- Horace Grant reminisces 1991.
- Bulls are 2:1 favorites to win the East, according to Hollinger's postseason odds on Wednesday morning, with the Celtics at 3:1. He also has the Bulls and Lakers a little worse than 4:1 to win it all, with the Lakers at 19.6% and the Bulls at 18.5%. Matt Olsen offered up the "top ten signs the guy next to you just jumped on the Bulls bandwagon."
- The Bulls 85-77 win over the Hornets Monday was the most watched Bulls game ever on CSN Chicago. That includes playoff games.
- The Heat (43-21) have lost five straight -- four of which were in Miami. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade put on a clinic Wednesday night, playing almost perfect basketball in a vacuum. Since I'm not good at photoshopping a fifth hand, this is the best I can give you for a quintuple facepalm:
And it's fitting, as Heat "fans" were chanting, "WE WANT RI-LEY!" with seven minutes remaining and Miami down nine points to the Blazers. Chris Bosh acknowledged his pussy shot selection might need a serious overhaul:
criedgot "misty-eyed" after the game.
- Unfortunately, the Blazers' (37-27) recent streak of amazing gets glazed over. They're tied with Denver (37-27) for the five-seed and three behind the Thunder (39-23) for the division lead. Understand that that's a team with Gerald Wallace and Brandon Roy coming off the bench. Let that sink in.... The top-four in the West are probably too strong, but I'm thinking every playoff series in that conference is going to be a lot of fun to watch. The #5-through-#10 teams in the West are very interesting.
- Kobe Bryant is now sixth on the NBA all-time scoring list. Wasn't he like 12th a couple of months ago? With 27,423 career points, he passed Moses Malone. Next on the list is his frenemy turned enemy, Shaquille O'Neal's 28,590-and-slightly-rising. That'll have to wait until next year.
- "When Dwight Howard makes his case for MVP, last night's loss to Portland in his absence is one factor to consider, Henry Abbott wrote in his Tuesday Bullets. I think it's also a reasonable factor to also consider why he was absent.
- The 76ers (33-30) are now a half-game behind the Knicks for the six-seed in the East. It came with a win over the Pacers on Tuesday, so the Heatles terrible run could still have the Bulls not avoiding the Knicks (33-29) in the first round of the playoffs. Not that the Knicks worry me and the Sixers don't. Philly's won 20 of their last 29. Doug Collins joins Nate McMillian in entering the Coach of the Year race -- as honorable mentions, of course.
- Brad Miller filmed a Southwest Airlines commercial Tuesday night:
- The Knicks are winning with.... defense?
- Rob Mahoney on the scarcity of the "defensive specialist," highlighting Tony Allen. I was high on Allen before the trade deadline, if the Bulls were in any other city. Also, Mahoney posted a video of him defending Kevin Durant. Bear in mind, Allen is generously listed at 6-for-4:
- How far away is the NBA from a "formal concussion policy?" The league is "mulling" it. Hopefully, the NBPA pushes for something with teeth in the next collective bargaining agreement.
- How badly are the owners manipulating their numbers? "There are just too many variables," NBPA president and Lakers guard Derek Fisher said. "There are owners that if they bought a team for $400 million, they spent $100 million in cash and borrowed $300 million.... As those interest payments go up, then he can report that he's losing money, but it's off of the interest payment that he bought the team with. It's not necessarily because he's paying X-amount of salary to his players."
- Why does Marc Cuban want Ricky Rubio. "I think (Minnesota) has a star in the making in Ricky Rubio," Cuban said. "We're very high on him. If they want to give him up, we're very interested. We would do that in a heartbeat."
- Tim Duncan's like the platonic Wilt Chamberlain.
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