Just got back from the Bulls shoot around at the Pepsi Center on a sunny Sunday in Denver. Derrick Rose is ready to play after leaving the win at Golden State Friday with a sore right hip. Luol Deng (hamstring) will not play for a third game but said he expects to be ready to go Monday at Utah. Coach Vinny Del Negro will start Joakim Noah, who did not play at Golden State. Rose, Ben Gordon, Larry Hughes and Drew Gooden round out the first five.
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OK Bulls fans, you can relax. Derrick Rose says he is OK.
Of course, there were some scary minutes there. Late in the Bulls' 115-110 win over the Golden State Warriors, Rose was kneed on the front side of his right hip. He was doubled over on the court out of bounds on the baseline for a while as play continued. When play was finally stopped with 1:13 left, he was assisted to the bench and did not return.
But in the locker room afterward, the pain had mostly subsided.
"I should be allright," Rose said. "It just stung a little bit at the time, but I should be fine."
Luol Deng will miss his second straight game tonight against the Golden State Warriors with a left hamstring injury.
Deng tested the injury 90 minutes before the game, but wasn't happy with the results.
"When I'm running it seems fine," he said. "The problem comes when I change direction or try to drive to the basket and try to play defense. When I'm pushing off that foot, it's still there. It's just one of those things. If I play, I don't know how I would feel throughout the game. I could end up being out longer. I'm trying to be smart about it."
Thabo Sefolosha will start in his place.
If you like small ball, get a load of the Bulls' starting lineup: Derrick Rose, Ben Gordon, Larry Hughes, Sefolosha and Drew Gooden. That's four guards and a power forward.
Luol Deng participated in the Bulls' shootaround this morning, but it won't be known until he tests his left hamstring later tonight whether he'll be able to play against the Golden State Warriors.
"I'll go warm up and see how it feels," Deng said. "It's tough to tell now because this was just a shootaround. I'll run on it and do a different kind of practice."
Deng suffered the injury during the shootaround Tuesday morning and the hamstring worsened during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers that night. He didn't play Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
If you went to bed early Wednesday night and didn't catch the Bulls game at Portland, consider yourself lucky. It was a stinker with a capital P U.
The 116-74 final was the Bulls' worst loss since Mar. 28, 2003 when they suffered a 140-89 loss at Indiana. That team, coached by Bill Cartwright, won 30 games that season.
Luol Deng will miss tonight's game against the Portland Trail Blazers with a hamstring injury in his left leg.
Deng tweaked the area during Tuesday's shootaround before the Bulls played the Lakers in Los Angeles. He then further aggravated the injury during the game while scoring nine points in 26 minutes.
Without Deng in the starting lineup, coach Vinny Del Negro decided to go with a three-guard lineup with Larry Hughes joining Ben Gordon and Derrick Rose in the lineup. Drew Gooden starts at power forward and Aaron Gray takes over for the struggling Joakim Noah at center.
The Bulls' annual mid-November extended road trip is called the circus trip because the circus takes over the United Center for two weeks. But it could just as well be called the circus trip because of the way the Bulls have performed on it the last decade.
In regards to wins and losses, they've basically been a band of traveling clowns.
This year's trip kicks off tonight in Los Angeles with a date against the Lakers.
"Playing on the road is always tough in the NBA, especially in the Western Conference," guard Ben Gordon said. "The Western Conference is usually top-to-bottom stronger than the Eastern Conference, so you're playing against a lot of good teams.
"I think the road trip is a great time for teams to bond and find their indentity. You can learn a lot from this road trip."
Coach Vinny Del Negro will go with the same starting lineup he used in Saturday night's win over Indiana, with Gordon and Derrick Rose in the backcourt, Luol Deng and Drew Gooden at forward and Joakim Noah at center.
Less than a month into his NBA career, Derrick Rose already can boast something none of his teammates can -- a profile in Sports Illustrated.
Rose is featured in the latest issue of the magazine that hits newsstands on Wednesday, with the theme of the article being that the Bulls have their first player to build around since Michael Jordan left town.
In SI, Rose is quoted saying: "When I'm sitting in the locker room before games, I think about the history of this team, all those great players, what it was like in Chicago then. I want to get back to those days. I know a lot of pressure comes with that, but I want it. I want the pressure on me. I would be more worried if it wasn't there."
Kirk Hinrich underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. Dr. John Fernandez and Dr. Mark Cohen of Rush University Medical Center performed the surgery which was deemed a success. Hinrich is still expected to miss up to 12 weeks while recovering.
A day after practicing with contact for the first time, Larry Hughes said his right shoulder is feeling fine and he hopes to return to the active roster Thursday night when the Bulls host the Dallas Mavericks at the United Center.
"I did a full practice [Monday]," Hughes said after the Bulls' shootaround Tuesday. "We wanted to see how it felt the day after a practice [with] full contact and it feels pretty good. I'll continue my treatment, continue my therapy and, hopefully, get back on the court."
If he gets through Wednesday's practice without any issues, Hughes -- who is wearing a protective harness -- wants to play against the Mavericks. He suffered the separated shoulder in a preseason game on Oct. 22.
Drew Gooden participated in the Bulls' shootaround this morning, but whether his sprained right ankle will allow him to play in tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks is still up in the air.
"He went this morning a little bit, but it's just a shootaround," coach Vinny Del Negro said of Gooden. "It's still a little swollen in that ankle. We'll see how he feels before the game."
Del Negro wouldn't confirm a starting lineup for the Hawks game, but expect Derrick Rose and Ben Gordon to start in the backcourt, Luol Deng and Tyrus Thomas at forward and either Joakim Noah or Aaron Gray at center. If Gooden does play, he'll likely come off the bench.
Reminder: The Bulls' game against Dallas on Thursday has been moved up from 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Head coach Vinny Del Negro made two changes to his starters Friday vs. Phoenix. Kirk Hinrich took Thabo Sefolosha's spot at shooting guard and Aaron Gray replaced Tyrus Thomas at forward even though Shaquille O'Neal is inactive for the Suns.
Wednesday's shootaround in preparation for tonight's game with the Cleveland Cavaliers lasted more than an hour. Coach Vinny Del Negro said he will go with the same starting lineup, Derrick Rose and Thabo Sefolosha at guard, Luol Deng and Tyrus Thomas at forward and Drew Gooden at center.
While the starting lineup remains the same, backup big man Joakim Noah is hoping to get more time on the court tonight. In the previous two games, Noah has played a total of 12 minutes.
"It's hurts," he said. "I want to play, of course. I think everybody that doesn't play a lot of minutes wants to play, but I'm trying to stay positive. Barack Obama was elected yesterday. It's a beautiful day.
"I want to play and it's always hard to sit. I just have to stay positive and I know my time will come."
After getting bounced in the Eastern Conference finals each of the last two years, the Detroit Pistons made a bold move Monday in acquiring Allen Iverson from the Denver Nuggets for Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess.
It's a bold move, but I doubt it will have the desired effect and get the Pistons back to the Finals this season.
Iverson still is a dynamic scorer and there's no doubt he'll put up big numbers and make the Pistons more potent offensively. But Billups was the heart and soul of the team. He ran the offense, led the perimeter defense and was a vocal leader in the locker room.
Iverson will be playing mostly point guard, which will be interesting because he plays more like a shooting guard.
The Bulls will use the same starting lineup for tonight's game against the Orlando Magic that they featured in the first three games, meaning Drew Gooden will assume the task of containing Magic center Dwight Howard.
"You have to make him move; get him as far away from the basket as possible," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said of Howard. "But he's so athletic, long and big sometimes it's difficult."
Except for Larry Hughes and Michael Ruffin, all of the Bulls players participated in Monday's shootaround in Orlando and will be ready to go.
The rest of the starting lineup will be Derrick Rose and Thabo Sefolosha in the backcourt, Luol Deng and Tyrus Thomas at forward and Gooden at center.