Five Bulls scored in double figures on a night that saw the team assist on more than 75% of its baskets.
One night after one of their worst closing-minutes collapses of the entire season, the Chicago Bulls rallied through abscences from both their starting and backup centers to blow out the Detroit Pistons at home to the tune of a 117-95 win. Jimmy Butler scored only 16 points on six shots over the course of the entire game, but double-figure scoring performances from four other Bulls combined with some of the best team-ball movement of their season proved to be more than enough for Chicago to overwhelm Detroit.
The Bulls got back on track this evening with a solid win over one of the best teams in the NBA.
If you haven’t figured out yet that the Bulls are must-not-miss-television on Thursday night TNT games, then you are missing out.
The Chicago Bulls took down the San Antonio Spurs 95-91 at the United Center this evening, which marks the first road loss for the Spurs all season. Despite Jimmy Butler getting held to his first scoreless half of the season, the Bulls managed to get solid enough performances from the rest of their starters to crank out a victory in which the Bulls never trailed.
And did so despite one of the most hilariously awful officiating blunders you will see all year.
No Cameron Payne, No King Joffrey, and no Anthony Marrow didn’t matter in the first Bulls game post-Taj Gibson as the Chicago Bulls managed to take down the Phoenix Suns tonight 128-121 in overtime. Many of the usual pillars for the Bulls played poorly until the late stages of the game, and the final seconds of regulation featured the worst call you will see all season.
It’s only been a week. They’ll be fine. Elsewhere: What a fun week it’s been.
After one week of the new NBA season, Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller hooked up to discuss early surprises and disappointments.
Can’t spell Carmelo Anthony without Hoodie Melo.
Carmelo Anthony seems ready to embrace Oklahoma City and he’s brought his hoodies with him. The best part about this offseason was being formally introduced to Anthony’s better half: Hoodie Melo.
He had his flaws, but the Knicks shoulder most of the blame for his six-year tenure not fulfilling its promise.
I remember exactly where I was the night Carmelo Anthony broke the record.
I was at a bar called Stillwater Tavern in Hampton, Va., where I did my undergrad years. While my friends were ordering drinks, I was watching Melo go to work against the Bobcats on a cold winter night in January. I was obsessed with the Knicks back then. I still am.
Anthony isn’t interested in the Cavaliers’ dysfunction
It’s August and the NBA’s offseason hasn’t been able to slow down, largely because of the Knicks struggles to move on from Carmelo Anthony. (Of course, Kyrie Irving’s trade request has energized the news cycle, as well.) It doesn’t look like that will be changing anytime soon.
The trades that never were.
This wild NBA offseason got a tad wilder when Carmelo Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder last weekend in a blockbuster deal. But according to Anthony himself, a blockbuster trade elsewhere could have happened much sooner.
Melo joins the Thunder after helping drag New York out of the doldrums of NBA standings.
The New York Knicks have traded perennial All-Star Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal marks the end of a seven-year period of Anthony as the face of Knicks basketball.
As part of the deal, New York receives Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick via the Bulls.
Anthony had been set on joining the Rockets, but with the season approaching, he may waive his no-trade clause for another team.
Carmelo Anthony has expanded his list of teams that he would accept a trade to, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and one of those teams is the Cleveland Cavaliers. With the season looming, this is a clear sign that Anthony has blinked — he wants out of New York, even if it’s not on his exact terms.
The Cavaliers survived a late push to top the Celtics.
The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 124-118 on TNT on Thursday night. The matchup pitted the heavy Eastern Conference favorites against one of the few teams with a hope of beating them. The Cavaliers stepped up to the challenge, bouncing back from the Monday loss to the Pistons. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love lead the team to victory, each had a double double, but overall the Cavaliers put on a stellar offensive showing.
LeBron James scored 39 points, hopped Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the career playoff scoring list and pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 125-103 blowout over the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Wednesday night.
Just like a year ago in the conference finals, the Cavs are up 2-0 on the Raptors, who had better figure some things out or this series will be over quickly. Toronto was blown out for the fifth straight time in Cleveland in the playoffs, losing each by an average of 24.2 points.
The Cleveland Cavaliers hit 25 three-pointers against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, the second time they’ve done just that in the past 12 months. With the 25 threes, the Cavaliers have set a new regular season record for made triples while tying their own all-time record.
Just like that, the Cavaliers are down 2-0 to the Celtics. Forty-two points from LeBron Jameswere not enough as Cleveland lost Tuesday’s Game 2 in Boston 107-94.
James also finished with 12 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Cavs with Kevin Love adding 22 points of his own. Cleveland even lead in this game, holding onto a four-point lead after the first quarter and seven points at half time. And then all of it — Game 2, maybe the Cavs’ season if they can’t rebound from this — unraveled.
The Cavaliers nearly blew a 20-point lead, but still came out on top against the Suns on the road.
Despite losing a 20-point lead to start the second half, the Cavaliers held on in a closely fought game in Phoenix to open up their west coast road trip with a 120-116 win. The Cavs appeared to be cruising to a comfortable win on the road in Phoenix with a 69-53 lead at the half, but the were caught flat-footed in the third quarter by a Suns’ 25-7 run.
The Cavaliers secured a workmanlike victory against the Nets on Friday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 116-108 Friday night in the Big Apple. The game saw the return of both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving for the Cavs and both stars were needed to secure the victory. Bolstered by the return of two of the Big Three, fans probably thought this game would be an easy win for the Wine and Gold but Brooklyn was competitive throughout the game.
Cleveland needs to match Golden State’s firepower. Adding Jimmy Butler to the mix would be a step in the right direction.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have vaulted themselves into trade discussions in an attempt to acquire Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
The Cavaliers reportedly worked on Monday to add a third team to the deal to give Chicago the necessary assets — young players and draft picks — needed to pry the two-way wing from the Bulls.
Behind LeBron’s triple-double, the Cavs manage to take the 1-0 series lead.
The Cavaliers couldn’t have won that game, right?
Cleveland played Game 1 in Toronto after playing a little over 48 hours ago. LeBron Jamesshot 12-of-30 from the field. Kevin Love shot 3-of-13 from the field, yet somehow the Cavaliers managed to steal one game north of the border.
The Cavs might not win 50 next year, according to Kevin Pelton’s model.
The Cleveland Cavaliers certainly underperformed in last year’s regular season, going 51-31 while struggling with injuries, continuity problems, and of course, incredibly inconsistent effort.
When you think of the most prolific three-point shooting team in the NBA, you think of the Golden State Warriors, and with good reason. Stephen Curry set the single-game record for most three-pointers made earlier this season, and Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant are two more of the deadliest shooters around.
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