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Bulls complete season sweep of Cavs with resounding win that pushes TNT streak to 20

Bulls complete season sweep of Cavs with resounding win that pushes TNT streak to 20

Very few things are certain in this topsy-turvy unpredictable Bulls season, but the stage was set for something oh-so-inevitable as soon as the schedule was announced eight months ago.

A Thursday night game in Chicago, in March, on national television.

It didn't matter that it was the defending-champion Cleveland Cavaliers coming into the United Center, saying all the right things about needing to get themselves right with a handful of games left in the regular season.

Thursday night on Madison.

On TNT.

With Nikola Mirotic.

Check, check, check.

The Bulls completed an improbable season sweep of the Cavaliers with a 99-93 win, pulling themselves to within a game of the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat for a playoff spot in their 20th straight regular-season home win on TNT.

Mirotic continued his torrid month, hitting six triples and scoring 28 in 38 minutes, as many of his points were assisted from the capable hands of Rajon Rondo, who had a season-high 15 assists.

"It is great, it's a great feeling," Mirotic said after his second straight 28-point performance. "I feel like my long shot has been great lately, I've also been making shots that are not 3s. Rondo has been finding me, he's been looking for me."

Rondo said the Bulls aren't running plays for Mirotic, but with this being his hot month, Rondo has been looking for him almost every time down, especially on secondary breaks.

"We're trusting each other more," Rondo said. "We're rebounding the ball, taking care of the basketball. (Niko's) a confident player, those shots he missed early in the year, he's making them now. We believe in him."

The team that can't shoot hit 12 triples Thursday after 10 in Milwaukee, firing from all angles and often playing frenetically — which works to their advantage as they don't have traditional secondary scoring options.

"We wanted to get our attempts up," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "With the trade, and we put Rondo back in the lineup, we really felt we needed to space the floor, and that's where Niko came in. He's played with such good rhythm."

Hoiberg couldn't explain the statistical anomaly with his team's streak, probably keeping his hands off the recent voodoo that established itself before he took over as coach.

But he could explain the recent trend of players like Rondo and Mirotic doing just enough work early so Jimmy Butler could have the ball in his hands late and enough energy to put together a decent fourth quarter without being dog tired. Thursday, he scored 10 of his 25 points in the final quarter.

A quick spurt to start the final stanza, where Butler hit a corner 3, intercepted a LeBron James pass and then hit a mid-range jumper, pushed the Bulls' lead to 88-78 at a time when the champions were expected to get serious about things.

"Just made a lot of great plays, Jimmy was really, really good tonight," Hoiberg said, pointing to a stretch while Butler sat late in the third and the Bulls increased their lead with two triples from Denzel Valentine.

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Butler came back from getting popped in the eye in the second quarter, removed from the game and sitting out for awhile, going to the locker room before re-emerging in the third.

It was the only time the Cavaliers looked intent on ending the Bulls' streak, as James scored 19 of his 26 in the first half, ending the second quarter with a buzzer-beating jumper.

The Cavaliers certainly didn't look like a team playing with championship intensity or attention to detail and couldn't muster up the urgency the Bulls have to play with for the next two weeks.

Rondo led the brigade, baiting the Cavaliers into needless fouls, careless mistakes and an overall indifference for long stretches. And the Bulls took advantage in the second half while waiting for the inevitable James explosion that actually never occurred.

"He broke us down. Take the challenge. Rondo's a veteran point guard," James said. "He's been doing this for years. It's no surprise. We just got to have our head on a swivel knowing he likes to get into the paint, not even for himself a lot of the time, it's to get guys open. And he found them."

James added 10 rebounds and eight assists, but missed a critical 3-pointer that could've pulled the Cavs to a workable margin with less than a minute left.

James dominated a stretch to start the second quarter, beginning with a detonating dunk on a helpless Joffrey Lauvergne, following it up with two more dunks and pushing the Cavaliers' lead to 10.

Not to be outdone on the defensive end, he darted out in the passing lane to intercept a needless Denzel Valentine pass and had a chase-down block on Michael Carter-Williams that was reminiscent of so many in his younger days — except it's hard to tell the difference between a younger James and this version.

His 1-for-7 night from 3-point range was the only demerit on an otherwise sterling performance on a night that called for more from his co-stars.

Kevin Love was in foul trouble in the second half, picking up his fifth on the first possession of the fourth and then fouling out within moments of re-entering, fouling Butler on what turned out to be a three-point play opportunity.

Rondo hounded Kyrie Irving to a 7-for-20 night and disrupted the Cavs' offense just enough with deflections and tips, as the champions turned it over 15 times and shot 45 percent from the field.

Rondo was also the catalyst for a third-quarter explosion that turned the game around, as the Bulls outscored the Cavaliers 37-21 in the third, with Rondo dishing out eight assists and the Bulls hitting five triples in the period.

It's only one game, but for a night, Bulls fans could say they expected this win, for once.

After all, it's Thursday night on Madison.

NBC Sports Chicago begins a new era of Chicago Bulls basketball

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NBC Sports Chicago begins a new era of Chicago Bulls basketball

Chicago, IL (October 21, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago – THE NEW EXCLUSIVE HOME of the Blackhawks, Bulls, and White Sox – ushers in a brand new era of CHICAGO BULLS BASKETBALL with the most games on one network in Chicago sports history, which includes live streaming of EVERY GAME and surrounding game coverage to authenticated subscribers via NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app (fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store), along with its most expansive digital/social coverage to date and much more!


NBC Sports Chicago will carry the first of 82 regular season Bulls telecasts on Wednesday, October 23, as the Bulls travel to face the Eastern Conference rival Charlotte Hornets LIVE from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC.  Expanded game night coverage begins with a special, ONE-HOUR edition of Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light at 5:00 PM CT featuring NBC Sports Chicago’s new Bulls game night studio host and Chicago sports media fan favorite Jason Goff, with pregame analysis to be provided by former Bulls standouts Kendall Gill and Will Perdue, plus - fans can look forward to the latest pregame team news/player updates from Charlotte via NBC Sports Chicago’s new Bulls “Insider”/veteran NBA expert K.C. Johnson.


Tip-off is set for 6:00 PM CT on October 23 featuring Bulls play-by-play broadcasting legend Neil Funk (now in his 47th year in broadcasting and 28th announcing Chicago Bulls basketball), who recently announced he will retire at the end of the 2019-20 season.  Stacey King, three-time Bulls NBA Champion, now in his 14th season as a Bulls broadcaster, will handle analysis for every Bulls game on NBC Sports Chicago this season. (NOTE: Funk will handle play-by-play duties for every Bulls home game telecast, along with select road games. For road games Funk is absent, the Bulls plan to slot in various play-by-play announcers alongside King. The Bulls will provide an update on a substitute announcer schedule at a later date). Bulls Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois - featuring Goff, Gill, and Perdue - immediately follows the final buzzer featuring live post-game press conferences, live locker room player interviews, full highlights and comprehensive post-game analysis. Immediately following every edition of Bulls Postgame Live, viewers can look forward to Bulls Outsiders, featuring the hottest game night takes and spirited commentary from the always-entertaining trio of die-hard Bulls fans, Matt Peck, David Watson and John Sabine. The fan-interactive Bulls Outsiders also streams live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and on Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) and enables viewers to send in their comments and questions to the Outsiders crew.

Then, on Saturday, October 26, NBC Sports Chicago will provide Bulls fans with expanded, day-long multi-platform coverage of the HOME OPENER, as the Bulls host the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors; note the following complete game day/night coverage details:

(THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE AFTERNOON/EVENING) – NBC Sports Chicago’s variety of social media outlets will provide fans with a multitude of Opening Night “Sights & Sounds” moments from the United Center throughout the day/night featuring enhanced cross-platform coverage on Facebook (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) and Twitter (@NBCSChicago & @NBCSBulls), with additional photos/quick video offerings from ‘NBCSChicago’ via Instagram and Instagram Live. In addition, fans can look forward to special pregame segments on Facebook Live and live Periscope segments on Twitter.

6:30 PM – Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light – Opening Night coverage from the United Center gets underway with Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light featuring host Jason Goff, along with analysts Kendall Gill, Will Perdue and Bulls “Insider” K.C. Johnson.  In addition to the up-to-the-minute pre-game updates provided by NBC Sports Chicago’s new Bulls home game sideline reporter Leila Rahimi, Bulls Pregame Live will also feature a complete player match-up breakdown, interviews with Bulls players and coaches, along with a look at all the fun and entertaining Bulls Opening Night festivities from the UC.

7:00 PM – HOME OPENER – Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors – Featuring the game call via Neil Funk and Stacey King, along with sideline reports provided by Leila Rahimi.

9:30 PM – Bulls Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois (time approx.) – Hosted by Goff, and featuring Gill, Perdue, and Rahimi, Bulls Postgame Live will provide fans with a thorough game recap/highlights/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews, along with a preview of the Bulls upcoming match-ups.

10:00 PM – Bulls Outsiders (time approx.) – Hosted by Matt Peck, David Watson and John Sabine, fans can look forward to the trio’s “fans perspective” on the evening’s game, plus – fans can also submit their comments and questions to the hosts via Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago).

10:30 PM – Bulls vs. Toronto (game replay on NBC Sports Chicago+)

In addition, airing TONIGHT (Mon, Oct. 21) at 7:00 PM CT, Bulls fans can look forward to a special sneak preview of the 2019-20 NBA season with the Bulls Season Preview presented BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois special.  Hosted by Goff, Gill and Perdue, the Bulls Season Preview special will provide viewers with detailed season preview analysis, along with a comprehensive look at this year’s Bulls roster, including an in-depth at the rookies and new acquisitions. (NOTE: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app)

 

In addition to its live stream of every NBC Sports Chicago Bulls game telecast, NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app will also provide fans with even more exclusive Bulls content throughout the season including the following:

  • K.C. JOHNSON – One of the most respected NBA beat reporters in the nation and a Bulls beat veteran for close to two decades, Johnson joins NBC Sports Chicago as its new Bulls “Insider and will provide in-depth Bulls coverage on NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app all season long. Johnson can be followed on Twitter at @KCJHoop.
  • MARK SCHANOWSKI – NBC Sports Chicago’s veteran Bulls/NBA expert will continue to provide Bulls fans with feature stories and analysis all season long on a variety of NBC Sports Chicago platforms. Schanowski can be followed on Twitter at @MarkSchanowski.
  • NBCSportsChicago.com will stream EVERY Bulls postgame press conference LIVE - providing insider access to head coach Jim Boylen addressing the media as it happens as part of the “Bulls Postgame Live” stream.
  • Video highlights from every Bulls game, including in-game highlights at halftime, as well as extensive post-game reaction from the locker room and analysis from the “Bulls Postgame Live” team.
  • “Bulls Talk PODCAST” (presented by Coors Light) – Featuring NBC Sports Chicago’s Jason Goff, Kendall Gill, Will Perdue, K.C. Johnson, and an array of special guests, NBC Sports Chicago’s popular “Bulls Talk” podcast features in-depth Bulls discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news throughout the season. Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts (including the “Bulls Outsiders” podcast) at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • Bulls Talk (NBCSportsChicago.com/Bulls) - NBCSportsChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Bulls news, video features, recaps/previews, and original commentary section, features continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the “Bulls Talk PODCAST.”
  • Twitter - Fans are also urged to follow @NBCSBulls on Twitter for full team coverage, #AuthenticFan Night updates, fan photos and game day news throughout the 2019-20 NBA campaign.
  • Facebook & Instagram - Fans can also follow and connect with NBC Sports Chicago’s extensive Bulls coverage on Facebook (including numerous “Facebook Live” segments with NBC Sports Chicago talent), Instagram and Instagram Stories at ‘NBCSChicago’

 

NBC SPORTS CHICAGO

NBCSportsChicago.com/”MyTeams by NBC Sports” app

 

2019 - 2020 Chicago Bulls Schedule

 

 

REGULAR SEASON

    

  1. Wed, Oct 23         6:00 pm        @ Charlotte                         SEASON OPENER!
  2. Fri, Oct 25            7:00 pm        @ Memphis
  3. Sat, Oct 26           7:00 pm        vs. Toronto                          HOME OPENER!
  4. Mon, Oct 28         6:00 pm        @ New York
  5. Wed, Oct 30         6:00 pm        @ Cleveland
  6. Fri, Nov 1             7:00 pm        vs. Detroit
  7. Sun, Nov 3           4:00 pm        @ Indiana
  8. Tue, Nov 5           7:00 pm        vs. Los Angeles Lakers
  9. Wed, Nov 6          6:30 pm        @ Atlanta
  10. Sat, Nov 9            7:00 pm        vs. Houston                         NBCSCH+
  11. Tue, Nov 12         7:00 pm        vs. New York
  12. Thu, Nov 14         7:00 pm        @ Milwaukee
  13. Sat, Nov 16          5:00 pm        vs. Brooklyn
  14. Mon, Nov 18         7:00 pm        vs. Milwaukee
  15. Wed, Nov 20        7:00 pm        vs. Detroit
  16. Fri, Nov 22           7:00 pm        vs. Miami
  17. Sat, Nov 23          6:00 pm        @ Charlotte                         NBCSCH+
  18. Mon, Nov 25         7:00 pm        vs. Portland
  19. Wed, Nov 27        9:30 pm        @ Golden State
  20. Fri, Nov 29           9:00 pm        @ Portland
  21. Mon, Dec 2           9:00 pm        @ Sacramento                    NBCSCH+
  22. Wed, Dec 4          7:00 pm        vs. Memphis
  23. Fri, Dec 6             7:00 pm        vs. Golden State
  24. Sun, Dec 8           5:00 pm        @ Miami                             NBCSCH+
  25. Mon, Dec 9           7:00 pm        vs. Toronto
  26. Wed, Dec 11        7:00 pm        vs. Atlanta
  27. Fri, Dec 13           7:00 pm        vs. Charlotte
  28. Sat, Dec 14          7:00 pm        vs. Los Angeles Clippers     
  29. Mon, Dec 16         7:00 pm        @ Oklahoma City
  30. Wed, Dec 18        6:00 pm        @ Washington
  31. Sat, Dec 21          6:00 pm        @ Detroit
  32. Mon, Dec 23         6:00 pm        @ Orlando                          NBCSCH+
  33. Sat, Dec 28          7:00 pm        vs. Atlanta
  34. Mon, Dec 30         7:00 pm        vs. Milwaukee
  35. Thu, Jan 2            7:00 pm        vs. Utah
  36. Sat, Jan 4             7:00 pm        vs. Boston
  37. Mon, Jan 6           7:30 pm        @ Dallas
  38. Wed, Jan 8           7:00 pm        @ New Orleans
  39. Fri, Jan 10            7:00 pm        vs. Indiana
  40. Sat, Jan 11           6:00 pm        @ Detroit
  41. Mon, Jan 13         6:30 pm        @ Boston
  42. Wed, Jan 15         7:00 pm        vs. Washington                    NBCSCH+
  43. Fri, Jan 17            6:00 pm        @ Philadelphia                    
  44. Sat, Jan 18           7:00 pm        vs. Cleveland                       NBCSCH+
  45. Mon, Jan 20         4:00 pm        @ Milwaukee
  46. Wed, Jan 22         7:00 pm        vs. Minnesota
  47. Fri, Jan 24            7:00 pm        vs. Sacramento
  48. Sat, Jan 25           7:00 pm        @ Cleveland
  49. Mon, Jan 27         7:00 pm        vs. San Antonio
  50. Wed, Jan 29         6:00 pm        @ Indiana
  51. Fri, Jan 31            6:30 pm        @ Brooklyn
  52. Sun, Feb 2           2:00 pm        @ Toronto
  53. Thu, Feb 6           7:00 pm        vs. New Orleans
  54. Sun, Feb 9           5:00 pm        @ Philadelphia
  55. Tue, Feb 11          6:00 pm        @ Washington
  56. Thu, Feb 20          7:00 pm        vs. Charlotte
  57. Sat, Feb 22          7:00 pm        vs. Phoenix
  58. Sun, Feb 23         6:00 pm        vs. Washington
  59. Tue, Feb 25          7:00 pm        vs. Oklahoma City
  60. Sat, Feb 29          4:00 pm        @ New York
  61. Mon, Mar 2           7:00 pm        vs. Dallas
  62. Wed, Mar 4          7:00 pm        @ Minnesota
  63. Fri, Mar 6             7:00 pm        vs. Indiana                           NBCSCH+
  64. Sun, Mar 8           2:00 pm        @ Brooklyn
  65. Tue, Mar 10          7:00 pm        vs. Cleveland
  66. Thu, Mar 12          6:00 pm        @ Orlando
  67. Sat, Mar 14          7:00 pm        @ Miami                             NBCSCH+
  68. Sun, Mar 15         7:00 pm        vs. Boston
  69. Wed, Mar 18        7:00 pm        vs. Miami
  70. Fri, Mar 20           7:30 pm        @ San Antonio
  71. Sat, Mar 21          7:00 pm        @ Houston
  72. Mon, Mar 23         7:00 pm        vs. Denver
  73. Thu, Mar 26          7:00 pm        vs. Philadelphia
  74. Sat, Mar 28          7:00 pm        vs. New York
  75. Mon, Mar 30         8:00 pm        @ Utah
  76. Fri, Apr 3              8:00 pm        @ Denver
  77. Sun, Apr 5            5:00 pm        @ Phoenix
  78. Tue, Apr 7            9:30 pm        @ Los Angeles Lakers
  79. Wed, Apr 8           9:30 pm        @ Los Angeles Clippers
  80. Sat, Apr 11           7:00 pm        vs. Brooklyn
  81. Mon, Apr 13         7:00 pm        vs. Orlando
  82. Wed, Apr 15         6:30 pm        @ Boston

 

 

41 Home, 41 Road regular season games

Total: 82 games

 

NBCSCH+ (NBC Sports Chicago Plus) – please visit NBCSportsChicago.com/channel-finder for channel location information

All Times Central Time

Schedule Subject to Change

 

NBC Sports Chicago, a partnership between the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago White Sox (MLB) and the NBC Sports Group, features over 275 live pro games in high definition each year.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago delivers extensive pre/post-game coverage for its core pro team partners, as well as Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs multi-platform coverage, plus - local sports discussion programs that includes SportsTalk Live, and massive cross-platform coverage provided by the network’s growing digital platform, NBCSportsChicago.com, the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app, and its variety of fan-focused social media outlets. Fans can follow the network on Twitter via @NBCSChicago.  

 

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 35 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia +, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Washington + and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago/NBC Sports Chicago+, and NBC Sports Northwest. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

 

 

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2019 NBA Preview Show: How to watch online and on the MyTeams app

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2019 NBA Preview Show: How to watch online and on the MyTeams app

Basketball is back, and there is some actual excitement surrounding the Bulls and their young core.

The NBA season starts on Tuesday night and before tipoff, look ahead to the 2019-20 season by watching the NBA Preview Show, which will stream exclusively in the MyTeams App starting at 3 p.m. CT.

Fans can submit questions on social media using the hashtag #NBAtipoffNBC and we will get answers on the show.

Our own Bulls Insider K.C. Johnson national NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh to talk about the Bulls' outlook this season. Specifically, can the team make the jump to the playoffs? Will Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen break out as stars this year?

Here's how you can watch NBC Sports' NBA Season Preview Show online:

DATE: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
TIME: 3 p.m. CT
WHERE: MyTeams App

The Bulls open the season on Wednesday night, at 6 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Bulls easily on your device.