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Rapid Reaction: Bulls 96, Cavs 81

November, 11, 2013
Friedell By Nick Friedell

CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 96-81 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Derrick Rose scored 16 points and had seven assists as the Bulls took control of this one late. Carlos Boozer added 17 points and seven rebounds while Luol Deng chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds.

What it means: This game was supposed be a showdown between Rose and Kyrie Irving -- but this game was just ugly for most of the night. Rose and Irving struggled to find a rhythm and the Bulls struggled to score. What pulled Tom Thibodeau's team through on this night was the fact Chicago's defense remained intact. The Bulls made plays when they had to down the stretch -- but the issue for Chicago going forward is the fact that Rose appeared to tweak something late in the game and came out in favor of Kirk Hinrich with just a few minutes left. He was checked out by the team's medical staff and never returned to the game.

Hits: Mike Dunleavy had 15 points off the bench for the Bulls and played some crunch-time minutes. Easily the best performance in his short Bulls career.

Misses: Kirk Hinrich and Deng were a combined 4-for-18 from the field.

Stat of the night: The Cavs turned the ball over 20 times.

What's next: The Bulls take on the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

Irving excited for first matchup with Rose

November, 11, 2013
Friedell By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving is looking forward to facing off Monday night against Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose for the first time in his career.

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Sam Forencich/NBAE/Getty ImagesKyrie Irving is excited for his first meeting with Derrick Rose.
"An exciting matchup," Irving said after the Cavs' shootaround Monday. "It is Bulls versus Cavs but it's another chance to go against a great guard in our league. He's established, he's a superstar in our league. It will be a good test, not only for myself, but for our team."

Irving said last season that Rose was one of the players he watched before he came into the league and he is excited to face off against the Bulls' leader. They have yet to play against each other, as both battled various injuries during the past two years.

"He's an established superstar in this league," Irving said. "A former MVP. [I have] nothing but respect for him, but tonight we're going to try and get the win with my teammates."

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Opening Tip: Rose finally faces Irving

November, 11, 2013
Friedell By Nick Friedell
Kyrie IrvingGregory Shamus/NBAE/Getty ImagesKyrie Irving gets his first chance to match up against Derrick Rose on Monday night.
CHICAGO -- For the first time in their basketball careers, Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving will face each other when Rose's Bulls take on Irving's Cavaliers Monday night.

It's a matchup that both players have been looking forward to. Because of various injuries, Rose and Irving have missed each other every time the teams met the past two years. When they finally do look each other in the eye on the United Center floor, Rose knows exactly what will be going on in Irving's mind. He knows that Irving, like most players around the league, will be trying to get the best of the former MVP.


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"It's almost every night," Rose said recently of players gunning for him. "Every night that I play, everybody's doing that."

Rose admits he used to have the same mindset against stars when he came into the league.

"Hell, yeah," Rose said. "I know the concept and how they're thinking, but I can't get caught up into that. When you get caught up into that, I think that's when things go the other way."

For his part, Irving has been looking forward to the challenge of facing Rose for a while. He admitted last season that it was "crazy" he and Rose haven't faced each other, and that Rose was one of the players he watched when he was growing up.

"[I'm a] big fan," Irving said during All-Star Weekend in Houston in February. "Big fan. He's one of the most explosive guys in our league and his basketball IQ is off the charts as well."

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is confident that Rose will focus on the bigger picture Monday night instead of focusing on the one-on-one matchup with Irving.

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Cavs' Irving ruled out against Bulls

February, 26, 2013
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will miss Tuesday's game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center with a sore/hyperextended right knee, according to the team's website.

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Cavs' Irving still waiting to face Rose

February, 25, 2013
Friedell By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Kyrie Irving can't believe that after nearly two seasons in the NBA he has never faced Derrick Rose in a game.

Because of various injuries, the pair has never played against each other -- and unless a miracle happens, the first time won’t be Tuesday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Bulls.

"Yeah, it's crazy," Irving said recently. "But he's been hurt or I've been hurt. So it's part of the game."

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Cavs' Kyrie Irving out with flu

March, 2, 2012
By Associated Press
CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers rookie guard Kyrie Irving is not playing against Chicago because of the flu.

Irving is active for Friday's game against the Bulls, but the team said he would not play about 45 minutes before tip-off.

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Jimmy Butler
20.1 3.3 1.8 39.5
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.8
AssistsD. Rose 5.0
StealsJ. Butler 1.8
BlocksP. Gasol 2.1