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Bulls sharing the wealth Rose 11pts 5 assts. Bulls 0 turnovers last 22 min
Same old Knicks. Hype with very little substance.
Bulls' talent rising to the top. It's early -- but the Knicks just don't look like a very good team.
At this pace, Cameron Bairstow sees the floor in the fourth.
Bulls pushing ball to open second half instead of that bad half court setup game they started with.
Dunleavy has received plenty of help, but has done a great job defensively when iced up with 'Melo.
Bulls open second half going to Noah in post instead of Gasol, apparently to get Noah more involved
No explosion from Noah. That's what a guy playing with one good knee looks like.
A great talent wasted in selfishness.
Melo is still seriously in need of being coached up. Thibs would have done that. Same ol' Melo.
Now we see why reserves have been winning those practice games. Bench 30 pts in 46 mins; starters 23 pts in 74 mins. 53-43 Bulls @ half
Long way to go, but Carmelo went 3-of-7 for 8 pts in 1stH working mostly against Dunleavy.
Bulls 53-43. Bench did a fantastic job. Rose 8fta
Gasol knocks one in at the buzzer -- Bulls up 53-43 at the half. Bench Mob is story early in this one. Gibson/Brooks look very good.
Bulls up 53-43 at half. Gasol has 10 for the starters, but bench of Brooks and Gibson were the key.
Dunleavy = crafty veteran.
Amazing how bad the triangle looks when bums run it.
Phil's triangle offense looks like a misshaped square.
One of key stats for Thibs is plus/minus and Bulls leader at plus 15 thus far is McDermott at 49-39 Bulls
Bulls 49-39 Taj 13
Noah looks broken ... moving up and down the court like a 50-year-old.
Knicks have no answer for video-game Gibson, who now has 13 - and they've come easy.
Who s listening?
Thibs now has all the starters back on the floor but has stuck with Gibson over Gasol. Smart move given how well Taj has played early.
Not so much that Gibson is dominating inside, but sudden spike of New York babies being named Taj. 11 pts in 11 min as Bulls lead 44-32
Bulls outscored Knicks 29-16 while Aaron Brooks was on the court. Maybe he's Taj's strongest competition for Sixth Man Award.
Bulls 33pts last 9 min
Gibson has been awesome 11pts 3 reb Brooks 9
Pretty obvious why Thibodeau keeps lauding how good of a training camp---games and practices---that Taj Gibson had.
Derrick Rose returns to game with Bulls leading by 11. Hoping to keep things close until star guard Aaron Brooks with 9 in 9 mins returns
Rose tripped. His knees live. Take a breath.
Rose comes back in to finish off the last 7:01 of the second quarter. He's on pace for right around 30 minutes tonight.
Rose in for Brooks ... downgrade?
Maybe Taj was right - the second unit is better than the first.
Bench Mob II making its presence felt. Brooks, Gibson, Mirotic having their way with Knicks.
The new Bench Mob is giving Thibs some solid minutes early on. They look much better than they did in the preseason.
Then he picks up the foul with those low-riding hands on defense.
Mirotic with the three!! His beard smiles. He doesn't.
Bulls 30-22 Bulls bench Gibson and Brooks =12pts
Taylor Swift and John McEnroe in the house.
Thibodeau playing 10 players, and that's without Butler. Lot of revisionist history on Thibodeau, who used bench liberally in 10-11, 11-12.
Thibs going with a 10-man rotation in Butler's absence ... who knew it was in him.
This is the Brooks that we've been hearing about from practice. The one that's been working DRose daily.
Mirotic and Snell come into the game. Thibs is getting a look at that bench early in this one.
Bulls open second quarter with Snell and Mirotic and no starters
Mirotic and Snell in. BEARD MOB is all in!!!
Nikola Mirotic makes his NBA debut by starting 2nd quarter.
Bulls second unit, uncertain in preseason, gets some flow into game as Bulls lead 24-20 after one. Pau with 8.
Bulls fans. Thoughts ?
Bulls 11-5 run ends the 1st quarter. 24-20 Gasol 8pts 4 reb
Bulls up 24-20 after one ... no one is hurt.
Great fake by McBuckets to set up Brooks 3.
Welcome to NBA Doug McDermott. Defending J.R. Smith. Smith hits jumper immediately, though seemed McDermott distracted reading JR's tattoos
McDermott just taken to J.R.'s school of shooting.
The best No. 1 on the floor tonight has been Amare. That can't happen.
Bulls down 16-11 shooting 30%fg 6 turnovers
Knicks 16-11 w/2:59 left in first. Offense thus far brutally slow and uncertain. That was supposed to be the Knicks.
Rotation shaping up with Gibson and Brooks in for Noah and Rose and then McDermott now for Hinrich and probably later for Dunleavy.
McDermott enters the game for his first professional appearance in a regular season game. Creighton fans everywhere rejoice.
Welcome to the Association, Rook.
Doug McDermott makes his NBA debut at 3:12 of 1st. Was very relaxed and confident at shootaround.
McDermott in the game.
Court is a lot quieter without the Booze.
Rose and Noah are on this 30-34 minutes limit for the foreseeable future.
Aaron Brooks and Taj Gibson are the first subs off the bench for Thibs. In for Rose and Noah.
First bench guys in are Taj and Brooks, as Rose and Noah play with minutes restrictions.
JB Smoove in the Garden ... getting comedy ideas from watching Bulls offense.
Bulls in quick timeout w/8:09 in first down 8-2. My advice someone shoot with more than four seconds on shot clock.
Knicks supposed to be slow learning triangle offense, but Bulls offense looking like uneven rhomboid in 8-2 Knicks start.
Knicks 8-2. Bulls 4 turnovers
Timeout Thibs - preseason problems have a hangover ... not a flip-the-switch team after all.
Rose drives to the rim and gets called for an offensive foul. Bulls look a little tight offensively to start.
Guess Rose is officially back to his old self -- driving to the basket and not getting calls.
Bulls offense looking clunky again ... very indecisive with the ball.
Like Rubio last week, Larkin going right at Rose.
Joey Crawford and Joakim Noah shake hands at center court. It's time to start the season.
Noah shakes Joey Crawford's hand in advance of the technical that's coming later.
Stoudemire in pregame intros asking for wine to be sprinkled on him
Blue Man Group performing pre game. Actually look like guys who were screaming epithets outside subway with no one noticing.
Thibs not impressed ... thinking "Next Blue Man up!''
Cool Blue Man Group into for the Knicks.
Kirk Hinrich starts for Jimmy Butler. Otherwise regulars of Rose, only Bull with a positive reception from crowd, Noah, Gasol and Dunleavy.
Hinrich in for Butler. Bulls look ready to roll. Let's get this party started.
Rose gets slight applause when announced ... and not just from Nick F.
New York convinced Phillip will build a winner. The next championship team Phil builds will be his first.
Knicks opening montage on scoreboard goes heavy with Phil Jackson talking about what goes into winning.
Drake has to be here - doesn't he?
Bieber is supposed to be at Knicks-Bulls tonight ... so there's that.
Calderon out- calf
I think the Bulls just took the floor lol http://t.co/zAvbk1yfvr
Me thinks Butler might want to play soon ... or Thibs will continue to vaguely question his toughness.
Bulls ball is on the air! Year 7 with my main man @34Billy42. The best http://t.co/wMWvbUYpef
Bulls-Knicks starters http://t.co/PYjklkj4OI
Dunleavy will be making the visit to "Melo Island.'' Good luck, Dun. Hinrich on Shumpert and Rose on Shane Larkin.