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Knicks Blog | ESPN New York

Melo: Thibodeau's system is 'great'

Carmelo Anthony was probably just being polite. But the verbal bouquet he threw at the Chicago Bulls may be a little concerning to Knicks fans, especially those worried about Anthony signing with another team this summer. The free-agent-to-be was asked on Friday night about the Bulls’ ability to succeed despite the loss of Derrick Rose (injury) and Luol Deng (trade). Chicago is 15 games above .500 and is on the verge of locking up the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago Tribune

Haugh: Ten Commandments of Postseason

If they don't go all the way, don't blame it on injuries, weary legs or refereesAs the Blackhawks and Bulls begin the playoffs this week, heed one Chicago sports observer's Ten Commandments of the Postseason, not exactly handed down from on high as much as from the United Center's hockey press box.

Chicago Tribune

Mike Dunleavy up to the minutes

Bulls swingman says he can handle heavier workload and responsibilityThanks to injuries and Luol Deng's trade, Mike Dunleavy has started more games and played more minutes than he has since he was with the Pacers in 2007-08.

Chicago Sun-Times

Bulls’ Joakim Noah makes All-Scowley team

It’s that time of year. The Scowley Awards for the 2013-14 NBA season: ◆ All-Scowley team (formerly known as the All-Man team): Guard: John Wall, Wizards — Swag? Check. Game to back it up? Check. Guard: Lance Stephenson, Pacers — Four triple-doubles and 14 technical fouls Big: DeMarcus Cousins, Kings — When your nickname is “Boogie,’’ ’nuff said. Big: Blake Griffin, Clippers — Look who had surgery to have a spine put in before the season started....

Bulls Blog | Chicago Breaking Sports

Jimmy Butler puts in the time for the Bulls

Swingman relishes heavy workload as he assumes iron man role of departed Luol Deng for coach Tom ThibodeauWhen Luol Deng landed in the hospital after serious spinal tap complications during last season's playoffs, Jimmy Butler logged 160 minutes, 41 seconds over parts of five games and all of three before exiting.    

Bucks Blog | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Mike Dunleavy happy to be with a winner

Chicago - It hasn't worked out just the way the Chicago Bulls planned it, with Derrick Rose going down with another knee injury this season.

Chicago Sun-Times

Thibs to Tony Snell: Play defense and make shots

ATLANTA — Tony Snell looked like a playoff-rotation performer when the Bulls were re-establishing themselves as contenders in the wake of Derrick Rose’s injury and Luol Deng’s departure. But he’s going to have to re-earn that role. The 6-7 guard from New Mexico, who started 12 games in the first half of the season and averaged seven points in 22 minutes in a 12-game stretch after Deng was traded, has become a bit player as the Bulls head to the finish of the...

Chicago Sun-Times

D.J. Augustin’s career-high 33 points lead Bulls past Celtics

BOSTON — The player making $17.6 million this season again was running with the second team Sunday, recovering from his season-ending knee surgery and helping to prepare the Bulls’ starters as part of a virtual scout team. That’s about all Derrick Rose can do these days. As for the player who was out of a job and looking for work back in December, well, all D.J. Augustin did as Rose’s replacement was continue to save the Bulls’ season. Augustin scored a...

Chicago Sun-Times

D.J. Augustin’s career-high 33 points leads Bulls past Celtics

BOSTON – Derrick Rose was doing his part again on Sunday, getting some practice time in on the scout team as he recovers from season-ending knee surgery. His replacement on the roster, D.J. Augustin? Well, he was doing his part as well – continuing to save the season for the Bulls. Thanks to a career-high 33 points against the Celtics, Augustin helped hold off a pesky Boston team, scoring 15 fourth-quarter points to lead the Bulls to the 107-102 win at the TD...

Chicago Sun-Times

Derrick Rose finds new role as scout player

BOSTON – The Bulls might not have the most talented team in the Eastern Conference, but they definitely have the best scout team. That’s basically what Derrick Rose’s role is the remainder of the season, as he continues his road back from season-ending surgery on his right knee. Although coach Tom Thibodeau revealed on Sunday that Rose is still not taking any contact in practice, he continued working with his teammates, and will do so even into the playoffs as...

Behind The Blazers Beat | Oregonian

Will LaMarcus Aldridge play in Trail Blazers' game vs. Bulls?

The All-Star forward has 25 points and 16 games in his return after a back injury.

Chicago Bulls Blog | ESPN Chicago

Portland provides a playoff test for Bulls

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- The Chicago Bulls want to use the final nine games of the regular season to test their playoff readiness and the ideal challenge awaits Friday. The Portland Trail Blazers will be at the United Center and the game against the Western Conference's fifth best team figures to include a matchup with All-Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge. The 6-11 power forward is expected to return to action Thursday night against the Atlanta Hawks after missing seven games with a back injury.

Boston Celtics Blog | ESPN Boston

Rondo to serve as color commentator

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has found a new way to stay busy when he's inactive for games this season: Color commentary. Rondo, who is sitting out the second night of back-to-backs this season during his initial return from ACL surgery, will join Comcast SportsNet's Mike Gorman for the first quarter of Monday's game against the Chicago Bulls. Comcast SportsNet has utilized a rotating cast of guest analysts during road games this season, including ESPN Boston's Jackie MacMullan and Grantland's Bill Simmons.

Chicago Sun-Times

New Knicks president Phil Jackson has lots of rebuilding work to do

Big Chief Triangle is back. Former Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson, the man with 11 championship rings as a coach and one more as a player for the Knicks (two, if you count the 1969-70 title season when Jackson was out with a back injury), has returned from the wilderness to become the president of the Knicks. You could say Jackson is doing it for the love of the game, but the five-year deal for a rumored $12 million per year is a nice inducement. Even for a Zen...

Oklahoman

OKC Thunder notebook: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau can empathize with Thunder's adversity

By Darnell MayberryIf there’s one team that can relate to all that’s been thrown at the Thunder this season, it’s the Chicago Bulls. They lost their best player to a season-ending injury.Read more on NewsOK.com

Chicago Bulls Blog | ESPN Chicago

Westbrook confident Rose will bounce back

CHICAGO -- Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook can relate to Derrick Rose's plight, and he's confident the Chicago Bulls star will return to being a superstar in due time after undergoing a second knee surgery in as many years. "Very confident," Westbrook said before Monday's game against the Bulls. "I've talked to him numerous times. He's a tough guy as you guys know. He does a great job of coming out and competing. It's unfortunate he had to be hurt and be out another year, but he's going to come back the same DRose he was before.

Chicago Bulls Blog | ESPN Chicago

Bulls feel good in advance of Thunder

CHICAGO – For all the criticism that head coach Tom Thibodeau gets for running his players into the ground with heavy playing time, the Chicago Bulls are about as healthy as they can hope to be at this time of the season. Of course, Derick Rose is still lost for the year because of a knee injury, and that’s what led to the reduced expectations they are now exceeding. But of the players Thibodeau has had available for most of the season, so far they have been able to withstand the wear and tear of a long year.

Dallas Mavericks Blog | ESPN Dallas

OKC's Westbrook (rest) won't face Mavs

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will rest Sunday against the Mavericks, a precautionary measure with Oklahoma City playing the first game of a back-to-back. Coach Scott Brooks said Westbrook would start Monday's road game against the Chicago Bulls. The Thunder have enjoyed plenty of success without Westbrook this season. They are 22-8 when the three-time All-Star sits out, including a 20-7 run while Westbrook recovered from knee surgery from Dec.

Chicago Bulls Blog | ESPN Chicago

Soaring Noah reluctant to accept praise

CHICAGO – The “M-V-P” chants directed at the Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah grew louder as a tight battle with the Sacramento Kings moved on Saturday night, reaching a crescendo with five minutes remaining when the center stole the ball and went the length of the court to make a basket while being fouled. Noah will have a tough time grabbing the league’s top-player award away from guys such as LeBron James or Kevin Durant, but in this slice of the Midwest, he is as valuable as they come for a team making serious noise despite the losses of Derrick Rose (knee injury) and Luol Deng (trade).

Lakers Nation

Lakers vs. Bulls: Kendall Marshall On Steve Nash Injury and Kaman's Performance

After the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Chicago Bulls, Kendall Marshall reacts to Steve Nash leaving the game with an injury and Chris Kaman's season high performance. Join the Largest Lakers Fan Site in the World http://LakersNation.com | Follow http:/