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Derrick Rose’s Return May Not Require Much Adjusting from Chicago Bulls

March 31st, 2015
In many ways, this might seem like this is just another year of waiting for the Chicago Bulls coming back from injury. But this return isn’t the same as previous returns, and these Bulls aren’t the same as the old Bulls. The nature of Rose’s injury is different, the team is ...

Mirotic Making NBA Rookie of the Year Race About More Than Just Wiggins

March 24th, 2015
As we headed into the All-Star break, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves was going to win the Rookie of the Year. But the Chicago Bulls' Nikola Mirotic is making this a far closer—and more unconventional—race than we’ve ever had before. We can distill ...

Don’t Count out Chicago Bulls from NBA’s Title Race Just Yet

March 17th, 2015
If the playoffs started today, the Chicago Bulls wouldn’t go very far. They’ve been pretty awful lately. In the month of March, they are 3-6. They’ve been outscored by 5.2 points per game, according to NBA.com/Stats. Only seven teams have a worse plus-minus. Their offensive rating is just 98.9, 23rd in ...

How Donatas Motiejunas Became Houston Rockets’ Best Low-Post Scorer Threat

March 10th, 2015
Donatas Motiejunas has turned out to be the right answer, but apparently the Houston Rockets got the question wrong. They thought he was going to be their stretch 4. Instead, he’s become the team’s best low-post scorer. And as far as the Rockets' philosophy goes, that’s just as good. There are ...

Who Will Carry These Injured Chicago Bulls to the Playoffs?

March 3rd, 2015
If “ball is life,” then being a Chicago Bulls fan must be death. The sucker punches keep coming. First, Derrick Rose is out four to six weeks with another knee injury. Then, Taj Gibson, who has already missed one week, is out for another. Now, you can add Jimmy Butler to the ...

‘Headband Brothers’ Josh Smith and Corey Brewer Are Coming Up Big for Rockets

February 24th, 2015
When the Houston Rockets acquired Corey Brewer and Josh Smith in December, it wasn’t immediately obvious how well they would mesh together. However, the pairing—along with fellow “Headband Brother” Jason Terry—is turning the Rockets' bench into one of the best in the league. For the first month of the season, the Rockets’ ...

Houston Rockets’ Playoff Hopes Hinge on Dwight Howard’s Injured Knee

February 3rd, 2015
The Houston Rockets are built to win their first playoff series since 2009 but only if Dwight Howard’s knee can hold up. And with him sitting a prolonged period for the second time this season, that’s a growing concern. However, according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, the Rockets feel he should be ...

Biggest Takeaways from Houston Rockets’ 1st Half of the Season

January 27th, 2015
Halfway through the season is a good chance to stop and review where the Houston Rockets are at. What have we learned about them? Last offseason, the prevailing view was that the Rockets had taken a step back. In an effort to acquire a star player like Chris Bosh or Carmelo ...

James Harden, Not Kobe Bryant, Deserves to Be Starter at 2015 NBA All-Star Game

January 20th, 2015
The starters for the NBA All-Star Game will be announced on Jan. 22, and when they are, Kobe Bryant will, in all likelihood, get the nod over James Harden. It seems that almost every year there is at least one ridiculous result, and for the second time in a row, ...

Are Houston Rockets in Danger of Burning out James Harden?

January 13th, 2015
James Harden is an MVP candidate for the Houston Rockets, and deservedly so. He’s virtually carried the offense on his back. But is there a price to pay with that? Harden is not only the Rockets’ leading scorer, he’s at the top of the NBA with 26.9 points per game. A ...