Bulls Vs. Cavaliers: Bulls Cruise To Easy Victory, Gibson Hurt

The Bulls had no problem facing the Cavs without Derrick Rose.

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Taj Gibson Injury: Gibson Leaves Cleveland In Walking Boot

If there's any area where the Chicago Bulls have supreme depth, it's in their frontcourt, but that won't make a potential loss of Taj Gibson any easier. Gibson, one of the rocks of Chicago's vaunted bench, injured his left ankle in the Bulls' 114-75 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and was seen leaving Quicken Loans Arena in a walking boot.

Gibson was unsure of his status for Chicago's game on Saturday night, when they will host the Charlotte Bobcats. Gibson has been remarkably healthy over the course of his career, playing a full 82 games in his rookie season, and another 80 last year. Gibson is expected to be a game-time decision prior to Saturday night's game.

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Bulls Vs. Cavs Recap: Chicago Grabs Easy 39-Point Victory

No Derrick Rose equaled no problem for the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, as the team easily crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-75. The Bulls jumped out to a 12-point first quarter lead, and it only went further downhill from there for the Cavs, who were outscored by double digits in every quarter but the third.

The Cavs defense offered almost no resistance to the Bulls, who shot an almost absurd 55% from the field and 66% from three. to go along with 16 of 17 made free throws as a little cherry on top. The Bulls saw solid individual performances all around, but they were paced by Carlos Boozer's 19 points and 14 rebounds, which was augmented with two assists, two steals and two blocks.

Though the Bulls were sans Derrick Rose, and facing star rookie point guard Kyrie Irving, they saw little drop in production at the position. The replacement tandem of C.J. Watson and John Lucas combined for 24 points, eight assists and four rebounds, on an efficient 7-13 shooting from the field.

The Bulls will be back on the court on Saturday when they host the Charlotte Bobcats in snowy Chicago.

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Bulls Vs. Cavs: Bulls Lead By 24 Heading Into Fourth

The Chicago Bulls are without Derrick Rose tonight vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the score. Chicago will head into the fourth quarter with a comfortable 24 point lead, 85-61, extending their halftime lead by five. The story of the game can be found in each team's shooting percentages, as the Bulls have held the Cavs to 34% shooting from the field while sinking 58% of their own buckets.

Individually, Chicago has been paced by Carlos Boozer, who has handled Anderson Varejao ably in putting up 19 points and 12 rebounds through three. The replacement point guard tandem of C.J. Watson and John Lucas has accounted for 24 points. eight assists and four rebounds on 7-12 shooting from the field, which is just about all the Bulls could ask for.

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Bulls Vs. Cavaliers Score Update: Chicago Up 63-44 At Halftime

The Chicago Bulls continued to play well at the offensive end in the second quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers cooled off considerably, and Chicago extended what was an eight-point lead to start the period to 19 at the break. C.J. Watson leads Chicago with 13 points, while Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer also are in double figures. Boozer led the team with nine rebounds in the half.

The Bulls shot 59.1% in the first half.

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Cleveland managed just 18 points in the second quarter and the team's overall shooting percentage slipped below 40%. Kyrie Irving has 13 points on 5-9 shooting and Anderson Varejao added 10 points.

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Bulls Vs. Cavaliers Score Update: Chicago Leads 34-26 After 1st Quarter

The Chicago Bulls are without Derrick Rose in Cleveland Friday night, but so far they haven't felt too many ill effects at the offensive end and lead 34-26 after one quarter of play.

Luol Deng and C.J. Watson have each scored eight points for the Bulls, who hit 15-of-25 field goal attempts in the period. Rip Hamilton and Carlos Boozer have six points apiece, while Joakim Noah has scored four points and pulled down six boards.

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Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving has 11 for Cleveland on 4-5 shooting, inluding 3-4 from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers 10-21 overall but made six of nine three-point attempts.

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Derrick Rose Injury Update: Bulls Star Will Not Play Against The Cleveland Cavaliers

Derrick Rose will not return to the Chicago Bulls' lineup on Friday night, coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters. Rose is dealing with a painful toe injury that has limited his ability to play over the last week or so -- this will be the third consecutive game missed by Rose, and the fourth in the last six.

More: Bulls Vs. Cavaliers Preview: Chicago Looks To Start Back-To-Back With Victory

Rose said Friday that the injury is much like the turf toe issue he suffered in the past, and that he re-aggravated the injury while playing in a game last weekend.

"It's exactly what it is," Rose said when asked if it compared to his previous injury. "I wasn't able to bend my toe in like three years. When that happened it bent it and it aggravated it and I played on it sooner than I was suppose to play on it and it was real bad."

The Bulls are 2-1 without Rose in the lineup this season.

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Derrick Rose Injury: Bulls Star May Miss Third Straight Game With Turf Toe

Derrick Rose is suffering through a terribly painful toe sprain on his left big toe, and he may not be able to suit up against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday Night. The Bulls and Rose have danced around and flip flopped on whether the injury is a sprain on the top of the toe or a more severe and chronic turf toe injury. KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune talked to Rose on Friday, and the guard seemed completely unsure about when he would be able to return to the court:

"Knowing that right when it starts feeling good it can go right back to zero, I have to make the smart decision. I wasn't able to bend my toe in like three years. When this injury happened, I aggravated it and I played on it sooner. It was real bad. Injuries are going to happen. That's why I always get treatment. This is worse than my second season. That season, I just played through it but it wasn't that bad. Not being able to bend my toe in three years and somebody just forced their weight on my toe, it definitely hurt it."

While Rose described the horrific pain of his current injury, head coach Tom Thibodeau's was on AM1000 the day before to make the diagnosis seem even less clear than before, calling it "more of a sprain than the turf toe". In any case, Rose is feeling pain and a lack of mobility in his injured left toe and likely won't be able to go against the Cavs. As Johnson pointed out, if Rose misses both games of the back-to-back he will have rested for eight days in this compressed season.

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Bulls Vs. Cavaliers Preview: Chicago Looks To Start Back-To-Back With Victory

On Thursday night, we could see a battle of former No. 1 overall picks if the Bulls' Derrick Rose is healthy enough to play against the Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving.

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