Rotation is askew with Butler out. And I assume Snell in before McDermott an LeBron issue. But something to ask postgame.
So Thibs goes with Snell off the bench first instead of McDermott.
ICYMI: McDermott and Fowler remain solid on Butler, despite coaching uncertainty.
Thibs had Dunleavy and McDermott at wing as Hornets got back within 9. Not seeing that one again. Snell in; Butler out with thumb sprain
Thibs getting his subs in order tonight. First going with Taj and Hinrich for Rose and Noah, then adding in McDermott for Dunleavy.
Shout out to the girl sitting courtside in a McDermott shirsey with a "TEACH ME HOW TO DOUG(ie)" sign.
Second unit looking more and more like they may need Dunleavy there to help stabilize it. That means McDermott a starter.
Bulls' offense not looking great after 1. Best stat for them is probably the fact that McDermott already has 6 rebounds.
McDermott has five rebounds and one assist, but just had a bad turnover on a pass to 7-footer Pau Gasol. Yes, he overthrew him.
Also, ATL has Korver guarding McDermott, but Bulls are guarding KK with Jimmy Butler. McDermott started on DeMarre Carroll.
Back to the game -- McDermott, starting at SF, has 3 early defensive rebounds. He has a knack for being in the right spot.
Bulls 9-7 Atl-27% Gasol 2pts 2 dimes McDermott 3 rebounds
Noah hits a long jumper ... has some stretchy four starting to grow out of him. Meanwhile, McDermott 0 points, but three rebounds.
"Reserve" Doug McDermott now has started 40 percent of preseason games with Mike Dunleavy out again with soreness. Soreness but not anger.
A couple of Creighton alums (Korver & McDermott) matched up on each other to start the game.
McDermott will also matchup against fellow ex-Creighton star Kyle Korver tonight.
McDermott is indeed starting.
Korver on McDermott: "I think he's a really good fit here and I know Thibs likes him a lot, which says something."
Kyle Korver sounds like a proud older brother when talking about Doug McDermott.
McDermott said HS teammate Harrison Barnes texted him draft night Said he was excited to see McDermott/Denver in preseason. Didn't see trade
In case you missed it, Doug McDermott will start at SF tonight vs. Hawks; Dunleavy suffered minor practice injury.
Thibs said Dunleavy is out tonight after slipping on a wet spot on Wednesday. Rookie Doug McDermott will likely start in his place again.
Wet spot has done in Dunleavy for tonight's game. Not believed to be serious but Dougie McBuckets could start again.
Mike Dunleavy "slipped on a wet spot" according to Thibodeau. Out tonight as a precaution. McDermott likely starting again.
Dunleavy slipped on wet spot and aggravated that minor knee soreness. Out vs. Hawks. McDermott worked with starters.
Tony Snell and Doug McDermott surprised the kids with gift bags http://t.co/afiRkxs4pL
Jimmy Butler salary drive impressive with team high 21 pts, 6 rebs. Doug McDermott off bench with 16 pts. 3-4 on threes. Rest of team 3-15
Bulls beat Denver 110-90 after trailing by 21 late 2ndQ. Butler 21, McDermott 16, Rose & Taj 15 each, Mirotic 11.
Bulls win 110-90 Butler 21-6 Rose 15-5-5 Gibson 15-4 McDermott-16 Niko-12
Solid outing by McDermott -- 16 pts, 5 rebs, 1 TO, 2 fouls. He's been productive without a lot of rookie sloppiness.
McDermott has gone from almost being replaced by Tony Snell to dropping in 13 points and grabbing 5 rebounds tonight.
Very apparent thus far in preseason: McDermott spaces floor whether his shot is falling or not. Defenses pay attention to him.
Snell in for McDermott.
McBuckets' poor defense won't stand out as much either, with Butler to help and Gasol protecting the rim.
Tony Snell was about to come in the game -- then McDermott hit a couple 3's and Thibs let him stay in.
Snell had come to scorers table for McDermott. After back-to-back McDermott 3s, Snell headed back to bench.
McDermott playing with the other 4 starters, and playing well. Idea of starting him over Dunleavy so Dunleavy can solidify 2nd unit is smart
McDermott finally knocks down a couple shots. If you looked close enough you could almost see some pressure climb off his back.
McDermott hits another three....has now emotionally checked into the game.
McDermott heating up. Two straight threes.