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Taylor Swift and John McEnroe in the house.
Thibodeau playing 10 players, and that's without Butler. Lot of revisionist history on Thibodeau, who used bench liberally in 10-11, 11-12.
Thibs going with a 10-man rotation in Butler's absence ... who knew it was in him.
This is the Brooks that we've been hearing about from practice. The one that's been working DRose daily.
Mirotic and Snell come into the game. Thibs is getting a look at that bench early in this one.
Bulls open second quarter with Snell and Mirotic and no starters
Mirotic and Snell in. BEARD MOB is all in!!!
Nikola Mirotic makes his NBA debut by starting 2nd quarter.
Bulls second unit, uncertain in preseason, gets some flow into game as Bulls lead 24-20 after one. Pau with 8.
Bulls fans. Thoughts ?
Bulls 11-5 run ends the 1st quarter. 24-20 Gasol 8pts 4 reb
Bulls up 24-20 after one ... no one is hurt.
Great fake by McBuckets to set up Brooks 3.
Welcome to NBA Doug McDermott. Defending J.R. Smith. Smith hits jumper immediately, though seemed McDermott distracted reading JR's tattoos
McDermott just taken to J.R.'s school of shooting.
The best No. 1 on the floor tonight has been Amare. That can't happen.
Bulls down 16-11 shooting 30%fg 6 turnovers
Knicks 16-11 w/2:59 left in first. Offense thus far brutally slow and uncertain. That was supposed to be the Knicks.
Rotation shaping up with Gibson and Brooks in for Noah and Rose and then McDermott now for Hinrich and probably later for Dunleavy.
McDermott enters the game for his first professional appearance in a regular season game. Creighton fans everywhere rejoice.
Welcome to the Association, Rook.
Doug McDermott makes his NBA debut at 3:12 of 1st. Was very relaxed and confident at shootaround.
McDermott in the game.
Court is a lot quieter without the Booze.
Rose and Noah are on this 30-34 minutes limit for the foreseeable future.
Aaron Brooks and Taj Gibson are the first subs off the bench for Thibs. In for Rose and Noah.
First bench guys in are Taj and Brooks, as Rose and Noah play with minutes restrictions.
JB Smoove in the Garden ... getting comedy ideas from watching Bulls offense.
Bulls in quick timeout w/8:09 in first down 8-2. My advice someone shoot with more than four seconds on shot clock.
Knicks supposed to be slow learning triangle offense, but Bulls offense looking like uneven rhomboid in 8-2 Knicks start.
Knicks 8-2. Bulls 4 turnovers
Timeout Thibs - preseason problems have a hangover ... not a flip-the-switch team after all.
Rose drives to the rim and gets called for an offensive foul. Bulls look a little tight offensively to start.
Guess Rose is officially back to his old self -- driving to the basket and not getting calls.
Bulls offense looking clunky again ... very indecisive with the ball.
Like Rubio last week, Larkin going right at Rose.
Joey Crawford and Joakim Noah shake hands at center court. It's time to start the season.
Noah shakes Joey Crawford's hand in advance of the technical that's coming later.
Stoudemire in pregame intros asking for wine to be sprinkled on him
Blue Man Group performing pre game. Actually look like guys who were screaming epithets outside subway with no one noticing.
Thibs not impressed ... thinking "Next Blue Man up!''
Cool Blue Man Group into for the Knicks.
Kirk Hinrich starts for Jimmy Butler. Otherwise regulars of Rose, only Bull with a positive reception from crowd, Noah, Gasol and Dunleavy.
Hinrich in for Butler. Bulls look ready to roll. Let's get this party started.
Rose gets slight applause when announced ... and not just from Nick F.
New York convinced Phillip will build a winner. The next championship team Phil builds will be his first.
Knicks opening montage on scoreboard goes heavy with Phil Jackson talking about what goes into winning.
Drake has to be here - doesn't he?
Bieber is supposed to be at Knicks-Bulls tonight ... so there's that.
Calderon out- calf
I think the Bulls just took the floor lol http://t.co/zAvbk1yfvr
Me thinks Butler might want to play soon ... or Thibs will continue to vaguely question his toughness.
Bulls ball is on the air! Year 7 with my main man @34Billy42. The best http://t.co/wMWvbUYpef
Bulls-Knicks starters http://t.co/PYjklkj4OI
Dunleavy will be making the visit to "Melo Island.'' Good luck, Dun. Hinrich on Shumpert and Rose on Shane Larkin.
Thibs finally made that tough decision on his starters .... Rose, Hinrich, Noah, Gasol, Dunleavy.
Perched high at MSG http://t.co/NLGyceay5L
Our national anthem rock and roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett. The best "Jett" in NY http://t.co/tTTIyxvMXD
Melo will realize he didn't make the right decision when Marc Gasol and Rondo are next to him in the 2015-16 team photo.
Three hours to tip - Melo on close watch - will want to show he made the right decision.
Expect Rose and Noah around the 32-33 minute mark tonight. Expect Mirotic around the 4 min. mark or a DNP CD.
Pau on picking Bulls over Knix: "This is a more balanced team with better weapons. I fit in better; this team is automatically a contender."
Rose on saying this his best team: "That doesn’t mean we’re the favorite. Just saying we have a very good, very deep, very confident team. "
Rose on opener: "Everyone is geeked right now, everybody trying to get everything in tune...so we can play a big important game tonight.’’
Rose with a plan: "Go through the game and the first couple of quarters getting everyone touches and then the fourth quarter is my time."
Rose on NY season debut: "I’m anxious but not as anxious as when I played for USA Basketball. I’m a little at ease right now."
Positive? Rose talking about someone else hurt: "It’s going to hurt when you lose a player like Jimmy. But health is number one right now."
Butler on sitting out: "Just a lot of pain in the joint and the muscle around it. I just don’t want to make it worse. Very disappointed..."
Thibs on Butler: "Two to four, one to three (weeks out), I don’t know what it is. He’s not comfortable going yet, so when he is, he will."
Rose: "I’m anxious but at the same time not as anxious as when I played for USA Basketball. I think my nerves calmed down a little bit."
McDermott said this will be 5th time playing in Madison Square Garden. Said it's his favorite arena to shoot in because of spotlit court.
Welcome to NYC http://t.co/EqfLw5DcEh
Butler still has thumb wrapped, says he's hoping to play Friday. Thibs says it will be 2-4 weeks. All depends on discomfort level.
No Jimmy Butler tonight, and doubtful for the home-opener, but stranger things have happened with this team.
Thibs' 2-4 weeks on Butler now seems a bit overdone. Sounds like Thibs throwing worst-case out there ... because that's what The Thibs does.
Even better? Butler said he's hoping to play Friday.
Our head athletic trainer is very popular here in NY http://t.co/COBhkwf1E0
Thibodeau backed off the 2-4 week projection for Butler a bit. Later said 1-3. And this is from original injury Oct. 19. Still, a blow.
Coach Thibs says Butler is out 2-4 weeks
Noah looks ready for the Knicks .... His hat, not so much. http://t.co/rW6kRiQatS
Thibs, ouch, says Jimmy Butler could be out two to four weeks with thumb sprain. Probably from date of injury.
Golden State Warriors leaning strongly toward declining Nemanja Nedovic's third-year option as deadline looms, league source tells RealGM.
Rose: "First couple quarters I can get everybody involved. The 4th quarter is my time."
Butler now out 2-4 weeks, according to Thibs. Not good.
Thibs says Butler's new timetable is out 2-4 weeks.
Thibodeau said Butler is out 2-4 weeks. Wow.
Jimmy Butler says he won't play tonight. Still day to day.
Butler says he's out for Knicks.