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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups

Apr 15, 2015 11:30 PM

The following are the matchups for the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. San Antonio Spurs
4. Portland Trailblazers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta Hawks vs. 8. Brooklyn Nets
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Boston Celtics
3. Chicago Bulls vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

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Derrick Rose Calls Recent Rehab 'Hell'

Apr 13, 2015 6:57 PM

Derrick Rose opened up about his most recent rehab getting back to game action.

"Hell," Rose said when asked what the last six weeks were like. "Because you got to do rehab over again. Waking up at 7:30 every day and being there two hours before practice, beating everybody to the training room when you arrive to a city. You have to do two or three workouts every day. So the game, that’s kind of easy. For sure it’s easy."

 

Rose made several big plays down the stretch of Saturday's victory.

"It just feels good being put in those situations again," he said. "It’s always a blessing when you come back to a team like this and they allow you to play the way that you play. I’m grateful for it. And I’m happy that I’m playing in the fourth quarter now."

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Derrick Rose Expected To Play 20 Minutes On Wednesday

Apr 8, 2015 1:09 PM

Derrick Rose is expected to play in his first game since his Feb. 27 meniscectomy on his right knee on Wednesday against the Orlando Magic.

"It feels the same," Rose said Wednesday of being on the verge of playing again. "I've been putting a lot of work in, busting my ass to get back and I'm just happy that I'm able to come back to a team where I think we're playing all right basketball. I think defensively we're playing good, so offensively I shouldn't have to worry about it, just come back and play the way that I normally play."

Tom Thibodeau said at a shootaround Wednesday that Rose would play about 20 minutes in his first game back.

"Just him being on the floor is a plus for our team," Thibodeau said. "I'm not expecting him to play 35 minutes. I'm not expecting him to score 30 points. Just go out there, run the team, play to your strengths, cover up your weaknesses, make your teammates better. That's all I want him to do."

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Derrick Rose 'Probably' Will Return This Week

Apr 5, 2015 10:55 PM

Derrick Rose said his return from a meniscectomy will "probably" be this week.

Rose, who has been out since having the procedure Feb. 27, had been noncommittal in regard to a return date until this point.

 

Gar Forman initially said after the surgery that Rose would be out four to six weeks.

Rose said that he and the Bulls were "taking it day by day, really day by day," in regard to this latest comeback.

"If anything, I'm just trying to get my mental [approach] together so when I come back it won't be like my previous times," Rose said. "I think I was away from the game too long [during] previous injuries, and with me missing five, six, seven weeks now, I think that my return is about to be [smoother]."

 

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Jordan Clarkson, Nikola Mirotic Named Rookies Of The Month

Apr 3, 2015 8:14 PM

Jordan Clarkson and Nikola Mirotic have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for March.

Clarkson ranked third among rookies -- and first on the Lakers -- in scoring (15.8 ppg), second in assists (5.2 apg) and sixth in rebounding (4.8 rpg) in 16 starts. 

Mirotic led all rookies and the Bulls in scoring (20.8 ppg) for the month while ranking second among rookies in rebounding (7.6 rpg) and blocks (1.2 bpg). 

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Derrick Rose Returns To Full Contact Practice

Mar 30, 2015 4:38 PM

Derrick Rose returned to the contact portions of practice on Monday and is on track for his four-to-six week recovery from a knee injury.

"He was aggressive," Tom Thibodeau said. "He was a little winded, but we expected that. Overall, I thought it was good. He said he feels good physically. The big thing is going to be the wind and conditioning. He’s been out a long time."

The goal is for Rose to log as many regular-season games as possible with the Chicago Bulls to build chemistry and conditioning.

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Derrick Rose Close To Clearance For Contact, Confident Of Return This Season

Mar 25, 2015 1:28 PM

Derrick Rose remains confident he will return to the Chicago Bulls' lineup this season.

Rose expects to be cleared for contact either next week or next. Rose is doing everything with the Bulls except taking contact.

"Oh yeah, I’m not worried about that," Rose said. "I’m feeling good. I’m trying to do all the right things. Put all the positives in the bag and just try to go with it. It’s something that I’ve been doing for a long time. Rehab is definitely a grind. But I’m getting used to it."

 

Rose had a small piece of his right meniscus removed on Feb. 27. The Bulls estimated his return to action at four to six weeks. Friday marks four weeks since the surgery.

"Should be sometime this week or next week," Rose said when asked about taking contact. "Gotta talk to (Director of Sports Performance) Jen (Swanson) and go from there."

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Jimmy Butler Likely To Return On Monday

Mar 23, 2015 12:59 PM

Jimmy Butler is likely to return to the Chicago Bulls' lineup on Monday against the Charlotte Hornets.

Butler has missed the past 11 games due to a left elbow injury. The Bulls were 5-6 during the stretch.

"He feels good," Tom Thibodeau said. "We’ll see when he warms up tonight. But it looks like it could be a go."

Thibodeau said Butler, who leads the NBA in minutes per game, wouldn't be restricted upon his return. Tony Snell would move into a reserve role.

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Derrick Rose Participates In Non-Contact Portion Of Practice, Slightly Ahead Of Schedule

Mar 17, 2015 9:36 PM

Derrick Rose participated in non-contact portions of the Chicago Bulls' practice on Tuesday.

Tom Thibodeau said Rose is "maybe even slightly ahead" of his four to six week timeline that began on Feb. 27 when he had knee surgery.

“It’s the next phase of his rehab,” Thibodeau said of Rose participating in parts of practice. “He still has to obviously strengthen the knee. But it’s a good step for him.”

 

The Bulls expected Rose to return this season when he underwent his surgery.

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Derrick Rose Plans To Return This Season

Mar 9, 2015 9:23 PM

Derrick Rose spoke to the media on Monday for the first time since his knee surgery on Feb. 27.

Rose expects to return but stopped short of promising it.

"I think so, that's the plan," Rose said. "Whenever I feel right, that's when I'm going to step back."

The Chicago Bulls previously announced an estimate that Rose would be back within four to six weeks.

"I'm not even thinking about that right now," he said when pressed for a firm commitment for his return. "I'm thinking about getting the most out of every day."

Rose said he was upset at first, then relieved when he realized the injury wasn't as severe as his previous two.

"Knowing I had the ACL injury, whenever you have a knee injury after that, you're thinking it's always an ACL," he said. "Me thinking that and knowing it wasn't, it was a sign of a little relief."

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Warriors, Mavs, Raptors, Spurs, Heat, Bulls Interested In JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee and the Celtics were unable to close a deal on a contract on Thursday.

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Jimmy Butler Could Miss 3-4 Weeks With Elbow Sprain
Jimmy Butler could miss three to four weeks with his elbow sprain, but he won't need surgery.

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Jimmy Butler To Undergo MRI On Hyperextended Elbow
Jimmy Butler will undergo an MRI on his hyperextended left elbow on Monday.

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Derrick Rose Confident He Will Play Again This Season
Derrick Rose was in good spirits and will begin his rehabilitation process.

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Derrick Rose Undergoes Surgery, Expected Back In 4-6 Weeks
Derrick Rose is expected to return from his knee surgery in four to six weeks.

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Derrick Rose To Undergo Meniscectomy On Right Knee
A timetable for when Derrick Rose will return will be determined following the procedure.

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Nate Robinson, Bulls Hold Exploratory Discussions
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Westbrook Has 30.0+ PER In Four Of Seven Months Since Third Surgery
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Derrick Rose To Undergo Knee Surgery To Repair Medial Meniscus Tear
Derrick Rose will undergo surgery after an MRI revealed medial meniscus tear in his right knee.

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Taj Gibson Playing Through Grade Two Ligament Tear In Hand
Taj Gibson suffered the hand injury on Jan. 19.

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Bulls, Clippers, Cavs Expected To Pursue Kendrick Perkins
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Ronnie Brewer, Bulls Maintaining Contact
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Thunder, Kings, Bulls, Clippers Interested In Arron Afflalo
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Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
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Butler, Lowry, Wall, Knight, MCW, I. Thomas To Participate In Skills Challenge
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Paxson Refutes Van Gundy's Comments On Bulls Leaking Stories To Undermine Thibodeau
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Raptors, Bulls Among Teams Interested In D.J. Kennedy
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Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry Headline 2015 NBA All-Star Starters
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Derrick Rose Cleared From Minute Restrictions
Derrick Rose has been cleared by the Bulls to play extended minutes if needed.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
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