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Wheels down Toronto !
Wheels up headed to Toronto. Go Bulls! Wednesday 530CT pre Bulls Radio Network.
The Bulls have had 3 different leading scorers (Gasol, Rose, Mirotic) and 3 different leading rebounders (Gasol, Butler, Mirotic) vs. Raps.
Bulls 3-0 vs. Raptors with average margin of victory of 10.7 points.
Doug McDermott, who obviously doesn't have same injury history as Rose, was on active roster 5 weeks, 2 days after similar scope procedure.
With 2 offdays between Raptors, Knicks, Bulls have opportunity to scrimmage if Rose cleared for contact. Friday is 4 weeks since surgery.
Bulls fly to Toronto for film, individual shots/workouts. Like most teams, mostly walkthroughs, film now. Only 2 practices in March. But . .
Butler on Mirotic missing 2fts w/31 secs left to cost fans free food: "If you want to hate someone, hate Niko; I had nothing to do with it."
Butler after missing 11 games; "I definitely got (shots) up with my 20 balls (6-20); got to be aggressive, that’s what Pau told me to do."
Butler on Mirotic: "Dude can play. He’s basically carried us this month, to tell you the truth; he’s confident."
Butler 19 & 9 in return: "Timing wise I’m off; it’s different when you miss that much time, but 40 minutes is enough to test yourself."
Pau on 47th dbl/dbl, 27 & 12: "It’s my career high, so to be able to establish career highs in your 14th year is something to be proud of."
More Pau on Mirotic: "This month he has been spectacular; it’s very difficult for a rookie to put up numbers like that, great poise, too."
Gasol on Mirotic w/28: "What Niko is doing right now with this team in the situation we are in I think is remarkable; give him credit."
Butler on Mirotic: "Dude can play. He has basically carried us this month."
Kirk Hinrich passed Luol Deng for 4th all-time in Bulls franchise history in minutes played. Trails Jordan, Pippen and Sloan.
Only in Chicago can you score 28 points, dominate in the 4th, and still get booed by some fans for not getting them a Big Mac.
Mirotic pointed to his chest and appeared to be apologizing to fans. He missed two free throws that could have gotten them to 100.
Bulls win 98-86 Niko 28-8.....Gasol with 27-12...Butler 19-9 7-10FTA
Butler dribbles out the clock and looks up at scoreboard as some fans boo because the Bulls didn't get to 100 and earn a Big Mac for fans.
Bulls clinch playoff berth. Mirotic scores 14 of his 28 in the 4th quarter. Butler with 19 points, 9 rebounds in 1st game back.
This is Mirotic's 7th double-digit 4th quarter in March.
Mirotic with the Montenegro flyin, Maxiell cryin, glass breakin, teeth shakin, Hornets quakin, Thibs achin dunk to about close it out
Gasol with his 47th dbl- dbl ties Oak for most by a Bulls player since 86-87
Give Mirotic credit: He went right back after Maxiell a possession later -- got crushed -- and finished for an and 1. Just getting better.
In the midst of Mirotic's highlight reel, Gasol posted his league-leading 47th double-double.
The two meet at the rim again, Niko lefty layup and Maxiell foul, his 6th. 93-82. 1:27 left
Niko Mirotic just put Jason Maxiell on a poster. Oh my.
Niko just detonated on Maxiell. Wow
Bulls hanging on with 89-82 lead despite being walloped on boards by mini Hornets; that does sting
It's that time in the night for the: Niko Mirotic just keeps getting better and better tweet. He's got 23 points in 28 minutes tonight.
Threeeeeeekola Bulls 89-82 Niko with 23 2:33 left 4th
Kemba misses easy tip in, Niko hits corner triple in transition. Crucial swing. 89-82, 2:33 left
Like Butler's never been gone; has played 33 of first 42 minutes, leading team in minutes, shots (tied with Gasol at 18) and fts; 84-76 Chi
Butler---with a 15-6 game.;..5-18 fgs....BUT 8FTA...
Niko with a great step back on Marvin Williams. Funny even with Butler out there, Niko’s still taking the big shots
Mirotic now has 7 20-point games in his last 13 after recording 2 in his first 59.
Few run worse breaks than Bulls, who committed another t/o on 3-on-2. Apparently they're such good people they don't like unfair advantages
Bulls 76-71 8:53 left 4th
Forgot to include Gasol's last make. He's 12-for-22. Overall point remains: He's good from 3-point range this season.
Bulls fans...thoughts as we go to the 4th quarter? Thanks for listening to Bulls Radio
At 11-for-21 from 3-point range, Gasol has shattered career-highs in made 3-pointers and percentage.
Gasol continues to add to his career high made 3 point fgs....his 12th Bulls finish 3rd Q up 74-69
Bulls finally get another three from really their only reliable three-point shooter, Pau Gasol, now 12-22 3s on season; 74-69 Bulls end 3
Gasol having a big night. As usual. 25 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists. He has been the Bulls' most consistent offensive player all year.
Pau with another corner triple to end the third. Bulls up 74-69 after 3. He’s got 25. Kemba with 20 for the Hornets
Pau Gasol has made his last 5 3-pointers.
Hornets with 21-3 edge on three pointers as Bulls lead 71-64; Yes, and Hinrich has the only three
No third quarter collapse for the Bulls tonight. Outscore Hornets by 8, lead by 7, 71-64. Brooks got going in the third, has 13 on 10 shots
Nice defense from Mirotic switch onto Walker forcing 24-second violation, though Kemba did dribble between his legs 16 times for UC record
Less hung up on Butler's 4-for-14 than impressed by 8 FTAs in first game back.
Brooks to the rack,.....Bulls 65-60 5:39 left 3rd
Some refs catch it from players/fans equally. Disproportionately, players don’t get on her as much as fans do. Not by a long shot
With the exception of a few notable names, not many refs catch hell from opposing fans like Violet Palmer, still. She’s been at it since 97!
Brooks just made Kemba fall off the dribble, pops a jumper. 57-56 Bulls
Bulls have gotten rocked in their last two third quarters, we’ll see if that continues tonight.
Bulls trail Hornets 49-48 at the half. Kemba Walker and Mo Williams giving the Bulls fits on the perimeter. Niko Mirotic with 14-5 boards
Halftime Hornets49-48...Niko-14 Gasol-12
Hornets, who have won 2 of 3 from Bulls this season, giving Bulls buzzness again and lead 49-48 at halftime
Bulls 46-44 1:22left 2nd Q Gasol-Niko- 12pts Butler-10
Bulls 39-36 5:56 left 2nd Q Niko-Pau each with 12....
In his first game in 3 weeks, Jimmy Butler is now 1-for-7 from the field. Needs time to shake off the rust.
Bulls 33-30 8:51 left 2nd...Gasol-Mirotic=21pts...
Stephenson again, taking Bulls players off the dribble. If only his head were on straight...
Bulls 28-26 after 1--Gasol with 12---Niko with 7
Born Ready has some pop in his step tonight. Definitive moves, quick. Could be an issue for smaller Hinrich
Mirotic is averaging 7.6 free throws per game in March.
Aaron Brooks went to the bench, thinking Hinrich checked in for him. Instead, Hinrich checked in for Dunleavy. Oops.
Charlotte 15-12...Gasol-8pts ...
Butler’s missed first 3 shots. Jumpers coming up short and flat. Impending doom, right?
With Gasol at the 5, he’s getting a steady diet of midrange jumpers, as Jefferson is reluctant to contest.
This is the Bulls' 21st different starting lineup.
Butler’s elbow has a sleeve on it, and misses his first attempt, a driving layup
Noah with soreness out tonite; didn't seem mad at anyone so perhaps physical; Butler returns after missing 11 games (5-6).; 21st diff lineup
Jimmy Butler is back http://t.co/sdff9JD58I
Bulls starters http://t.co/TIPyJjFx8C