Bulls look to avenge ugly loss on CSN

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Bulls look to avenge ugly loss on CSN

The Bulls have won a season-high three straight games at the United Center and will look to avenge perhaps their worst loss of the year when they take on Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Bobcats tonight at home. Coverage begins at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live, hosted by Mark Schanowski and Kendall Gill.
Having lost two of its last three at home, Chicago entered its Dec. 31 matchup with the Bobcats expecting a win. Charlotte had lost 18 straight games, spanning longer than a month, and just two of their seven wins had come on the road.
But the Bulls would wind up shooting 35 percent from the field, committing 11 turnovers and shooting 61 percent from the free throw line in an embarrassing 91-81 loss. Walker went for 18 points and Gerald Henderson added 16 of his own, but the game was more indicative of the Bulls' tendency to disappear offensively at times, and hit rock bottom before the calendar turned to 2013.
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The Bulls would bounce back after that loss, winning seven of their next nine and pushing themselves to the top of the Central Division. Yet inconsistency has continued to plague Tom Thibodeau's group, and again the team will have to rebound from an ugly loss -- an 86-73 loss in Washington -- to maintain their lead atop the division.
The Bulls are 13-3 following a loss this season, and with the Bobcats entering tonight having lost eight of their last 10, it's a good bet that the Bulls won't be looking past the Bobcats as they look to get back on track.
While Luol Deng (hamstring) may miss his sixth straight game, All-Star reserve Joakim Noah is making the NBA coaches who voted him in look good. In the two games since he was named to his first All-Star game, Noah has averaged 11.5 points, 16.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists. Saturday he missed a triple-double by one assist, and he'll look to rebound after being held to two points and four rebounds in the Charlotte loss earlier in the season.
Along with Bobcats owner Michael Jordan making his annual trip back to Chicago for the game, there are also a handful of other Bulls-Bobcats connections for those making their return to the United Center: Shooting guard Ben Gordon, power forward Tyrus Thomas, assistant coach Rick Brunson and scout Dickie Simpkins.
See if the Bulls can make it four straight at the United Center when they take on the Bobcats tonight on Comcast SportsNet. And make sure to stay up-to-date with all the happenings on social media by checking out Bulls Pulse.

Could the Bulls go after Chris Bosh for next season?

Could the Bulls go after Chris Bosh for next season?

The basketball world woke up Friday morning to a report from ESPN senior writer Marc Stein saying the Bulls may go after Chris Bosh for the 2017-18 NBA season.

It's surprising and intriguing for multiple reasons: 

1) Bosh was believed to have played his last days in the NBA due to blod clot issues.

2) The Bulls are at something of a franchise crossroads, sitting as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference following Thursday's games and still determining what the right step is for the near future and the long term. 

3) Bosh will be 33 in March and hasn't played in an NBA game in nearly a year (last appeared with the Heat Feb. 9, 2016).

But Stein said the Heat are not planning on waiving Bosh before March 1, so he wouldn't be eligible to join the roster of a playoff contender.

Stein then says: If Bosh does return to the hardwood, "word is that the Chicago Bulls are already plotting a run and will be at the front of the line to try to sign him."

Bosh is an 11-time All-Star who has averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game throughout his career. He helped the Heat win several titles as part of the Big Three with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.

Bosh was also just in Chicago visiting Wade earlier this month:

Could he form another Big Three with Wade and Jimmy Butler, this time in Chicago?

It's worth noting Wade just turned 35 earlier this week and will be in his 14th NBA season next year.

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