Posts Tagged ‘Bulls injuries’

BULLS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich is fully recovered from a strained groin and will not have his minutes monitored tonight, according to coach Tom Thibodeau. The nine-year veteran will be matched up defensively against NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving. “Kirk is fine, so he’ll start on Kyrie,” Thibodeau said. “It’s not an easy assignment because Kyrie is a very good cutter and puts a lot of pressure on you in a lot of ways.”
  • The remainder of Chicago’s lineup is center Joakim Noah, power forward Carlos Boozer, small forward Luol Deng, and shooting guard Richard Hamilton. “We have two experienced passers in Joakim and Carlos, which we’ll try and take advantage of,” Thibodeau said. “The ball has to move and the body has to move (when we’re) passing in order for us to be successful right now.”
  • The Cavaliers will start Irving, center Anderson Varejao, power forward Tristan Thompson, small forward Alonzo Gee, and rookie shooting guard Dion Waiters. Cleveland and the Bulls have now played four times since Irving was drafted first overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, but he and Chicago point guard Derrick Rose have yet share the same court because of injuries.
  • Cavaliers coach Byron Scott plans on keeping his 10-man rotation that includes a second unit of rookie Tyler Zeller at center, Luke Walton at power forward, C.J. Miles at small forward, Daniel Gibson at shooting guard, and Donald Sloan at point guard. “We’re gonna give it a go with those guys for a week or so,” Scott said. “If we have to make some changes at that point, then we will.”
  • Chicago and Cleveland are both 1-0. The Bulls beat Sacramento 93-87 on Halloween, while the Cavaliers topped the Wizards 94-84 in the opening game of the 2012-2013 NBA season on Tuesday.
  • Rose (left knee reconstructive surgery) remains out indefinitely for Chicago, while Cleveland’s inactives are point guard Jeremy Pargo and power forward Luke Harangody.
  • The Bulls have won eight straight games over the Cavaliers, including all three meetings last season.

– Brian Dulik

BULLS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (illness) will not play. The No. 1 overall draft pick warmed up with his teammates upon arriving at Quicken Loans Arena, but was ruled out of the game after meeting with the team’s medical staff an hour before tipoff. “Kyrie has got some type of bug he caught in Orlando (during NBA All-Star weekend), and it finally caught up with him,” Cleveland coach Byron Scott explained.
  • With Irving sidelined, Ramon Sessions will run the point for the Cavaliers with shooting guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson backing him up. Sessions is averaging 18.3 points and 12.3 assists in three starts this season. Also worth noting: When Sessions starts, power forward Antawn Jamison is averaging 27.0 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting .582 from the field.
  • Joining Sessions and Jamison in Cleveland’s lineup are center Semih Erden, small forward Omri Casspi, and shooting guard Anthony Parker. The Cavaliers’ inactives are center Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture) and swingman Christian Eyenga (right little toe laceration). Officially, Irving is on their 13-man active roster, but he is not in uniform.
  • Bulls shooting guard Richard Hamilton (right thigh strain) will start in the backcourt alongside reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose. Hamilton, who missed 13 games with the injury from Jan. 27-Feb. 22, is averaging 3.5 points and 2.5 assists in two contests since returning. The remainder of Chicago’s first five includes center Joakim Noah, power forward Carlos Boozer, and small forward Luol Deng.
  • Rose sat out the Bulls’ last game in Cleveland with a left toe sprain, but Chicago still managed to hand the Cavaliers their worst-ever home loss — 114-75 on Jan. 20. “We addressed it (with the team),” Scott said. “We got our (expletive) kicked, and tonight, hopefully we come back ready to play. It’s time to man up.”
  • The Bulls have won four games in a row and are 6-1 in their last seven contests, while Cleveland has lost three straight to fall 3 1/2 games behind New York in the race for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

– Brian Dulik

BULLS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

TV: League Pass

  • Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (left toe sprain) will sit out his third straight game and is inactive. The reigning NBA MVP, who did not take part in the morning shootaround, suffered a flare-up of the injury Saturday against Toronto. Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose’s status remains day to day, but added, “each day, he’s moving in the right direction. Right now, he doesn’t feel he’s ready to go.”
  • C.J. Watson will make his second start of the season in Rose’s spot, prompting Cavaliers coach Byron Scott to quip, “My prayer was answered.” The remainder of Chicago’s lineup is center Joakim Noah, power forward Carlos Boozer, small forward Luol Deng, and shooting guard Richard Hamilton. “The thing with our team is we have more than enough to work with, even without Derrick,” Thibodeau said.
  • Cavaliers shooting guard Anthony Parker (lower back strain) will play after missing one game. The 36-year-old, who is the oldest player on Cleveland’s roster, said no single incident caused the stiffness. “It was just a combination of things, like our (two-week) West Coast trip, sleeping in some bad hotel beds, and playing in a lot of games one after the other,” Parker explained.
  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is averaging 21.8 points and 5.2 assists in his last six games. The No. 1 overall draft choice leads all rookies in scoring (17.7), and ranks second in assists (5.2) and field goal percentage (.486). Irving said he empathizes with Rose, having missed a significant portion of his one year at Duke with ligament damage in his right big toe. “It’s really like jamming your finger, but worse, because that’s where you get your power from,” he said.
  • Irving, Parker, small forward Omri Casspi, power forward Antawn Jamison, and center Anderson Varejao will start for Cleveland. Guard Mychel Thompson and swingman Christian Eyenga are inactive for the Cavaliers.
  • Chicago has the best record in the NBA at 13-3, while Cleveland is 6-7 and stands seventh in the Eastern Conference standings. The Cavaliers have played a league-low four home games, winning two of them.

– Brian Dulik