Nikola Mirotic scored 26 points, Pau Gasol had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 113-86 victory Monday night over the Brooklyn Nets.
Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points, Pau Gasol added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls handed the Knicks their franchise-record 60th loss, beating New York 111-80 Saturday night.
Somewhere along the line, the Bulls without Rose will almost certainly get stopped. Their season will end in the first or second round of the playoffs, and at that point, the Bulls will part company with Thibodeau.
The Chicago Bulls star will have surgery on his right knee for the second straight season, casting doubt on whether the once dynamic point guard will ever be the same after a series of injuries.
Brook Lopez had a season-high 29 points, Joe Johnson had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets posted a 96-82 victory to snap the Chicago Bulls’ seven-game winning streak.
“Ultimately that has to be the player’s decision, in terms of what he feels like is best for him and his career. Also, what’s best for the team,” head coach Derek Fisher said.
“Come on, man,” the Knicks star responded Friday. “After all the work I did to get here and get back here, if I was to get up and want to leave now, that would just make me weak.”
This is going to be a time-consuming and painful process with the Knicks, and Carmelo Anthony is finally realizing that.
At one point it looked as if the seven-time All-Star was going to join the contending Bulls. It turns out that a deal with Chicago was even closer than you probably thought. It nearly happened.
LeBron James scored 36 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls 114-108 in overtime on Friday night.
“Embarrassed? No, I am not embarrassed,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said. “We will get better. I believe that.” But it’s not about to get any easier.
Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in his Chicago debut, Derrick Rose scored 13 points after missing most of the last two seasons, and the Bulls spoiled Derek Fisher’s first game as an NBA coach.
Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks are hoping a full season under team president Phil Jackson can help them return to the playoffs. It starts Wednesday night against Chicago.
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Last season was plagued by injuries to the league’s most noted stars, but this offseason proved to be full of action: the draft, big announcements, players sporting new jerseys, coaching changes and the controversies – just to name a few.