminded everyone why he’s the reigning league MVP. -2 points

Game 2: Kings 100, Lakers 91 – A road loss for the Lakers on night #2, but perhaps not a big surprise given it was opening night in Sacramento and the place was rocking. -1 point

Game 3: Lakers 96, Jazz 71 – It’s early, but it’s hard not to think this was a huge win for the Lakers. 0-3 would be a tough way to start, and with Lamar Odom off to Dallas and Kobe Bryant fighting a wrist injury, this should give L.A. a bit of a lift going forward. 6 points

Add it all up, and the Lakers finish the swing with a total of 3 points. Respectable, as any win in Game 3 deserves plaudits, but we’ll see how that stacks up against the competition as the season wears on.

Up next: The Rockets finish up the year with three straight Dec. 29-31.

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In case you didn’t notice, the season is drawing closer

by Micah Hart

Two teams with ample reason to get pumped for the coming year have released trailers to get the blood flowing, and I have to say, it’s working.

First the Knicks, showing off their latest acquisition Tyson Chandler:

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Bennie the Bull takes the morning train …

by Micah Hart

… He works from 9-to-5 and then, he takes another home again — and gives out Bennie the Bull masks for an impromptu subway dancing session. Roll it!

H/T Business Insider

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A history of NBA logos

by Micah Hart

Josh Cohen over at the Orlando Magic’s website has some time on his hands, like many of us right now, and has put it to good use with this rundown of the history of logos for each current NBA franchise.

There is tons of goodness in there, and you should click the link to see them all, but here are a few of my faves:

Denver Nuggets, 1976-81

The Nuggets hate rabbits, and other cotton-pickin’ varmints.

Fort Wayne Pistons, 1941-48

I for one would like to welcome our robot overlords.

Chicago Bulls, 1966-present

Give it up to the Bulls, the only franchise to have never changed logos. Timeless and classic.

Houston Rockets, 1971-72

This looks like it was ripped straight out of a Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. “I’m just a ball, yes I’m only a ball…”

New York Knicks, 1946-64

Frankly, I am speechless on this one. I have no idea what is going on here, and I don’t recall seeing many basketball players wearing capes either. The best part about it is that this was the team’s logo for eighteen years.

Milwaukee Bucks, 1968-93

I miss the days when animals on logos were friendly. This Buck just wants to play ball and have a good time, what’s wrong with that?

What are some of your faves?

Evolution of NBA logos [Orlando Magic]

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