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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Bulls and Cavaliers are expected to be slugging it out at the end of the season for supremacy in the Eastern Conference. On Monday, they were still working out the kinks in the preseason. Derrick Rose, for one, looked ready. Rose scored 30 points for the Bulls in a 107-98 loss at the Schottenstein Center. “I’m still trying to find my rhythm, let the game come to me and play team basketball,” Rose said. He found that rhythm, particularly in a 16-point second quarter. “He had a lot of explosiveness,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘‘Back-to-back [nights]. … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:12:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose has best preseason game, Hinrich scores 26 as Bulls top Hornets ]]> Lead story image

It was nice of Derrick Rose to finally join his teammates on the court in the fourth quarter of a preseason game. Just in time to help Kirk Hinrich put on a show. Thanks to Hinrich’s game-high 26 points, the Bulls held off the Charlotte Hornets 101-96 on Sunday night at the United Center, improving their preseason record to 4-2. More important, the Rose minutes-watch obsession can ease up a bit. In the victory Thursday over the Atlanta Hawks, there seemed to be a difference of opinion as to why Rose didn’t return in the fourth quarter despite playing only … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:29:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls’ Pau Gasol has closing role on his mind ]]> Lead story image

Former Bulls forward Carlos Boozer should feel fortunate that he never has been teammates with Pau Gasol. The truth would have hurt. The veteran forward was asked Saturday if he ever has played for a coach who sat him in the fourth quarter of games, and he was brutally honest. “No, no, that’s not a good sign when you’re put in that position because the coach doesn’t rely on you to deliver in those minutes,’’ Gasol said. “So basically he doesn’t trust you. He trusts someone else to do the job. So it’s not a good sign for you.’’ It … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:37:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tom Thibodeau sees Derrick Rose being ‘elite’ again ]]> Lead story image

Coach Tom Thibodeau replied affirmatively and confidently. Asked after practice Friday if he thought Derrick Rose could return to NBA elite status, Thibodeau, without hesitation, said yes. ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:20:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jimmy Butler hits game-winner, proving to be ‘another threat’ ]]> Lead story image

Obviously, Jimmy Butler’s spot in the starting lineup is safe. ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:24:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Could Doug McDermott slide into Bulls’ starting lineup? ]]> Lead story image

Slipping on a wet spot on the floor has sidelined Mike Dunleavy for a second preseason game tonight, but that might not be a bad thing for the Bulls. ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:22:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Joakim Noah still having knee issues, ‘appreciates’ Derrick Rose’s struggle ]]> Lead story image

The surgery on center Joakim Noah’s left knee last May, deemed minor by the Bulls’ ­organization, appears to be a bit more serious than advertised. The original statement said Noah would be rehabbing for eight to 10 weeks. Noah must have missed that memo. “I feel like I’m still in a rehab kind of state,’’ Noah said after practice Wednesday afternoon at the Advocate Center. “But I’ll be back. I feel better. “I feel a lot better today than I did two weeks ago. That’s always a positive. Just making sure the swelling is down. It’s just a lot of … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:51:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose ‘numb’ to Thibodeau’s perfection ]]> Lead story image

It became obvious on Tuesday that the only numbness Derrick Rose is feeling in his often-injured body these days was toward his coach. ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:38:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tom Thibodeau ‘concerned’ about Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah finding groove ]]> Lead story image

A day off on Sunday to look over film from the Saturday win in Milwaukee, and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau still wasn’t happy. Thibodeau spoke after the Monday morning shootaround, with his team hosting the Denver Nuggets tonight at the United Center, and continued to stress that there was “a lot more work to be done.’’ “We got to get everyone onto the same page,’’ Thibodeau said. “Some guys need a lot more work. Their timing isn’t there. The season is going to be here before we know it. We have to be ready to go.’’ And while there are … ]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:33:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls top Nuggets, but Thibodeau wants Spurs-like mindset ]]> Lead story image

The Bulls still aren’t good enough for coach Tom Thibodeau. There were signs in a 110-90 preseason win over the Denver Nuggets at the United Center on Monday night, but Thibodeau is looking for perfection — and if not perfection, at least a better effort in attempting to achieve it. That starts with guard Derrick Rose and center Joakim Noah, whom he singled out. With both players coming off injuries last season, restrictions on their minutes have handcuffed what Thibodeau wants to get done. ‘‘In order for [Rose] to get his timing, he has to play, and he has to … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:58:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Giving Tom Thibodeau extension, raise should be priority for Bulls ]]> Lead story image

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is an acquired taste. ‘‘I remember one day we were working out at the Berto Center, and Thibs was putting me through a real hard workout,’’ center Joakim Noah said. ‘‘I told him, ‘You know, Thibs, if we weren’t winning games, I would really, really hate you.’ And he said, ‘Trust me, Jo, I feel the same way about you.’ ’’ Noah made those comments in his acceptance speech after being named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year last season. Fast-forward to Saturday, when newly signed big man Pau Gasol was asked about his early impressions … ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:36:04 -0500