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Butler with 16...Bulls 57-47 740 left 3rd
Noah looked like a skinny pulling guard on that Jimmy Butler take.
Thibs felt Coolio didn't function well at all, with a minus-12 to back it up. Next rapper up!
Noah's that big kid at the park that wants to run the point so badly.
Just one song. Come on! What about Gangsta's Paradise and "1,2,3,4?"
Noah trying not to laugh at the rapper formally known as Coolio. Bulls warming up around Coolio. Very surreal.
This could be the first time in history that an NBA game was delayed so Coolio could finish a set.
No offense to Coolio, who is performing at halftime. But few years back, Mavis Staples performed here at halftime. Mavis Staples > Coolio.
Damn Coolio ... when it goes it goes ... the three professions where it can disappear quickly LH pitchers, old rappers and Bears QBs.
Coolio starts with Fantastic Voyage as Dunleavy shoots some free throws.
Coolio has made it .... just like an ever-changing Bulls lineup ... told you.
Coolio has appeared -- with 7:30 left in the half -- he's wearing a reindeer hat.
Thibodeau repeatedly has said Mirotic can't guard small forwards. Will be intriguing to see his role when Gasol, Noah, Gibson all healthy.
The food helicopter just hit press row ...
Now the house band here in the arena is playing Journey. Come on.
No Coolio. The Grizz say it was "an emergency transportation situation." What? I was ready to start singing.
Coolio? They just went to a bad house band because Coolio had an emergency transportation situation.
Mirotic with 15 in first half with four threes; Grizzlies' bench with 16; Love me tender some Mirotic and Brooks, combined 9 for 12 in half
Derrick who? Bulls up 51-43 in one of their more impressive first 24, considering the circumstances.
Bulls 51-43 at half..Niko with 15--4 of 4 from 3 point range
There's going to be at least 3 people headed to NYC for ASG from Bulls. Butler, Pau and Mirotic in Rookie/Soph game. 4 if Rose gets voted in
Thibs Favorite Five Kids (as of Dec. 19): 1. Jimmy Butler, 2. Pau Gasol, 3. Kirkie, 4. Brooks, 5. Bairstow.
Chauncey Billups sitting baseline winces as Butler blows by former mate Tayshaun Prince for layup. Then gets up and leaves.
I've seen Coolio 2 other times in my life. At Cans in Chicago and during college at a frat party at Vanderbilt. Now an NBA game for trifecta
That Niko bandwagon is going to be real angry when this team is at full strength and your hero is back to 9 minutes a game.
Marc Gasol called for offensive foul elbowing Pau Gasol. Family sending word Marc won't get milk and cookies tonite before bed.
Coolio is performing at halftime tonight in Memphis. Hell yeah!
BREAKING NEWS: Coolio performing at halftime.
Lil brothers never get one over on big brothers.
Mirotic with a third three, then draws Zach Randolph out and drives and fouled. Grinding down Grizzlies
Teams have to play up more on Mirotic because they know he can shoot. Allows him to get to the rim easier and create more space.
Mirotic and Brooks picking up where they left off last night.
Mirotic is rolling in this one. He's got 11 points in 10 minutes. Looking for his shot more and more now.
Niko ... no you didn't. No fear in his game whatsoever.
Bulls mid second quarter offensive explosion with pair of threes giving fans hope one team will score 80 points: 35-30 Bulls.
Best in-game timeout entertainment of the year: The Grizzlies have fans on center court doing the Carlton Dance.
Move over Snoopy, Tony Snell needs a place to sleep.
Tony Snell's confidence just looks broken on the floor.
Pau about to enter the game again.
Noah looks very de-conditioned.
Bulls going toe-to-toe with the big bad Grizz ... Balboa would be proud.
Where would the Bulls' offense be without Jimmy Butler recently? He doesn't even look like the same player from a year ago.
Vince Carter comes over to hug Thibs before start of 2nd quarter; Thibs generally does welcome such displays of affection between quarters
Vince Carter shaking everyone's hand ... Mr. friendly. Let's not forget, he quit on a franchise and admitted to it.
Tony Snell back ahead of E'Twaun Moore in the rotation. At least in the first half.
Tony Snell coming in ... fresh out of the dog house.
Vince Carter comes over before start of 2nd quarter to give Thibs a handshake and a hug.
Noah coming back in, while the Pau rests to start Round 2. Ding, ding.
Memphis 22-20 end of 1---Butler 4 and 4- Pau 5 reb.
Bairstow was going to come in, but Thibs remembered it was Bairstow and sent him back to the bench.
Mirotic went down and was holding his right ankle. Bairstow was on the way in but Mirotic is staying in. Trying to shake it off.
Mirotic dinged his right ankle.
Noah still looking like a lost puppy out there at times offensively. He and Gasol discussing things on the way back to the huddle.
Games between the Bulls and Grizzlies always look the same. Tough, physical. In many ways, these teams are a mirror image of each other.
154 left 1st quarter...Grzz 14 Bulls 13 Zebo and M Gasol=12reb.
Bag of Starbursts doesn't stand a chance.
1st time out of the game coming at the 325 mark 1st quarter Grzz 14-13. Pau Gasol 4points 3 reb. Marc 2pts 4 reb. Zebo 7 reb Grzz 7-19fgs
Marc scores on Pau in the post. The crowd loves Gasol vs. Gasol. Everybody starts cheering a little more when it happens.
Gasol on Gasol crime ... little brother is a bit feisty tonight.
Always great to sit behind Thibs during a game. Almost always more entertaining than the game itself. The dude never stops crushing refs.
Thibs is very religious so far tonight. A lot of references to Mary and Joseph's first born - three at last count - 7 minutes in.
Big brothers everywhere scream wildly.
Pau loses center tip to Marc; no trash talking yet
Noah... going all stretch 4 already.
Grizzlies win tip. Marc Gasol > Pau Gasol.
Younger Bro already up ... tip-off.
The Grizzlies mascot daps up Pau before tip off. They still miss him in Memphis.
Media seating is close to the bear ... could be eaten tonight.
"It’s all you can do. You go with the guys you have. Get out there and get it done. That’s the way we have to operate.'' Thibs.
"It just seems like we’ve had an inordinate amount of injuries this year, guys out. ... But this year, I’ve never seen anything like it."
Asked what Rose exactly has: "Flu-like symptoms. I don’t know. He’s sick.''
DEFCON 1 for Thibs and the injuries: Asked if Rose would be back Monday - "This is beyond me.''
If you're attending the Bulls-Grzz game come by and say hello 30 rows up behind Memphis bench
McDermott said he had a small meniscus tear in his right knee. Hopes to be back in a couple weeks.
Rose and Gibson out
McDermott said he is walking, riding bike and shooting. Can't run yet. Still has stitches. But said meniscus tear was small and removed.
McDermott said 3-6 weeks from date of surgery.
McDermott said he can get back in 3-6 weeks.
Thibs is obviously getting frustrated with the guys that continue to sit out.
Thibodeau said Gibson "hasn't done anything" since practicing Wednesday.
Thibs says Gibson is out tonight.
Rose out .... Obviously. Gibson and his newly injured right ankle are out. (Taken voice) ... Good luck.
Gibson is out vs. Grizzlies with that right ankle.
Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger on Pau Gasol: "It seems like he has joy in playing again."
Tony Allen will not play tonight because of a right eye injury.
Tony Allen is out for Grizzlies with eye injury.
Just got a note that both Pau and Marc Gasol spent some time hanging with kids at St. Jude Children's Hospital before the game. Really cool.
Pau looks just a tad younger in this picture. http://t.co/Irh7GOH2SC
Young Pau. http://t.co/3ZHeb9YkYn
Is it me or does the Raptors new look compare similarly to the Nets logo? Just sayin .