Joe Cowley

Taylor Swift and John McEnroe in the house.

KC Johnson

Thibodeau playing 10 players, and that's without Butler. Lot of revisionist history on Thibodeau, who used bench liberally in 10-11, 11-12.

Joe Cowley

Thibs going with a 10-man rotation in Butler's absence ... who knew it was in him.

Joe Cowley

This is the Brooks that we've been hearing about from practice. The one that's been working DRose daily.

Nick Friedell

Mirotic and Snell come into the game. Thibs is getting a look at that bench early in this one.

Sam Smith

Bulls open second quarter with Snell and Mirotic and no starters

Joe Cowley

Mirotic and Snell in. BEARD MOB is all in!!!

KC Johnson

Nikola Mirotic makes his NBA debut by starting 2nd quarter.

Sam Smith

Bulls second unit, uncertain in preseason, gets some flow into game as Bulls lead 24-20 after one. Pau with 8.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls fans. Thoughts ?

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls 11-5 run ends the 1st quarter. 24-20 Gasol 8pts 4 reb

Joe Cowley

Bulls up 24-20 after one ... no one is hurt.

Joe Cowley

Great fake by McBuckets to set up Brooks 3.

Sam Smith

Welcome to NBA Doug McDermott. Defending J.R. Smith. Smith hits jumper immediately, though seemed McDermott distracted reading JR's tattoos

Joe Cowley

McDermott just taken to J.R.'s school of shooting.

Joe Cowley

The best No. 1 on the floor tonight has been Amare. That can't happen.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls down 16-11 shooting 30%fg 6 turnovers

Sam Smith

Knicks 16-11 w/2:59 left in first. Offense thus far brutally slow and uncertain. That was supposed to be the Knicks.

Sam Smith

Rotation shaping up with Gibson and Brooks in for Noah and Rose and then McDermott now for Hinrich and probably later for Dunleavy.

Nick Friedell

McDermott enters the game for his first professional appearance in a regular season game. Creighton fans everywhere rejoice.

Joe Cowley

Welcome to the Association, Rook.

KC Johnson

Doug McDermott makes his NBA debut at 3:12 of 1st. Was very relaxed and confident at shootaround.

Joe Cowley

McDermott in the game.

Joe Cowley

Court is a lot quieter without the Booze.

KC Johnson

Rose and Noah are on this 30-34 minutes limit for the foreseeable future.

Nick Friedell

Aaron Brooks and Taj Gibson are the first subs off the bench for Thibs. In for Rose and Noah.

Joe Cowley

First bench guys in are Taj and Brooks, as Rose and Noah play with minutes restrictions.

Joe Cowley

JB Smoove in the Garden ... getting comedy ideas from watching Bulls offense.

Sam Smith

Bulls in quick timeout w/8:09 in first down 8-2. My advice someone shoot with more than four seconds on shot clock.

Sam Smith

Knicks supposed to be slow learning triangle offense, but Bulls offense looking like uneven rhomboid in 8-2 Knicks start.

Joe Cowley

Melo promo - he talks about how he bleeds blue and orange. No green, Melo? #fraud

Mike McGraw

#Bulls are sluggish offensively -- 4 turnovers, 2 shot attempts to start game.

Chuck Swirsky

Knicks 8-2. Bulls 4 turnovers

Joe Cowley

Timeout Thibs - preseason problems have a hangover ... not a flip-the-switch team after all.

Nick Friedell

Rose drives to the rim and gets called for an offensive foul. Bulls look a little tight offensively to start.

Mike McGraw

Guess Rose is officially back to his old self -- driving to the basket and not getting calls.

Joe Cowley

Bulls offense looking clunky again ... very indecisive with the ball.

Joe Cowley

Like Rubio last week, Larkin going right at Rose.

Nick Friedell

Joey Crawford and Joakim Noah shake hands at center court. It's time to start the season.

KC Johnson

Noah shakes Joey Crawford's hand in advance of the technical that's coming later.

Sam Smith

Stoudemire in pregame intros asking for wine to be sprinkled on him

Sam Smith

Blue Man Group performing pre game. Actually look like guys who were screaming epithets outside subway with no one noticing.

Joe Cowley

Thibs not impressed ... thinking "Next Blue Man up!''

Chuck Swirsky

MSG http://t.co/v6q0DxkebG

Joe Cowley

Cool Blue Man Group into for the Knicks.

Sam Smith

Kirk Hinrich starts for Jimmy Butler. Otherwise regulars of Rose, only Bull with a positive reception from crowd, Noah, Gasol and Dunleavy.

Nick Friedell

Hinrich in for Butler. Bulls look ready to roll. Let's get this party started.

Joe Cowley

Rose gets slight applause when announced ... and not just from Nick F.

Joe Cowley

New York convinced Phillip will build a winner. The next championship team Phil builds will be his first.

KC Johnson

Knicks opening montage on scoreboard goes heavy with Phil Jackson talking about what goes into winning.

Joe Cowley

Drake has to be here - doesn't he?

Joe Cowley

Bieber is supposed to be at Knicks-Bulls tonight ... so there's that.

Chuck Swirsky

I think the Bulls just took the floor lol http://t.co/zAvbk1yfvr

Joe Cowley

Me thinks Butler might want to play soon ... or Thibs will continue to vaguely question his toughness.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls ball is on the air! Year 7 with my main man @34Billy42. The best http://t.co/wMWvbUYpef

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls-Knicks starters http://t.co/PYjklkj4OI

Joe Cowley

Dunleavy will be making the visit to "Melo Island.'' Good luck, Dun. Hinrich on Shumpert and Rose on Shane Larkin.

Joe Cowley

Thibs finally made that tough decision on his starters .... Rose, Hinrich, Noah, Gasol, Dunleavy.

Chuck Swirsky

Perched high at MSG http://t.co/NLGyceay5L

Chuck Swirsky

Our national anthem rock and roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett. The best "Jett" in NY http://t.co/tTTIyxvMXD

Joe Cowley

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.

Joe Cowley

Three hours to tip - Melo on close watch - will want to show he made the right decision.

Joe Cowley

Expect Rose and Noah around the 32-33 minute mark tonight. Expect Mirotic around the 4 min. mark or a DNP CD.

Pau Gasol

Tonight we start off the season against the Knicks! The fun starts now. Let's go! #SeeRED #EverybodyUp @Chicago Bulls http://t.co/0TG51FbRuO

Pau Gasol

Esta noche empezamos la temporada contra los Knicks en NY!! Ahora llega lo bueno! #SeeRED #EverybodyUp @ChicagoBulls http://t.co/qod0eEsEI3

Sam Smith

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."

Sam Smith

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. "

Sam Smith

Rose on opener: "Everyone is geeked right now, everybody trying to get everything in tune...so we can play a big important game tonight.’’

Sam Smith

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."

Sam Smith

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."

Sam Smith

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."

Sam Smith

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..."

Sam Smith

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."

Sam Smith

A Bulls overview on Day 1 and the what the players will and should be doing. bit.ly/1u7o8mh

Nick Friedell

Unbelievable. MT @JeffGurt: Rose, Noah and Butler have been on the floor together for 221 total mins in 3+ seasons

KC Johnson

Jimmy Butler is out vs. Knicks. Beyond that? Nobody knows. Tribune Blog: trib.in/1vgzcYX

KC Johnson

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."

KC Johnson

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.

Chuck Swirsky

Welcome to NYC http://t.co/EqfLw5DcEh

Nick Friedell

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.

Joe Cowley

No Jimmy Butler tonight, and doubtful for the home-opener, but stranger things have happened with this team.

Joe Cowley

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.

KC Johnson

Even better? Butler said he's hoping to play Friday.

Chuck Swirsky

Our head athletic trainer is very popular here in NY http://t.co/COBhkwf1E0

KC Johnson

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.

Chuck Swirsky

Coach Thibs says Butler is out 2-4 weeks

Joe Cowley

Noah looks ready for the Knicks .... His hat, not so much. http://t.co/rW6kRiQatS

Sam Smith

Thibs, ouch, says Jimmy Butler could be out two to four weeks with thumb sprain. Probably from date of injury.

Shams Charania

Golden State Warriors leaning strongly toward declining Nemanja Nedovic's third-year option as deadline looms, league source tells RealGM.

KC Johnson

Rose: "First couple quarters I can get everybody involved. The 4th quarter is my time."

Joe Cowley

Butler now out 2-4 weeks, according to Thibs. Not good.

Nick Friedell

Thibs says Butler's new timetable is out 2-4 weeks.

KC Johnson

Thibodeau said Butler is out 2-4 weeks. Wow.

Nick Friedell

Jimmy Butler says he won't play tonight. Still day to day.

KC Johnson

Butler says he's out for Knicks.