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December 22, 2011 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Taj Gibson might not be the Bulls' superstar, but the soft-spoken forward nevertheless offered up his fair share of highlight-reel-worthy moments in the team's postseason run last spring. Most spectacularly, he threw down a dunk practically on top of Miami's Dwyane Wade, a slam that put him into the headlines for days. But don't expect Gibson to brag about it. Instead, he throws the credit to C.J. Watson - who passed him the ball for the big dunk - puts his head down and continues to work.
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April 29, 2014 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
So that's it then. The plucky Bulls gave it all they had, but their season is over after a 75-69 loss to Washington at the United Center on Tuesday. The Wizards eliminated the Bulls four games to one in their first-round playoff series. Believe it or not, the Bulls' chances to win Game 5 hinged on the health of Mike Dunleavy's injured left thumb. Could he score anywhere close to 35 points again, like in Game 3? Or at least pass to someone who could?  OK, so maybe we're overstating that appendage's importance a tiny bit. But it makes for a good visual, so here's what earned a...
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January 22, 2012
Rip Hamilton. C.J. Watson. Luol Deng. Derrick Rose. Taj Gibson. Joakim Noah. John Lucas III. That'd be a pretty good starting five and sixth and seventh men for an NBA team. But, unfortunately, it's the list of Bulls players who've lost playing time to injures 18 games into the lockout-shortened 66-game season. Saturday night alone, the Bulls played without four players. "Injuries are a part of the game," coach Tom Thibodeau said Saturday. "There's a reason you carry 13 or 14 players.
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April 21, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The Bulls let a 13-point lead slip away Sunday night on home turf for a 102-93 loss in Game 1 of the first-round matchup against the Wizards. "We're not happy with the result tonight, a disappointing loss at home in front of the home crowd," Bulls center Joakim Noah said. "But we'll bounce back. " The Bulls will get that chance Tuesday when the two teams meet again at the United Center. This series marks the third time the Bulls have faced Washington in the playoffs. The first was in 1997 when the Bulls swept them and went on to win their fifth championship title.
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April 29, 2014 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
So that's it then. The plucky Bulls gave it all they had, but their season is over after a 75-69 loss to Washington at the United Center on Tuesday. The Wizards eliminated the Bulls four games to one in their first-round playoff series. Believe it or not, the Bulls' chances to win Game 5 hinged on the health of Mike Dunleavy's injured left thumb. Could he score anywhere close to 35 points again, like in Game 3? Or at least pass to someone who could?  OK, so maybe we're overstating that appendage's importance a tiny bit. But it makes for a good visual, so here's what earned a...
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April 21, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The Bulls let a 13-point lead slip away Sunday night on home turf for a 102-93 loss in Game 1 of the first-round matchup against the Wizards. "We're not happy with the result tonight, a disappointing loss at home in front of the home crowd," Bulls center Joakim Noah said. "But we'll bounce back. " The Bulls will get that chance Tuesday when the two teams meet again at the United Center. This series marks the third time the Bulls have faced Washington in the playoffs. The first was in 1997 when the Bulls swept them and went on to win...
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December 21, 2011 | By Scott Bolohan, For RedEye
'Twas the night before tip-off, when all through Chi, Fans waited for basketball, other than the Sky. The banners were hung by the rafters with care, In celebration of the end to the labor nightmare. The fans were nestled all snug in their beds, With phrases of Stacey King stuck in their heads. And I in my replica jersey of Taj Gibson, Had just lied down to sleep at a quarter to one. When out on the street arose such a noise, Although not too unusual for this part of Illinois.
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February 20, 2012 | RedEye
Only one NBA team played an afternoon game on Presidents' Day. It was the Bulls, of course. Maybe Obama himself ordered it. In what was also Derrick Rose's return from bask spasms that sidelined him for five games, the Bulls beat the pesky Atlanta Hawks 90-79. Since America used Monday to celebrate Abraham Lincoln and George Washington's birthdays - you had cake, right? - what better way to break down the game than to assemble a presidential cabinet based on some of the Bulls' results.
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March 25, 2013 | By Gabe Salgado and For RedEye
Ten months ago, every Bulls fan's worst nightmare came true when Derrick Rose suffered a career-threatening knee injury. Since then, his progress has been well-documented as he's resumed practicing and was medically cleared to play a few weeks ago. Despite these developments, some fans are in an uproar over the fact No. 1 has not returned to the lineup. This is understandable. But I am sending this message to the Bulls faithful. For starters, calm down! Yes, Rose may be ready physically, but perhaps his mental readiness is not up to par. D-Rose said last week, "Nobody knows but God"...
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October 28, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
The 2013-14 NBA season kicks off Tuesday with one of the most anticipated matchups of the year: Bulls-Heat. Derrick Rose is back. The Heat will get their championship rings for a second straight year. And if you were looking for a better storyline on opening night, there isn't one. "It's the start to the season. It's a big game," Bulls forward Taj Gibson said after a recent practice. "It's one of those games where old memories come back fast. " And those memories aren't fond ones, especially when it comes to the playoffs.
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April 21, 2014 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
"I get asked that every day, man," a seemingly exasperated Taj Gibson said when prodded to talk about how much Joakim Noah has meant to the Bulls this season. But Gibson's response wasn't one of annoyance. It was pointing out that no one should ever have to ask about Noah's value, because if you've watched this team play, it should be obvious. It's apparent to everyone else in the NBA, too. On Monday, the Bulls' ultra-animated center was named the NBA's defensive player of the year.
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February 18, 2014 | By Courtney Linehan, @courtneylinehan
Well, Bulls fans, we've made it past the All-Star break. You know what that means: We're halfway through the second season without Derrick Rose and without much hope of the playoffs. Last week's confirmation that Rose won't be back on the court this season made us wonder just what the team has been up to while we were distracted with Olympics, hockey and Olympic hockey. Here's a look at the Bulls' season so far. The standings Overall record: 27-25. With Thursday's win over Brooklyn, the Bulls improved to two games over .500 for the first time...
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December 5, 2013 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
Bulls. Heat. Do we wish Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade were playing? Absolutely. But that doesn't mean Chicago fans want to burn Miami any less. Follow us all game for updates. Fourth quarter Joakim Noah's finger pistols make an appearance. Now you know it's special occasion.  ... And now Joakim is workingthe crowd after another basket. Don't ever tell him this game doesn't mean more than others. Still no Heat starters in the game, halfway through the fourth quarter.
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November 20, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
Jimmy Butler's hairdo had been an interesting discussion topic among fans. The Bulls guard started growing his hair out a year and half ago, and what began as a respectable high-top fade morphed into a style that was, well, hard to describe, but we know Sideshow Bob would've been proud. But for a guy who wears cowboy boots almost every day, his hairstyle was reflective of someone who marches to the beat of his own drum. And it was only a matter of time before it reached cult status.
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October 28, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
The 2013-14 NBA season kicks off Tuesday with one of the most anticipated matchups of the year: Bulls-Heat. Derrick Rose is back. The Heat will get their championship rings for a second straight year. And if you were looking for a better storyline on opening night, there isn't one. "It's the start to the season. It's a big game," Bulls forward Taj Gibson said after a recent practice. "It's one of those games where old memories come back fast. " And those memories aren't fond ones, especially when it comes to the playoffs.
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May 5, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
Once again, it's on. The Bulls and Miami will square off in the playoffs for the second time in three years, renewing an intense rivalry these teams have shared since the 2010-11 season, when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade on South Beach. These teams have made it clear they don't like each other. The Bulls recently snapped the Heat's 27-game winning streak; afterward, "King" James complained about how physical the Bulls were. This series won't be the same without Derrick Rose suiting up, much to the dismay of Bulls fans who want nothing more...
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February 18, 2014 | By Courtney Linehan, RedEye
Well, Bulls fans, we've made it to the All-Star break. You know what that means: We're halfway through the second season without Derrick Rose and without much hope of the playoffs. Last week's confirmation that Rose won't be back on the court this season made us wonder just what the team has been up to while we were distracted with Olympics, hockey and Olympic hockey. Here's a look at the Bulls' season so far. The standings Overall record: 27-25. With Thursday's win over Brooklyn, the Bulls improved to two games over .500 for the first time since Nov. 21. Indiana has a 13-game advantage...
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May 6, 2012 | RedEye
No Derrick Rose. No Joakim Noah. Down 2 games to 1 to the 76ers in Philadelphia. That's what faced the Bulls heading into Sunday's huge Game 4. To call it a must-win seemed insufficient. But that was the reality. A loss, and the Bulls are in a 3-1 hole without two of their best players - if not their two best. A win, however, and it's tied at two games apiece with the Bulls still retaining home-court advantage. RedEye takes a look at Sunday's game, quarter by quarter, to see how they responded.
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May 2, 2013 | RedEye
The last time the Bulls and Nets played at the United Center, all you-know-what broke loose in the fourh quarter. Nate Robinson - "Krypto-Nate" himself - put on his cape and rescued the Bulls in the nick of time. 34 points and a few miracles later, and fast-forwarding past a meh Game 5, the Bulls were still in position to clinch the series Thursday. All they needed was a heroic effort from someone. Anyone. Would they get it? Here are Thursday's key plays on our hero scale.   FIRST QUARTER 7:57: Carlos Boozer fouls Reggie Evans, and broadcaster Stacey King rips the Bulls forward for...
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