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This You Gotta See: Illinois-Purdue Monday arrives — and that’s game-of-the-year good

The highest-ranked squad in the Big Ten? The Boilermakers. The highest ceiling? We’ll see.

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Bulls rookie Ayo Dosunmu carrying torch for Chicago basketball

The second-round draft pick continues to defy the odds, and he might be just what the city needs.

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Undermanned Bulls put up valiant fight in two-point loss to Celtics

With Zach LaVine and Lonzo Ball sidelined, a starting backcourt of rookie Ayo Dosunmu and Coby White helped the Bulls almost pull off the unlikely victory. The team showed some much-needed fight. Coach Billy Donovan wants to make sure that attitude is here to stay.

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MRI exam on Bulls guard Zach LaVine’s left knee shows no structural damage

The Bulls breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when LaVine’s knee discomfort proved to be a minor setback.

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Bulls lose Zach LaVine to injured left knee, get embarrassed again at home

LaVine was forced to the locker room in the first quarter and has an MRI exam scheduled for Saturday. His absence, however, won’t fly as an excuse for the blowout loss to the Warriors.

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Injuries pile up at power forward for Bulls

Coach Billy Donovan doesn’t think playing undersized personnel at that spot has led to all the injuries, but he realizes the team lacks depth at the position. His hope is help will be on the way soon, starting with Alex Caruso.

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Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan holds lead in All-Star voting

Teammate Zach LaVine is third among Eastern Conference guards.

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ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy lauds Bulls’ aggressive approach to building team

Van Gundy, who will call the game Friday against the Warriors, praised Bulls exec Arturas Karnisovas for taking risks in the offseason.

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Bulls pick up the pieces after brutal loss to Nets

Some ugliness surfaced in the blowout Wednesday, but Zach LaVine & Co. feel like a lot of it is fixable. It starts with getting that chip back on their shoulder.

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After getting embarrassed by Nets, Bulls have to move on

Zach LaVine needs to take some more steps in his climb toward stardom, coach Billy Donovan says, but there’s no questioning his pursuit of winning. The hope is the loss to the Nets will be another lesson LaVine and his teammates can learn from.

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Bulls guards Coby White and Ayo Dosunmu finding minutes and roles

They’ve become good friends and valuable pieces off the bench for coach Billy Donovan. But with Alex Caruso working his way back, do the Bulls need to hang on to White if there’s a trade piece out there?

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Bulls steamroll Pistons, prepare for ‘three-headed monster’

The first quarter wasn’t what coach Billy Donovan was hoping to see, but the Bulls put the slow start behind them, blowing Detroit out of the United Center. Next up? The Nets come to town.

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Bulls’ defense needs to improve no matter which players are available

Coach Billy Donovan knows that playing without Alex Caruso and Javonte Green hurts the defense, but he also doesn’t want his players using that as an excuse with the recent slippage on that side of the ball.

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Brutal stretch of schedule will provide another round of tests for Bulls

Coach Billy Donovan has tried to figure out how to maneuver his team through the next month of games, but, with little relief in sight, it won’t be easy. How does the slipping defense get fixed? Stay tuned.

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Bad habits catch up with Bulls, who get 9-game winning streak snapped

Coach Billy Donovan had been warning his players for weeks to get back to good defensive habits, and they realized why Sunday against the Mavericks.

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Bulls giving forward Patrick Williams no choice but to play film critic

Until the injured second-year player can start the rehab strengthening process for his surgically repaired wrist, a timetable for his return is nothing but a blind guess. Coach Billy Donovan has been keeping Williams busy with film work and scouting reports.

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Rookie Ayo Dosunmu’s ability to learn quickly keeps Bulls trending

Dosunmu continued to display an evolving offensive and defensive game in the Bulls’ victory Friday against the Wizards. But his flair for playing winning basketball is a carryover from the last few years.

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Bulls win ninth straight, but coach Billy Donovan still wants better

In earning his 300th career victory — the Bulls’ ninth in a row — Donovan doesn’t want his team focusing on the wins as much as establishing better habits.

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Bulls star DeMar DeRozan teaches chemistry class at Illinois

Rather than relaxing on a night off, DeRozan made the trip to Champaign to support teammate Ayo Dosunmu, whose number was being retired by the Illini. Coach Billy Donovan wasn’t the least bit surprised.

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Why Bulls’ home game Wednesday vs. Nets is tipping off at 9 p.m. Central

Blackhawks fans can recall 8:30 scheduled starts for playoff games that didn’t begin until 8:45. But 9 p.m. starts here are for games on the West Coast, where it’s 7. What gives?

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Bulls executive Arturas Karnisovas is into chemistry ... at least for now

With the first All-Star fan-vote totals announced Thursday, Bulls chemistry was once again a topic. The big question is: Does Karnisovas want to gamble on disrupting it?

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Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan among top NBA All-Star Game vote-getters

DeRozan leads the fan tally for Eastern Conference guards in results released by the NBA on Thursday with 1,487,598 votes. Zach LaVine is fourth with 776,043 votes.

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Bulls coach Billy Donovan getting defensive through winning streak

Alex Caruso is in the health and safety protocols, but Lonzo Ball has returned. That means the Bulls can get back to a strength — defense — that is sustainable in the second half of the season and, more important, in the playoffs.

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Remember winning? Bulls are showing us it’s everything and the only thing

They’re the antidote for all the darkness the Bears have dropped on Chicago.

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Here’s your year in preview, Chicago sports fans (please, no thanks necessary)

If having 2022 vision is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

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Tall tale or reality? Either way, Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan leads by example

After the win over Orlando on Monday, DeRozan said he got up 250 free throws before meeting with the media. Whether he made exactly that many or not in that amount of time can be debated. What isn’t up for debate, however, is his leadership in actions and words.

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Coach Billy Donovan returns to see Bulls win eighth straight

The victory against the 7-31 Magic on Monday wasn’t pretty, but at least the Bulls didn’t need any heroics at the buzzer by DeMar DeRozan for a change. Now Donovan is hoping to get his team rested and refocused with three days off.

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These Bulls have a chance to be special

With stars DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine playing together and the others sacrificing their games for the good of the team, the Bulls can be great.

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Hits keep coming: Bulls lose Javonte Green for two to four weeks

Green tweaked his groin in the victory against the Pacers on Friday. What appeared to be a mild injury instead will put the high-energy starter on the shelf possibly for a month. And while his numbers aren’t necessarily eye-opening, he’s a key cog who does a lot of the dirty work.

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Polling Place: Which Chicago sports story was your favorite of 2021?

Respondents weighed in on that and other matters heading into the new year.

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Veteran DeMar DeRozan toeing the line and delivering for Bulls

There’s a reason the Bulls feel like they have a good chance to win every night they take the court, and having DeRozan as a closer is a big reason why. And as long as his toes cooperate, he’s money in crunch time.

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Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan plays ‘King of the Fourth’ at the horn again

DeRozan became the first player in NBA history to hit game-winning shots at the buzzer on back-to-back nights, slaying the Pacers on Friday, then answering the call against the Wizards. His heroics leave the Bulls alone atop the Eastern Conference.