Bulls vs. Hornets
Sunday night featured another preseason win for the Bulls topping the Charlotte Hornets 101-96 at the United Center. The game featured Hinrich with the game-high of 26 points and finally a very impressive Derrick Rose, joining his teammates with only 7:22 left in the fourth.
Since he was took out against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter, after only playing 21 minutes, Rose had to wait for his next chance to prove himself to both Coach Thibodeau and Chicago. It was well worth the wait. Rose put on his best preseason performance against the Hornets Sunday night. Rose came in while the Bulls still led 87-82 before the Hornets cut that lead to one. Rose extended the bulls lead to three, hitting a clutch jumper with 1:15 left, and sinking two free throws with 12 seconds left to gain a five-point lead topping the Hornets 101-96.
Rose’s 17 point fourth quarter performance Sunday night was a great sight for everyone. With the regular season starting Oct. 29, Coach Thibodeau is confident Rose will be ready when they face the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, “the only way he’s going to shake the rust off is to play. The players have to get used to playing with him, and he has to get used to playing with them.” It seems like having Rose back on the floor won’t be a problem. “It’s a dope feeling,” says Taj Gibson. The last thing the Bulls need is another injury, but the team seems to be moving in the right direction.
Bulls vs. Cavaliers
Despite scoring the game-high 30 points, Rose and the Bulls were unable to pull out a win against Cleveland Monday night. The Bulls knew Cleveland was going to come out strong during Monday’s game. The 19,049 sell-out crowd was there to witness the homecoming of Lebron James at The Ohio State University’s Value City Arena. The Bulls had no doubt the Cavs were going to put on a show to meet expectations: “The excitement was there from the time we walked in the building,” Rose said. “It was a school night; we had a lot of kids, a lot of college kids here. That shows the support there is. The least we can do is try and put on a show.” Though he only played 24 minutes, Rose stole the show dueling Cavaliers’ guard Kyrie Irving. Sadly, their efforts were not enough to pull out a win, falling 107-98.
Catch the next preseason Bulls’ game tomorrow at 7pm. The regular season will begin October 29th, against the Knicks.