Sam Smith

Thibs had Dunleavy and McDermott at wing as Hornets got back within 9. Not seeing that one again. Snell in; Butler out with thumb sprain

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls 14 points in paint in 1st Q...0- 2nd period

Chuck Swirsky

12-0 Hornets run 49-41 Bulls Butler left thumb sprain will not return

Nick Friedell

He must still be in a lot of pain.RT @Chicago Bulls On second thought, Butler with a left thumb sprain is out for the remainder of this game.

Joe Cowley

Starters are letting it get away from them. Hornets cut it to 8 with 4:11 left in first half.

Joe Cowley

Breakdown by Noah on the switch defensively. Gave up a bad three, while Dunleavy was like, "Where were you?''

Joe Cowley

Dunleavy and Gasol now checking back in. Best performance by the Beard Mob since preseason started.

Joe Cowley

Hinrich just tried helping Lance up and the former Pacer wanted nothing to do with him. He's in midseason form.

Sam Smith

Bulls reserves with 30-15 edge since midway in first. Finally deserving of nickname.

Joe Cowley

Rose and Noah checking back in.

Mike McGraw

Heading into tonight, Bulls were 32.4 pct from 3-pt range in preseason. Opponents were at 27.4%

Joe Cowley

Hornets going with the "Bad Picks By MJ Unit'' on the floor right now.

Sam Smith

Kirk Hinrich with 15 pts and 7 of 7 in 7 minutes in 46-30 Bulls lead. Vinny Del Negro asks, Kurt? Kurt Rambis asks to change name to Kirk

Joe Cowley

For those not wondering, too bad.

Joe Cowley

For those wondering, yes, this second unit has been giving the starters all they can handle in the scrimmages at the Advocate Center.

Mike McGraw

3-point shooting has been an issue for Bulls in preseason. Not tonight. They're 7-for-8 if that last Hinrich bucket counts as 3.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls up 46-30 Hinrich 6 of 6 -15pts

Nick Friedell

Pretty soon Hinrich is going to shrug his shoulders like MJ did.

Joe Cowley

Hinrich is killing it right now - 6-for-6 for 15 points in seven minutes.

Mike McGraw

Hinrich for Sixth Man Award? He's 5-for-5, 13 pts tonight in 7 minutes.

Joe Cowley

If this second unit can clean a few things up they will give a lot of teams fits.

Sam Smith

Vegas odds on Hinrich leading league in scoring go from bazillion to one to gazillion to one after 10-point first quarter.

Joe Cowley

Mirotic again playing defense with his hands down ... asking for NBA fouls like that. Needs to be addressed.

Sam Smith

Bulls w/35-28 1st qtr lead over low scoring Hornets. Thibs greets team with typical as long as we score doesn't care how much they score.

Mike McGraw

Action-packed 1stQ. Bulls lead 35-28 and shot 70 pct from field (14 for 20). Kirk Hinrich with 10 pts off bench in 5 minutes of action.

Nick Friedell

Kirk Hinrich is in the zone. 4-for-4 -- already 10 points in 5 minutes.

Joe Cowley

With minutes restrictions of Noah and Rose, this is pretty realistic of how it will look for the time being.

Mike McGraw

I like these Hornets uniforms -- mix of purple and teal, retro and modern. Will anyone miss the Bobcats?

Joe Cowley

Mirotic then comes in for Gasol after his 10 minutes of work, while Butler is in the Luol Deng crossover role.

Joe Cowley

Thibs getting his subs in order tonight. First going with Taj and Hinrich for Rose and Noah, then adding in McDermott for Dunleavy.

Nick Friedell

Good work @bennythebull. Absolutely nailed the popcorn bag trick tonight. Even got a replay. You're back.

Chuck Swirsky

Hornets 23-22 256 left 1st Q Jefferson-10pts Rose 6pts

Nick Friedell

Butler keeps looking at his hand -- but he's staying in the game. Trying to shake it off.

Mike McGraw

Perils of being a good defender. Jimmy Butler appeared to hurt a finger when deflecting a pass. Looks like he's staying in.

Joe Cowley

Butler hurt his left hand trying to step in front of a pass. He's still messing with it in the timeout.

Nick Friedell

Jimmy Butler went for a steal and appeared to jam his finger. He looks like he's in some pain right now.

Mike McGraw

Right. I remember math. RT @avewoodbury: more like 3 a season

Sam Smith

Thibs with upbeat, "Hey at least we're not down 21" as team heads into t/o down 17-16 six minutes in. Or maybe he didn't.

Nick Friedell

Bulls' starting offense looking a little more fluid. Good news for Thibs. The defense will be there -- the offense improving is paramount.

Mike McGraw

Pau Gasol just hit a 3-pointer. Over his 13 years in NBA, he's made 38 threes, so a little over two per season. Career-high is 8 in 12-13

Joe Cowley

Rose with 6 points and playing with some life.

Joe Cowley

Gasol talking some sneaky stuff after blocks on Jefferson.

Joe Cowley

Over and under on number of games Noah plays this season is set at 55.

Joe Cowley

Stephenson would have looked good in red and white right about now.

Joe Cowley

Second unit could be huge this year - especially with Rose still searching and Noah's knee issues.

Joe Cowley

Anxious to see when the No. 1 decides to flip the switch. Or maybe there's no longer a switch to flip. Just three preseason games left.

Joe Cowley

MVP of the preseason so far? Jimmy Butler - no-brainer. Playing at a high level, and one of the few starters playing with heart right now.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls starters http://t.co/KNJMnw5vRN

Nick Friedell

Cool moment: Joakim Noah's mom, Cecilia Rodhe, taking photos of her son on the floor while he works out with some kids before the game.

Joe Cowley

Here are your Bulls starters: Rose, Butler, Dunleavy, Gasol, Noah. Hornets counter with Walker, Stephenson, Jefferson, Williams and Kidd-G.

Joe Cowley

The Dunleavy will start, according to Thibodeau, but all eyes will be on Rose and can he play more than 21 minutes a night?

Chuck Swirsky

My main man. We re back ! http://t.co/0HfBUKFtSj

Nick Friedell

On the red line with a bunch of sad fans. Feels like baseball season is already back.

Chuck Swirsky

Can't wait to get started 630 central time on the bulls radio network and ESPN 1000 http://t.co/L0jND7CzBd

Chuck Swirsky

This is why I don't bet

Chuck Swirsky

Channeling Abe Gibron

Chuck Swirsky

Bears look awful today ..team hard to figure out....they'll beat the Pats in New England...

Chuck Swirsky

Good call by @peggykusinski I didn't see this coming at all.

Chuck Swirsky

Not one writer in the Trib or Sun Times picked Miami--not one fan I met this morning thought the Bears would lose...brutal. Just brutal

Chuck Swirsky

Another Bears turnover--this is ridiculous . Let's move up the tipoff time at the UC to say--4pm? #bulls

Chuck Swirsky

That's a plus even if the fish get 3

Chuck Swirsky

Cutler fumble. Bulls tip off at 7pm.

Chuck Swirsky

CBS announces Fuller out--the Bears posted that on Twitter 10 min ago.

Chuck Swirsky

Have to admit I was terribly wrong about Kirk Cousins.

Chuck Swirsky

Way too easy for the Dolphins..this Bears defense...my goodness.

Chuck Swirsky

You'll see a different looking team in 2nd half..more Forte. Nickel and dime passes.

Chuck Swirsky

Bears got a great spot on that play giving them a first down...

Chuck Swirsky

Bears being booed off the field...despite trailing 14-0 they can win this game.

Chuck Swirsky

Seahawks down 21-3 to the lowly Rams ... will attempt to require Percy Harvin Monday...LOL

Chuck Swirsky

This is one of the fastest halves of football I can recall in a long long time

Chuck Swirsky

How about a novel idea Bears--run the ball. R-U-N

Chuck Swirsky

Bears lucky that wasn't picked off--this is brutal

Chuck Swirsky

This game far from over. but we do have good news sports fans.just a reminder-Bulls-Hornets tonight 630 on Bulls Radio Net and ESPN 1000.

Chuck Swirsky

Bears are about to put Ryan Tannehill in to the Hall of Fame with a game like this. My oh my.

Pau Gasol

Just 10 days for our debut in the regular season. Today we face the #Hornets! #UnitedCenter #SeeRed

Chuck Swirsky

What the.....come on Bears. Cutler-Bennett not on the same page.

Chuck Swirsky

Ratliff should be making Jared Allen money.....

Pau Gasol

A sólo 10 días de nuestro debut en la liga regular. Hoy nos enfrentamos a los #Hornets! #UnitedCenter #SeeRed

Chuck Swirsky

Seattle's 12th man....the fans. Bears 12th man: Soldier Field turf .

Chuck Swirsky

Don't like that call...repeat after me Forte !

Chuck Swirsky

Yep, long day at the office for the fish.

Pau Gasol

My support to @DavidFerrer87 & @BautistaAgut and congrats to both of you for reaching the #ATPVienna & the #ATPMoscow finals!

Pau Gasol

Muchos ánimos @DavidFerrer87 y @BautistaAgut y felicidades a los dos por llegar a las finales de #ATPViena y #ATPMoscu! #grandes

Chuck Swirsky

I haven't met one person today who's taking Miami to beat the Bears----this is a lock..period!

Pau Gasol

All my support and lots of strenght to all women who fight against Breast Cancer #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth

Pau Gasol

Todo mi apoyo y mucha fuerza a todas las mujeres que luchan día tras día contra el cáncer de mama #DiaMundialCancerMama

Chuck Swirsky

Bear-Dolphins. Bears win BIG...I'm talking BIG. Bears 35 Dolphins 17.

Chuck Swirsky

Game day! Our first pre season broadcast on Bulls Radio Network and ESPN 1000 6:30pm pre with Kash. Then @34billy42 and I will have the call

Chuck Swirsky

Good morning Chicago ! http://t.co/ZOQaN0FGtH

Aggrey Sam

Still not on west coast time

Aaron Brooks

The Brooks ladies http://t.co/y1rooGddYZ

Mike McGraw

Holy crap, even Lou Holtz agreed it was the right call. What an upset.

Chuck Swirsky

Did the refs ruin the game? Did they make the right call? How often do we see the same thing happen every game without a flag?

Chuck Swirsky

After a game like this Winston should be paid for his autograph..LOL

Chuck Swirsky

What a ballgame....we won't see it but I'd love to have a rematch in the playoff round.

Chuck Swirsky

What a ballgame ! This is crazy!

Chuck Swirsky

Even if ND loses this game it shouldn't suffer a significant drop in the polls if at all. Not many teams win at FSU