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    Chicago Bulls Game thread: New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls 7:30 3/19/2018 [Game #71]





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    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY MSG 7:30 PM EST


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    Injury Report

    Chicago Bulls New York Knicks
    Lauri Markkanen - Lower back spasms (NWT) Ron Baker - Right shoulder injury (OUT)
    Kris Dunn - Right toe sprain (NWT) Joakim Noah - Personal reasons (NWT)
    Zach LaVine - Left patellar tendinitis (NWT) Kristaps Porzingis - Torn Left ACL (OUT)
    Noah Vonleh - Right toe sprain (QUEST) Lance Thomas - Personal Reasons (NWT)




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    Coming off their biggest win in months, perhaps their biggest win of the season, the New York Knicks host the visiting Chicago Bulls on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

    The Knicks scored a 124-101 win over the visiting Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, snapping a nine-game losing streak, by tightening up a defense that has struggled throughout the season.

    Coming into the game, the Hornets had been shooting the ball efficiently, hitting 48 percent of their shots in a four-point loss to Atlanta on Tuesday and 53 percent in a 12-point win over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday. New York held Charlotte to 37-percent shooting, including 27 percent from 3-point range, and the Knicks bottled up Hornets center Dwight Howard, holding him to 14 points after he had scored 30 points three times in recent games.

    New York head coach Jeff Hornacek singled out starting forward Lance Thomas for putting the clamps on Nic Batum, who scored two points on 1-for-7 shooting.

    "I think the biggest thing was they got after it defensively," Hornacek told reporters after the game. "I thought Lance was fantastic in the third quarter. He made some big plays. (Nic) Batum, played him great. He helped to slow him down."

    Chicago enters the matchup having gone 4-4 in their last eight games while trading wins and losses. In wins, the Bulls have shot well. In losses, they have not.

    Limiting Chicago has been the absence or continued nagging injuries to their three best players, Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn.

    LaVine is still working his way back from a torn ACL that he suffered last year.

    Markkanen has battled lower back spasms that have kept him out three straight games, and his status for Monday's game is in question.

    Dunn sprained a toe in a win against Memphis last week.

    "(Dunn), Lauri and Zach were hurt so we've got to pick it up," said Bulls forward Denzel Valentine, who led the team with 34 points on Saturday night in a loss to Cleveland. "Guys played hard and we fought to the end. Best player on the planet (LeBron James recorded his 15th triple-double of the season) just put the team on his back and got a win."

    This will be the two teams' final matchup of the season, and the first three games played out in vastly different fashions, though Chicago won each time.

    The teams first met on Dec. 9, when Dunn hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds left to give the Bulls a 104-102 lead. Chicago shot 51 percent from the field that day as the since-traded Nikola Mirotic hit 6 of 10 shots to lead the team with 19 points.

    Eighteen days later, the Bulls again defeated the Knicks, 92-87, holding them to three points in the last five minutes before rallying to take the win.

    The last time the teams met, Markannen had his best game as a pro, scoring 33 points while hitting 8 of 15 3-pointers and adding 10 assists in a 122-119 double-overtime win for the Bulls.

    (STATS / cbssports.com)

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    So I lied about not watching another game this season I have my dvr going. I saw an interesting segment on one of the sports shows called “tank battles.” Remember when this game used to really mean something? Two once proud franchises now both “in the tank” literally.

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    The Bulls are 4-4 the last 8, the Knicks 1-7 tell me the Bulls can't win. The kids are going to have to play well like the last one to win this one. Nits had his "breakout" game this season and along with Trey led that second unit that had 72 pts, need to see repeat performances. Looking for Mudiay to play well also. Lets go Knicks.

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    Knicks off to a terrible start 3 tos 1-7 from the field.

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    After a slow start, Kanter with a couple of buckets and THJ 3 they take the lead 12-8. Starting lineup was Kanter Beas THJ CLee and Mudiay.

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    Nits and Hicks in 4mins left 1st. Hicks cleans up an Enes miss and gets a DR at the other end making a difference early.

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    This is some real Grade F quality basketball. Knicks lead 19 - 18 after one quarter. Silver should just fine both teams for tanking and give them both a tie.

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    Knicks leading the Bulls 19-18 after 1. They CAN'T lose to a team of Blakeney Vonleigh Grant Portis Nwaba I don't think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    This is some real Grade F quality basketball. Knicks lead 19 - 18 after one quarter. Silver should just fine both teams for tanking and give them both a tie.
    CHI blatantly defying Silver imo. Rolo has not played 1 min.

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    MSG oohs and ahs on a Vonleh dunk. He strolled in from about 18 ft and slammed it in with his right hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    MSG oohs and ahs on a Vonleh dunk. He strolled in from about 18 ft and slammed it in with his right hand.
    Troy gets the MSG crowd excited cutting into the lane for a tomahwk dunk off Beas dime.

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    Cameron Payne has been a bust. Injuries have played a part and I thought Frank might be injury prone but he's held up this season, also the light may have gone on for him with Horn saying hes been more aggressive offensively. Hes 2-4 tonight with 5 pts a layup with his off hand and a 3, saw him take a baby hook in the lane last game which will be a money shot matched up against smaller guards at 6'6".

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    This is some real Grade F quality basketball. Knicks lead 19 - 18 after one quarter. Silver should just fine both teams for tanking and give them both a tie.
    CHI is tanking (sitting their stud rookie, Dunn, And LaVine for stubbed toes). NYK are just a bad team.

    Anyway, why are we playing Kanter and Beasley? We should match CHI and not play these vets....

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    This is some real Grade F quality basketball. Knicks lead 19 - 18 after one quarter. Silver should just fine both teams for tanking and give them both a tie.
    Knicks up 10 47-37 at the break. Bulls shooting 32% allowing the Knicks to hold a team to a season low points at the half.

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    Mudiay is inconsistent just like in Denver. I don't see him as the starting PG next season. Knits really needs to get a look at PG.

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