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Tony Snell checks in and instantly picks up a foul. He's buried so far in Thibs' rotation I almost feel bad for him.
Mirotic just assisted on last 3 Bulls scores after forcing t/o with his defense. Barkley still working on pronunciation guide during timeout
Butler and Gasol have combined for 16 points and 5 rebounds in about 10 minutes. They've carried this team offensively all year.
21-17 Bulls...Bulls 3 of 4 behind arc... Gasol and Butler have scored 16 of the Bulls 21 points
Can't wait for Gasol on Gasol crime tomorrow night in Memphis.
Mirotic in ... and the winner of the beard contest.
Somewhere in Texas, Adam Dunn just swung and missed on that Noah FT.
Noah's tornado didn't twist.
Knicks appear to be going with wholesale substitution of Darrell Imhoff, Willie Naulls, Len Chappell, Bevo Nordmann and Richie Guerin
Gasol with 6. Bulls 11-10
Man, this Knicks team is bad. Scary to think that even when they're fully healthy they've only won 5 games all year.
Travis Wear is the King of the Triangle!!!
Travis Wearing Bulls out with 4 pts
Bulls introduced Hinrich from hometown of Sioux City, Iowa, not Kansas. That's the treatment typically reserved for Rose. "From Chicago . ."
Was introduced from the Sioux pregame.
Hinrich now hates Kansas.
Hinrich now being introduced pregame when starting as "from Sioux City, Iowa." Noah soon to insist on, "Citizen of the World."
Bulls wouldn't have had this depth, and might have had another starter with a knee problem. Golf clap for Melo being selfish.
Maybe the Melo rejection is proving to be a blessing in disguise.
Who would have guessed that Gasol's 34-year-old knees are in a better place than Melo's $124 million knees?
Thibs pushing for two of his guys to be All-Stars now - Butler and Gasol. Good case for both.
Knicks players in the hallway, getting their war faces on. "Work time, baby, work! Gotta work!'' Remind them that Travis Wear is starting.
JVille vs. Tenn or Bulls vs. Knicks ? Isn't there a Housewives of Cleveland on tonight? Bad TV night.
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.
Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Bargnani are also out for Knicks.
Bulls Radio is Rollin http://t.co/NudU77aPHg
Taj Gibson now officially out tonight with a right ankle injury.
Bulls and Knicks starters http://t.co/SlgXNq6bZI
For tonight versus New York: Derrick Rose (illness) is out. Taj Gibson (right ankle) is out.
Gibson also out vs. Knicks.
I feel bad for anybody who bought a ticket to this game: No Carmelo and no Rose.
Knix starting Calderon, Hardaway, Wear, Aldrich and Stoudemire. TNT opening with test of if Barkley has heard of majority of Knix starters
Calderon, Hardaway, Wear, Stoudemire and Aldrich will start for NY
Amare will play
Stoudemire playing now since 'Melo out; Knix say change of heart to help team; most assume just means he'll get some shots now
Tons of Knicks are injured so Clarence Weatherspoon will get some PT
Now Anthony out for Knix; TNT scrambling for data on Travis Wear/Cameron Bairstow possible matchup. Nothing like show NBA puts on for nation
Thibs also pointed out that he's never missed a game on any level for any reason. Perfect attendance star for him.
Sounded like NYK's starting lineup tonight is Amare, Cole Aldrich, Travis Wear, Tim Hardaway Jr. and I assume Calderon.
No Melo No Rose but @34Billy42 and I will have the call at 630 CT pre Bulls Radio Net ESPN 1000
Fisher says Carmelo is out tonight. Amare, who was going to sit out for a rest day, is now going to play.
Illness ends Derrick Rose's string of 11 straight games, nine straight of which he had finished.
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
Rondo to Mavs a very impressive starting five
Bulls leave for Memphis postgame. Thibodeau said it's feasible for Rose to fly there tomorrow if he feels well enough to do so.
Thibs says Rose woke up and was not feeling well. Sounds like he had same sickness Butler had the last few days.
Gibson will warm up and see how he feels. He did not go through shootaround this morning.
Rose out illness
Gibson will warmup and a decision will be made.
Thibs says Rose is out tonight. They are unsure if he will travel to Memphis.
Rose out. Gibson gametime. Rose not at United Center and may not travel to Memphis.
Unsure if Rose will travel tomorrow.
Charles said if he needed to make one basket he would get Melo to take it.
Charles Barkley: "Carmelo is the best offensive player in the NBA."
Charles Barkley: "If healthy, the Bulls are the best team in the Eastern Conference."
Charles Barkley on his relationship with Bill Belichick and what he tells him now: "We were friends when you sucked as a coach."
Rose (illness), Gibson (ankle) & Noah (ankle) listed as questionable for NYK. Noah says he'll play, sounds like Taj & Derrick probably won't
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."
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."
Thibodeau w/ high praise for Melo. Called him "a great person" and underrated playmaker. Said he was "totally honest with everybody" in FA.
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
Noah says he came through shootaround fine. He's playing. Will be interesting to see who else does around 7:15 CT tonight.
Noah said he's playing vs. Knicks.
Noah did shootaround and is poised to return vs. Knicks.
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
Carmelo wants to see how he warms up before making final decision tonight.
Rose sick. Gibson ankle questionable
Rose sick - no shootaround, Gibson still dealing with ankle issues - both questionable.
Gibson also did not go through shootaround because of an ankle injury. He is questionable for tonight.
Thibs says Rose didn't go through shootaround because he's not feeling well. Questionable for tonight.
Rose is questionable vs. Knicks with illness. Didn't do shootaround. Gibson also questionable with right ankle.
Melo: "I had a great meeting. But it's not at all weird (being back)."
Amare Smith , Shumpert , Bargnani , Early out. Melo questionable
Knicks for sure without Stoudemire, Bargnani, Shumpert and JR Smith vs. Bulls.
Melo a question mark for tonight.
Amare out. Melo questionable
Amare will not play tonight. Says it's a smart decision for him to rest after all the minutes that he's played.
Knicks coach Derek Fisher said Carmelo is questionable with knee soreness.
Fisher says Carmelo is questionable with left knee soreness.
These boards had a much different message on them the last time Carmelo was here. http://t.co/ssKObo28yD
Bulls-Knicks tonight 630CT pre Bulls Radio Network ESPN 1000