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Through five games, the Bulls have been inconsistent, mistake-prone and a little unsettled. That shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who was paying attention during the preseason. The odds of a team with eight new players and a rookie head coach -- not to mention one missing its second-best player (Carlos Boozer) -- getting off to a fast start were remote, especially against a challenging schedule. At 2-3 after a tough road loss Friday to the Boston Celtics, the Bulls aren't where they want to be, but they probably are where they ought to be. ''With how bad we … ]]> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 14:02:58 -0600 <![CDATA[ Rose piling up assists just one more way to win ]]> Lead story image

John Jackson: After watching Bulls point guard Derrick Rose carve up the defenses of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Detroit Pistons in the first two games of the season, the Portland Trail Blazers decided to try a different approach Monday. The game plan, though, was an absolute failure in the only area that matters -- the scoreboard. ]]> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 19:42:49 -0600 <![CDATA[ Showing fight in a losing battle ]]> Lead story image

If you aspire to be a quality team in the NBA -- a team that easily makes the playoffs and is a threat to go deep -- there's no such thing as an acceptable loss. With that said, some losses are more acceptable than others. So while the Bulls were upset with their fourth-quarter collapse in a season-opening 106-95 loss Wednesday at Oklahoma City, there also was a degree of optimism in the postgame locker room as the players and coaches talked about what went wrong and what went right. ''If you take away the fourth quarter -- not even … ]]> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 19:42:47 -0600 <![CDATA[ Bulls will be late risers ]]>

The NBA season is a marathon, not a sprint -- and that's good news for the Bulls. They open the regular season tonight in Oklahoma City, but the Bulls are very much a work in progress and will be without a key player for roughly the first month. We really won't begin to see what this team can be until power forward Carlos Boozer -- the top offseason acquisition -- returns from a broken right hand suffered in the first week of training camp. While the Bulls have enough depth to withstand the loss of Boozer in the short term, … ]]> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 19:42:44 -0600