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Five Thoughts column archives.


February 21, 2010

Five Thoughts: Bulls-Sixers

by Bradford Doolittle

The new-look Bulls served notice that they aren't going to relinquish their playoff position easily, putting on a ball-handling clinic in a runaway win over the 76ers.

February 17, 2010

Five Thoughts: Knicks-Bulls

by Bradford Doolittle

In the first game of a back-to-back between New York and Chicago, the Knicks show little fight in a blowout loss to the Bulls.

February 10, 2010

Five Thoughts: Oklahoma City-Portland

by Kevin Pelton

The young Thunder went into Portland Tuesday to come up with a key road victory over the Blazers in a matchup of two teams jockeying for position in the Western Conference Playoff race.

February 3, 2010

Five Thoughts: Clippers at Bulls

by Bradford Doolittle

The red-hot Bulls returned home to face the Clippers before an expectant crowd at the United Center, but all Chicago could serve their patrons was a big plate of buzzkill.

January 19, 2010

Five Thoughts: King Holiday Hoopfest

by Kevin Pelton

Some of the Pacific Northwest's top prep players, highlighted by Jefferson High's top recruit Terrence Jones, took the court at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on MLK Day for a showcase of high school hoops.

January 18, 2010

Five Thoughts: Pistons

by Bradford Doolittle

During a recent trip to Chicago, the Pistons showed all the signs of a team in retreat.

January 14, 2010

Five Thoughts: Milwaukee-Portland

by Kevin Pelton

Despite suffering from The Curse of the Chalupas, the Blazers cruised to victory over the Bucks thanks to incredible offensive efficiency during the first three quarters.

January 9, 2010

Five Thoughts: Portland-L.A. Lakers

by Kevin Pelton

Thanks to efficient play in the backcourt and strong defensive work by Martell Webster on Kobe Bryant, the Blazers were able to continue their Rose Garden domination of the L.A. Lakers on Friday night.

January 8, 2010

Five Thoughts: Magic, Thunder & Bulls

by Bradford Doolittle

Two recent games in three nights at the United Center revealed the best and the worst about the Bulls, while also raising a key question about the Magic and exposing a potential problem for the young Thunder.

December 16, 2009

Five Thoughts: Portland-Sacramento

by Kevin Pelton

The Blazers defeated the Kings Tuesday at the Rose Garden, getting a big boost off the bench from young guard Jerryd Bayless, but Sacramento rookie Tyreke Evans still shined in defeat.

Five Thoughts: Lakers-Bulls

by Bradford Doolittle

Having the champion Lakers in town brought out maximum effort from the struggling Bulls, but even with a broken finger, Kobe and company were too much for Chicago.

December 14, 2009

Five Thoughts: Celtics-Bulls

by Bradford Doolittle

The Bulls finished a rough week with another listless performance against the streaking Celtics.

November 15, 2009

Five Thoughts: Washington-Portland State

by Kevin Pelton

Observations as the Huskies, ranked No. 13 in BBP's season-opening edition of The List, completed a sweep of the Athletes in Action Classic.

November 11, 2009

Five Thoughts: Chicago-Denver

by Bradford Doolittle

Takeaways from the Nuggets' narrow escape in Chicago on Tuesday, which featured a controversial ending that may have exposed some inconsistency in the NBA's end-of-game rules.

November 9, 2009

Five Thoughts: Portland-Minnesota

by Kevin Pelton

The Blazers' unconventional backcourt shined in a blowout win, while young center Nathan Jawai was a bright spot for the Timberwolves in defeat.

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