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Mike Dunleavy has been terrific...3-3s...he's got 13 Bulls 51-44 half
McDermott sees first half action
Nice applause for Doug McDermott checking in late in 2nd qtr as Thibodeau looks down bench and with some shock realizes he is there
McDermott becomes 11th player used by Thibodeau tonight.
Doug McDermott just checked into the game -- in the second quarter.
Somebody, quick! give me a side-by-side shot of Nikola Pekovic and the character Zangief from “Street Fighter”!
Great hustle by Brooks to Dunleavy who drains a 3---44-39 Bulls 302 left 2nd
Crowd woke up after midcourt steal from Brooks leads to Dunleavy triple
Adreian Payne with a couple nice left handed post moves…see Michigan State fans, I can be nice!
Bulls down 3---37-34 5:51 left 2nd Q
Mirotic will get plenty of run tonight, can see Thibs going small at the 4 to compensate for no Gibson or Gasol
Gibson out rest of game with sprained left ankle; too bad was dominating inside matchups
Bulls PR says Taj Gibson will not return tonight because of a left ankle injury.
Bulls PR says Gibson will not return from that ankle injury.
Taj Gibson out with a left ankle injury. Will not return, per Bulls PR
Taj Gibson left ankle--will not return
Since this is 90’s night, I guess I should’ve showed up in my guess jeans or cross colors, right? With my reebok pumps or Air Barkley’s?
Bulls up 32-27 w/8:37 left in 2nd. Bulls hosting themed 90's night at game. Coaches seem confused and must feel can't score more than that
Bulls 32-27 early 2nd. Bulls with Niko-Kirk- Nazr- Etwan and Tony-1st time this year
On 90’s night at the United Center, Thibs is digging deep in the crates. E'Twan Moore checks in
Bulls 27-23 after 1. Butler-8pts -Wiggins 7
Mohammed tied for second high 1st qtr plus/minus rating in 27-23 Bulls lead. Good his legs cleverly rested until post-All Star
Bulls up 27-23 after 1. Butler with 8, Noah with 5 assists. Wiggins with 7
Mirotic and Nazr are in the frontcourt. Both have scored
Thibs is celebrating 90's night by putting Nazr Mohammed in in the first quarter.
Mirotic in for Gibson, who is limping back to locker room with ankle sprain again. Nazr with rare 1st qtr appearance for Noah. And scores!
Mirotic in for Gibson, who went to locker room after landing on an opponent and rolling his left ankle. He walked to locker room on his own.
Gibson to the locker room with a rolled ankle
Gibson rolled his left ankle and is in pain. He's headed back to the locker room.
Gibson headed to locker-room
Taj is a warrior plays through pain as well as anyone in the NBA...you know he's hurting
Gibson limping coming off the floor. In obvious pain. Not sure what happened but limping
Gibson removes himself from the game hobbling off....
Taj Gibson gets up limping. Looks like he might have rolled an ankle.
Then the rookie hits a setback jumper over Snell. GM LeBron might be regretting that decision soon enough
Wiggins with a jump hook over Butler from about 10 feet. Impressive
Backstreet Boys or NSync?: Joakim Noah says "Good question." Then goes with the Backstreet Boys. Big "I Want It That Way" fan.
Noah back at point center for Bulls w/Gasol out; already with 5 assts and 2 for lob dunks. 15-8 Bulls w/6:27 in first qtr
The Bulls turned the clock back to the 90s tonight. Joakim Noah turned back the clock to last year. He's already got 5 assists in 5:33.
Noah now with 5 assists... Bulls 15-8 Bulls 58%...Minny 27%
Noah facilitating without Gasol. Lobs to Butler and Gibson. Bulls up 15-8.
Noah 3 assists as the Bulls lead 8-4
Without Gasol on the floor, Noah gets to be a point center again for the night. A role he thrives in.
But Wiggins against Jimmy Butler could be something to see. He’s so much better at this stage than I thought he would’ve been
No Gasol tonight (illness), no Garnett for Minny (Old).
Warriors finishing a three-game stretch of facing Wizards, Cavs & Raptors. Chance for Steve Kerr to help his old team.
90's playlist so far: No Diggity, Regulate, This Is How We Do It. I feel like I'm riding in my car.
Bulls starters http://t.co/q1cxGLGt1g
Tie Bar providing ties and socks Chicago Bulls Charities http://t.co/bLuCiatR7d
Garnett sitting out. Rest. Noahitis? A bit of the Noah flu in his later years? Gasol also out. I'll. Pekovic-itis? Nah.
Garnett won't play vs. Bulls.
2nd best news of the day at United Center: Tag Team is performing at halftime tonight. Whoomp! there it is.
There aren't many bigger Kevin Garnett fans in the world than Tom Thibodeau.
Thibodeau confirmed obvious, that Rose won't be playing the same minutes when (if?) he initially returns. First time org. said so publicly.
Six years ago yesterday we lost two outstanding people in Johnny "Red " Kerr and Norm Van Lier. Your spirit lives on http://t.co/vFzgMXDnJQ
Source close to Rose says Rose is "absolutely on board" with returning to play this season and Rose "expects to be fine." Depends on rehab.
Been told Rose's surgery lasted roughly 10 minutes and that he had no swelling before. Compared to pebble in shoe. Now removed, pain-free.
Noah: "For where we want to get to, we need Derrick back. There’s no question about it."
With today's positive Rose news, Bulls don't plan on adding 15th player.
Unfortunately for the Noah-KG storyline, Wolves may hold KG out. And for all their shenanigans, Noah respects the hell out of KG.
Definitely a sense of relief around organization right now. With Rose news, their title hopes are still alive this year.
Noah: "You want to play. Especially the competitor that he is. We just got to stay focused as a team and hold the fort down."
Noah: "Just having to put in all this work all the time. It's very repetitive, it's very boring, especially while the games are going on .."
Noah: "Rehab is no joke. He's been doing it for three years now so I think it's going to be -- it's mental at this point ..."
Noah, playfully, on Garnett's return to TWolves: "So cool. So cool. Puts butterflies in my stomach."
Thibs sounds confident in Rose returning this year. Says organization supports him and is "cautiously optimistic."
Thibs also said Aaron Brooks will start again tonight.
Aaron Brooks will start at PG.
Thibodeau with a 2-minute answer about Garnett.
Gasol -illness will miss MinnesotaTimberwolves game
Gasol out vs Minnesota
Gasol is out vs. TWolves due to illness.
Thibs says Gasol is out tonight.
Thibs on Rose news: "it's great." Says Rose will start rehab immediately.
Best news? Rose and I at the IHOP by next week.
This will be a push all the chips on the table moment for the #1. The window is this year, and it's even a window that LeBron is closing.
Basically, Rose has the rest of the season to get ready for John Wall in the first round of the playoffs.
Gar says they really try to be "transparent.'' They were so transparent on Wednesday night they couldn't be found.
Gar: "We'll be as transparent as we can be [in regards to Rose's rehab]."