Joe Cowley

Blazers finding it hard to shoot ... while laughing.

Sam Smith

Bulls lineup to open 2nd: McDermott, Moore, Mohammed, Snell and Mirotic. Players ask Snell to change last name so they can be the Five M's

Nick Friedell

The backup for Brooks is Moore. He's running the point right now.

Joe Cowley

Or as I like to call it .... SHOWTIME 2.0!!

Joe Cowley

Starting second with ... sit in chair first ... Nazr, Snell, Mirotic, McDermott and Moore running the show.

KC Johnson

Bulls open 2nd quarter with Snell, Mirotic, Mohammed, Moore and McDermott.

Chuck Swirsky

32-21 Portland 66% Bulls 21%

Joe Cowley

32 points allowed in the first quarter. Not exactly how Thibs drew it up.

Sam Smith

Gibson draws third foul late in 1st qtr; Nazr in playing his second minute of season

KC Johnson

Taj Gibson has 3 fouls. Nazr Mohammed over Cameron Bairstow tonight. Mohammed has played 1 minute before tonight.

Nick Friedell

A Nazr sighting in the first quarter @WaddleandSilvy

Nick Friedell

Snell and McDermott getting some early run tonight. Bulls need offense from somewhere. The pair is on floor with Mirotic, Brooks and Gibson.

Joe Cowley

This would be an awesome Summer League lineup right now for the Bulls.

Sam Smith

Aldridge told media no longer holds grudge against Bulls for trading him in draft; Said went hard against them. Has 10 pts; Bulls down 28-11

KC Johnson

In the Bulls' current six-game losing streak here in Portland, they lost 116-74 in 2008 and 122-98 in 2009. It's 28-11 so far tonight.

Joe Cowley

Welcome to R.I.P. City!

Chuck Swirsky

Aldridge with 10. Blazers 28-11 246 left 1st

Joe Cowley

Good thing this game doesn't count. #Roseapologists

Joe Cowley

"The White Flag Game.''

Joe Cowley

The Bulls don't play well in Portland at full strength. At half-mast? Forget about it.

Sam Smith

Bulls start 1-11 shooting. Lots of support in huddle for Aaron Brooks with only basket as everyone's asking how he did it

Nick Friedell

Bulls getting rolled early. Down 16-3 already and are getting run up and down the floor. Bulls just 1-for-11 from the field.

Mike McGraw

Hope there's another game ESPN can switch to. #Bulls fall behind Blazers 16-3. Bulls 1-11 FGs, Por 7-8.

Sam Smith

Bulls early strategy appears to be to give Blazers overconfidence. Portland 16-3 start. Yes, it's working.

Chuck Swirsky

16-3 Portland. That's all I got

Joe Cowley

K.... time to turn the attention to Utah.

Joe Cowley

Lots of good facial hair on and off the court at the Modacenter.

Mike McGraw

Blazers haven't played since Monday. It'll be a surprise if #Bulls can even stay in the game tonight.

Nick Friedell

The Aaron Brooks Show is going down tonight. He's going to play a lot of minutes, score a lot of points. Question is: On how many shots?

Joe Cowley

You know what's gotten real quiet? All the Kevin Love is unstoppable supporters.

Nick Friedell

Bulls' starters tonight: Brooks, Dunleavy, Gibson, Noah and Butler.

KC Johnson

Aaron Brooks, a Pacific Northwest guy, gets the start in Portland.

Sam Smith

More Kirk on rib: "I never really thought it was broken. Just took a really good shot and having trouble with any type of movement really."

Sam Smith

Kirk Hinrich out: "Very sore; just one of those things where I got banged up pretty good and didn’t have enough time to recover for tonight"

Sam Smith

Hinrich hoping a short stay out with rib injury. blogs.bulls.com/2014/11/10871/

Joe Cowley

Rose didn't just refuse to talk. Gave the throat slash refusal when asked. Guess Portland really is a bad memory.

Joel Brigham

Covering my first game in Indianapolis tomorrow, by the way, and I'm thrilled. It's the Phoenix Suns, too, so it should be delightful!

KC Johnson

Rose declined to talk about being in same building where he tore meniscus a year ago Saturday.

Joe Cowley

Rose not talking. So there you go.

Nick Friedell

Hinrich says he's still sore. Says it's actually bruised ribs. Took a few hard shots on them before taking charge from Cousins.

KC Johnson

Hinrich said injury occurred before he took charge from Cousins. Bruised ribs. Hurts to take deep breaths.

Joe Cowley

Moore is indeed your backup Bulls point guard. Butler also an option.

Chuck Swirsky

Dinner with the "enemy" my son TC , Trailblazers coaching staff intern . http://t.co/lg5Jw6yVLO

Nick Friedell

Thibs says Moore could get some more run tonight as a backup point guard. Butler could be used a little in that role as well.

KC Johnson

Thibodeau said Moore and Butler are backup PGs.

Nick Friedell

Thibs says Hinrich is still very sore. He's day to day. So is Rose.

KC Johnson

Thibodeau said Hinrich is day-to-day but is very sore today.

Nick Friedell

Two Bulls jerseys near center court right now: A Hinrich jersey and an MJ 45 jersey.

KC Johnson

Bulls' bus has arrived. Nevertheless, it still doesn't possess many healthy PGs.

Joe Cowley

Bulls warming up in Portland. http://t.co/9hOhsb6QVd

Joe Cowley

Bulls team bus is late. Maybe they stopped to pick up a backup point guard from the Portland Y.

KC Johnson

Bulls' bus stuck in traffic and running late. No players on court warming up yet.

Chuck Swirsky

Movember continues. Beard City in Rip City. Bulls- Blazers 9pm CT pre Bulls Radio Network ESPN 1000 http://t.co/y3E00s0cJh

KC Johnson

Crazy to be here almost one year to the day of Rose meniscus tear. Tomorrow is anniversary. http://t.co/13k2eaHbuc

Joe Cowley

Thibs to talk in less than 30 minutes. Maybe the Rose speaks after that.

Joe Cowley

Another conspiracy theory: Conspiracy theories are pretty dumb.

Joe Cowley

Conspiracy theory? Adidas doesn't want one poster boy making another poster boy look foolish tonight. "Tell 'em it still hurts.''

Nazr Mohammed

#Truth RT @JerryAzumah: Sometimes you have to cut people off with no warning no nothing!!

Sam Smith

Thanks, I'm off to try to find Portland between the rain and clouds. More answers in today's column on Bulls.com.

Sam Smith

With the 9:30pm CT start tonight, we've all got a few hours to kill. Send in questions with #AskSam and I'll answer for a while.

Of course. The food options in Portland are awesome. RT @jon_greenberg: @Nick Friedell Are you probable for tonight (Voodoo Doughnuts )?

Sam Smith

With Rose, Gasol and Hinrich out Friday, Bulls likely start two all defense players, former Most Improved winner and two top 6th Man players

Sam Smith

Is the Jimmy destined to flee and other concerns. on.nba.com/1xyDhws

KC Johnson

FWIW, have to say Bulls have been very transparent with NBA's new injury policy.

Joe Cowley

By the way, just found out from PR, Rose is not a thief. He signed the jersey and brought it back. Merry XMas, kid. i.imgur.com/yh7dcDG.gif

Chuck Swirsky

Hey if Thibs needs help at the point guard I was a non athletic under sized CYO baller at St.Louise in Bellevue , Washington back in the day

Joe Cowley

Memo to Aaron Brooks: Stay out of foul trouble, kid.

Joe Cowley

Projected starting five will be: Brooks, Butler, Dunleavy, Noah and Gibson. Moore could get love as back-up PG. SOMEONE CALL NATE!!!

Joe Cowley

Good luck tonight, boys. No Rose, Gasol or Hinrich - update - chicagosuntimes.com/sports/bulls-a…

Pau Gasol

Today, great progress by being able to do some drills on the basketball floor. Getting closer to return! #SeeRed http://t.co/OK0l8Qs7q8

Pau Gasol

Hoy, paso adelante en mi recuperación y ya he podido trabajar en la pista. Cada día más cerca de volver a jugar! http://t.co/SaapyAIl4j

Chuck Swirsky

Kirk Hinrich (chest contusion)-out Derrick Rose (left hamstring strain)-out Pau Gasol (left calf strain)-out

Joe Cowley

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of Rose's season-ending MCL injury...and yes, it happened in Portland where the team plays tonight.

Joe Cowley

Jimmy Butler has claimed in the past that he can run the point. He might get his chance.

Joe Cowley

Thibs has Portland right where he wants 'em.

Joe Cowley

No Rose, Gasol or Hinrich tonight.

KC Johnson

There's hope Rose returns for Monday in Utah. If not, Bulls will consider signing a PG. No official timetable on Hinrich but he's hurting.

Mike McGraw

#Bulls announce Rose, Gasol and Kirk Hinrich (chest contusion) all out tonight vs. Portland.

Nick Friedell

Bulls PR sends out release saying Rose, Gasol and Hinrich are all out tonight.

KC Johnson

Hinrich, Gasol and Rose all out vs. Portland.

Joe Cowley

Rose is a +46 which is fourth-best on the team (51st in the league). So when he plays, the team is functioning well ... when he plays.

Joe Cowley

The Bulls player with the lowest? McDermott at -62, which is 389th in the Association.

Joe Cowley

The Bulls player with the best plus/minus so far this season is Mike Dunleavy at +105 - 8th-best in the NBA.

Joe Cowley

So why are Dougie McBuckets and Mirotic only getting 5 minutes of run when everyone is healthy? "You got to know your opponent.'' Thibs.

Joe Cowley

That's it in a nutshell... do with it what you'd like.

Joe Cowley

.. in order to find the smallest ones.

Joe Cowley

The "insane'' reputation that follows Thibs from other NBA coaches is because of how well he sees tendencies and how much film he watches ..

Joe Cowley

Gibson said yesterday that they always know that the game plan will be spot on. It's up to the players to execute it.

Joe Cowley

According to Dunleavy, Thibs finds things on film that go unnoticed by many. And he finds everything.

Joe Cowley

DRose admitted that it took him three or four seasons to get a grasp of it, because it's getting a grasp of the entire league.

Joe Cowley

... but the work put behind each game plan is. That's why he is very Belichick-like.

Joe Cowley

... as well as where the help comes from. And not just Player A, but the other players you could switch to. His schemes are not inventive ..

Joe Cowley

...that zone. So not only do Bulls players have to understand the 5-10 tendencies of each player, but the necessary reaction to each one....

Joe Cowley

The left block area is a hot spot for Player A when he dribbles left, there has to be a reaction from a Bulls defender to take him out of...