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Butler and Rose doing password on the big screen ... one of the scary words was Coach Thibs.
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."
Rose rolls ankle...stays in game...James with 17 Cavs up 52-44 late 1st half Cavs 23-13 on glass
Remember how the Bulls used to crush LeBron's Heat on the boards? Cavs 22, Bulls 12 in rebounding.
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.
Cavs athleticism doing a number on Bulls size and length.
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.
Rose dressed up as 2013 Rose briefly there. Exhale city.
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
Rose staying in game despite grimacing after turning left ankle.
Left ankle. bent it twice on one play. Some trick-or-treat.
Ankle, but walking it off.
Rose hurt. And there it is.
Rose turned an ankle there.
Taj Gibson was just holding his right ankle. Looks OK, though.
Kyrie Irving wants no part of Rose - coming up small without that FIBA basketball in his hand.
Rose with the Englewood two-step. It's like the Euro-step, but you get to travel.
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.
Noah is a hell of a one-legged basketball player.
Dunleavy just killed three cameramen.
Taj Gibson just blocked Love. Not his shot ... but the entire entity that is Kevin Love.
Starters back in - minus Pau. Second unit found out they weren't playing the Knicks tonight.
Tough stretch for 2nd unit there.
All Irving has shown tonight is he can bully a back-up point guard. Need to do it against Rose to be taken seriously.
Cavs biggest lead at 7--40-33....
Thibs has seen enough .... UNLEASH THE NOAH!
Snell has shown a physicality that he didn't show last year. Helps him make room in Thibs' dog house.
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
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.
Thibodeau riding the second unit out of the timeout. Ride or Die, Thibs!
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.
The Cubs getting Joe Maddon is just awesome. Now please, please send some money on starting pitching this winter.
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%
McDermott stuffs Dellavedova! It's what Bulls/Cavs is all about
Never a big Tristan Thompson fan, but he's playing very well tonight for Cavs. Probably needed a little seasoning.
McDermott can't find his shot early. Tough to blame him. This stage is much bigger than any he played on in college.
Thibodeau going 10 deep again. Said it before, will say it again: Give him a deep bench and he'll use it.
Tony Snell and Mirotic out there. If this goes poorly, expect a quick hook.
The ah-shucks-glad-to-be-back-home James is not the one playing tonight. Focused and attacking through the first.
Cavs 28-27 end of 1st Reb 14-7 Cavs
Syracuse grads get way too chubby, way too early in age. Yes, you D. Waiters.
Might want to guard the #23.
The dunk by Gasol just surpassed Boozer's four-year total.
Rose drains right wing 3--Bulls 22-19 Rose with 8 Gasol 4pts 3 reb
Rose in his MVP mode ... expect to see that an average of once every three games or so.
Rose has 8 points and is in control offensively right now. Couldn't be a better start for the Bulls in that regard.
If Rose hits those, he's unguardable.
Dellavedova, you've got no chance!
Watching Gasol play makes you realize how bad Boozer became as a post option.
Noah and Gasoi -block Love....Dunleavy for 3..Rose sneaks in for a put back Bulls 16-14
2 fouls on Noah. He was coming out in the next minute or so anyway as part of his minutes restrictions.
Pooh in the paint? Rose with the offensive rebound and put-back.
That's what a real 7-footer looks like at the rim.
Watching the intensity level in this game -- it feels like every game the Bulls played against the Heat for the last 4 years.
Kyrie Irving looking like the little brother so far. Kind of like he did at the start of Team USA.
Rose takes a charge from Irving. Falls hard but gets up and keeps rolling. He's very active early on.
Crowd chanting MVP ... is it for LeBron?
Although, when he walked back to the huddle he did have a certain ESPN reporter hugging his leg. Easy big boy.
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."
Rose greeting the crowd, and wishing a Happy Halloween. He was not injured during the greeting.
I'm feeling a Bulls win. James only breaks this city's heart when the games matter.
New Bulls intro video. The bulls are now mutants and can walk on buildings.
LeBron gets booed loudly. This place is amped.
LeBron on Bulls: "We always felt if DRose is healthy, they can compete for a title. When DRose wasn’t healthy, they still competed."
No Butler again tonight. Dunleavy, Gasol, Noah, Hinrich and Rose is the starting lineup.
Bulls Cavs starters http://t.co/6dUwfD0yQG
Butler not in lineup.
If Butler plays like he did in preseason, he should get a nice offer sheet himself.
For Butler, he obviously knows Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons and Klay Thompson all got around $15 mil per year. ...
GM Gar Forman says unlikely.
Butler did not rule out a deal being done before 11:59 pm deadline. Still hope to be talking during game.
Butler: "I think I'll still end up in this city whether it happens tonight or not."
If Butler gets to restricted free agency, Bulls confident they will match.
The No. 1 warming up. http://t.co/peSb3Is8Xw
Guess the clown? http://t.co/JfQHMBAvjJ
He's doing this right now. He's actually shooting the ball really well, but "game time decision." http://t.co/kLTE3fLBaI
Jimmy Butler now expected to talk to media in a few minutes.
Pre game prep with my broadcast partner @34Billy42 http://t.co/UjNp7bYb4h
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.
According to Yahoo, Butler turned down the final offer Friday morning. He refused to talk to the Chicago media about it, however.
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.
Gap between Bulls, Butler has moved from $4M annually to $2.5M and now is at $2M.
Still have sense Bulls increase offer before deadline. Sounds like too late but never know in this biz.
Butlers agent Happy Walters: "We're done talking. Jimmy loves Chicago & hopefully is there long term. But future is in his hands, not Bulls"
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.
Quincy Miller has several inquiries since becoming free agent, with the Los Angeles Lakers as leading suitors, league sources tell RealGM.
Name this former Bull. http://t.co/JiuxMYBguW
Butler contract talks still at a stalemate. Suddenly, it doesn't appear to be bluffing at this point.