Joe Cowley

Thibs to talk in less than 30 minutes. Maybe the Rose speaks after that.

Joe Cowley

Another conspiracy theory: Conspiracy theories are pretty dumb.

Joe Cowley

Conspiracy theory? Adidas doesn't want one poster boy making another poster boy look foolish tonight. "Tell 'em it still hurts.''

Nazr Mohammed

#Truth RT @JerryAzumah: Sometimes you have to cut people off with no warning no nothing!!

Sam Smith

Thanks, I'm off to try to find Portland between the rain and clouds. More answers in today's column on Bulls.com.

Sam Smith

With the 9:30pm CT start tonight, we've all got a few hours to kill. Send in questions with #AskSam and I'll answer for a while.

Of course. The food options in Portland are awesome. RT @jon_greenberg: @Nick Friedell Are you probable for tonight (Voodoo Doughnuts )?

Sam Smith

With Rose, Gasol and Hinrich out Friday, Bulls likely start two all defense players, former Most Improved winner and two top 6th Man players

Sam Smith

Is the Jimmy destined to flee and other concerns. on.nba.com/1xyDhws

KC Johnson

FWIW, have to say Bulls have been very transparent with NBA's new injury policy.

Joe Cowley

By the way, just found out from PR, Rose is not a thief. He signed the jersey and brought it back. Merry XMas, kid. i.imgur.com/yh7dcDG.gif

Chuck Swirsky

Hey if Thibs needs help at the point guard I was a non athletic under sized CYO baller at St.Louise in Bellevue , Washington back in the day

Joe Cowley

Memo to Aaron Brooks: Stay out of foul trouble, kid.

Joe Cowley

Projected starting five will be: Brooks, Butler, Dunleavy, Noah and Gibson. Moore could get love as back-up PG. SOMEONE CALL NATE!!!

Joe Cowley

Good luck tonight, boys. No Rose, Gasol or Hinrich - update - chicagosuntimes.com/sports/bulls-a…

Pau Gasol

Today, great progress by being able to do some drills on the basketball floor. Getting closer to return! #SeeRed http://t.co/OK0l8Qs7q8

Pau Gasol

Hoy, paso adelante en mi recuperación y ya he podido trabajar en la pista. Cada día más cerca de volver a jugar! http://t.co/SaapyAIl4j

Chuck Swirsky

Kirk Hinrich (chest contusion)-out Derrick Rose (left hamstring strain)-out Pau Gasol (left calf strain)-out

Joe Cowley

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of Rose's season-ending MCL injury...and yes, it happened in Portland where the team plays tonight.

Joe Cowley

Jimmy Butler has claimed in the past that he can run the point. He might get his chance.

Joe Cowley

Thibs has Portland right where he wants 'em.

Joe Cowley

No Rose, Gasol or Hinrich tonight.

KC Johnson

There's hope Rose returns for Monday in Utah. If not, Bulls will consider signing a PG. No official timetable on Hinrich but he's hurting.

Mike McGraw

#Bulls announce Rose, Gasol and Kirk Hinrich (chest contusion) all out tonight vs. Portland.

Nick Friedell

Bulls PR sends out release saying Rose, Gasol and Hinrich are all out tonight.

KC Johnson

Hinrich, Gasol and Rose all out vs. Portland.

Joe Cowley

Rose is a +46 which is fourth-best on the team (51st in the league). So when he plays, the team is functioning well ... when he plays.

Joe Cowley

The Bulls player with the lowest? McDermott at -62, which is 389th in the Association.

Joe Cowley

The Bulls player with the best plus/minus so far this season is Mike Dunleavy at +105 - 8th-best in the NBA.

Joe Cowley

So why are Dougie McBuckets and Mirotic only getting 5 minutes of run when everyone is healthy? "You got to know your opponent.'' Thibs.

Joe Cowley

That's it in a nutshell... do with it what you'd like.

Joe Cowley

.. in order to find the smallest ones.

Joe Cowley

The "insane'' reputation that follows Thibs from other NBA coaches is because of how well he sees tendencies and how much film he watches ..

Joe Cowley

Gibson said yesterday that they always know that the game plan will be spot on. It's up to the players to execute it.

Joe Cowley

According to Dunleavy, Thibs finds things on film that go unnoticed by many. And he finds everything.

Joe Cowley

DRose admitted that it took him three or four seasons to get a grasp of it, because it's getting a grasp of the entire league.

Joe Cowley

... but the work put behind each game plan is. That's why he is very Belichick-like.

Joe Cowley

... as well as where the help comes from. And not just Player A, but the other players you could switch to. His schemes are not inventive ..

Joe Cowley

...that zone. So not only do Bulls players have to understand the 5-10 tendencies of each player, but the necessary reaction to each one....

Joe Cowley

The left block area is a hot spot for Player A when he dribbles left, there has to be a reaction from a Bulls defender to take him out of...

Joe Cowley

It starts with Thibs and relentless film study of each player and their tendencies. For each tendency for Player A, there is a reaction...

Joe Cowley

Been asked a lot about Thibs' defense and why so many young players and new players to it struggle.... Here's why it's different....

Chuck Swirsky

Another rainy day in Portland http://t.co/sJIAgGHR7i

Nazr Mohammed

Elevator reflection pic with my young fellas in Portland @Nikola Mirotic dougmcd03 #TonySnellinstagram.com/p/vrDEkwt0IR/

Shams Charania

The Lakers will bring their D-League forward, Roscoe Smith of the D-Fenders, into a free agent workout today, league sources tell RealGM.

Chuck Swirsky

I will never complain about the schedule, travel or circumstances one cannot control I am truly blessed and thankful to be in this position

Chuck Swirsky

Tough test for the Bulls tonight against a well rested red hot Portland team Join us 9pm CT Bulls Radio Network ESPN 1000.

KC Johnson

Bulls' PG situation in question. Rose, Hinrich both battling injuries. Beyond Aaron Brooks, is E'Twaun Moore a 1 or 2? Butler at backup PG?

KC Johnson

Odd night for Bulls. They've lost 6 straight in Portland. Rose went down for season a year ago tomorrow there.

KC Johnson

3-pointers: Breaking down the Bulls' loss to the Kings. Tribune Blog: trib.in/1p5Y1tD

Joe Cowley

Don't forget: LeBron loves the Thibs and he coached Kyrie this summer. Hmmmm.

Joe Cowley

Meanwhile, Gar watching what happens, and in a panic screaming into a walker talkie, "Tom Thibodeau has the upper hand ... I repeat ..."

Joe Cowley

Thibs in Cleveland with full say, LeBron, Kyrie, and a lot of guys that would want to join all three. #Bullsworstnightmare

Joe Cowley

It's not like the Bulls haven't let great coaches go before. After all, organizations win championships someone once said.

Joe Cowley

Thibs making the Finals won't change anything. It would actually grow his onions even bigger, giving him more demands.

Joe Cowley

It's ok Bulls fans, you'll have Fred Hoiberg.

Joe Cowley

Drink that down with your coffee.

Joe Cowley

Ugly scenario that could haunt Bulls fans? Thibs and front office break up, Thibs to Cleveland, and makes sure Cavs give Butler max offer.

Joe Cowley

Utah would be a great place for a Rose return. The Rose dominated Trey Burke into a fetal position this summer for Team USA.

Joe Cowley

Tonight's an onions game.

Joe Cowley

Expect ghosts, Rose in street clothes, bad things, and a loss. Take the two days off in Portland, eat some granola, regroup for Utah.

Joe Cowley

This is the same place where Rose saw his 2013-14 season end. Noah didn't even want to talk about returning to Portland and what happened.

Joe Cowley

Finally, Portland has been a house of horrors for the Bulls - in more than just the scoreboard.

Joe Cowley

McDermott needs to play with confidence and whatever happens, happens.

Joe Cowley

Dougie McBuckets is in a dark place right now. Looks lost. Looks confused on when to shoot, when to pass. Tentative.

Joe Cowley

Mess with "Boogie'' at your own risk.

Joe Cowley

Mike Dunleavy deserves a raise.

Joe Cowley

Aaron Brooks could be on heavy minutes alert tonight in Portland, with Rose and Hinrich both game-time decisions.

Joe Cowley

Observations from slap-down in Sac-Town: Butler's continual growth as a leader, on and off the court. Jimmy's getting paid this summer!!!

Sam Smith

Bulls lose first road game of season, 103-88 to Kings; Sacramento Boogies. blogs.bulls.com/2014/11/bulls-…

Chuck Swirsky

Wheels down Portland !!!

Nick Friedell

It's not Steak and Shake -- but it is a nice west coast substitution. http://t.co/e4hvA2HHfi

Nick Friedell

High praise for Cousins from Jo. RT @ESPNChiBulls: Keeping his cool tough for Noah vs. Kings es.pn/1v0U7mD

Chuck Swirsky

Wheels up headed to Portland. Go Bulls!

Sam Smith

Butler with team high 23 points and 8 rebounds in 103-88 loss to Kings: "We did a lot of things right, but have to guard." Kings shot 51.4%

Sam Smith

Did Noah think of his epic meltdown in Sacramento last season when he started jumping around Thursday and was T'd up? “Yeah, (I) did.”

Sam Smith

Thibs on Hinrich: "Took a shot to the chest; 2 plays, one was the charge and a play prior to that." X-rays negative; contusion.

Sam Smith

Dunleavy on 3rd straight loss in Sac: "Some teams you play well; some you don’t. They play us well. We’ve had our hands full with them."

Sam Smith

Noah after 103-88 loss: "Two years in a row (being ejected) would not have been good; In these frustrating situations got to keep my cool"

Sam Smith

Noah with T and Cousins 22 & 14: "Sometimes he gets frustrated and that works in our favor. This year he’s the one getting guys frustrated.

Nick Friedell

I can't imagine what will be going through his head tomorrow. Noah didn't even want to hear about the anniversary after tonight's game.

Nick Friedell

Crazy to think Bulls are now headed to Portland and it's almost a year to the day when Rose injured his right knee in the same building.

Nick Friedell

Noah admitted he thought about last year's outburst in Sacramento after getting 1st T tonight. Reminded himself he had to breathe, calm down

KC Johnson

Bulls lose a game, their cool and possibly Hinrich in Sacramento. chicagotribune.com/sports/basketb…

Chuck Swirsky

Thanks for staying up with us Bulls fans. On the air at 9 pm CT from Portland. Bulls Radio Network. ESPN 1000.

KC Johnson

Noah: "I have to calm down a bit in those frustrating situations. I’m an emotional player but I want to win so I have to be smarter."

Joe Cowley

Noah when it was pointed out that his emotions were better than last year here: "Yeah, [bleep], two years-in-a-row wouldn't have been good."

Joe Cowley

Noah's T wasn't the outburst it was last season in Sac, but he admitted, "I'm an emotional player, but I want to win the game ... ''

Joe Cowley

Noah: "Just disappointed we lost tonight ... couple more defensive rebounds, couple box outs. basketball is crazy. It's so mental.''

Joe Cowley

No timetable on a Hinrich return. Will be re-evaluated in Portland. Could be down to one true point guard in Aaron Brooks against Portland.

Sam Smith

Hinrich X-rays negative for chest contusion. No word on if he will play Friday

Joe Cowley

Hinrich chest contusion. X-rays negative.

Nick Friedell

Bulls PR says x-rays were negative on Hinrich's chest. He has a chest contusion.

KC Johnson

Hinrich X-rays were negative. Bulls say he has a chest contusion.

KC Johnson

Noah on if last year's outburst entered his mind after T: "Yeah, two years in a row would've been bad."

KC Johnson

Thibodeau said Hinrich had his chest X-rayed.