Joe Cowley

Butler and Rose doing password on the big screen ... one of the scary words was Coach Thibs.

Sam Smith

Cavs take 52-44 lead with 2:38 left in half. Cavs coach screaming,"This isn't the Knicks! We have a chance to win."

Chuck Swirsky

Rose rolls ankle...stays in game...James with 17 Cavs up 52-44 late 1st half Cavs 23-13 on glass

KC Johnson

Remember how the Bulls used to crush LeBron's Heat on the boards? Cavs 22, Bulls 12 in rebounding.

Nick Friedell

Looks fine moving up and down floor again. But entire crowd stood still for a second there trying to figure out what's going on.

Joe Cowley

Cavs athleticism doing a number on Bulls size and length.

Nick Friedell

Couldn't tell exactly what happened but Rose can down funny on his left leg/ankle. Went to bench but shook it off -- stays in the game.

Joe Cowley

Rose dressed up as 2013 Rose briefly there. Exhale city.

Sam Smith

First of 400 more scares to come. Rose comes down limping after rebound and scoring 15th point. Appears just ankle turn and staying in game

KC Johnson

Rose staying in game despite grimacing after turning left ankle.

Joe Cowley

Left ankle. bent it twice on one play. Some trick-or-treat.

Joe Cowley

Ankle, but walking it off.

Joe Cowley

Rose hurt. And there it is.

KC Johnson

Rose turned an ankle there.

Joe Cowley

Taj Gibson was just holding his right ankle. Looks OK, though.

Joe Cowley

Kyrie Irving wants no part of Rose - coming up small without that FIBA basketball in his hand.

Joe Cowley

Rose with the Englewood two-step. It's like the Euro-step, but you get to travel.

Nick Friedell

Dunleavy has actually done a nice job staying in front of LeBron. It's just that he's LeBron James -- if he really wants to score he will.

Joe Cowley

Noah is a hell of a one-legged basketball player.

Joe Cowley

Dunleavy just killed three cameramen.

Joe Cowley

Taj Gibson just blocked Love. Not his shot ... but the entire entity that is Kevin Love.

Joe Cowley

Starters back in - minus Pau. Second unit found out they weren't playing the Knicks tonight.

KC Johnson

Tough stretch for 2nd unit there.

Joe Cowley

All Irving has shown tonight is he can bully a back-up point guard. Need to do it against Rose to be taken seriously.

Chuck Swirsky

Cavs biggest lead at 7--40-33....

Joe Cowley

Thibs has seen enough .... UNLEASH THE NOAH!

Joe Cowley

Snell has shown a physicality that he didn't show last year. Helps him make room in Thibs' dog house.

Sam Smith

Bulls getting uncharacteristically dominated on bds, 18-8 and 13-6 in second chance pts w/Cavs ahead 37-33 in 2nd. So much for small Cavs

Nick Friedell

If looks could kill, a lot of people would be dead after looking at Thibs when his team misses the chance to pull down a rebound.

Joe Cowley

Thibodeau riding the second unit out of the timeout. Ride or Die, Thibs!

Sam Smith

Mr. Blatt, can Kyrie come out and play? Rose to bench; Last 7 points for Cavs against Brooks after scoreless Kyrie 1st qtr against Rose.

Nick Friedell

The Cubs getting Joe Maddon is just awesome. Now please, please send some money on starting pitching this winter.

Chuck Swirsky

Good news...Bulls with 22points in paint...however 2-8- 3s...Cavs up 37-33 845 left 1st half. Bulls 85%in paint outside paint 25%

Mike McGraw

#Bulls subs can't get a 3-pointer to go down. Meanwhile, they're still getting clobbered on offensive boards.

Sam Smith

McDermott stuffs Dellavedova! It's what Bulls/Cavs is all about

Mike McGraw

Never a big Tristan Thompson fan, but he's playing very well tonight for Cavs. Probably needed a little seasoning.

Nick Friedell

McDermott can't find his shot early. Tough to blame him. This stage is much bigger than any he played on in college.

KC Johnson

Thibodeau going 10 deep again. Said it before, will say it again: Give him a deep bench and he'll use it.

Joe Cowley

Tony Snell and Mirotic out there. If this goes poorly, expect a quick hook.

Sam Smith

Will Jimmy Butler agree to an extension in the next four hours? blogs.bulls.com/2014/10/butler…

Joe Cowley

The ah-shucks-glad-to-be-back-home James is not the one playing tonight. Focused and attacking through the first.

Chuck Swirsky

Cavs 28-27 end of 1st Reb 14-7 Cavs

Joe Cowley

Syracuse grads get way too chubby, way too early in age. Yes, you D. Waiters.

Joe Cowley

Might want to guard the #23.

Joe Cowley

The dunk by Gasol just surpassed Boozer's four-year total.

Chuck Swirsky

Rose drains right wing 3--Bulls 22-19 Rose with 8 Gasol 4pts 3 reb

Joe Cowley

Rose in his MVP mode ... expect to see that an average of once every three games or so.

Nick Friedell

Rose has 8 points and is in control offensively right now. Couldn't be a better start for the Bulls in that regard.

KC Johnson

If Rose hits those, he's unguardable.

Joe Cowley

Dellavedova, you've got no chance!

Joe Cowley

Watching Gasol play makes you realize how bad Boozer became as a post option.

Chuck Swirsky

Noah and Gasoi -block Love....Dunleavy for 3..Rose sneaks in for a put back Bulls 16-14

KC Johnson

2 fouls on Noah. He was coming out in the next minute or so anyway as part of his minutes restrictions.

Joe Cowley

Pooh in the paint? Rose with the offensive rebound and put-back.

Joe Cowley

That's what a real 7-footer looks like at the rim.

Nick Friedell

Watching the intensity level in this game -- it feels like every game the Bulls played against the Heat for the last 4 years.

Joe Cowley

Kyrie Irving looking like the little brother so far. Kind of like he did at the start of Team USA.

Nick Friedell

Rose takes a charge from Irving. Falls hard but gets up and keeps rolling. He's very active early on.

Joe Cowley

Crowd chanting MVP ... is it for LeBron?

Joe Cowley

Although, when he walked back to the huddle he did have a certain ESPN reporter hugging his leg. Easy big boy.

Nick Friedell

The crowd roars as Rose's name is announced. Now he's giving a speech to the crowd and thanks fans for his support as they chant "MVP."

Joe Cowley

Rose greeting the crowd, and wishing a Happy Halloween. He was not injured during the greeting.

Joe Cowley

I'm feeling a Bulls win. James only breaks this city's heart when the games matter.

Joe Cowley

New Bulls intro video. The bulls are now mutants and can walk on buildings.

Nick Friedell

LeBron gets booed loudly. This place is amped.

KC Johnson

LeBron on Bulls: "We always felt if DRose is healthy, they can compete for a title. When DRose wasn’t healthy, they still competed."

Nick Friedell

No Butler again tonight. Dunleavy, Gasol, Noah, Hinrich and Rose is the starting lineup.

Mike McGraw

Butler's situation is different from Omer. #Bulls have full Bird rights with Butler and no one is starting ahead of him.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls Cavs starters http://t.co/6dUwfD0yQG

Mike McGraw

None of those guys made NBA second team all-defense. RT @TheDeen_Gene96: But he's not anywhere near those guy's levels

KC Johnson

Butler not in lineup.

Mike McGraw

If Butler plays like he did in preseason, he should get a nice offer sheet himself.

Mike McGraw

For Butler, he obviously knows Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons and Klay Thompson all got around $15 mil per year. ...

Mike McGraw

Not much risk for #Bulls in waiting for next summer on Jimmy Butler, since they can match any offer sheet he gets.

Joe Cowley

GM Gar Forman says unlikely.

Joe Cowley

Butler did not rule out a deal being done before 11:59 pm deadline. Still hope to be talking during game.

Nick Friedell

Bulls GM Gar Forman tells @WaddleandSilvy that while he doesn't think Butler deal gets done there's always hope until deadline passes.

Mike McGraw

Predicted #Bulls SG Jimmy Butler would not sign an extension two weeks ago: dailyherald.com/article/201410…

KC Johnson

Butler: "I think I'll still end up in this city whether it happens tonight or not."

KC Johnson

If Butler gets to restricted free agency, Bulls confident they will match.

Joe Cowley

The No. 1 warming up. http://t.co/peSb3Is8Xw

Joe Cowley

Guess the clown? http://t.co/JfQHMBAvjJ

Joe Cowley

He's doing this right now. He's actually shooting the ball really well, but "game time decision." http://t.co/kLTE3fLBaI

Joe Cowley

Jimmy Butler now expected to talk to media in a few minutes.

Chuck Swirsky

Pre game prep with my broadcast partner @34Billy42 http://t.co/UjNp7bYb4h

Joe Cowley

Told Yahoo that he's ready "to bet on himself.'' Translation, I want an out if Fred Hoiberg is the new Bulls coach next season.

Joe Cowley

According to Yahoo, Butler turned down the final offer Friday morning. He refused to talk to the Chicago media about it, however.

KC Johnson

Bulls' Butler ready to "bet on himself." Tribune Blog: trib.in/1yMRFjh

Joe Cowley

Bulls must not be hatin' on Butler for refusing their sign it or leave it deal. He had a golf cart ride from parking lot.

KC Johnson

Gap between Bulls, Butler has moved from $4M annually to $2.5M and now is at $2M.

KC Johnson

Still have sense Bulls increase offer before deadline. Sounds like too late but never know in this biz.

KC Johnson

Butlers agent Happy Walters: "We're done talking. Jimmy loves Chicago & hopefully is there long term. But future is in his hands, not Bulls"

KC Johnson

Source said Jimmy Butler told a teammate he's willing to "play it out" unless Bulls move off alleged "final offer" from early this week.

Taj Gibson

Getting ready for our first home of the season #SeeRed Traffic is crazy. Glad the UC is closer to my place now @AMLIRiverNorth

Shams Charania

Quincy Miller has several inquiries since becoming free agent, with the Los Angeles Lakers as leading suitors, league sources tell RealGM.

Nick Friedell

Name this former Bull. http://t.co/JiuxMYBguW

Joe Cowley

Butler contract talks still at a stalemate. Suddenly, it doesn't appear to be bluffing at this point.

Pau Gasol

Tonight we’re playing our first game of the season at home against Cleveland. Ready! #SeeRed #HomeOpener #BullsNation http://t.co/IFbXWLUIPz

Pau Gasol

Esta noche jugamos nuestro primer partido en casa de la temporada ante Cleveland. Listas para la acción! #SeeRed http://t.co/ud4laXeapf