Chicago Bulls 2013 Preseason: Daily Updates, Scores, News and Analysis
The Chicago Bulls begin preseason play on Saturday, Oct. 5 on the road against the Indiana Pacers. The matchup will have much more fanfare surrounding it than a traditional exhibition contest, as it is set to feature the much-anticipated return of Derrick Rose.
Chicago’s superstar point guard has been out of the lineup for 18 months and is finally set to lace up his sneakers, don his No. 1 jersey and get back on the hardwood for a somewhat meaningful hoops contest.
Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, has the weight of an entire city’s expectations, hopes and dreams foisted squarely upon his shoulders heading into the upcoming campaign.
He’s going to need to be great from the get-go, meaning he’ll need to shake any rust off in a hurry. Even a mediocre preseason will have the pundits doubting whether or not he’ll ever be the same after the infamous ACL tear at the end of Chicago’s first playoff game in 2012.
However, Rose can’t do it all alone. There are 14 other players under contract and each one will have to play an important role if the Bulls are to have a realistic chance of overthrowing the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference.
Key contributors like Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer all must elevate their games. Role players such as Kirk Hinrich, Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler have to be great. Even potential end-of-the-bench guys like Mike James and Dexter Pittman are preparing to be heavily scrutinized over the next month.
For those fringe talents, each performance could be the difference between making the roster or being out of a job during the 2013-14 season.
Let’s take a look at every upcoming contest on the slate. As the month drags on, make sure you check back for results and analysis from each game, breaking news concerning the organization and much more.
2013 Preseason Schedule
Saturday, October 5
at Indiana Pacers
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.
Monday, October 7
Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.
Saturday, October 12
HSBC Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Wednesday, October 16
United Center, Chicago, Ill.
Friday, October 18
United Center, Chicago, Ill.
Monday, October 21
United Center, Chicago, Ill.
Wednesday, October 23
INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.
Friday, October 25
United Center, Chicago, Ill.
Joakim Noah Shut Down for a Week
Although all eyes are on Derrick Rose, who scored 22 points in 22 minutes on Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons and is set to play again on Friday, invaluable center Joakim Noah will reportedly be shut down for a week.
ESPN's Nick Friedell has the news:
Thibs says the Bulls are shutting Noah down for a week. His groin is still bothering him.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) October 18, 2013
Noah missed 16 games last season, has missed an average of 17.5 per season over the last four years and has been limited during this preseason, so this is something worth paying attention to, but it would be very surprising if he wasn't ready for the regular season.
The free-spirited big man has turned himself into one of the best defensive centers in the league—he averaged 11.1 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.2 steals per contest last season.
He is a integral piece for the Bulls, who have high expectations this year.
Derrick Rose Misses Saturday's Game with Knee Soreness
Derrick Rose missed the Chicago Bulls' preseason game against the Washington Wizards on Saturday after experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.
While this isn't the most encouraging news for Bulls fans, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported that Rose's absence was precautionary.
Deep breath here: DRose out with left knee soreness. Team said it's precautionary. Gar hopefully speaking soon. Noah also out. #Bulls— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 12, 2013
Pax on DRose: "He had a little soreness and we are being ultra conservative because it’s the third game of preseason." #Bulls— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 12, 2013
Pax on DRose: "We know there’s nothing structurally to be worried about. It’s just a little soreness." Said no plans for MRI.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 12, 2013
After tearing his left ACL in the 2012 NBA playoffs, Rose missed the entire 2012-13 season. He made his return to the court on Oct. 5, scoring 13 points and dishing out three assists in 20 minutes. He also scored 13 points in the Bulls second preseason game, a 106-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Bulls next preseason game is Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons. It is unknown if Rose will play or not.
Chicago starts the regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 29 against LeBron James and the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.
Derrick Rose Misses Monday's Scrimmage
Although Derrick Rose is expected to see some time on Oct. 5 against the Indiana Pacers, he recently sounded some alarms when he reportedly missed some practice reps this past Monday.
According to ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell, the superstar point guard did participate in limited fashion during Monday’s practice, but skipped a scrimmage.
For those who are worried about Rose possibly missing the Pacers contest, remember that he practiced fully this past Saturday, an event that included a 5-on-5 scrimmage.
As per NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau described Rose’s performance after the practice:
The drills, working on the defense, he was fine. When we got to the scrimmage part, as it went along, he got better and better. I think the big thing, he has to get used to the contact, the physicality. Then of course, we haven’t put in our double-teams and things like that – we’re going to add that in so he gets comfortable with it.
Barring a major setback, expect to see Rose begin his re-adjustment to life in the NBA this coming Saturday in Indianapolis.
Bulls Remain Undefeated (6-0) with Win over Milwaukee Bucks
Derrick Rose had another strong outing for the Bulls in their 105-84 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.
The star point guard continued to gain steam during his comeback from a torn ACL with 24 points and four assists in 27 minutes. He showed his burst of old by earning 11 free-throw attempts on the evening while converting an efficient six of his 10 field-goal attempts.
Carlos Boozer contributed a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards. Luol Deng, Taj Gibson and Mike Dunleavy each also scored at least 10 points to put all five of Chicago's starters in double digits.
The Bulls limited the Bucks, who were missing new signing O.J. Mayo, to 38.1 percent shooting from the floor.
While Rose has returned with fury, averaging 20.8 points per game in the preseason, the Bulls were missing three other key contributors. Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich and Jimmy Butler all missed Monday's game.
Hinrich suffered a concussion late in Friday's exhibition against the Indiana Pacers and sat out as a precaution. Butler skipped his third game with an injured knee, but the young shooting guard told the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson "there's no way I'm missing that game" when asked about his availability for the team's Oct. 29 season opener.
Noah continues to rest with an injured groin.
Marquis Teaque took advantage of Hinrich's absence to post 12 points, four assists and four rebounds through 25 minutes. Rookie Tony Snell tallied nine points, two assists, two boards and a block off the bench.
Bulls Keep Rolling with Win over Thunder
The Chicago Bulls maintained their perfect record (7-0) with a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder (4-3) on Wednesday night.
It was a good win, made even better by the performance of Derrick Rose. The star point guard is continuing to show why such a long layoff was the best move. Rose had 26 points on 6-of-15 shooting to go along with six assists and four rebounds. He played 35 minutes on the night.
Two other Bulls—Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng—finished with 20 points. Coincidentally, both guys had double-doubles. Boozer had 14 rebounds, while Deng countered with 10 of his own.
Jimmy Butler had an efficient game, with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including hitting his only shot from downtown.
Mike Dunleavy led the bench players with nine points. It's encouraging to see him knocking down three-pointers. That long-range shooting is something the Bulls will need this season.
Not to be outdone, Taj Gibson finished with eight points and six rebounds.
As a team, Chicago shot 36-of-74 from the field, including 9-of-18 from three-point range.
Conspicuous by their absences were Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich.
According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Noah's status for the Bulls' opener against the Miami Heat is up in the air:
Noah, who has played less than 20 minutes this preseason, tried to paint a more positive picture. He says he feels better but acknowledged missing the high-profile, regular-season opener Tuesday in Miami is in play.
“It’s possible,” Noah said. “But I’m not there yet. In my mind, I’m playing. I want to be out there as soon as I can. We’ll see when that is.”
On the other hand, Johnson reported that Hinrich is planning on making his return against the Heat, despite not being medically cleared following a concussion he suffered on Saturday night.