Nick Friedell

Tony Snell checks in and instantly picks up a foul. He's buried so far in Thibs' rotation I almost feel bad for him.

Sam Smith

Mirotic just assisted on last 3 Bulls scores after forcing t/o with his defense. Barkley still working on pronunciation guide during timeout

Nick Friedell

Butler and Gasol have combined for 16 points and 5 rebounds in about 10 minutes. They've carried this team offensively all year.

Chuck Swirsky

21-17 Bulls...Bulls 3 of 4 behind arc... Gasol and Butler have scored 16 of the Bulls 21 points

Joe Cowley

Can't wait for Gasol on Gasol crime tomorrow night in Memphis.

Joe Cowley

Mirotic in ... and the winner of the beard contest.

Joe Cowley

Somewhere in Texas, Adam Dunn just swung and missed on that Noah FT.

Joe Cowley

Noah's tornado didn't twist.

Sam Smith

Knicks appear to be going with wholesale substitution of Darrell Imhoff, Willie Naulls, Len Chappell, Bevo Nordmann and Richie Guerin

Chuck Swirsky

Gasol with 6. Bulls 11-10

Nick Friedell

Man, this Knicks team is bad. Scary to think that even when they're fully healthy they've only won 5 games all year.

Joe Cowley

Travis Wear is the King of the Triangle!!!

Sam Smith

Travis Wearing Bulls out with 4 pts

KC Johnson

Bulls introduced Hinrich from hometown of Sioux City, Iowa, not Kansas. That's the treatment typically reserved for Rose. "From Chicago . ."

Joe Cowley

Was introduced from the Sioux pregame.

Joe Cowley

Hinrich now hates Kansas.

Sam Smith

Hinrich now being introduced pregame when starting as "from Sioux City, Iowa." Noah soon to insist on, "Citizen of the World."

Joe Cowley

Bulls wouldn't have had this depth, and might have had another starter with a knee problem. Golf clap for Melo being selfish.

Joe Cowley

Maybe the Melo rejection is proving to be a blessing in disguise.

Joe Cowley

Who would have guessed that Gasol's 34-year-old knees are in a better place than Melo's $124 million knees?

Joe Cowley

Thibs pushing for two of his guys to be All-Stars now - Butler and Gasol. Good case for both.

Joe Cowley

Knicks players in the hallway, getting their war faces on. "Work time, baby, work! Gotta work!'' Remind them that Travis Wear is starting.

Joe Cowley

JVille vs. Tenn or Bulls vs. Knicks ? Isn't there a Housewives of Cleveland on tonight? Bad TV night.

Nick Friedell

First time I've ever seen a guy (Amar'e Stoudemire) go from saying he wasn't going to play to being in the starting lineup in the same day.

Mike McGraw

Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Bargnani are also out for Knicks.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls Radio is Rollin http://t.co/NudU77aPHg

Mike McGraw

Joakim Noah is expected to start tonight after missing four games with ankle sprain. Carmelo Anthony (knee) is not playing. #Bulls

Nick Friedell

Taj Gibson now officially out tonight with a right ankle injury.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls and Knicks starters http://t.co/SlgXNq6bZI

Chuck Swirsky

For tonight versus New York: Derrick Rose (illness) is out. Taj Gibson (right ankle) is out.

Mike McGraw

Taj Gibson (ankle) won't play for #Bulls tonight, joining Derrick Rose (illness) on the shelf.

KC Johnson

Gibson also out vs. Knicks.

Nick Friedell

I feel bad for anybody who bought a ticket to this game: No Carmelo and no Rose.

Sam Smith

Knix starting Calderon, Hardaway, Wear, Aldrich and Stoudemire. TNT opening with test of if Barkley has heard of majority of Knix starters

KC Johnson

Love how @Frank Isola is tweaking the Chicago media from his palatial estate back East.

Chuck Swirsky

Calderon, Hardaway, Wear, Stoudemire and Aldrich will start for NY

Sam Smith

Stoudemire playing now since 'Melo out; Knix say change of heart to help team; most assume just means he'll get some shots now

Chuck Swirsky

Tons of Knicks are injured so Clarence Weatherspoon will get some PT

Sam Smith

Now Anthony out for Knix; TNT scrambling for data on Travis Wear/Cameron Bairstow possible matchup. Nothing like show NBA puts on for nation

Mike McGraw

Phil wasn't loud, but you didn't have to be within 2 feet to hear him RT @davidjeong: I think he's trying to hard to be Phil.

Mike McGraw

I'll assume Derrick Rose's illness is legit, but this is a great time for him to sit out with a game at Memphis tomorrow. #Bulls

Joe Cowley

Thibs also pointed out that he's never missed a game on any level for any reason. Perfect attendance star for him.

Mike McGraw

Sounded like NYK's starting lineup tonight is Amare, Cole Aldrich, Travis Wear, Tim Hardaway Jr. and I assume Calderon.

Chuck Swirsky

No Melo No Rose but @34Billy42 and I will have the call at 630 CT pre Bulls Radio Net ESPN 1000

Mike McGraw

Derek Fisher is the softest-talking coach in the league, but I think he said Amare is playing after all, since Carmelo is out. #Bulls-Knicks

Nick Friedell

Fisher says Carmelo is out tonight. Amare, who was going to sit out for a rest day, is now going to play.

Joe Cowley

Rose out with what Thibs said was the same illness Jimmy Butler had. Note: Butler played through it. #HoustonTough

KC Johnson

Illness ends Derrick Rose's string of 11 straight games, nine straight of which he had finished.

Sam Smith

Rose out with illness, not at game; Gibson will warm up as game time decision. Noah to play. Thibodeau streak of never missing game stands

Chuck Swirsky

Rondo to Mavs a very impressive starting five

KC Johnson

Bulls leave for Memphis postgame. Thibodeau said it's feasible for Rose to fly there tomorrow if he feels well enough to do so.

Nick Friedell

Thibs says Rose woke up and was not feeling well. Sounds like he had same sickness Butler had the last few days.

Nick Friedell

Gibson will warm up and see how he feels. He did not go through shootaround this morning.

Joe Cowley

Gibson will warmup and a decision will be made.

Nick Friedell

Thibs says Rose is out tonight. They are unsure if he will travel to Memphis.

KC Johnson

Rose out. Gibson gametime. Rose not at United Center and may not travel to Memphis.

Joe Cowley

Unsure if Rose will travel tomorrow.

Nick Friedell

Charles said if he needed to make one basket he would get Melo to take it.

Nick Friedell

Charles Barkley: "Carmelo is the best offensive player in the NBA."

Nick Friedell

Charles Barkley: "If healthy, the Bulls are the best team in the Eastern Conference."

Pau Gasol

Tonight we're playing the #Knicks of my friend @Jose Manuel Calderon at the @UnitedCenter. Let's keep growing at home! #SeeRed #BullsNation

Pau Gasol

Esta noche recibimos a los #Knicks de mi amigo @Jose Manuel Calderon en el @UnitedCenter. A seguir creciendo en casa! #SeeRed #BullsNation

Nick Friedell

Charles Barkley on his relationship with Bill Belichick and what he tells him now: "We were friends when you sucked as a coach."

Nazr Mohammed

If u haven't seen this then you're missing out. It's the last weekend... Check it out 2nite!!! Friday… instagram.com/p/wwpRoUt0Go/

Nick Friedell

I love Ditka -- but The Charles Barkley Football Show on @ESPN1000 is awesome.

Mike McGraw

Rose (illness), Gibson (ankle) & Noah (ankle) listed as questionable for NYK. Noah says he'll play, sounds like Taj & Derrick probably won't

KC Johnson

The Bulls are ecstatic they landed Pau Gasol but have nothing but praise for Carmelo Anthony. Tribune Blog: trib.in/1GVx5jc

Shams Charania

Column: Nicolas Batum had gauged his fit on Spurs, on a champion, but for Portland: "I got to be more aggressive." tinyurl.com/nkthtzu

Nick Friedell

Time will tell. Playoffs will reveal the answer. RT @ESPNChiBulls: Are the Bulls better without Carmelo? es.pn/13Dwu9V

KC Johnson

Thibodeau very comfortable with management's free agent plan. Said they "ended up fine, as we did in 2010. We came out great with Pau."

KC Johnson

Thibodeau wouldn't speculate on how Melo would've fit with Rose. But said this: "He’d fit great with any team. He’s a great talent."

KC Johnson

Thibodeau w/ high praise for Melo. Called him "a great person" and underrated playmaker. Said he was "totally honest with everybody" in FA.

Sam Smith

TNT may be ready to renegotiate with half top players again maybe out 4 Thurs: Rose ill, Taj ankle, Melo knee, Amar'e body, JR whatever

Nick Friedell

Noah says he came through shootaround fine. He's playing. Will be interesting to see who else does around 7:15 CT tonight.

KC Johnson

Noah said he's playing vs. Knicks.

KC Johnson

Noah did shootaround and is poised to return vs. Knicks.

Nick Friedell

Carmelo also said he has people telling him to shut it down for a few weeks because of the knee soreness but wants to keep playing if he can

Nick Friedell

Carmelo wants to see how he warms up before making final decision tonight.

Chuck Swirsky

Rose sick. Gibson ankle questionable

Joe Cowley

Rose sick - no shootaround, Gibson still dealing with ankle issues - both questionable.

Nick Friedell

Gibson also did not go through shootaround because of an ankle injury. He is questionable for tonight.

Nick Friedell

Thibs says Rose didn't go through shootaround because he's not feeling well. Questionable for tonight.

KC Johnson

Rose is questionable vs. Knicks with illness. Didn't do shootaround. Gibson also questionable with right ankle.

KC Johnson

Melo: "I had a great meeting. But it's not at all weird (being back)."

Chuck Swirsky

Amare Smith , Shumpert , Bargnani , Early out. Melo questionable

KC Johnson

Knicks for sure without Stoudemire, Bargnani, Shumpert and JR Smith vs. Bulls.

Joe Cowley

Melo a question mark for tonight.

Chuck Swirsky

Amare out. Melo questionable

Nick Friedell

Amare will not play tonight. Says it's a smart decision for him to rest after all the minutes that he's played.

KC Johnson

Knicks coach Derek Fisher said Carmelo is questionable with knee soreness.

Nick Friedell

Fisher says Carmelo is questionable with left knee soreness.

Nick Friedell

These boards had a much different message on them the last time Carmelo was here. http://t.co/ssKObo28yD

Chuck Swirsky

No local TV tonight (TNT)--for the Bulls call join @34billy42 and me tonight at 630 pre Bulls Radio Network and ESPN 1000

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls-Knicks tonight 630CT pre Bulls Radio Network ESPN 1000