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Recap: 9-6 Chicago Bulls Lose to 7-7 Denver Nuggets 114-109 in Denver

November 25th, 2014 at 11:13 PM
By Christopher Terzic

As usual when Derrick Rose leaves a game with an injury, does the result even matter? Rose left the Chicago Bulls 114-109 loss to the Denver Nuggets late in the second quarter after he appeared to show some discomfort in his lower body, forcing him to leave the contest and not return. Rose hasn’t finished two consecutive games yet this season, and the update on Rose during the game was that he was experiencing tightness in his hamstring.

It was clear from the opening tip that Rose was not himself on the court. Many folks on Twitter questioned Rose’s effort, because that’s what Twitter is here for. Ultimately, he was indeed playing hurt, or at least not at 100%, and one would have to wonder what the incentive was for playing Rose at all coming off of a back-to-back.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau made some comments last night that perhaps coaxed Rose into playing tonight, but that’s pure speculation. If Rose did not communicate to anyone that his hamstring was bothering prior to the game, then that’s on #1. It’s a damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t situation – but Rose has to be honest with himself and how his body feels, as difficult as that may be. It’s very likely Rose doesn’t want to believe his body is failing him before our eyes, but if he’s not healthy, the team needs to know.

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Preview: 9-5 Chicago Bulls at 6-7 Denver Nuggets

November 25th, 2014 at 1:54 PM
By Christopher Terzic

The Chicago Bulls are a better basketball team when Derrick Rose plays. This isn’t new, or news, really. After last night’s win over the Utah Jazz, the Bulls are now 5-1 on the season when Rose plays, and 4-4 when he has sat out due to injury. It’s better to have Rose infrequently rather than not to have him at all, but clearly head coach Tom Thibodeau is itching for some consistency.

Talking to reporters last night, Thibodeau spoke on Rose’s on-again, off-again situation this season, “When Derrick strings some games together he’s going to take off. He’s got to go. That’s the bottom line. He’s got to go.”

Then, when asked about Rose’s status for tonight’s game against the Denver Nuggets, Thibodeau answered angrily, “I would hope so. Jeez. We’ll see tomorrow, I guess.”

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Recap: 9-5 Chicago Bulls Defeat 5-10 Utah Jazz

November 24th, 2014 at 11:06 PM
By Christopher Terzic

So, that wasn’t as easy as it was supposed to be. When the Chicago Bulls announced Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol would be available for tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz, a hard fought battle wasn’t in the cards, but that’s exactly what they got. Chicago held on for a 97-95 win over the Jazz after Gordon Hayward missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.

With 22.5 seconds to go Mike Dunleavy scored the de facto game-winner, making a fantastic hustle play as Jimmy Butler missed a layup in transition, Dunleavy beat everyone down the floor to clean up the miss on an uncontested layup for the only two points Dunleavy scored in the game.

Amidst all the injuries and ups-and-downs, with the win, the Bulls are now 2-2 on their seven-game road trip. Beating the beatable teams, like Utah, is exactly how Chicago can stay afloat during this long stretch away from home. Also, the Bulls are 5-1 in games Rose plays, and 4-4 when he's out.

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Preview: 8-5 Chicago Bulls on the Road Against 5-9 Utah Jazz

November 24th, 2014 at 1:28 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Injuries are an inherent obstacle, but these days, it feels like there’s been an omnipresent barricade placed in front of the Chicago Bulls. There’s a distinct possibility that the Bulls could be without Derrick Rose (hamstring), Pau Gasol (calf), Kirk Hinrich (chest), and Taj Gibson (ankle) tonight against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. Removing four mainstays from the regular rotation is debilitating, to say the least.

Sure, it could always be worse if, say, Derrick Rose were to be lost to another devastating season ending injury. Of course, Rose is only recovering from a tricky hamstring strain that requires a conservative approach and acute attention. He’s officially listed as questionable and was called a game-time decision this morning, but with a back-to-back tomorrow night against the Denver Nuggets, it’d be a surprise to see Rose.

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Recap: (8-5) Chicago Bulls Blown Out by (9-3) Portland Trailblazers

November 22nd, 2014 at 12:00 AM
By Christopher Terzic

There’s something about games in Portland, man. The Chicago Bulls lost the game to the Trailblazers 105-87, but they also may have lost Taj Gibson, who went down holding his ankle in the third quarter. The team announced that Gibson suffered a left ankle sprain in the 105-94 loss to the Trailblazers, and he did not return.

Nikola Mirotic was basically the lone bright spot for the Bulls, finishing with his first career double-double on 24 points and 11 rebounds. Everything else was as ugly as the final scored indicated. In fact, the game got so ugly that Mike Dunleavy nearly got ejected after an unnecessary flagrant foul on Damian Lillard in the third quarter. It was the type of game that you just hoped everyone left unscathed, but that unfortunately did not happen tonight.

The Circus Trip always seems to get the best of the Bulls, but never forget that at one point in time the Bulls had lost 37 straight games on this trip. So, let that serve as a reminder that things could always be worse.

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