Alex Sonty

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Blogger at SBNation's, poli-sci professor at UIC and the City Colleges of Chicago, IPA-enthusiast

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Bulls vs. Sixers, 2012 NBA Playoffs: Luol Deng's successes under pressure


With some minor poking around at some lightly detailed shot data, Deng's shooting percentages this season and in the playoffs have been at their highest with the pressure at high points.

Bulls vs. Sixers, 2012 NBA Playoffs: Noah 'feeling better, hoping to play Game 6'; Gibson 'pledges to play Thursday'


Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson both claim they expect to play in Game Six on Thursday after both suffering recent injuries.

Bulls vs. Sixers, 2012 NBA Playoffs: Hamilton recalls coming back from 3-1 hole in 2003; Hitler reacts to Rose injury


Rip Hamilton recalls when his Pistons overcame a 3-1 deficit to win a series; Hitler reacts to Derrick Rose injury, knocking the reigning MVP out of the playoffs.

Bulls vs. Sixers, 2012 NBA Playoffs: K.C. Johnson on the Bulls' puncher's chance, effect of this meltdown on offseason actions


The Bulls are in low spirits, but still have a shot at pulling three straight to get through the 76ers in the first round, K.C. Johnson said on 670 The Score's "Mully and Hanley Show" on Monday. He...

Bulls vs. Sixers, 2012 NBA Playoffs: Joakim Noah out Game 5 with 'severely sprained ankle'


Noah went down hard in a bad way in Game Three, gruesomely rolling his ankle, and missed the Bulls Game Four loss in Philadelphia. The injury will keep him out of Game 5 in Chicago, K.C. Johnson...

Olympics may prevent Deng from starting next season with the Bulls


Luol Deng will play for Great Britain in the 2012 London Olympics after the NBA season before deciding to having surgery to repair the ligament torn in his left wrist in January, he told...

Bulls vs. Sixers, 2012 NBA Playoffs: Bulls blow late 14-point lead, fall 2-1 after Game 3


Bulls defense was hyper and effective for three strong quarters, as was the Sixers'. The Bulls led by as many as 14 and lost 79-74 to trail Philly in the seven-game series 2-1 after Game 3.

Bulls vs. Sixers, 2012 NBA Playoffs: Groundbreaking developments after Friday's shootaround going into Game Three


In their last shootaround before Game Three of the first round of their Eastern Conference Playoff matchup with the 76ers, the Bulls met with the press, hence the headline:...

Soooo, Every Closer Option for the Cubs to Replace Carlos Marmol Pretty Much Sucks


After the game, manager Dale Sveum confirmed that he's considered removing Marmol from the Closer position. The problem is that neither of his potential replacements -- James Russell nor Rafael...

Bulls vs. Sixers, 2012 NBA Playoffs: The trickle-down disaster of the Bulls not 'finishing' possessions


Maximum effort was most tangible in Game Two by the Sixers finishing their offense and defense, while the Bulls could do neither in that third quarter. In the fourth, the Bulls were out of gas and...

Bulls vs. Sixers, 2012 NBA Playoffs: Jrue Holiday on Rip Hamilton? Yes, please!


Jrue Holiday told Philly media that his 6'3" frame would check Richard Hamilton on defense. He also fueled speculation that Evan Turner would replace Jodie Meeks in the starting lineup for Game Two...

Bulls vs. Sixers, 2012 NBA Playoffs: Where Bulls offense is more in the hopes of Rip and Korver


With or without Rose, the efficiency of the Bulls offense is more in breaking down defenses, effective ball movement, and second chance points -- all of which are dependent on Hamilton and Korver's...

Derrick Rose out for season: Bulls starting lineup with C.J. Watson at point guard


In ten of those 27 games without Rose, Tom Thibodeau went with the starting lineup we can expect for the remainder of the postseason -- Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Richard Hamilton, and...

Derrick Rose out for the season with a torn ACL


The Bulls have announced that Derrick Rose is done for the remainder of the 2011-12 season after tearing his ACL in Game One of the Bulls' first round series with the 76ers

Bulls vs. Sixers, 2012 NBA Playoffs: Derrick Rose injured again with another injury in Game One blowout


Derrick Rose left the Bulls' 103-91 blowout in Game One over the 76ers with a knee injury.

Bulls vs. Sixers, 2012 NBA Playoffs: Game 1 Postgame Thread -- Bulls 103, 76ers 91


Dominant showing by the Bulls in Game One of the first round of the postseason for the 103-91 blowout. Recap coming this afternoon. Derrick Rose was taken off the floor by trainers with 1:10 left...

Bulls vs. Sixers, 2012 NBA Playoffs: The Rip Effect


At his worst, Rip has creates one of two problems for the 76ers. He either: (a) consumes Andre Iguodala's energy and takes Iggy away from defending Luol Deng; or (b) is covered by someone much...

Bulls vs. Sixers, 2012 NBA Playoffs: A review of the teams' battles over two seasons


The Bulls beat the 76ers in two of their three 2011-12 meetings. But it shouldn't be underweighed that they lost two of three last season, because the two teams have pretty much stayed the same....

Bulls vs. Pacers: Starters strong showing going into playoffs


With only two games remaining, the lineup of Derrick Rose, Richard Hamilton, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah played together for regular starter minutes in the first three quarters of...


Derrick Rose tops 2011-12 NBA jersey sales

Derrick Rose jerseys were the top seller in the 2011 fiscal year.

Bulls clinch Eastern Conference with Heat loss to Celtics


The Bulls went into Tuesday two games ahead of the Heat for the Eastern Conference top seed. Heat lost. Bulls won without playing.

Eastern Conference Standings: 76ers clinch playoff berth, likely to face Bulls in first round


The Bulls' magic number is one. They just need to win one of their two remaining games to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference, no matter what the Heat do in the final two games. The Bulls...

Eastern Conference Standings: Bulls magic number jumps to three with loss to Heat


The Heat are 45-17 to the Bulls' conference-leading 47-16. Do the math and, with three games remaining, that puts the Bulls' magic number back down to three, as Miami owns the tiebreaker.

Bulls vs. Heat: Miami trapped the Bulls into nothingness


The Heat put on quite the defensive clinic to pressure ball handlers and shut down passing lanes to kill Bulls possessions throughout the teams' Thursday matchup. The Bulls fell 83-72 in a game...

Rip Hamilton closing out the season strong


Richard Hamilton has averaged 13.3 PPG in 11.4 shots in the last eight games, shooting 47.3% from the field and 55.6% on 3s for a 52.7% effective FG% in only 22.8 MPG.

Derrick Rose featured on GQ cover: Introversion of Rose highlighted in GQ May 2012 issue


One can't read the interview and not get a deeper glimpse into Rose's highly introverted personality. What's often described solely as humility is actually a deeper rooted disdain for attention,...

Bulls vs. Wizards (UPDATE: Derrick Rose and Luol Deng OUT): Game Preview #61


Since firing Flip Saunders, the team and Wall have seen slight improvements, but they're still awful. Derrick Rose being in the midst of cleaning off the cobwebs, only having played three games in...

Bulls vs. Heat: Is Kyle Korver's offense Heat-proof?


gainst a defensive effort he understands through experience like that of the Heat, Korver has the combination of an efficient quickshot, court vision, off-ball speed, mechanically-sound agility,...

Bulls vs. Heat: Tom Thibodeau maximizes small lineup usage again and again


Throughout his near-two-season tenure with the Bulls, Thibs has gone to small lineups featuring Boozer or Taj as de facto centers, Luol Deng at the power forward spot and dual point guard units in...

Bulls vs. Heat: All arrows point toward Rose playing Thursday


News after the Bulls Thursday shootaround added to the perception that Tom Thibodeau will play Rose.

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