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Chicago Bulls Defeat the Charlotte Hornets 101-96, Kirk Hinrich Drops 26

October 19th, 2014 at 9:49 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Game six of the 2014 Chicago Bulls preseason might as well be remembered as the Kirk Hinrich Game. Hinrich, whose season-high last season was 19 points and had scored 21 points total through five preseason games, exploded for 26 points in the victory against the Charlotte Hornets on 11 of 14 shooting, including a couple of threes. The 101-96 win moves the Bulls to 4-2 on the preseason.

Along with Hinrich’s 26, the Bulls also received 17 points from Derrick Rose who played 27 minutes in the game, including the final seven minutes of the contest. In days leading up to the game, head coach Tom Thibodeau had said Rose “could” see minutes in the fourth quarter in the game against Charlotte, and as it turned out everyone was comfortable enough to let Rose do so.

The Bulls also received a double-double from Pau Gasol, who finished with a packed stat line of 15 points, 10 boards, 4 assists, and 2 blocks. Gasol was also matched up with Charlotte’s perennial All-Star center Al Jefferson all evening, and limited the talented Jefferson to only 12 points on a spotty 5-18 shooting.

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Bulls Waive Solomon Jones, Kim English, and Ben Hansbrough

October 18th, 2014 at 12:06 PM
By Christopher Terzic

The Chicago Bulls announced Saturday morning that the team has waived forward Solomon Jones and guards Kim English and Ben Hansbrough.

All three players were on contracts in training camp that were non-guaranteed and hold no salary cap bearing on the Bulls. All three players were signed on the same day back on September 26, and Jones was the only player of the three to gain any playing time this preseason.

The roster trim leaves the Bulls at 14 players on the active roster, 12 of which are on fully guaranteed contracts, and opens one spot under the 15-player regular season limit for the Bulls to add an additional player, if they so choose.

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VIDEO: Actor Mark Wahlberg Gives Shoutout to His Pal Jimmy Butler

October 17th, 2014 at 1:18 PM
By Christopher Terzic

It appears that Jimmy Butler really is having the greatest preseason in the history of professional basketball. Hitting a game winning three-pointer Thursday night against the Atlanta Hawks as time expired to cap off a sensational 20-point fourth quarter and a 29-point effort altogether usually puts a guy in good enough spirits. (Credit to CSN Chicago for the video).

But then, mega movie star Mark Wahlberg gives you a drunken Instagram shoutout and suddenly the game-winner doesn't seem like all that big of an accomplishment any more.

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My guy @markwahlberg told me it would be a big year! Thanks for the support brotha!

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Oddly enough, this isn't the first documented account of Mr. Butler and Mr. Wahlberg's friendship. Over the summer, Butler posted this photo also on Instagram, celebrating the budding friendship between the two that apparently stems back to 2013 when Butler and Wahlberg first met during Wahlberg's filming of the latest Transformers movie in Chicago.

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Jimmy Butler Hits Game Winning Three, Finishes with 29 Points as Bulls Win 85-84

October 16th, 2014 at 9:46 PM
By Christopher Terzic

An uncharacteristically bad defensive showing and an all-too-familiar difficulty scoring points resulted in one ugly basketball game in Chicago on Thursday night for the Chicago Bulls. That is, until Jimmy Butler took over in the fourth quarter. The Atlanta Hawks led otherwise convincingly throughout the entire game, but Butler hit a game winning three as time expired to give the Bulls a 85-84 victory.

A game high 29 points (20 in the fourth) on 8-14 shooting for Butler produced as memorable a preseason game (if you can call a preseason game memorable) as you can get. Butler also got to the free throw line 16(!) times, hitting 12. He also collected 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in just over 31 minutes of action.

As for Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, both played according to their normal 20-minute preseason schedule. (Noah actually checked in for the final six minutes in the fourth quarter.) Rose finished with 10 points on 3-9 shooting and Noah chipped in a strong 7 points and pulled down 13 rebounds along with 3 blocks.

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Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks Preseason Preview

October 16th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Christopher Terzic

The Chicago Bulls will take on the Atlanta Hawks tonight at the United Center (7 p.m. Central) after collecting their second preseason win a few nights ago. In tonight's game, the Bulls will look to continue the rhythm and comfort they showed against the Denver Nuggets in their 110-point outburst against them on Monday.

While it is only preseason, any time the Bulls score over 100 points, it’s a big deal, especially when you consider that the Bulls scored over 100 points only 26 times in 87 games (playoffs included) last season.

Over the past four years under head coach Tom Thibodeau, the notoriously offensively challenged Bulls can surely expect a spike in scoring if Derrick Rose and the rest of the roster can stay healthy. This Bulls team is arguably the most talented Thibodeau has ever coached since coming to Chicago, so to Thibs – the coach known for notoriously keeping his foot on the gas for all 82 games – making offensive strides now is huge.

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