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There has been a lot of talking about the Chicago Bulls and if they will traded there All-Star Guard/Forward Jimmy Butler. There are a few teams who’s names have come up in a deal involving Butler, but the one that has come up the most is the Boston Celtics. Thursday night these two teams met at the United Center in Chicago and Butler was a huge part of the finish to the game. The Bulls found themselves down 103-102 with the clock running down and the basketball in Butler’s hands. As Butler went for the game winning shot with just .4 seconds left in the game the whistle blew and a foul was called on Marcus Smart of the Celtics as Butler was shooting. Even on replay it’s tough to see the foul and it’s been called “ticky-tack”, but the referees made the call and Butler calmly stepped to the free throw line made both free throws and after a last second shot by the Celtics failed the Bulls walked away with a 104-103 victory.

The Celtics started off the game on a 15 to 7 run to take there biggest lead of the 1st quarter. The Bulls where able to cut the lead down, but each times Boston was able to push it back to 8 points. Gerald Green hit a  3-pointer with 3:38 left to give the Celtics that 8 point lead for the final time in the quarter at 25-18. Chicago was able to score the final 4 points of the quarter to cut the lead to 25-22 at the end of the 1st quarter.

The Bulls started off the 2nd quarter by scoring the first 5 points to take the lead at 27-25. The teams traded the lead six times before the Celtics went on a 15 to 4 run to take a double digit lead at 45-35. The Bulls spent the rest of the quarter trying to cut into the lea and with just :33 seconds left they had the Celtics lead down to 3 at 55-52. Isaiah Thomas then hit a 3-pointer with :28 seconds left to give Boston a 6 point lead 58-52 heading into halftime.

Chicago started the 3rd quarter on a 15 to 7 run to take the lead at 67-65 on a Jerian Grant 3-pointer with 7:35 left in the quarter. The Bulls took there biggest lead of the quarter at 75-68 on a Robin Lopez tip in with 4:30 left in the quarter. Boston finished the quarter on a 10 to 6 run to cut the Bulls lead to 3 points 81-78 after three quarters.

The Bulls held the lead until Terry Rozier hit a 3-pointer with 6:15 left in the game to tie things up at 92 all. The game was tied three more times before the Bulls took the lead at 98-97 after Taj Gibson made two free throws with 2:54 left in the game. The Celtics went right back to the lead, but could never get any farther ahead than 3 points. After Doug McDermott hit two free throws with 1:20 left in the game the Bulls where down just 1 point at 103-102. On the defensive end Jimmy Butler blocked an Isaiah Thomas shot to give the Bulls the basketball back and a chance to win. Butler and the Jerian Grant missed 3-pointers to give the Bulls the lead. After each team used a timeout Isaiah Thomas missed a jump shot and Michael Carter-Williams got the rebound to set up the game ending scenario for Jimmy Butler. Butler missed the shot as time was expiring, but Marcus smart was called for the foul while Butler was in the act of shooting. Butler proceeded to hit both of his free throws to give the Bulls a 104-103 win.

Jimmy Butler was the Bulls leading scorer with 29 points while Bobby Portis came off the Bulls bench to score 19 points. Robin Lopez had 15 points wile Taj Gibson scored 12 points and grabbed a game high 9 rebounds. Doug McDermott also came off the Bulls bench to hit double figures with 11 points while Jerian grant added 10 points. Rajon Rondo didn’t score in the game, ubt he did hand out a game high 8 assists.

Isaiah Thomas was the Celtics leading scorer with 29 points and a team high 7 assists. Off the Celtics bench Kelly Olynck scored 17 points and grabbed a team high 7 rebounds while Terry Rozier scored 11 points. Amir Johnson had 10 points for Boston.

With the win the Bulls will head into the All-Star break with a record of 28-29 which is good for 7th place in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics fall to 37-20 with the loss, but are still in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and find themselves just 3 games out of the top spot. The Bulls return to action on February 24th when they host the 18-39 Phoenix Suns. The Celtics are also off until February 24th, but they’ll be on the road against the 33-24 Toronto Raptors.

On Tuesday the Toronto Raptors traded Terrence Ross and a 1st round pick to the Orlando Magic for Serge Ibaka. Of course with the deal just being made Ibaka wasn’t available as the Raptors faced the Chicago Bulls Tuesday night. For the 11th time in a row the Bulls picked up a win over the Raptors 105-94. The last time the Raptors won a game in this series was December 31st 2013.

Toronto took a quick 4-0 lead, but then the Bulls ran off the next 8 points to take the lead. The game was tied a couple of times before the Raptors where able to go back into the lead at 15-14. The teams traded the lead three more times before the Bulls where able to final 8 points of the quarter to take a 24-18 lead after one quarter.

The teams started the quarter out trading baskets as the Bulls slowly added to there lead. Chicago finally put there lead into double digits when Rajon Rondo hit a 3-pointer to make the score 41-29 with 6:09 left in the quarter. The Bulls continued to add to the lead with the largest lead hey built was 21 points at 56-35 with 1:44 left in the quarter. Toronto scored 4 of the final 6 points in the quarter to cut the Bulls lead to 58-39 going into the half.

Early in the 3rd quarter the Bulls pushed the lead to 23 points at 66-43 when Jerian Grant hit a 3-pointer with 7:48 left in the quarter. The Raptors did outscore the Bulls in the quarter 25-20 and managed to cut the lead to 14 points at 78-64 by the end of the 3rd quarter.

Chicago has had trouble hanging onto big leads this season and when Toronto started the quarter on a 9 to 5 run you had to wonder if they where headed down that road again. Toronto got the Bulls lead into single digits when Corey Joseph hit a 3-pointer with 6:00 minutes left to play to make the score 88-80. After DeMar DeRozen hit a pair of free throws the Raptors where just down 5 points at 96-91 with 2:08 to play. This time the Bulls finished the game on a 9 to 3 run to get by the Raptors 105-94.

Doug McDermott came off the bench to lead the Bulls in scoring with 20 points. Jimmy Butler returned to the line up and struggled from the field making just 2 of the 10 shots he attempted. Butler did go 15 of 19 from the free throw line and posted a double-double with 19 points and 12 assists. Taj Gibson had 14 points while Rajon Rondo (12 points) and Cristiano Felicio (10 points) came off the Bulls bench to score in double digits. Felicio also tied with Robin Lopez for the team lead in rebounds with 6 apiece.

Kyle Lowry was the Raptors and the game high scorer with 22 points. DeMar DeRozen added 18 points while Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and grabbed a game high 9 rebounds. Off the Raptors bench Norman Powell scored 13 points and Corey Joseph scored 10 points. Lowry and Powell tied for the team lead in assists with 4 each.

The win improves the Bulls record to 27-29. Toronto falls to 32-24 with the loss. Chicago gets a day off before they host the 36-19 Boston Celtics. The Raptors don’t get a day off as they return home to host the 24-31 Charlotte Hornets.


The Chicago Bulls wrapped up there six game road trip in Minnesota to face there former head coach Tom Thibodeau and the Timberwolves. Going into the game the Bulls where the definition of short handed as they would be missing four players. Jimmy Butler was out with a bruised heel. Dwayne Wade missed the game with a right wrist injury. Nikola Mirotic sat out with lower back trouble and Paul Zipser missed the game with a right ankle injury. Any way you look at it the Timberwolves had no issues handling the Bulls as they coasted to a 28 point victory 117-89.

The Bulls had two leads in the game; 2-0 and 4-2. The Timberwolves doubled the Bulls offensive output in the 1st quarter 34-17 and setting the tone for the game very early. Minnesota took there first double digit lead of the game with 7:30 left in the 1st quarter and the game was never in doubt after that.

The Timberwolves scored the first five points of the 2nd quarter to find themselves up 21 points at 39-17. The Bulls didn’t get the deficit under 20 points until there was 0:49 seconds left in the quarter. Jerian Grant’s 3-pointer was the last basket of the quarter for Chicago and the game went into halftime with the Timberwolves up 57-40.

Minnesota scored the first four points of the 3rd quarter to push the lead right back to 21 points at 61-40. The closest the Bulls could get in the quarter was 15 points as the Timberwolves outscored them by two 27-25 in the 3rd quarter to extend there lead to 19 points at 84-65.

With the outcome pretty  much in hand the Bulls still started off the 4th quarter scoring four of the first six points, but there was no hope of a big comeback as the Timberwolves outscored them again in the final quarter 33-24. The biggest lead Minnesota had in the 4th quarter was 28 points as they cruised to a 117-89 victory.

Andrew Wiggins was Minnesota’s and the games high scorer with 27 points. Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 pints while Rickey Rubio scored 17 points and had a game high 11 assists. Gorgui Dieng had 10 points and grabbed a game high 13 rebounds. Off the Minnesota bench Nemanja Bjelica (16 points) and Shabazz Muhammad (12 points) reached double figures in points.

The Bulls where led by Doug McDermott and Bobby Portis (off the bench) who each had 16 points. Michael Carter-Williams scored 12 points grabbed a team high 7 rebounds and tied for the tem lead in assists with 6. Robin Lopez and Rajon Rondo (off the bench) each scored 10 points. Rondo also handed out 6 assists to tie for the team lead.

Minnesota had lost five of there last six games coming into this contest, but the win improved there record to 21-34 on the season. The loss drops the Bulls to three games under .500 at 26-29. The Timberwolves will get a day off before a Valentine’s Day match up against the Eastern Conference leading 37-16 Cleveland Cavaliers at home. The Bulls went 2-4 on there road trip. Chicago will also get a day off before they host the 32-22 Toronto Raptors Tuesday night.

Jimmy Butler returned to the Chicago Bulls line up after missing the previous three games. Butler played 30 minutes, but is still listed as day to day with that bruised heel.

Even with the return of Butler to the starting line up the Bulls suffered there third loss in there last four games and there second loss in a row as the Phoenix Suns beat them 115-97 Friday night. This was the Bulls fifth game on there current six game road trip and was easily the most disappointing loss on the trip. Phoenix has the second worst record in the NBA and you would’ve thought that the Bulls would’ve been able to get by them, but not only did they lose they where beaten by 18 points.

The game was tied four different times in the 1st quarter. An 11 to 4 run gave the Bulls the biggest lead of the quarter 23-16 with 3:04 left to play. It was then the Suns turn to make a run as they finished the quarter on a 12 to 3 run taking a two point lead 28-26 after the 1st quarter.

The Bulls scored the first six points of the 2nd quarter to take the lead back early at 32-28. Phoenix worked there way back to tie the game at 37 all and then the teams where tied again at 39 all before the Suns scored six points in a row to take the lead 45-39 with 3:11 left to play. Phoenix finished the quarter on a run of 11 to 4 run to take a 56-43 lead going into halftime.

Chicago started the 3rd quarter off by scoring nine of the first 11 points in the quarter to cut the Suns lead to six points at 58-52, but that was the closest the Bulls could get in the quarter. Chicago did outscored Phoenix in the quarter 33-30. Even winning the quarter the Bulls still found themselves down double digits 86-76 heading into the final quarter.

Phoenix’s first two baskets of the 4th quarter where 3-pointers by Jared Dudley. The second one gave the Suns a 12 point lead at 92-80 with 9:11 left to play. Chicago never got closer than nine points again in the game as the Suns slowly puled away for an easy 18 point victory 115-97.

Devin Booker of the Suns was the games leading scorer with 27 points. Eric Bledsoe added 23 points and a game high 8 assists while T.J. Warren scored 16 points. Alan Williams came off the Phoenix bench to score 14 points and grab a game high 11 rebounds.

Jimmy Butler played 30 minutes in his return and led the Bulls in scoring with 20 points and also handed out a team high 6 assists. Dwayne Wade added 18 points while Robin Lopez scored 12 points and a team high 7 rebounds. Taj Gibson had 10 points while Doug McDermott came off the Bulls bench to score 11 points.

The win improved Phoenix’s record to 17-37. This was the first of back to back games for the Suns as they had to head out on the road to face the 39-17 Houston Rockets Saturday night. The loss sent the Bulls back to two games under .500 at 26-28. Chicago get a day off before they finish up there road trip in Minnesota. They’ll face the 20-34 Timberwolves on Sunday afternoon.

So the Super Bowl actually did turn out to be super. I am wondering how many people turned the game off when the Atlanta Falcons took a 28-3 lead early in the 3rd quarter. Of course as we all know now the New England Patriots scored the final 31 points of the game including the game winning touchdown in overtime to comeback and win the game.

In there comeback Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and running back James White set some new Super Bowl records. Brady set records for most passing attempts with 62. Most pass completions with 42 and most passing yards with 466. White caught more passes than anyone else in a single Super Bowl game with 14. His 110 receiving yards was also the most ever for a running back in a Super Bowl. The Patriots as a team set some new records as well. They had the most first downs with 37, most passing first downs with 26 and most offensive plays in a game with 93.  Plus there was the record-setting 19 point fourth quarter comeback and 25 point second half rally. The teams also combined to set three new records. Most 1st downs in a Super Bowl by both teams with 54, most passing 1st downs in a Super Bowl by both teams with 39 and most combined passing yards by both teams with 682. The Patriots now have the most Super Bowl appearances by a team with 9 while Bill Belichick is now the head coach with the most Super Bowl appearances at 7 and wins with 5. Tom Brady now also has the most career passing touchdowns in Super Bowl history with 15.

There where also five records tied in this Super Bowl. Most Super Bowl wins; Tom Brady with 5. Most sacks in a Super Bowl; Grady Jarrett with 3. They started keeping this record in 1982. Most 2-point conversions in a game with 2 and most 2-point conversions by teams combined with 2 and most 1st downs by penalties with 4 by the Patriots.

Now as a whole the NFL playoffs weren’t that great to watch. Did this type of a Super Bowl make up for it? These where the two top offenses in the playoffs and that did show through in this game and that made it fun to watch. There was some talk that this was the greatest Super Bowl of all time. While it was a good game to watch I’m not sure if it’s the greatest Super Bowl ever, but I’d love to know what you thought of the game. Feel free to leave me your comments about the Super Bowl.

With all the complaining LeBron James has done about his team this season you have to wonder if he’s concerned about a NBA Finals rematch with the Golden State Warriors or if he thinks there’s a team in the Eastern Conference that the Cleveland Cavaliers have to worry about. The Cavaliers have a 2 1/2 game lead over the Boston Celtics for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with the Toronto Raptors 4 1/2 games out of 1st place and the Washington Wizards 5 1/2 games behind the Cavaliers.

Now we’ve seen the Raptors take a run at the Cavaliers the last few seasons; so I’m not sure anyone would consider them a challenger in the East.

The Celtics are currently on a 7-game winning streak and they try to make it 8 in a row as they face the Sacramento Kings tonight. The Celtics are led by Isaiah Thomas who is averaging 29.9 points per game and has proven that he is one of if not the top player when the 4th quarter rolls around. Thomas is also the team leader in assists per game with 6.4. Can a team with a point guard as there leading scorer take down the Cavaliers in a 7-game series? Now the Celtics do have some big men who can score and shoot the 3-pointer. Al Horford averages 15.1 points per game and makes 34.1% from behind the 3-point line. Jae Crowder averages 14.2 points per game and shoots a team high 42.2 % from behind the 3-point line. Now the Celtics are a young up and coming team, but are they ready to take that step and take the Cavaliers out in a seven game series. If we get this match up in the playoffs we might get the chance to see where the Celtics stand.

Now how about the Wizards. Remember this is the team that started the season off 5-10 and there was talk of what a disappointing season this was going to be. Washington is now nine games over .500 at 30-21. The Wizards just had there 7-game winning streak snapped on Monday by the Cavaliers. Cleveland won that game 140-135 in overtime, but the Wizards had to get an idea that they could play with the Cavaliers. Is an close overtime loss enough to build confidence in a team that can be up and won at times. I’m sure you’ve heard the reports that John Wall and Bradley Beal don’t always get along. That would be alright as long as they both continue to play well. Wall leads the team in scoring at 23 points per game while Beal is right behind him averaging 22.2 points per game. Wall is also handing out 10.4 assists per game. Both are shooting well from the field. Beal shoots 46.9% from the field and 39.1% from behind the 3-point line. Wall is shooting 45.8% from the field and 31.4% from behind the 3-point line. Otto Porter is shooting a very good 46.7% from behind the 3-point line and Marcin Gortat is grabbing 8.3 rebounds per game. The Wizards are run by there backcourt tandem and the team will go how they go, but they do have some pieces that could help them in a series against the Cavaliers. Could Washington be the team that gives the Cavaliers trouble in a playoff series?

We had a couple more free agents come off the market yesterday. Chris Carter signed with the New York Yankees for one year at $3 million dollars while Mike Napoli agreed to return to the Texas Rangers on a one year $8.5 million dollar deal with a club option. Carter’s deal does have incentives where he can earn an extra $500,000. With pitchers and catchers reporting next week you have to wonder how many more deals will get before then.

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The Chicago Bulls played without Jimmy Butler again last night because of his bruised heel. Even without Butler the Bulls built a 27 point lead only to see the Sacramento Kings come all the way back to tie the game. The Bulls behind Dwayne Wade scoring five straight points late in the game managed to sneak out a 112-107 victory. The Bulls are now 2-1 on there six game road trip and could easily have won all three of the games. There only loss so far on the trip was in overtime to the Houston Rockets.

Sacramento managed to score just 11 points ion the 1st quarter as the Bulls built a 16 point lead with the Kings struggling. Maybe the only positive for the Kings was that they scored the last basket of the quarter when Willie Cauley-Stein hit a jumper with :11 seconds left in the quarter to get the score to 27-11.

Sacramento played much better ion the 2nd quarter and actually outscored the Bulls 34-33 in the quarter. The Kings did manage to cut the Bulls lead to 10 points on a few occasions, but could never get the lead down to single digits. This time it was the Bulls who scored the last points of the quarter. Jerian Grant was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer. Grant hit all three of his free throws to give the Bulls a 60-45 lead going into halftime.

In the end the 3rd quarter ending up being a pretty evenly played quarter with the Bulls outscoring the Kings 25-24, but at one point in time the Bulls took a 27 point lead at 82-55 after Jerian Grant hit a 3-pointer with 4:13 left in the quarter. Sacramento finished the quarter on a 14 to 3 run to cut the Bulls lead to 16 points at 85-69 after three quarters.

With a double digit lead it looked as though the Bulls might be able to coast to an easy road victory. Now if you’ve watched any Bulls games this season you should’ve known this wasn’t going to happen. Sacramento slowly closed in on the Bulls. Matt Barnes made two free throws to get the Kings within three at 95-92 with 5:01 left to play. The Bulls pushed the lead back to six points three different times after that, but with :30 seconds left in the game DeMarcus Cousins made a lay up to tie the game at 107 all and the Kings had made it all the way back. Dwayne Wade then took over and scored the final five points of the game to give the Bulls a 112-107 win. Wade’s last point was on a technical free throw he got after Cousins was ejected with just :01 second left in the game.

All five Chicago starters scored in double figure led by Dwayne Wade with game high 31 points. Michael Carter-Williams scored 21 points while Robin Lopez added 17 points. Taj Gibson and Jerian Grant each had 13 points. Rajon Rondo led the Bulls in assists with 6 while Lopez, Carter-Williams and Wade all tied for the team lead in rebounds with 6 each.

Ty Lawson came off the Kings bench to lead them in scoring with 22 points and hand out a game high 7 assists. Willie Cauley-Stein (off the bench) added 19 points while DeMarcus Cousins scored 18 points and grabbed a game high 14 rebounds. Darren Collison scored 14 points and Kosta Koufos added 10 points.

The win gets the Bulls back to .500 at 26-26. The Bulls get a day off before they face the 43-8 Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. The loss drops Sacramento to 20-32. The Kings will also get a day off before they host the 33-18 Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

It took overtime, but the Houston Rockets where able to get past the Chicago Bulls 121-117 on Friday night. The Bulls played without Jimmy Butler; who has a bruised heel and is scheduled for an MRI to check for any damage. The Rockets built a 17 point lead in the 2nd quarter, but the Bulls came all the way back and had chances to win the game.

The Bulls built an early five point lead at 8-3, but Houston scored 10 of the next 12 points in the game to take a 13-10 lead. The teams where tied one time and traded the lead three more times in the quarter before a Rajon Rondo 3-pointer with five seconds left gave the Bulls a 26-24 lead after one quarter.

The game was tied twice early in the 2nd quarter before the Rockets started building a lead. Houston was holding a two point lead at 35-33 when they went on a 17 to 2 run to open up a 17 point lead at 52-35. The Bulls spent that final five minutes of the quarter trying to cut into the Rockets lead. The Bulls did manage to get the Houston lead down to 11 by the end of the quarter as Chicago went into halftime trailing 60-49.

Chicago started the 3rd quarter by scoring 12 of the quarters first 14 points and the Rockets lead was down to just one point at 62-61. The Rockets pushed back a little and built the lead back to four points before the Bulls actually took the lead back at 73-72. The teams swapped the lead four more times in the quarter and y the end of three quarters it was the Bulls who had a 81-79 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Biggest lead the Bulls could build in the 4th quarter was eight points and they took that lead with 4:52 left to play and it looked like Chicago might be able to pull off a big road upset. The Bulls seemed to have an answer for every Houston basket, but with 3:05 left in the game there was a terrible foul call on Michael Carter-Williams that sent James Harden to the free throw line for two shots and it seemed to change the momentum of the game. It was also Carter-Williams 6th foul of the game. Harden hit both free throws and after the Bulls did manage to score right after that the Rockets scored the final eight points of the game and the teams where headed to overtime tied at 108 apiece.

The Rockers went right to the lead in overtime scoring the first five points to take a 113-108 lead. The  Bulls worked there way back into the game and where able to tie the score at 115 all. A Dwayne Wade jumper gave the Bulls there first lead in overtime at 117-116 with 1:28 left to play. The Bulls weren’t able to score again after taking the lead and Houston was able to pull away scoring the final six points of the game to take a 121-117 victory.

James Harden led the Rockets and the game in scoring with 42 points, rebounds with 12 and assists with 9. Clint Capela had 14 points while Trevor Ariza added 10 points. Eric Gordon came off the Houston bench to score 21 points.

Michael Carter-Williams was the Bulls leading scorer getting 23 points before fouling out. Taj Gibson had 20 points while Dwayne Wade added 19 points. Doug McDermott came off the Bulls bench to score 12 points while Nikola Mirotic and Paul Zipser also hit double digits off the Bulls bench scoring 11 points apiece. Robin Lopez led the Bulls with 11 rebounds while Wade and Carter-Williams each handed out 6 assists to tie for the team lead.

With the win the Rockets improved to 37-17 on the season. Houston gets three days off before they host the 20-32 Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. The loss knocked Chicago back under .500 at 25-26. The Bulls are 1-1 on there current road trip and they’ll get a couple of days off before they head to Sacramento to face the 19-31 Kings on Monday night.



With the ice show taking over the Chicago Bulls home area the United Center the team headed out on a six game road trip. The first stop for the Bulls was a visit to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder. The Bulls have had some issues within there own locker room, but they picked up a win in there last home game before facing Oklahoma City and they where able to extend there winning streak to a modest two games with a 128-100 win over the Thunder.

The 1st quarter was very even, but the Bulls did build a seven point lead at 14-7 with 4:35 left in the quarter. Oklahoma City finished the 1st quarter with a 13 to 7 run, but the Bulls where able to hold onto the lead at 21-20. Cristiano Felicio hit a jumper as the quarter expired to give the Bulls there one point lead.

The teams traded the lead ten different times in the quarter and the game was also tied five times. After Russell Westbrook made a free throw to finish off a three point play the Thunder took there last lead of the quarter at 42-41 with 2:43 left in the quarter. The Bulls finished the quarter on a 14 to 5 run to take a 55-47 lead at halftime.

The Bulls used a 17 to 5 run to build a 21 point lead at 72-51 with 6:41 left in the quarter. The closet the Thunder could get was 16 points after Joffery Lauvergne hit a 3-pointer to make the score 76-60. The quarter finished with the Bulls outscoring the Thunder 18 to 13 to take a 94-73 lead heading into the final quarter.

Now the Bulls blew a 20 plus point lead on January 25th and ended up losing a 119-114 to the Atlanta Hawks. Fortunately this game didn’t go that route for the Bulls and they where actually able to add to there lead in the 4th quarter. The Bulls outscored the Thunder 34 to 27 in the 4th quarter to pull away for one of there best wins of the season 128-100.


Jimmy Butler led the Bulls and tied for the games high scorer with 28 points. Dwayne Wade had 18 points and a team high 7 assists. Robin Lopez scored 14 points while Jerian Grant added 12 points. Cristiano Felicio and Doug McDermott each had 11 points off the Bulls bench while Taj Gibson was the games leading rebounder with 8.

Russell Westbrook with 28 points tied for the games high scorer. Westbrook also handed out a game high 8 assists. Victor Oladipo scored 12 points while Jerami Grant came off the Oklahoma City bench to score 15 points. Andre Roberson and Steven Adams tied for the team lead in rebounds with 6 each.

The win gets the Bulls back to .500 at 25-25 while the Thunder falls to 28-22 on the season. Chicago’s second game of there road trip is tomorrow night when they take on the 36-16 Houston Rockets. Oklahoma City will also get a day off before they host the 30-21 Memphis Grizzlies Friday night.

Now I don’t know if it was the allure of the NHL All-star game or maybe it was the draw of the NFL going back to the old AFC vs. NFC format in the Pro Bowl, but I missed the Chicago Bulls 121-108 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night. I remember turning on the game right before it was scheduled to start and then for some reason I went away from it and just never found my way back to it. So instead of our normal Bulls game recap let’s just take a look at the box score and move on.

Jimmy Butler was the Bulls leading scorer with 28 points. Robin Lopez added 21 points and grabbed a team high 10 rebounds. Dwayne Wade and Doug McDermott (off the bench) each scored 14 points. Paul Zipser and Nikola Mirotic each scored 13 points off the Bulls bench. Rajon Rondo led the Bulls in assists with 10.

All five 76ers starters scored in double figures led by Ersan Ilyasova with a game high 31 points. Robert Covington scored 21 points and grabbed a game high 12 rebounds. Nik Stauskas scored 15 points. T.J. McConnell scored 14 points and handed out a game high 12 assists. Nerlens Noel added 12 points for the 76ers.

The win improved the Bulls record to 24-25. On Wednesday the Bulls will start a 6-game road trip against the 28-20 Oklahoma City Thunder. The loss dropped the 76ers to 17-29, but Philadelphia did pick up a 122-119 win on Monday against the Sacramento Kings to make there record 18-29. Philadelphia also plays Wednesday night as they are on the road against the 18-30 Dallas Mavericks.

Are the Chicago Bulls in trouble? On Wednesday night the Bulls had a 10 point lead over the Atlanta Hawks with 3:01 left to play in the game. The Hawks had beaten the Bulls six times coming into that game, but with a double digit lead and just a little time left it looked as though the Bulls would snap that streak. The Bulls managed just 4 points in those final three minutes while the Hawks scored 19 points to pick up there 7th straight win over the Bulls 119-114.

After a tough loss Dwayne Wade and Jimmy Butler both torn into there teammates about the loss. Wade (33 points) and Butler (40 points) combined to score 73 of the Bulls 114 points in the game.  Wade and Butler both made some really derogatory comments about there teammates. These comments where met by a Rajon Rondo response on Instagram. Friday night was the first game that the Bulls where going to play since all of these comments where made. How would the team play?

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg decided that Wade and Butler would start the game on the bench for the comments they made after Wednesday’s game; so Paul Zipser and Doug McDermott where in the Bulls starting line up Friday. Rondo would also come off the bench in this game, but he’s been in that role since losing his starting spot back in December. It was reported that Wade, Butler and Rondo where all fined.

So the Miami Heat came into Chicago on a 5-game winning streak to face the Bulls Friday night and the Bulls didn’t respond well. Jimmy Butler may have had the worst game of his NBA career. Butler played 33 minutes going 1 of 13 from the field while splitting a pair of free throws. Butler scored just 3 points in the game. Wade was the Bulls leading scorer in the game playing 28 minutes and scoring 15 points. Wade shot 6 of 17 from the field in the game. Out of the three Rondo was the only one who had what would be considered an average night. Rondo scored 13 points while grabbing a team high 7 rebounds as well as handing out a team high 7 assists.

When it was all said and done Miami extended it’s winning streak to six games with a 100-88 victory. With the loss the Bulls fell to two games under .500 at 23-25, but are still holding onto the 8th and what would the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are off on Saturday before they host the 17-28 Philadelphia 76ers Sunday evening. Philadelphia is just 6-13 on the road this season, but they have won 7 of there last 10 games. Can the Bulls get there ship righted? or are they destined to slide down the Eastern Conference standings and fall out of a playoff spot?

We don’t talk a lot about tennis on the Sports Time Radio podcast, but the final at this mornings Australian Open featured Venus Williams vs. Serena Williams. Venus is a 7-time grand slam winner while Serena is was tied with Steffi Graf for the most major title in women’s tennis history at 23. In the end it was Serena who broke her tie with Graf by beating her sister 6-4, 6-4 to win the Australian Open.

This was Serena’s seventh Australian Open title and second in the past three tournaments in Melbourne. She also has seven titles at Wimbledon, six at the US Open and three at the French Open. Serena is now just one major championship behind the all-time leader Margaret Court. Court won 24 titles in the Open and amateur eras. Court won 13 majors before the dawn of the Open era in 1968. Court is from Australia and was in attendance for this match up between Venus and Serena.

The men’s final of the Australian Open will be played tomorrow live at 2:00 a.m. CST at Rod Laver Arena. The men’s final features the 9th seeded Rafael Nadal against 17th seeded Roger Federer.

It’s All-Star weekend in the NHL. The All-Star game itself will be played on Sunday with a schedule start time of 2:30 p.m. CST. The NHL is using the sane format as last season. It will be set up with two divisions playing a 20-minute, 3-on-3 game before the next two divisions play in another game, The two winners will meet to play for a $1 million prize in the final, another 20-minute, 3-on-3 game. Any tie games will be decided by a shootout.

Of course the NHL also has a Skills Challenge which is tonight starting at 6:00 p.m. CST. It will feature six challenges: The Skills Challenge Relay, the Four Line Challenge, shooting accuracy, fastest skater, hardest shot and a shootout. The Skills Competition will be broken down into the four All-Star rosters by division, and each of the 44 All-Stars will participate in at least one event. The winning division will get to select which game and division it will play first in Sunday’s All-Star game.

The All-Star Skills competition will be shown on the NBC Sports Network. While the All-Star game itself will be shown on NBC. This year the NHL All-Star festivities are being held at the Staples Center. The home of the Los Angeles Kings.

Heading into the All-Star break it’s the Washington Capitals who have accumulated the most points with 70. The Minnesota Wild have picked up 69 points while the Columbus Blue Jackets have 68 points. Then there’s the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens with 65 points. Teams have played between 47 and 52 games coming into the All-Star break.

As far as individual statistics go Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is leading the NHL in points with 59. He is followed by a pair of Pittsburgh Penguins teammates as Sidney Crosby has 55 points and Evgeni Malkin has 54 points. Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks has 51 points while Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Brad Marchand of the Boston bruins are tied with 49 points. Crosby leads the NHL in goals with 28. Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings have 24 goals. Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs have scored 23 goals. McDavid leads the league in assists with 42 while Kane and Nicholas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals have 34 assists. Malkin and Alexander Wennberg of the Columbus Blue Jackets each have 32 assists.

Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets leads all goaltenders in wins with 28. Devin Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild has 27 wins. Cam Talbot of the Edmonton Oilers has 26 wins. Martin Jones of the San Jose Sharks has 25 wins while Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins and Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals have 24 wins. Dubnyk is the Goals Against Leader at 1.88 followed by Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings and Holtby at 1.96. Peter Budja of the Los Angeles Kings is at 2.06 and Bobrovsky is at 2.10. Dubnyk is also the leader in save percentage at .936. Howard is behind him at .934 followed by Holtby at .930 then it’s Bobrovsky at .929 with Thomas Greiss of the New York Islanders rounding out the Top 5 at .928

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