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Derrick Rose takes next step in Bulls win

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Taj Gibson spoke for the entire Bulls' organization Sunday night when he described what it was like to have Derrick Rose back on the floor to close out games as he did in a win over the Charlotte Hornets."It's a dope feeling," Gibson said. "We know who's going to take the shot. Either Pau [Gasol], Derrick. We got Joakim [Noah] making solid plays. We got guys that's back in the...
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Butler out for remainder of game

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Jimmy Butler will miss the rest of Sunday night's preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets after he injured his left thumb. The injury, dubbed a sprained thumb by the Bulls, occurred with about five minutes left in the first quarter, when Butler went for a steal. He stayed in the game at the time but was taken out toward the end of the first quarter and never returned.Butler,...
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Thibs ready to shift into regular-season mode

ESPN (Doug Padilla) — CHICAGO -- By coach Tom Thibodeau’s timetable, the last of the Chicago Bulls' preseason games will take place Sunday night at the United Center against the Charlotte Hornets.Sure, two more unofficial games remain before the team’s season opener at New York on Oct. 29, but Thibodeau will treat Monday’s contest at Cleveland and Friday’s tilt against Minnesota as if it...
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Healthy Bulls await official starting five

ESPN (Doug Padilla) — CHICAGO – The run of relative good health has continued for the Chicago Bulls, despite coach Tom Thibodeau’s intense preseason regimen.The latest scare came in practice Saturday when forward Nikola Mirotic took a finger to the eye, but he participated in shootaround Sunday and is expected to play his full complement of minutes in Sunday night's matchup with the Charlotte...
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Bulls' closer role important to Gasol

ESPN (Scott Powers) — CHICAGO -- Pau Gasol would take it personally if he wasn’t on the floor to close out games for the Chicago Bulls.“That’s not a good sign,” Gasol said after practice Saturday. “That’s not a good sign when you’re put in that position because a coach doesn’t rely on you to deliver in those minutes. So, basically he doesn't trust you. He trusts...
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Rose could see increased time vs. Hornets

ESPN (Scott Powers) — CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose could take the next step in his return and have his minutes increased in the team’s sixth preseason game Sunday, coach Tom Thibodeau said on Saturday.Rose hasn’t played more than 22 minutes in any of the Bulls’ first five preseason games. The Bulls have three preseason games remaining. They play the Charlotte Hornets in Chicago on...
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Bulls waive English, Hansbrough, Jones

ESPN (Scott Powers) — CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls waived guards Kim English and Ben Hansbrough and forward/center Solomon Jones on Saturday.All three players signed with the Bulls as free agents on Sept. 26.The Bulls’ roster is down to 14 players. Chicago has three games remaining in the preseason.
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Confidence soars for lighter Jimmy Butler

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Jimmy Butler's performance during Thursday night's win over the Atlanta Hawks prompted excited cheers from all over the basketball universe. How big was Butler's 20-point fourth quarter, coupled with a winning three-pointer at the buzzer? Actor Mark Wahlberg sent Butler a shoutout on Instagram, congratulating him on his late-game heroics. Butler and Wahlberg became friendly after...
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Should there be concern over Derrick Rose's lack of crunch time minutes?

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- The most intriguing moment of Thursday night's game did not come when Jimmy Butler drained a winning 3 at the buzzer over some Atlanta Hawks bench players. It came with six minutes and seven seconds left in the fourth quarter, when Butler came to the scorer's table to check back into the game with Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol. That instance was a lot more important than a meaningless...
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Will Bulls start McDermott over Dunleavy?

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy will not play in Thursday's game against the Atlanta Hawks after slipping on a wet spot on Wednesday. He is not expected to miss much time, but it marks the second game in less than a week that he will miss time. He sat out Saturday's victory over the Milwaukee Bucks because of left knee soreness. Over the past few days, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau...
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Tom Thibodeau values Pau Gasol's presence on and off the floor

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Lost in the daily intrigue regarding Derrick Rose's status, the lingering issues with Joakim Noah's knee and the high standards of Tom Thibodeau, is how the Chicago Bulls are trying to weave a former All-Star big man into their championship plans this season.It's not that fans have forgotten about Pau Gasol; after all, he was the organization's big free agent signing this summer....
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Rose not in Thibs panic mode

ESPN (Doug Padilla) — CHICAGO – Unlike his head coach Tom Thibodeau, Derrick Rose is not anywhere near hitting the preparation panic button as Chicago Bulls training camp hits its second week.Thibodeau continues to put his team through a heavy workload, concerned that a squad with a number of new players is nowhere near ready to start the 2014-15 season, which kicks off Oct. 29 at New York against the...
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Pau Gasol sits with back tightness

ESPN (Doug Padilla) — CHICAGO – New Chicago Bulls big man Pau Gasol missed practice Tuesday with tightness in his back, but his injury was not deemed to be serious.The 34-year-old veteran, who was signed as a free agent this offseason, did play 24 minutes as the starting power forward in Monday night’s 110-90 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Gasol had nine points, four rebounds and four blocked...
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Thibs gets offensive regarding injuries

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Tom Thibodeau coaches every second of every game as if it were his last. The Chicago Bulls coach expects the same intensity from his players. He believes he knows how to pace a team after spending more than two decades on an NBA sideline. He doesn't believe in resting players unless they are injured -- and as he has said many times over the years, there is a difference between being...
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Butler shines as Bulls bounce back

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Jimmy Butler reclined comfortably in front of his locker late Monday night after the Chicago Bulls' impressive 110-90 comeback victory over the Denver Nuggets. Sam Hunt's country music blared from the speakers in his stall and he patiently fielded questions from a small group of reporters. Butler had just polished off the best game of the young preseason, going off for 21 points on...
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