CSN to air 'Chicago Bulls Classics' telecasts featuring 15 of the greatest games in franchise history

CSN to air 'Chicago Bulls Classics' telecasts featuring 15 of the greatest games in franchise history

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO AIR CHICAGO BULLS CLASSICS TELECASTS FEATURING FIFTEEN OF THE GREATEST GAMES IN FRANCHISE HISTORY Chicago Bulls Classics, featuring BullsNBA Legend Michael Jordan in all 15 games, to debut Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30 PM; Comcast SportsNets Bulls announcers Neil Funk & Stacy King to host each telecast

Chicago, IL (October 19, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Bulls, will provide viewers with a special trip down memory lane beginning in November as the network has announced it will replay 15 Chicago Bulls Classics telecasts, which will include EVERY championship-clinching game from each of the teams six NBA titles.

Beginning Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30 PM, this extraordinary, 15-week telecast schedule (hosted in-studio by Comcast SportsNets always-entertaining Bulls announcing tandem of Neil Funk & Stacy King) will look back at some of the greatest games in Bulls history, with every game featuring numerous highlight reel moments from Bulls legendPro Basketball Hall of Famer MICHAEL JORDAN.

Comcast SportsNet will televise the first of its 15 Chicago Bulls Classics on Wednesday night, November 2 at 7:30 PM with a game from February of 1987 that featured a young Jordan setting a new team regular season scoring record with 58 points. Additional games on Comcast SportsNets Chicago Bulls Classics schedule include Jordans The Shot over Craig Ehlo in 89, his shrug 3-point barrage from Game 1 of the 92 Finals, The Shot II against Cleveland from 93, his double-nickel performance from MSG just days after his return to the NBA in 95 plus, the championship-clinching telecasts from each of the Bulls six NBA titles (91 vs. LA Lakers, 92 vs. Portland, 93 vs. Phoenix, 96 vs. Seattle, 97 vs. Utah & 98 vs. Utah). NOTE: These games will only be made available within Comcast SportsNet Chicagos regular viewing territory.

Fans are also encouraged to visit Comcast SportsNets newly-enhanced Bulls section on CSNChicago.com (CSNChicago.comBulls), for the latest NBA news 247 from Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam, along with the latest video and expert blog entries on the sites new Bulls Talk section (CSNChicago.comBullsTalk).

CHICAGO BULLS CLASSICS on Comcast SportsNet

Wednesday, November 2

7:30 PM February 26, 1987: New Jersey Nets at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 128-113)

Michael Jordan sets a new all-time Bulls scoring record with 58 points; also sets new Bulls record of 2627 from the free throw line, including 19 straight; terrific post-game interview with the late Johnny Red Kerr asking MJ Whats next?the youthful Jordans response: an NBA Championship.

Wednesday, November 9

7:30 PM February 16, 1989: Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 117-116)

Jordan scores 27 of his 50 points in 4th quarter, including a 20-footer with one second remaining on the clock.

Tuesday, November 15
7:30 PM May 7, 1989: Rd. 1, Gm. 5 - Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers (Bulls win 101-100)
The Shot: MJ hits game-winning shot at buzzer over Craig Ehlo giving the Bulls a huge first round upset against the Cavs.

Tuesday, November 22

7:30 PM June 12, 1991: NBA Finals, Gm. 5 - Chicago Bulls at LA Lakers (Bulls win 108-101)

Bulls celebrate first NBA Championship; Jordan scores 30 points, to go along with ten assists and five steals; coverage includes post-game locker room coverage of MJ clutching the Larry OBrien NBA Championship Trophy with his father James Jordan at his side.

Wednesday, November 30
7:30 PM June 3, 1992: NBA Finals, Gm. 1 - Portland Trailblazers at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 122-89)

Jordans infamous shrug told the story as he was six of ten from three-point range w35 points in the first half.

Tuesday, December 6

7:30 PM June 14, 1992: NBA Finals, Gm. 6 - Portland Trailblazer at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 97-93)

Bulls win back-to-back NBA titles and celebrate their first home court championship at Chicago Stadium.

Tuesday, December 13

7:30 PM May 17, 1993: Rd. 2, Gm. 4 - Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers (Bulls win 103-101)

Jordan hits game-ending, series-clinching Shot IIreminiscent of his playoff series-clincher at CLE four years earlier.

Tuesday, December 20

7:30 PM May 31, 1993: E. Conf. Finals, Gm. 4 - New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 105-95)

On this Memorial Day telecast, MJ shines once again with a stellar 54-point performance that tied the series at 2-2.

Tuesday, December 27

7:30 PM June 16, 1993: NBA Finals, Gm. 4 - Phoenix Suns at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 111-105)

The Bulls go up 3-1 in the Finals against Sir Charles & the Suns as Jordan dominates with 55 points.

Tuesday, January 3

7:30 PM June 20, 1993: NBA Finals, Gm. 6 - Chicago Bulls at Phoenix Suns (Bulls win 128-113)

John Paxson hits 3-point championship-winning shot with 3.9 seconds left, giving the Bulls their first three-peat.

Monday, January 9

7:30 PM March 28, 1995: Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks (Bulls win 113-111)

In just his fifth game back from retirement, 45 Jordan scores 55 points and sets up Bill Wennington for a game-winning slam dunk at the famed Madison Square Garden.

Monday, January 16
7:30 PM June 16, 1996: NBA Finals, Gm. 6 - Seattle Supersonics at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 87-75)

Bulls cap off record-breaking 72-10 regular season by downing the Sonics at the United Center for their 4th NBA title.

Monday, January 23

7:30 PM June 11, 1997: NBA Finals, Gm. 5 - Chicago Bulls at Utah Jazz (Bulls win 90-88)

A flu-stricken, yet determined Michael Jordan scores a game-high 38 points, giving the Bulls a 3-2 Finals series edge.

Monday, January 30
7:30 PM June 13, 1997: NBA Finals, Gm. 6 - Utah Jazz at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 90-86)

Steve Kerr scores a 17-footer with five seconds left in the 4th quarter, followed by Toni Kukoc cementing the deal with a slam dunk with 0.6 seconds left, as the Bulls send the UC crowd into delirium winning their 5th NBA title.

Monday, February 6

7:30 PM June 14, 1998: NBA Finals, Gm. 6 - Chicago Bulls at Utah Jazz (Bulls win 87-86)

Jordan hits historic game-winning shot as the Bulls clinch their sixth NBA Championship; MJ finishes with 45 points in his final appearance in a Bulls uniform; named NBA Finals MVP for the sixth time.
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Five takeaways from Blackhawks' shutout win over Bruins

Five takeaways from Blackhawks' shutout win over Bruins

Here are five takeaways from the Blackhawks' 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night:

1. A sluggish start.

The Blackhawks have gotten off to some solid starts lately, scoring the game's first goal in the opening frame in five of their last six contests heading into Friday. But they were lucky to get out of the first in a 0-0 tie this time.

They had 15 shot attempts (six on goal) through the first 20 minutes while the Bruins had 30 attempts (17 on goal). Fortunately for the Blackhawks, Scott Darling stopped all of them that came his way.

Boston's third line of Ryan Spooner, Riley Nash and David Backes dominated possession, leading all skaters with a plus-12 Corsi in the period.  

2. Scott Darling steals two points.

Joel Quenneville decided to go with Darling in an effort to give a slumping Corey Crawford a chance to reset, and the Lemont native an opportunity to play in front of his father away from home, where he's used to watching him shine. It's safe to say he made his papa proud by putting on a great show.

Darling turned aside all 30 shots he faced, including 17 in the first period, for his second shutout of the season and fourth of his career. He has now allowed two or fewer goals in eight of his last 12 starts. 

Asked after the game whether he will earn a second straight start Sunday when the Blackhawks host the Vancouver Canucks, Quenneville responded, "We'll see."

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

3. Special teams not a factor.

In a game that featured only one goal, you'd think the way to crack the scoresheet would be on the man advantage. That didn't happen.

The Blackhawks went 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Bruins failed to cash in on their only two opportunities. Boston entered the contest by going 7-for-17 on the power play in their previous five games, good for a 41.2 success rate.

It was a nice bounce-back game for the Blackhawks' penalty kill unit, which allowed a goal on the man advantage in their previous two games.

4. Third line steps up at crucial moment.

The Blackhawks' third line of Vinnie Hinostroza, Marian Hossa and Tanner Kero had the worst possession numbers among all skaters, each registering a 24 percent Corsi or below. But when their team needed them the most, they stepped up.

With 1:26 left in regulation, Hossa ended his 10-game goal drought by burying home a terrific feed from Kero to snap a 0-0 tie and give the Blackhawks their second consecutive win. It's Hossa's 17th goal of the campaign, which ties Artemi Panarin for second on the team, and his fifth game-winning goal of the year. His 83 career game-winning goals now ranks 24th in NHL history, surpassing Mike Bossy, and remains fifth among active players.

Hossa's goal also moved him within a tie of Pierre Turgeon for 37th on the all-time goals list with 516.

Kero has six points in his last six games, while Hinostroza has two goals and one assist in his past two.

5. Despite recent struggles, Bruins in good hands with Claude Julien.

It seems like this is a discussion every year, but firing Julien would be a huge mistake for a Bruins team that fell to 3-5-2 in their last 10 games. They're still the No. 1 possession team in the NHL, controlling 55.42 percent of the even-strength shot attempts, and give up the fifth-fewest high danger scoring chances with 326, according the naturalstattrick.com. They average the second-most shots on goal per game at 33.9, and allow the second-fewest at 26.5.

To back it up, their PDO is 97.5 percent, the sum of a team's even-strength save percentage and shooting percentage that usually works it way toward 100, which indicates they're due for a fairly large correction. They're not getting bounces right now, but they're playing the right way and a change behind the bench would be a step in the wrong direction, considering Julien is easily a top-five coach in the NHL.

Bulls lifeless in Atlanta despite fourth quarter rally

Bulls lifeless in Atlanta despite fourth quarter rally

The bus was warm before the game started, as the Bulls looked like they wanted no parts of the Atlanta Hawks.

It was evident from the jump that playing with a full and healthy squad for one of the few times this season wasn’t enough to arouse their competitive juices, as they put together arguably their worst 48-minute showing in a 102-93 loss at Philips Arena, dropping them to 21-23.

Fred Hoiberg, fed up with the starters, ran with the reserves for the fourth quarter and outscored the Hawks by nearly 25 points, bringing the lead to 95-90 with a minute left before a Dennis Schroeder jumper restored order with 52.6 seconds left.

Four Hawks scored in double figures led by Schroeder’s 25 points and six assists and Paul Millsap scored 14 while making all four of his shots in just 22 minutes of run.

Perhaps it’s the Hawks being the same kryptonite to the Bulls that the Bulls are to the Toronto Raptors — except the Bulls simply frustrate the Raptors, not embarrass them.

The Hawks shot over 60 percent for most of the night until the game devolved into what amounted to a pickup game late. After all, the Hawks seemed to be battling boredom by half, leading 65-36 and shooting 68 percent from the field and hitting 67 percent from three.

The Bulls weren’t about to make it any more suspenseful than it had to be, as they started off missing their first 11 3-pointers, often missing multiple open looks on the same possession.

It wasn’t relegated to just shooting as the Bulls squandered easy opportunities in easy situations, like Denzel Valentine turning a three-on-one fast break into an airballed finger-roll attempt that he caught himself — a violation, of course.

This one was over a few minutes into it, as the Bulls looked like a lifeless squad with no direction and very little fight, short of a minor dustup between Dwight Howard and Robin Lopez in the third quarter.

At that point, though, all Howard had to do is point at the scoreboard, where a 30-point lead did all the necessary talking.

The Bulls trailed by 20 even before Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a 35-footer to end the first quarter, sending the Hawks off on a high and seemingly demoralizing the Bulls.

Even Jimmy Butler’s 19-point night, hitting six of his eight shots in 29 minutes, rang hollow. The Bulls could’ve trotted out a D-League team for the second half to gear up for Saturday’s game against the Sacramento Kings and been better off than how they performed Friday night.

And for the Bulls, they can’t simply just go back to the drawing board. There looks to be something fundamentally wrong with this bunch — either that, or the Atlanta night got the best of them Thursday.