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Nothing like a 47-minute night for Jimmy Butler to get ready for playoffs.
Kemba Walker misses at the buzzer. We are headed to OT. I know, I know it's Thibs -- I still can't believe it.
Kirk blown away by that called, almost walked into the tunnel...fouled out with 35.9, Kemba ties it at the line
Hinrich fouls out. He's so angry he almost walked straight to locker room.
Great action here. Bulls 80-77 1:19 left 4th
Hinrich left pocket 3. Onions Baby Onions. 78-75 Bulls 258 left 4th
Nobody appears to have told Noah Raps leading big and result may be moot as just threw himself to floor chasing loose ball in full out dive
Bulls 72-70 Noah 12-10-6. Boozer 14-11. 547 left 4th
Toronto is killing the Knicks right now -- so this game may not end up meaning anything for the Bulls.
67-65 Bulls Noah 10-8-5
Bulls 60-59 after three. Wiz up big; Nets down big. Raptors up 7. If holds order is Ind, Mia, Tor, Chi, DC, Nets, 'Cats, Hawks
Boozer 25th dbl-dbl Noah 10-7-5
Bulls up 60-59 at the end of 3. Very ugly game. Thibs hasn't changed minutes up much so far -- will that change if CHA gets up in 4th?
Bulls 60-59 after 3
Jefferson left knee contusion will return
Jefferson returns to bench
Bulls continue to do a lot of scoreboard watching, though Bobcats do have best hi definition replay screen: 59-56 'cats w1:44 left in 3rd
Jefferson headed to locker room apparent leg issue
Biyombo replaced him.
Big Al appeared to tweak an ankle.
52-52 548 left 3rd
Noah flings up an airball, hears it from the crowd, and laughs at himself while he heads to the bench.
Bobcats up 43-39 at the half. Thibs won't be happy with fact CHA is out-rebounding Bulls 23-17 -- but a Bulls L puts them in best situation
Bulls were once up 31-31, now trail 37-35.
Bobcats on a run 12-4. Bulls lead 35-33. 315 left 2nd
Bobcats on a little mini-run. This is the loudest I've heard this arena. Fans are starting to get into again in Charlotte.
Thibodeau and Clifford now both going into defensive stances and getting late Defensive POY votes.
Raps game won't start for 20 min.
31-24. 6min left 2nd. Dunleavy and Boozer each with 8
Bulls' D looks playoff ready. Bobcats are 9-for-30 from the field and not getting many clean looks.
That's not how it's done, Jimmy.
May not be difference in playoffs. But with Amundson Bulls now lead all playoff teams in ponytails.
Bulls 21-16 after 1 Boozer 8pts 4 reb
Bulls 21-16 59sec left Boozer 8pts
Calipari's here. A couple of his former players (Derrick, CDR, MKG) also in attendance.
Nets now in so much fear even reserves don't want to play.
Coach Cal is in the building.
Bulls take early 19-12 lead.
Mild applause for DJ from Bobcats crowd.
Bulls16-4 in the paint Up18-12. 253 left 1st Q
Asked Thibodeau pregame if he liked that Bobcats are playing to win like Bulls. "Most teams do," he said. Guess he hasn't seen Nets lineup.
Mike, who flew in before the game, is sitting on the Charlotte bench.
Noah 4 reb 2 dimes 2 pts. Bulls 14-10
Nets benching starters in seeming bid for 6 to avoid Bulls in 1st round and get Heat in 2nd. Bulls still could be 3. Open 6 Sunday Comcast
Nets are starting Marquis Teague tonight vs. Cavaliers.
Bulls starters http://t.co/GNFVbhD578
NBA announces Game 1 for Bulls -- no matter the opponent -- is Sunday at 6 CT at the United Center.
Bulls will open playoffs 7 Eastern; 6 Central Sunday on TNT following Miami on ABC. Bulls facing either Brooklyn of Washington
Game 1 at United Center 6pm. CT Sunday
NBA just announced Bulls opening 7 pm Sunday at home no matter opponent.
Bulls will host either Nets or Wizards on Sunday at 6 PM in Game 1.
Thibodeau as relaxed pregame as I've seen. Shared funny anecdote about Clifford's ineptitude with computers as scout. Visited with MJ.
MJ is in the building.
Bobcats coach Steve Clifford on Bulls: "They're as hard to play against as any team in the league."
As is always the case Carlos Boozer on the floor ..first one on the court working on mid range game. Terrific person always with a smile
Jimmy Butler on the floor getting shots up..second in the league in min. played . Bulls are fortunate to have him on and off the floor.
Bulls fans..thoughts on tonight's game? Both teams will get after it tonight. A number of playoff seeds hang in the balance.
3hrs before tip in Charlotte http://t.co/5hfjhwAY9j
Bulls have won 8 of 9....Bobcats 7 of 8. Bulls Radio 530CT pre on Bulls Radio Network- ESPN 1000
Take Thibs' words with a grain of salt: Best outcome for Bulls is a loss, combined with Nets loss and Wizards win. Sets up 4/5 with Wiz.
Thibs on mindset heading into tonight's game: "We're not changing. So we got our normal rotation we're going to play. We're playing to win."
Jimmy Butler on Bulls' mindset heading into the playoffs: "It really don't matter who we play, we think we can beat anybody."
D.J. Augustin is back after birth of son."We can work on his floater," Augustin said.
Thibodeau: "We’re playing to win. When you look at where our guys minutes-wise, total minutes-wise, health-wise, that’s what we should do."
Bulls went W-W-L vs. Nets during regular season and L-L-W vs. Wizards.
We all fall short of the mark,no one is perfect. We r not living in HIS lite if we r ok w missin the mark n not pursuin perfection in CHRIST
GOD doesn't want our prayer! HE wants our obedience. Do u think HES listening to disobedient children that's not livin a repenting life
Game night from Charlotte. Bulls-Bobcats. 530CT pre Bulls Radio Network ESPN1000
Here's my feeling: If Thibs looks up at scoreboard in 2ndH tomorrow & sees BKN losing, WAS winning, his will to win will drop significantly
Griffin with some filthy dunks tonight vs Nuggets.
If Washington loses to Boston, and Charlotte beats Bulls, then Bobcats are No. 6 and Wizards No. 7. So strong incentive for Wash to win,
Sounds like there's a chance Nets mail it in tomorrow and hope to avoid Bulls in first round by dropping to No. 6.
IF BKN loses at Cleveland tomorrow and Washington beats Boston; then Wizards are No. 5 and Nets No. 6.
If the Bulls end up at the 4 seed and play the Wizards -- and then the Pacers/Hawks winner, even Thibs will crack a smile. A big one.
Playoff bound Nets lose to Knicks. Seed still in question
BKN is expected to rest guys at Cleveland tomorrow, while Washington should beat Boston. So Bulls-Wiz at 4-5 seems realistic.
Maybe Thibs will talk it over with his old buddy Steve Clifford. Bobcats would enjoy moving up to No. 6, but they'd need WAS to lose to BOS
If the Bulls like being in Indiana's side of the bracket, all they have to do is lose tomorrow and they'll be No. 4.
Bulls-Brooklyn could end up being the 3-6 series.
Shumpert off the glass. Sick. Wicked. Nasty
Who's the best on TheVoice this year?
My NBA votes Def POY. Noah Jordan George. 6th Man. Gibson. Crawford. Morris MIP. Dragic. Lowry R.Lopez
Brooklyn can wrap up No. 5 spot by beating NYK tonight, but either way, Bulls won't know opponent until tomorrow night.
Not possible for Bulls to play Bobcats in 1st round. Bulls need to win Wed. to get to No. 3 and Charlotte needs a win to get to No. 6.