Chuck Swirsky

Bulls sharing the wealth Rose 11pts 5 assts. Bulls 0 turnovers last 22 min

Joe Cowley

Same old Knicks. Hype with very little substance.

Nick Friedell

Bulls' talent rising to the top. It's early -- but the Knicks just don't look like a very good team.

Joe Cowley

At this pace, Cameron Bairstow sees the floor in the fourth.

Sam Smith

Bulls pushing ball to open second half instead of that bad half court setup game they started with.

Joe Cowley

Dunleavy has received plenty of help, but has done a great job defensively when iced up with 'Melo.

Sam Smith

Bulls open second half going to Noah in post instead of Gasol, apparently to get Noah more involved

Joe Cowley

No explosion from Noah. That's what a guy playing with one good knee looks like.

Joe Cowley

A great talent wasted in selfishness.

Joe Cowley

Melo is still seriously in need of being coached up. Thibs would have done that. Same ol' Melo.

Sam Smith

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

Mike McGraw

Long way to go, but Carmelo went 3-of-7 for 8 pts in 1stH working mostly against Dunleavy.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls 53-43. Bench did a fantastic job. Rose 8fta

Mike McGraw

#Bulls lead 53-43 at half, but it could easily be more. Rose and others have had good looks roll off rim. Taj leads with 13 pts, Gasol 10.

Nick Friedell

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.

Joe Cowley

Bulls up 53-43 at half. Gasol has 10 for the starters, but bench of Brooks and Gibson were the key.

Joe Cowley

Dunleavy = crafty veteran.

Joe Cowley

Amazing how bad the triangle looks when bums run it.

Joe Cowley

Phil's triangle offense looks like a misshaped square.

Sam Smith

One of key stats for Thibs is plus/minus and Bulls leader at plus 15 thus far is McDermott at 49-39 Bulls

Joe Cowley

Noah looks broken ... moving up and down the court like a 50-year-old.

Joe Cowley

Knicks have no answer for video-game Gibson, who now has 13 - and they've come easy.

Mike McGraw

#Bulls also happy to see both McDermott and Mirotic knock down 3-ptrs during their first official NBA playing time.

Nick Friedell

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.

Sam Smith

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

Mike McGraw

Bulls outscored Knicks 29-16 while Aaron Brooks was on the court. Maybe he's Taj's strongest competition for Sixth Man Award.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls 33pts last 9 min

Chuck Swirsky

Gibson has been awesome 11pts 3 reb Brooks 9

KC Johnson

Pretty obvious why Thibodeau keeps lauding how good of a training camp---games and practices---that Taj Gibson had.

Sam Smith

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

Joe Cowley

Rose tripped. His knees live. Take a breath.

Nick Friedell

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.

Joe Cowley

Rose in for Brooks ... downgrade?

Joe Cowley

Maybe Taj was right - the second unit is better than the first.

Mike McGraw

Bench Mob II making its presence felt. Brooks, Gibson, Mirotic having their way with Knicks.

Nick Friedell

The new Bench Mob is giving Thibs some solid minutes early on. They look much better than they did in the preseason.

Joe Cowley

Then he picks up the foul with those low-riding hands on defense.

Joe Cowley

Mirotic with the three!! His beard smiles. He doesn't.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls 30-22 Bulls bench Gibson and Brooks =12pts

Joe Cowley

Taylor Swift and John McEnroe in the house.

KC Johnson

Thibodeau playing 10 players, and that's without Butler. Lot of revisionist history on Thibodeau, who used bench liberally in 10-11, 11-12.

Joe Cowley

Thibs going with a 10-man rotation in Butler's absence ... who knew it was in him.

Joe Cowley

This is the Brooks that we've been hearing about from practice. The one that's been working DRose daily.

Nick Friedell

Mirotic and Snell come into the game. Thibs is getting a look at that bench early in this one.

Sam Smith

Bulls open second quarter with Snell and Mirotic and no starters

Joe Cowley

Mirotic and Snell in. BEARD MOB is all in!!!

KC Johnson

Nikola Mirotic makes his NBA debut by starting 2nd quarter.

Sam Smith

Bulls second unit, uncertain in preseason, gets some flow into game as Bulls lead 24-20 after one. Pau with 8.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls fans. Thoughts ?

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls 11-5 run ends the 1st quarter. 24-20 Gasol 8pts 4 reb

Joe Cowley

Bulls up 24-20 after one ... no one is hurt.

Joe Cowley

Great fake by McBuckets to set up Brooks 3.

Sam Smith

Welcome to NBA Doug McDermott. Defending J.R. Smith. Smith hits jumper immediately, though seemed McDermott distracted reading JR's tattoos

Joe Cowley

McDermott just taken to J.R.'s school of shooting.

Joe Cowley

The best No. 1 on the floor tonight has been Amare. That can't happen.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls down 16-11 shooting 30%fg 6 turnovers

Sam Smith

Knicks 16-11 w/2:59 left in first. Offense thus far brutally slow and uncertain. That was supposed to be the Knicks.

Sam Smith

Rotation shaping up with Gibson and Brooks in for Noah and Rose and then McDermott now for Hinrich and probably later for Dunleavy.

Nick Friedell

McDermott enters the game for his first professional appearance in a regular season game. Creighton fans everywhere rejoice.

Joe Cowley

Welcome to the Association, Rook.

KC Johnson

Doug McDermott makes his NBA debut at 3:12 of 1st. Was very relaxed and confident at shootaround.

Joe Cowley

McDermott in the game.

Joe Cowley

Court is a lot quieter without the Booze.

KC Johnson

Rose and Noah are on this 30-34 minutes limit for the foreseeable future.

Nick Friedell

Aaron Brooks and Taj Gibson are the first subs off the bench for Thibs. In for Rose and Noah.

Joe Cowley

First bench guys in are Taj and Brooks, as Rose and Noah play with minutes restrictions.

Joe Cowley

JB Smoove in the Garden ... getting comedy ideas from watching Bulls offense.

Sam Smith

Bulls in quick timeout w/8:09 in first down 8-2. My advice someone shoot with more than four seconds on shot clock.

Sam Smith

Knicks supposed to be slow learning triangle offense, but Bulls offense looking like uneven rhomboid in 8-2 Knicks start.

Joe Cowley

Melo promo - he talks about how he bleeds blue and orange. No green, Melo? #fraud

Mike McGraw

#Bulls are sluggish offensively -- 4 turnovers, 2 shot attempts to start game.

Chuck Swirsky

Knicks 8-2. Bulls 4 turnovers

Joe Cowley

Timeout Thibs - preseason problems have a hangover ... not a flip-the-switch team after all.

Nick Friedell

Rose drives to the rim and gets called for an offensive foul. Bulls look a little tight offensively to start.

Mike McGraw

Guess Rose is officially back to his old self -- driving to the basket and not getting calls.

Joe Cowley

Bulls offense looking clunky again ... very indecisive with the ball.

Joe Cowley

Like Rubio last week, Larkin going right at Rose.

Nick Friedell

Joey Crawford and Joakim Noah shake hands at center court. It's time to start the season.

KC Johnson

Noah shakes Joey Crawford's hand in advance of the technical that's coming later.

Sam Smith

Stoudemire in pregame intros asking for wine to be sprinkled on him

Sam Smith

Blue Man Group performing pre game. Actually look like guys who were screaming epithets outside subway with no one noticing.

Joe Cowley

Thibs not impressed ... thinking "Next Blue Man up!''

Chuck Swirsky

MSG http://t.co/v6q0DxkebG

Joe Cowley

Cool Blue Man Group into for the Knicks.

Sam Smith

Kirk Hinrich starts for Jimmy Butler. Otherwise regulars of Rose, only Bull with a positive reception from crowd, Noah, Gasol and Dunleavy.

Nick Friedell

Hinrich in for Butler. Bulls look ready to roll. Let's get this party started.

Joe Cowley

Rose gets slight applause when announced ... and not just from Nick F.

Joe Cowley

New York convinced Phillip will build a winner. The next championship team Phil builds will be his first.

KC Johnson

Knicks opening montage on scoreboard goes heavy with Phil Jackson talking about what goes into winning.

Joe Cowley

Drake has to be here - doesn't he?

Joe Cowley

Bieber is supposed to be at Knicks-Bulls tonight ... so there's that.

Chuck Swirsky

I think the Bulls just took the floor lol http://t.co/zAvbk1yfvr

Joe Cowley

Me thinks Butler might want to play soon ... or Thibs will continue to vaguely question his toughness.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls ball is on the air! Year 7 with my main man @34Billy42. The best http://t.co/wMWvbUYpef

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls-Knicks starters http://t.co/PYjklkj4OI

Joe Cowley

Dunleavy will be making the visit to "Melo Island.'' Good luck, Dun. Hinrich on Shumpert and Rose on Shane Larkin.