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    Chicago Bulls Game Thread: New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls 2/1/2021 8:00 pm [Game #22]





    (9-11) -- (7-11)

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    Injury Report

    New York Knicks Chicago Bulls
    Nerlens Noel - Sore left groin (OUT) Otto Porter - Back tightness (QUEST)
    Ignas Brazdeikis - G League assignment (OUT) Adam Mokoka - Head (OUT)
    Dennis Smith Jr - G league assignment (OUT) Wendell Carter Jr - Tigh(OUT)
    Jared Harper - G league assignment (OUT) -


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    Defense may be at the heart of the New York Knicks' improvement in their first season under coach Tom Thibodeau, but it wasn't evident on Sunday against the L.A. Clippers.

    The Knicks gave up a season-high 129 points to the Clippers and allowed them to shoot 54.3 percent from the field. New York entered the contest holding opponents to 43 percent shooting and 102.7 points per game.

    The Knicks will take on another capable offensive team on Monday night when they visit the Bulls in the first of back-to-back games at Chicago this week.

    The Knicks, according to NBA Advanced Stats, have a top-10 defensive rating after finishing 23rd in that category last season. The defensive effort has complemented their consistent offensive output, which continued on Sunday.

    Julius Randle continued to pace New York on that end of the floor with 27 points and 12 rebounds, Immanuel Quickley totaled 25 points and RJ Barrett finished with 23 points.

    "I thought offensively (we) were good," Thibodeau said. "Defensively, it's not what we would have liked."

    Quickley followed up his 25-point performance against the Cavaliers last week as the rookie out of Kentucky continued to deliver off the bench.

    "We saw it right from the first day he got here the way he approached things," Thibodeau said. "He's a student of the game, a great worker, a great attitude, a great approach. And the ups and downs of an NBA season, I think he prepares himself very well and his confidence comes from his preparation."

    The Bulls watched a five-point lead slip away in the final nine seconds in a 123-122 loss to Portland courtesy of Damian Lillard on Saturday. Lillard's two triples including his game-winner at the buzzer spoiled Chicago's bid for a second comeback victory this season against the Trail Blazers.

    Chicago overcame a 20-point deficit in an 111-108 win at Portland on Jan. 5 and rallied from 19 points down on Saturday.

    "We have to learn how to win and close out these kinds of games," Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. "I've said before the losing is painful with some of the ways we lost."

    Lillard buried seven of his eight three-pointers over the final two quarters and sparked Portland's comeback.

    Lauri Markkanen finished with a season-high 31 points. Zach LaVine (team-high 26.9 points per game) finished with 26 points and Thaddeus Young finished just shy of a triple-double with eight points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

    After Lillard's triple with 8.2 seconds left, Gary Trent Jr. tied up LaVine for a jump ball and won the tip to set up the game-winner.

    "It was about as quick as a jump ball as I've ever seen," Donovan said. "You can't challenge that. I didn't think it was a really good call at that point and time.

    "Listen, we have to be stronger in those situations. I could've helped a little more by possibly calling a timeout to advance the ball."

    On the injury front for Chicago, Wendell Carter Jr. (right quad contusion) is out and Otto Porter Jr. (back spasms) is listed as questionable.

    For the Knicks, Nerlens Noel (groin) sat out against the Clippers, but Reggie Bullock (neck soreness) returned following a three-game absence and scored eight points in just over 26 minutes.

    --Field Level Media

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    May I predict a Knicks WIN tonight over the Bulls .. 111 - 98
    Thanks for the Game-Thread Rady .... The Knicks has been playing more aggressive lately.
    And our rookie star Quickley's creative performance has been the high-light of the Knicks.
    Lets Go Quickley - Lets Go Knicks !!!

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    1st post.

    With my 1st post I will make a guarantee. Should I be wrong feel free to disregard everything I post about in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormblessed View Post
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    Welcome to KOL.

    I hope youíre right.

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    Can we trade Payton to CHINA asap
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    Knicks starters not looking so well, but the tandem Quickley/Obi looking good .. End 1st qtr. 27 - 32 Bulls

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    Defense poor again in the 1st half. Trail by 4. Big efforts from Randle and Quickley keeping us in it.

    Toppin hit his only shot and drew a foul on a dynamic drive on his other chance and hit both free throws. 4 points on 1 for 1 shooting. Knicks should move Quickley to the starting lineup and then run the offense through Toppin in the 2nd unit. Heís built for it.

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    They seem lethargic second game of a back to back...but hanging around down by 7 3 minutes left in the 3rd.

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    RJ with monster dunk facial on Zach Levine damn they replayed that 3 times on the Bulls broadcast!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormblessed View Post
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    82-79 Bullies end of 3 Knicks hanging tuff

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    We need Frank on the 2nd unit instead of Rivers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiyaman View Post
    We need Frank on the 2nd unit instead of Rivers
    Totally agree. Iíve seen enough of Rivers. He is either red hot or a complete disaster.

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    Knicks defense has stepped it up in the 2nd half, but terrible shooting keeps us down by 1. If the Knicks end up losing this game, itís going to very much be a story of failure to execute on open shots.

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    Nice game for Burks. 5 blocks for Noel.

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