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50 wins for the Thibs in maybe his most trying season.
Bulls post 50 wins for 3rd time in 5 seasons under Thibodeau, 16th time in franchise history. Claim East's 3rd seed/open playoffs vs. Bucks.
Bucks-Bulls. Game 1. Saturday. Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Bulls 1:12 away from hosting Milwaukee Bulls 91-85
Bulls go ahead 91-85 w/1:12 left; the classic and historic I-94 rivalry coming into view
Jimmy Butler just guaranteed averaging 20 points for first time in his career.
Plenty of tweets on Rose--no update. Stay tuned post game on Bulls Radio Net
No one's leaving w/Brooks and Mike Muscala in shootout; 87-85 Bulls w/2:57 left. Brats & cheese or congressional ineptitude hangs in balance
Bulls 87-85 2:57 left 4th
He's over there laughing with his teammates right now.
Everybody wants to know about Rose. Bulls don't have an update. If it was something serious, there's no way he'd still be on the bench.
Daye with a drive into the night; shooting 2FTs. 81-77 Bulls w/5:33 left.
Korver and Teague have ice packs on their knees so looks like Hawks' starters are done.
Hello, Marriott Milwaukee ... yeah....I need that room again..... sorry... Hawks quit.
Bulls starters were a total of -40 against the Hawks tonight. Bench doing the heavy lifting.
Bulls lead. 79-77. The guys on the floor….one wouldn’t expect these to be the finishers with a 3 seed on the line
Bulls just riding Moore and Mohammed down the stretch to pick up the 3 seed. Didn't think I'd be saying that tonight.
This is so Bulls---Mohammed and E'Twaun Moore making impact plays in the 4th with bodies down.
Both teams finishing with reserves. Bulls using Nazr and Moore and Hawks using Muscala, Brand, Bob Pettit & Frank Selvy; 77-77; 7:34 left
Whatever is keeping Rose on the bench is obviously mild considering his body language and laughing during the timeout.
Niko even admitted after the win in Brooklyn that he was hesitating to shoot threes lately....
Atlanta 77-75 8:38 left 4th
Since hearing from teammates and his coach in Brooklyn to stop hesitating on the three, Niko launching at will.
Gibson with left shoulder strain will not return, per Bulls; no word from Bulls on Rose. So assume just resting second half per pregame plan
One of Thibodeau's many stock phrases is "You need everybody." Mohammed playing 4th qtr minutes in seeding game with Noah, Gibson out.
Gasol's 54th dbl/dbl actually trails 3 better dbl/dbl seasons by Artis Gilmore; Gasol's 54 are a personal career hi
Here comes Dunleavy and EMoore.
Gasol's 54th double-double passes Oakley for 4th all-time in Bulls history. Artis Gilmore had 65 in 1978-79, 63 in 1977-78 and 59 in 1976-77
Hawks going with a lineup of Schroder, Jenkins, Days, Brand and Antic to close. If Bulls can't close this ...
On the floor for Hawks: Elton Brand, Austin Daye and John Jenkins, who haven’t played all game. Could be white flag
Bulls PR says Gibson is out with a left shoulder strain.
Richard Branson just did human bowling ... and has put in more productive minutes than DRose tonight.
Gasol with 16/12 sets franchise double/double record; also sets record for thanking media 81 times for interviewing him; 72-70 Hawks after 3
Atlanta 72-70...12min left folks
Bulls down 2 without Noah, Rose, Hinrich and Taj Gibson .... Bulls basketball ... catch it before you get hit with minutes restrictions!
Rose is on the bench, joining his teammates in huddles and is wearing no wraps or ice anywhere on his body.
Bulls PR says Taj Gibson is out for the rest of the game with a left shoulder strain.
Seems fitting that game story from No. 82 is basically a Bulls' body count.
Gibson out with shoulder strain.
Gibson- out left shoulder strain
Nothing from Bulls PR about Rose so I don’t assume an injury. And Thibs is coaching so we can’t ask him.
Now Schroder back in. Murder on the baseline.
Nulls on 17-2 run and with 68-66; Thibs in huddle screaming, "We want brats!"
Bulls finally showing some signs of life. They have cut an 18 point deficit to 2 with 3:16 left in the 3rd.
Early word on Rose is he was sidelined due to boredom.
Now it’s a 4-point game. Energy picking up. Maybe Milwaukee?
Energy has picked up Bulls trail by 4
Meanwhile, as body count stacks up, Bulls cut lead to 4 .... Marriott on speed dial.
A little cheapy for Mirotic, giving him 3 FT’s. Bulls actually cutting it to a six pt lead
Rose and Gibson injuries are still very secret... no word yet on either.
Thibs said before the game that Gibson was dealing with a shoulder injury. He still hasn't returned to the bench.
Hawks 68-59.,...no Rose in the 3rd..Gibson to the locker-room
Gibson had shoulder problem and was uncertain to play; just went to locker room midway in third
Taj Gibson to the locker room. Thibs said he’s “nicked up” with a shoulder
Gibson just left for the locker room. Thibodeau said he's battling a sore shoulder.
Gibson going back to locker room.
Thibs and these players don't believe in tanking. They are just playing poorly right now.
Fan in stands screaming at Bulls: "Try!"
This Hawks team will take the Bulls apart in the second round ... piece by injured piece.
Over and under on Wiz-Bulls fights? Two.
Dysfunctional Wiz will be here to play the Limping Bulls on Saturday. Tickets going fast!
Hawks lost 3 of 4 to Raptors. They'd love a second-round matchup with the Bulls, who they could be 3-0 against.
Derrick remains on the bench. Bulls getting crushed early in 2nd half. No energy at all.
Hawks players now taunting Bulls fans ...
Hawks ahead 56-42; Gibson t'd in t/o, Bulls second of game. So how do those cherry blossoms look?
Bulls down 56-42 early 3rd
Oh boy. Last call for the fans and seemingly, last call for the Bulls. Hawks lead by 14 now. Tech on Taj. 15 TO's
And Taj Gibson just drew a technical foul.
Timeout Bulls, down 14, and Taj gets a T. It's going very well here.
Dunleavy w/ 5 fouls, Noah and Hinrich not playing to injury, Rose not starting 2nd half, 15 turnovers and a 14-point deficit. Timeout Bulls
Rose sitting next to Noah in "Bad Knee Alley.''
Hawks look like playing to win; may prefer Bulls in 2nd rnd if Bulls get that far since Hawks are only team in league Bulls have not beaten
Rose doesn't start second half; sitting on bench
No Rose to start the second half. Brooks starting. He’s on the bench now next to Noah
Rose coming out of locker room now.
Ruh-roh. Not on the bench, either.
Rose not out to start 2nd half.
Brooks starting 2nd half in place of Rose
Rose not starting second half.
If Bulls want to host Bucks they must beat Atlanta--as expected Raps blew out Hornets
Toronto beats Charlotte. So if Bulls win open Saturday vs Milwaukee. If Bulls lose open Saturday vs Washington; 3-1 vs Bucks; 2-2 vs Wiz
Raptors game is over, by the way. Beat Charlotte by 5.
Crazy part about this second half is if Bulls lose, not only do they drop to 4th seed and Wiz. But if they advance, Hawks 3-0 against them.
Raptors win a close one, 92-87. Means the Bulls must make a comeback to get the 3rd seed. Otherwise, it’s the Wiz in rd 1
Charlotte ... thanks for playing. Nice job, Mike.