Sam Smith

FIBA World Cup MVP and starting USA guard Kyrie Irving looking skinny. Back side basically kicked by his backup, Derrick Rose: 27 in 18 mins

Chuck Swirsky

Hope you're enjoying the broadcast...if you're not listening ...ok...

Chuck Swirsky

Rose has been spectacular 27points

KC Johnson

Gasol and Dunleavy saved Rose from a T there.

Nick Friedell

Whole crowd is buzzing now as Rose just blew past Irving again. This is something.

KC Johnson

When does David Blatt put LeBron on Rose?

Nick Friedell

Rose racing up and down the floor -- dominating offensively. I feel like I just flipped on an old movie.

Nick Friedell

Press row is buzzing with how well Rose is playing. Feels like 4 years ago right now. It's like people forgot how good he could be.

Chuck Swirsky

With the great Clark Kellogg http://t.co/QU5wm2nZHs

Nick Friedell

Rose finishes first half going 8-for-12 from the field for 20 points. Turn on @espn1000 and hear it all with @Chuck Swirsky and @34billy42.

Sam Smith

As Rose gets 20 in first half against Cavs' defenseless guards, LeBron overheard at halftime calling out Jay Cutler

Sam Smith

Cavs lead 51-49 at halftime; Rose with 20 points and 3 of 3 from three in 13 minutes. Dare we say, again,...he's back!

Nick Friedell

Derrick Rose playing, especially like this, is what makes the Bulls must watch TV all year. You never know what can happen.

Nick Friedell

Whole team comes over to help pick Rose off the floor at the half. They know how well he's playing -- and how important that is for them.

Nick Friedell

Rose drains two more triples. This is his best half of basketball in a long, long time.

KC Johnson

Kyrie Irving should try to find a FIBA ball at halftime and sneak it in for the second half.

Nick Friedell

I hope everybody stays healthy because a 7 game series between these two teams would be a whole lot of fun to watch.

Sam Smith

Rose? Really good. 11 pts on 5 on 7, though, geez, the best they have to play him is Dellavedova? Rest of Bulls, well, not so good so far

Chuck Swirsky

Rose looking terrific off the dribble and jumper11pts has scored Bulls last 7

KC Johnson

Rose showing that regular-season attack mode vs. Cavs.

Nick Friedell

This is -- by far -- the most aggressive Rose has been attacking the rim in the preseason.

Chuck Swirsky

Cavs 34 Bulls 25. 558 left 1st half. ulls 29%fg. Cavs with 22points in paint 0fta attempts

KC Johnson

Mirotic has pumpfaked and dribbled past defenders 3 times already vs. Cavs. Very comfortable putting it on the floor.

Chuck Swirsky

Cavs 27-22.....828 2nd Q

Chuck Swirsky

Cavs 21-17 after 1....Bulls shot 30%

Sam Smith

Bulls already have used 10 players in first quarter even with Jimmy Butler out. Sure feels like conference finals

Sam Smith

Varejao with a rolling hook that elicits an "oy vey" from former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt

KC Johnson

Rotation is askew with Butler out. And I assume Snell in before McDermott an LeBron issue. But something to ask postgame.

Chuck Swirsky

Cavs 17-12 Varejao and James =15

Sam Smith

Bulls quickly to mostly reserve group in 2nd of back/back w/Hinrich, Snell, Brooks, Gibson and Gasol on floor in conference finals preview

Nick Friedell

So Thibs goes with Snell off the bench first instead of McDermott.

KC Johnson

Cavs coach David Blatt said he would be near regular-season minutes for regulars, who remain on court. Noah (2 fouls), Rose out for Bulls.

Nick Friedell

Not as many Bulls fans as I would have thought here -- there are a ton of Cavs fans in the building.

Nick Friedell

Rose staying on the floor as Gibson comes in for Noah. Rotations a little different with Butler out.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls start 3-12fgs Noah 2 fouls James 6pts Cavs 13-8 539 left 1st

Sam Smith

Ohio State fans typically uninformed. Yelling "Booz" with Noah at free throw line thinking Boozer still with team. What? Those are boos?

Nick Friedell

Don't think for one second that this game doesn't mean a little something extra to Rose. He wants to prove a point early that he's back.

KC Johnson

Wonder if Rose has the ol' backup to Irving for USA Basketball in mind tonight.

Nick Friedell

Rose just blew right past Irving on his first drive to the rim.

Nick Friedell

Noah doesn't like Cleveland. He also helped knock off the Buckeyes in the NCAA Tourney. He's 0-for-Ohio popularity-wise.

Sam Smith

Bulls at Ohio State to play Cavs. NCAA before game trying to arrest and have players deported for signing autographs.

Nick Friedell

Noah gets roundly booed here. He loves it.

Sam Smith

LeBron says Bulls better because of chemistry. Also says 76ers better because they have plan and Bucks better because they have better lake

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls basketball is on the air--Bulls Radio Network ESPN 1000

Chuck Swirsky

Butler-MRI on thumb tomorrow..Hinrich starts

Nick Friedell

Columbus got lucky with this matchup: LeBron vs. Rose. This is one preseason game a lot of people would pay to see. Energy in the building.

KC Johnson

Thibodeau on LBJ: "He made a bold decision to leave. He made a bold decision to come back. I have great respect for him as a competitor."

Nick Friedell

Thibs on Irving: "Kyrie, he's a young guy that's gotten better and better. He's a star. He's a superstar."

KC Johnson

Butler out vs. Cavs. Tribune Blog: trib.in/ZD80dI

Nick Friedell

Thibs said it would be unfair to judge LeBron at this point in his career, but added: "He's right up there with the all-time best."

KC Johnson

Thibodeau said he would see how game is going but plan is for Rose, Noah to log similar minutes to last night. 24-28 minute range.

Nick Friedell

You know Noah is enjoying looking up at Ohio State's 2007 runner up banner in the NCAA Tournament.

KC Johnson

Butler, who had splint on thumb, said he's optimistic about injury. Will undergo MRI tomorrow in Chicago as precaution. May sit this week.

Nick Friedell

Butler is wearing a splint on his thumb.

KC Johnson

Hinrich starts for Butler.

Nick Friedell

Thibs says Butler is out tonight. He will have an MRI tomorrow. Hinrich will start for Butler.

KC Johnson

Butler is day-to-day with that sprained thumb. Doesn't need surgery.

Chuck Swirsky

Just over 2 hrs until tipoff here in Columbus http://t.co/H9PBlziX7Q

Nick Friedell

Good burger at Thurman's Cafe. The decor is pretty solid as well. http://t.co/6vUNltVhRc

KC Johnson

Bulls vs. Cavs Monday night at Ohio State. Tribune Blog: trib.in/ZD80dI

Mike McGraw

LeBron says Bulls have been "together for a while." Is he expecting Boozer to come out for the jump ball tonight?

Nick Friedell

Where is the best cheeseburger in Columbus?

Pau Gasol

After a good game last night, tonight we're playing the Cavaliers in #Columbus, Ohio! Good test for us! #SeeRed http://t.co/JkoHFtBfOb

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls-Cavs tonight at 6PM CT on Bulls Radio Network and ESPN 1000.

Pau Gasol

Después del buen partido de ayer, esta noche jugamos en #Columbus, Ohio, contra los Cavaliers! Buen test! #SeeRed http://t.co/6xReoUFK6G

Nick Friedell

Girl on my flight spent first part studying for a test -- second part updating her resume. That's dedication right there.

KC Johnson

Point being, wouldn't be surprised to see both Cavs and Bulls experience some early hiccups occasionally.

KC Johnson

Did LBJ forget the part about Bulls having 2 stars on minutes limits, 2 rookies and a free agent when he cited their superior chemistry?

Nick Friedell

Ready to rumble in Columbus. RT @ESPNChicago: LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers says Chicago Bulls are better es.pn/1uuuciJ

Shams Charania

European star Bo McCalebb is nearing a deal with a Euro team, meaning no NBA move now, sources tell RealGM. Partizan is out of the mix.

Sam Smith

At least we know who'll be MVP. But what about the rest of the 2014-15 NBA season awards? bit.ly/1utDlIm

Sam Smith

Bulls defeat Charlotte and show more of their regular season plan. blogs.bulls.com/2014/10/bulls-…

Chuck Swirsky

Wheels down Columbus ,Ohio. Go Bulls!

Chuck Swirsky

Wheels up headed to Columbus. Go Bulls. !

Mike McGraw

Uh oh, what has Thibs done? RT @Bob Finnan: Kyrie Irving's defense improves thanks to Team USA stint bit.ly/1vzTr7A

Pau Gasol

Otra buena victoria en casa esta vez contra los Hornets! Kirk ha jugado un partidazo metiendo tiros de todos lados! #SeeRed #FunToWatch

Pau Gasol

Another good win at home against the Hornets! Kirk played a great game making shots from everywhere on the floor! #FunToWatch #SeeRed

Nick Friedell

Thibs says Butler is day-to-day with a sprained thumb. Isn't sure if he'll get MRI yet. Says there is still some swelling.

Sam Smith

Old Bulls (2010-12) are back with 101-96 win over Hornets. Rose scores all Bulls points in last two minutes, 17 in 28 mins. Hinrich w/26

Chuck Swirsky

Thank you for listening and for reading my tweets Bulls- Cavs 530 CT Monday from Columbus Always a pleasure -you are appreciated

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls win 101-96 Hinrich with 26 Rose 17pts Gasol 15pts 10 reb Bulls 46%fg 22-27fts

Nick Friedell

Bulls win 101-96. Hinrich finishes with 26 points. Better news for Bulls is that starters, aside from Butler, played late.

Chuck Swirsky

Rose 2 fts Bulls up 101-96 12sec left---Yes..no OT! Thank you God ! LOL

Nick Friedell

Rose knocks down 2 free throws: 6/12 from the field for 17 points in 27 minutes. Thibs has to feel good he's getting late-game minutes again

Nick Friedell

Lance Stephenson still getting under everybody's skin. Talking with Hinrich, runs by Noah and grabs his hand just to mess with him.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls 99-96 22 sec left 18 on clock Charlotte ball

Joe Cowley

Rose hits clutch jumper to keep the lead at three - 99-96.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls 95-90 221 left 4th

Sam Smith

It turns out that's Ray Allen in a Kirk Hinrich mask as Allen is working on Mission Impossible 5. Hinrich now with 26 on 11 of 13

Nick Friedell

Last game was "The Jimmy Butler game" This game is the "Kirk Hinrich game" Too bad for the Bulls they are coming in the preseason.

Mike McGraw

Hinrich is now at 26 points on 11-13 FGs.

Mike McGraw

Both teams have their starters in for final 5 minutes, except Hinrich in for injured Butler.

Sam Smith

Thibs brings Gasol in for Gibson w/4:42 remaining and Bulls ahead by 4 to presumably close with Noah

Mike McGraw

P.J. Hairston's still reeling from a pick set by Noah on last possession.

Sam Smith

Rose and Noah getting 4th qtr action as Hornets close within two. What does that mean for Monday back to back against Cavs?

Nick Friedell

Good news for Bulls: Derrick Rose just check back in the game with a little over 7 minutes left. Taking the next step with minutes tonight.

Joe Cowley

Rose finally seeing a fourth quarter. Back in the game.

Chuck Swirsky

87-82---722 4th Q Bulls.

Chuck Swirsky

87-77 Hornets 839 left 4th Brooks -13 off the bench

Sam Smith

Bulls bench, the Righteous and Redolent Reserves, with 47 of 83 points through three quarters