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November 19, 2010

Premium Article Five Thoughts: Northwest Basketball

by Kevin Pelton

Observations from a pair of early season NCAA matchups of teams from the Pacific Northwest: Washington-Eastern Washington and Oregon State-Seattle.

November 3, 2010

Five Thoughts: Blazers-Bulls

by Bradford Doolittle

The Chicago offense was clicking on all cylinders not only because of Luol Deng's career night, but also because of Derrick Rose's playmaking.

October 28, 2010

Five Thoughts: The Real Opening Night

by Kevin Pelton

After three games tipped off the 2010-11 season on Tuesday, 26 teams were in action Wednesday to begin the season in earnest. Here's a look at five notable stories from the first full night of games.

October 26, 2010

Five Thoughts: Portland-Phoenix

by Kevin Pelton

In Tuesday's season opener, the Blazers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Suns behind an unconventional lineup and hot outside shooting from Nicolas Batum.

October 25, 2010

Five Thoughts: Mavericks and Bulls

by Bradford Doolittle

Lingering thoughts on Dallas and Chicago on the eve of the regular season.

Five Thoughts: Blazers and Nuggets

by Bradford Doolittle

Putting a period on the preseason with some observations about Carmelo Anthony, Gary Forbes and the Rose Garden.

October 14, 2010

Five Thoughts: Raptors-Bulls (preseason)

by Bradford Doolittle

During a preseason encounter with the Bulls on Tuesday, the Raptors showed that their renewed emphasis on defensive intensity remains a work in progress.

October 12, 2010

Five Thoughts: Portland-Utah (Preseason)

by Kevin Pelton

The Jazz defeated the Blazers in a preseason matchup Monday night, but the real stories were Portland's rotations, Kyrylo Fesenko's big game and Gordon Hayward dealing with a rough second quarter.

April 14, 2010

Five Thoughts: Bulls-Celtics

by Bradford Doolittle

With a major controversy brewing in the back halls of the United Center, the Bulls beat the Celtics in a game with a playoff feel and move to the brink of the postseason., Meanwhile, Boston settles for he fourth seed in the East.

April 9, 2010

Five Thoughts: Dallas-Portland

by Kevin Pelton

In front of a hostile Rose Garden crowd, the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 83-77 on Friday night in a possible playoff preview.

Five Thoughts: Bulls-Cavaliers

by Bradford Doolittle

Whew! The Bulls escape a late Cleveland onslaught and draw even with Toronto in the playoff chase.

April 7, 2010

Five Thoughts: Bucks-Bulls

by Bradford Doolittle

The Bucks passed their first test without injured Andrew Bogut, while the Bulls blew a chance to draw even with Toronto in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

March 31, 2010

Five Thoughts: Suns-Bulls

by Bradford Doolittle

The Suns' eighth-straight win clinched a playoff spot just one year Phoenix after missed the postseason for the first time since Steve Nash returned to the desert. Meanwhile, the Bulls found their playoff hopes battered in more ways than one.

March 26, 2010

Five Thoughts: Heat-Bulls

by Bradford Doolittle

The Heat and Bulls hooked up before a national audience as the playoff races enter the home stretch. One team was in postseason form, while the other looked like it in its first training camp scrimmage.

March 23, 2010

Five Thoughts: Rockets-Bulls

by Bradford Doolittle

Two teams battling against time for a playoff spot met in an energized United Center on Monday night. The game featured an ejection, a series of "flops" and a a much-needed outcome for the home team.

March 20, 2010

Five Thoughts: Cavaliers-Bulls

by Bradford Doolittle

LeBron James reaches a milestone and the Bulls lose their 10th straight in a surprisingly competitive game at the United Center.

March 10, 2010

Five Thoughts: Jazz-Bulls

by Bradford Doolittle

The Bulls' fifth straight loss drops them out of the last Eastern Conference playoff spot, while the Jazz hang tough in the furious race for top seeds in the West.

March 7, 2010

Five Thoughts: Mavericks-Bulls

by Bradford Doolittle

The Mavericks extended their winning streak to 11 games with a methodical dissection of the Bulls' defense on Saturday, a game that sent reeling Chicago to its fourth loss in a row.

March 3, 2010

Five Thoughts: Bulls-Hawks

by Bradford Doolittle

The Hawks muscle up for the home stretch, while the battered Bulls may be headed for trouble.

February 22, 2010

Five Thoughts: Portland-Utah

by Kevin Pelton

After falling behind by 25 points in the third quarter, the Utah Jazz rallied on the road without two starters to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers in overtime.

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