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Derrick Rose Shines Again, but Chicago Bulls Lose 113-112 to Minnesota Timberwolves

October 24th, 2014 at 9:54 PM
By Christopher Terzic

First and foremost, the preseason is finally over for the Chicago Bulls and that news is satisfying enough. No more waiting for all the Bulls fans out there; the next time Chicago plays a basketball game, which will be on October 29th against the New York Knicks, it’ll be the regular season. But to pile on some more good news for you, Derrick Rose looked spectacular yet again in the Bulls’ preseason finale against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Bulls may have dropped the game 113-112, and credit the young T’Wolves for a valiant effort in an all-around entertaining game, but Rose’s 27 points on 12-23 shooting including 3-7 from three-point range is everything the Bulls could have asked for in game number eight of the preseason.

Oh, and nobody else got hurt. That too.

Over his past two games, Rose has scored a combined 57 points and made seven threes. Tonight, Rose played just under 32 minutes for the game, as did Joakim Noah. In typical Noah fashion, his stat line for the game looks like a beautifully jumbled mess: six points, 17 rebounds (nine offensive), and nine assists.

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Preview: Chicago Bulls Take on Minnesota Timberwolves in Final Preseason Game Tonight

October 24th, 2014 at 11:43 AM
By Christopher Terzic

Seven games and nearly one month of basketball later, the preseason is finally set to end for the Chicago Bulls tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight. With all the hubbub surrounding the NBA lately pertaining to experimenting with shortening season length, Spurs point guard Tony Parker probably has the most sensible solution of all: just shorten the preseason.

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At any rate, the Bulls, like every other team, are just looking to finish the preseason without a devastating injury. Fortunately, the Bulls may have narrowly avoided devastation in Jimmy Butler’s thumb injury last Sunday night against the Charlotte Hornets. In fact, in a surprising twist, Butler’s listed as probable for tonight’s contest.

Meanwhile, the no. 1 overall pick of this year's draft, Andrew Wiggins, is questionable for the Timberwolves with a lower back contusion.

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Chicago Bulls: Joakim Noah’s Knee Could Be Issue ‘All Season’

October 23rd, 2014 at 4:13 PM
By Christopher Terzic

A of couple days ago, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the left knee of Chicago Bulls All-NBA center Joakim Noah will be 'an issue all season' for the big man who will turn 30 later this season:

“Jo’s [left] knee is going to be an issue all season,’’ the source said. “He has played through pain before with the plantar [fasciitis], but this is completely different, a different level.”

For what it’s worth, this isn’t the first time this summer (lest divulging into a much longer history of Cowley) that Cowley has petulantly reported on a knee injury to a prominent Bulls player.

From a personal standpoint, what Cowley reports past, present, and future will always be taken with half of a grain of salt. But, in this particular case with Noah, Cowley does raise a very important point on a larger standing issue with the Bulls organization (we’ll get into this in a bit).

No one is quite sure when Noah sustained his knee injury last season (the hypothesis is somewhere in the second half of the season, as cited here), but regardless it was visibly obvious after the Bulls first round playoff series exit against the Washington Wizards that Noah was hobbling and hurt. It’s also important to note this little nugget from a piece by Grantland’s Jonathan Abrams:

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Chicago Bulls Announce MRI Confirms Sprained Thumb for Jimmy Butler

October 21st, 2014 at 6:20 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Jimmy Butler sustained a thumb injury early in Sunday night's contest against the Charlotte Hornets. Butler left the game shortly after and did not return. The team initially called the injury a sprained thumb and monitored Butler on a day-to-day basis. It also should be noted that Butler did not immediately leave the game or receive medical attention when the injury occurred.

After an MRI today, the team confirmed that Butler does indeed have a sprained left thumb and will now be held out of the preseason finale. He'll be reevaluated at the end of the week.

The Chicago Bulls' regular season begins in only eight short days on October 29 against the New York Knicks, and no further information is known regarding a timetable on Butler's injury. So it's difficult to speculate whether Butler stands a real chance of missing any regular season time or not.

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Derrick Rose Goes for 30 Points as Bulls Lose to Cavaliers in Exciting Preseason Affair

October 20th, 2014 at 8:40 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Columbus, Ohio got to witness one hell of a preseason game Monday night, that’s for certain. The Cleveland Cavaliers took care of the Chicago Bulls 107-98 in a showcase for two of basketball’s brightest young stars at the point guard position: Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving.

Rose, who is still working his way back to the ‘Old Derrick Rose’ that folks across the NBA are clamoring to see, played maybe his best basketball game in over two years. It’s one thing to note that he looked in tip-top condition, as multiple blow-bys over the course of the evening of Kyrie Irving should have indicated, but it’s entirely another when Rose’s jump shot is falling like it was on Monday night.

Derrick Rose was in the zone and boy, was it refreshing to see.

With a 30-point performance on 12-18 shooting, including a 4-5 mark from three-point range, this game might be the biggest indication yet that Derrick Rose, is indeed, back.

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