PBT: Is this the year the Bulls get past LeBron James?


PBT: Is this the year the Bulls get past LeBron James?

Will the Bulls ever get over the LeBron hump?

It's a question worth asking considering the game's best player has ended the Bulls' season in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

In 21 career postseason games against the Bulls, James has averaged 26.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game. His teams (Cleveland in '10 and '15, Miami in '11 and '13) are 16-5 and have won all four series.

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So will 2016 be different? The Bulls and Cavaliers appear once again to be on a collision course in the Eastern Conference, but Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin isn't sure Fred Hoiberg's group will get the job done.

"I know that is such a goal for Bulls fans, but sorry Bulls nation: I don't think this is the year," he said. Hear the rest of Helin's comments in the video below, and follow Helin on Twitter for NBA coverage all year long.

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

The Bulls square off against the Sixers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago, with coverage beginning at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live. Here are three things to watch as the Bulls begin the stretch run of their regular season.

1. The new rotation: Most of the Bulls’ rotation looks the same, but the addition of David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne will have a different feel. The Bulls clearly want to get a look at these guys before the end of the regular season, meaning they’re not just going to get sporadic minutes. They’ll have to play through their mistakes, play out-matched at times and be put in uncomfortable situations. But the Bulls need to see what they have, especially in Payne, who has missed the entire season to this point with a broken foot.

2. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons: They’re quite the 1-2 punch and have the Sixers looking at their first playoff appearance since Derrick Rose hadn’t yet torn an ACL. Yeah, that’s a long time. Embiid just finished his first All-Star appearance (starting in his second year) and Simmons is the front runner for Rookie of the Year. The Bulls will have their hands full with these two. Luckily…

3. Kris Dunn is back: The Bulls wanted to get Dunn some run before heading to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he looked healthy in that thumping against the Raptors last week. The good news is John Paxson says Dunn won’t be on a minutes limit, which means he’s healthy. That, of course, is more important than how he’s playing. It’ll be fun to see him, LaVine and Markkanen play together down the stretch. Their numbers together aren’t great, but the Bulls are 2-2 with all three in the lineup, and tanking or not…it’s more fun to watch when those three are rolling. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?

On the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times), Hub Arkush (ProFootball Weekly) and Jason Goch (SB Nation) join Kap on the panel.

The guys debate which team will finish with a higher draft pick when the season ends: Bulls or Blackhawks?

Plus, hear their reaction to the MLB’s new pace-of-play rule change.

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here: