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DeRozan draws technical foul at quarter's end. And it wasn't even Joey Crawford who gave it to him.
DD teed up. After 3. Toronto 82-77
Not a good sequence for Brooks. Blew the defensive assignment, then a bad oop attempt to Taj. Sit young man! Hinrich in.
Raptors outscoring Bulls 32-18 in paint. This is the Bulls' 4th game in 6 nights. Raptors on 2nd night of a back2back. Both teams look tired
That Amir Johnson drive, basket and 3-point chance fairly well representative of very flat defensive effort thus far from Bulls.
Bulls down 9 Need to pick up defensive intensity
Scores that matter to you: Wash beating Indy at half, Miami beating Boston in the second, Char beating Brooklyn in the 3rd.
Toronto 54-50 half
The first time I've heard Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop" in an NBA arena all year. Good pick by the Toronto DJ.
Crazy part about Mirotic's huge March is that he's shooting 25% from 3-point range this month.
Bulls 4th in league in opponents' 3-point percentage. Raptors 6-for-9 thus far.
Bulls fans thoughts ....
Snell hits 2 buckets Bulls close to within 5
Hinrich is 11 for his last 21 from 3-point range.
Bulls trail 29-20 Gasol 12. Ross with 12. Had 9 Friday vs Bulls
Raps 5 of 7 behind the stripe. 55%fg. Bulls trail 27-16
The Bulls are getting crushed early in this one. They look like the team on the 2nd night of a back to back. Not the Raptors.
Niko Jordan back at the free throw line after the call.
Niko about to enter the game and continue his late push for ROY.
Raps with 3 3s. 15-8. Gasol with 6 Bulls 3-11fgs
How about Riggins? Noah could be a good choice. Free spirit, team leader, the guy everybody takes their cues from on and off the field.
A lot of people saying Brad Stevens is the Coach Taylor of the NBA. I can see it. Calm demeanor, but players respect him. Great coach.
Bulls 5-2 against Toronto since last season ... no Lowry ... take the Bulls and the points.
Raps broadcasters calling this an "Email game" for Toronto. "Send a message." Never heard that one before.
Bulls starters http://t.co/pdM9hTmFGq
Thibodeau said management scouted Mirotic for a long time, praised international scout Ivica Dukan for knowing him "inside and out."
McDermott out back soreness
Casey on Mirotic's ability to get to the line: "We got to be smart and not bail him out because he's got the soccer mentality a little bit."
McDermott out with back soreness, and Thibs said he would be surprised if Rose isn't back before the regular season ends. That is all.
McDermott out with back soreness.
Thibs says McDermott is out tonight because of back soreness.
Thibs on Rose return: "Everything is going according to plan. As long as it does and he doesn't have any setbacks, I don't see why not."
Thibs says Noah is good to go tonight.
Noah will play vs. Raptors.
Casey also said Kyle Lowry is out tonight.
Dwane Casey has high praise for Mirotic. Says his play has been 'unbelievable' and jokes: "Where did they find him?"
Raptors coach Dwane Casey with a classic on Mirotic getting to line so often: "He's got that soccer mentality."
I vaguely remember meeting up with this guy in another life http://t.co/ErJWsIEbOK
Not surprisingly, Kyle Lowry, who left the Raptors' game last night with back spasms, is out vs. Bulls.
Catching early flights in the mornings I'd download it by the hour to catch up. Definitely a huge milestone to be in his natural element
OKC-GState, Memphis-Dallas, Hou-San Antonio, Portland-Clips.
A quick reminder why life in the east is so much easier: Western Conference 1st round projected playoff meetings -
As far as the Bulls players that are up and running - Gibson, Butler and Noah all expected to play tonight in Toronto.
Lowry out vs Bulls.....just in from Raptors
Elton John turns 68.....a must see in concert regardless of age/ generation. Underrated song... Mid 70s. " Harmony"
Rose discussing his return. http://t.co/m2xcfVnm9q
Bulls Radio and TV ( Neil and Stacey ) here along with ESPN with Mike Breen and Doris Burke on the call.
Walking through Union Station in Toronto had to stop in and say hello A tradition like no other ! http://t.co/ffnPuHkB0D
Bulls and Raps tonight Bulls Radio Network 530CT pre ESPN 1000. http://t.co/I2ZyzFz2hI
.... because he wants nothing to do with Elfrid Payton. Play him in Miami, and he gets five games under his belt before the playoffs.
Best-case scenario - Rose returns Apr. 5 against Cleveland. Sit him against Orlando (back-to-back) the next day ...
Derrick Rose spoke to the media prior to shoot around today here in Toronto--hear his comments tonight on Bulls Radio Network at 5:30CT
Rose on rehab "It's something that I've been doing for a long time with rehab, it's a grind, definitely a grind, but I'm getting used to it"
Rose on moving from possible handful of reg-season games to intensity of playoffs: "I’m a pro. I think I’m good enough to play my way in."
Rose isn't worried about having much time before playoffs "It's different but I'm a pro I think I'm good enough to be able to fit my way in"
"Whenever I’m ready to come back, that’s when I’m going to come back.'' That should be on the Rose adidas shirt.
Derrick, you plan to be back before the playoffs? "That would be the plan. But who knows? ... ''
... if he can't, "It would be a little harder on him and on us as well.''
Rose on Bulls: "We can be really good. It’s just all about everyone being healthy, a little bit of luck and everyone staying together."
Gasol said if Rose could get 4 or 5 regular season games under his belt before the playoffs, that would be huge ...
Rose: "Rehab is definitely a grind. But I'm getting used to it."
Rose: "A little bit of luck. And everybody staying together."
Rose on Bulls' prospects with him back: "We can pretty good. We can be really good. It's just all about everybody being healthy ..."
Rose touted Mirotic early in camp: "He just wasn’t scared to mess up. He wants to be great. You can just tell by the way he works out."
Rose is hopeful he'll be cleared to take contact 'this week or next week." Says he must talk to trainers and go from there.
Rose on reg season return: "That would be the plan, but who knows? Whenever I'm ready to come back, that's when I'm going to come back."
Rose said he should be cleared for contact sometime this week or next.
Rose says rehab is going 'smooth, same as the other two [rehabs]. Trying to keep it up."
Rose with mixed messages - says "Oh yeah'' on asked if he's coming back before playoffs, but no idea when. Stay tuned. It's Derrick.
Rose says he doesn't have any pain or soreness in the knee.
Rose on whether he's confident he'll play this season: "Oh yeah. I'm not worried about that. I don't have any pain."
Rose says the plan is still for him to come back before the regular season ends.
Thibs thinks Noah will play tonight vs. Raptors. Wants to see how he responds after shootaround.
Noah scheduled to play vs. Raptors.
Game night from Toronto. Bulls- Raps in a battle for 3rd in the EC. Join us 530CT pre Bulls Radio Network. ESPN 1000.
Some trivia on OK-MSU matchup. Total respect between Izzo- Kruger. Izzo was offered Hawks job but turned it down recommend Kruger .
Bucks beat Heat on Middleton 3-ptr at buzzer. Milwaukee now leads Miami by 2 1/2 games for 6th & holds tiebreaker.
Hockey has led SportsCentre every time I've been in Toronto. Today, Steve Nash did. Another example how much of an impact his career had.
I have no problem whatsoever with Casey not calling a time out...none...shot selection by Williams? Yes.
Raps will be hungry for a win Wednesday in Toronto vs Bulls...Bulls need to bring A game. 530CT pre Bulls Radio Network. ESPN 1000.
What was that?????
Excellent work by Dan Gladman in Raptors production truck. An excellent producer.