|Last 5 Games||1-0||+1||0-1||0-1||90.0||56.0||50.7%||40.0||83.0||31.0||45.9%||39.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||90.0||56.0||36-71||50.7%||3-13||23.1%||15-17||88.2%||40||6||17||16||12||22||6|
|vs opponents surrendering||90||56||36-71||50.7%||3-13||23.1%||15-17||88.2%||40||6||17||16||12||22||6|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||0||0||0-0||0.0%||0-0||0.0%||0-0||0.0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Stats Against (All Games)||83.0||31.0||34-74||45.9%||5-16||31.2%||10-12||83.3%||39||5||19||22||10||23||4|
|vs opponents averaging||83||31||34-74||45.9%||5-16||31.2%||10-12||83.3%||39||5||19||22||10||23||4|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0||0||0-0||0.0%||0-0||0.0%||0-0||0.0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Last 5 Games||0-1||-1||0-1||1-0||95.0||33.0||42.2%||47.0||107.0||54.0||51.4%||48.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||95.0||33.0||35-83||42.2%||7-26||26.9%||18-23||78.3%||47||11||23||27||11||18||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||104.5||42||39-82||47.9%||8-24||31.9%||19-24||80.9%||48||10||24||24||14||18||2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||0||0||0-0||0.0%||0-0||0.0%||0-0||0.0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Stats Against (All Games)||107.0||54.0||37-72||51.4%||11-20||55.0%||22-29||75.9%||48||5||26||21||10||18||7|
|vs opponents averaging||108.5||51.5||40-78||50.3%||14-30||45.0%||16-21||76.2%||43||6||28||23||8||18||4|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0||0||0-0||0.0%||0-0||0.0%||0-0||0.0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NEW YORK 93, CHICAGO 105|
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|11/5/2013||CHARLOTTE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/8/2013||@ CHARLOTTE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/10/2013||SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/13/2013||@ ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/14/2013||HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/16/2013||ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/31/2013||NEW YORK|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/2/2013||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/6/2013||@ INDIANA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/8/2013||UTAH|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/11/2013||CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/15/2013||@ TORONTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/16/2013||INDIANA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|NEW YORK: GUARDS: RAYMOND FELTON is still the best the Knicks can do at point guard. With his shortcomings in the half court, head coach Mike Woodson's desire to go up-tempo should play to Felton's skill set a little bit better . . . IMAN SHUMPERT should be ready for a slightly bigger role. He's their best perimeter defender and a good enough spot-up shooter to play off Carmelo Anthony . . . J.R. SMITH's offseason knee surgery is a bit of a concern, as is the fact that he's no longer in a contract year. Still, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year should light it up on many nights . . . PABLO PRIGIONI will be Felton's primary back-up. He disappears at times, but can at least knock down threes . . . BENO UDRIH will provide quality backup minutes after another solid year seeing big minutes in Orlando'TIM HARDAWAY JR. is likely looking at a redshirt year in 2013-14. FORWARDS: Last year was CARMELO ANTHONY's dream offense, with lots of isolation plays. With his improved three-point shot, Melo should make a run at a second-straight scoring title . . . ANDREA BARGNANI might start by default, but he's more suited to a part-time role as a one-dimensional floor spacer . . . Expect to see a lot of lineups with either Anthony or METTA WORLD PEACE at the four. MWP is still good enough defensively to justify his erratic shot selection . . . AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE will likely be limited to a part-time role due to injuries. He'll try to re-invent himself as a second-unit scorer . . . KENYON MARTIN will be counted on to play some four and five off the bench . . . Athletic rookie C.J. LESLIE is ticketed for the D-League. CENTERS: TYSON CHANDLER will be relied on heavily on the glass for what could be the weakest rebounding team in the NBA. The Knicks would like to keep his regular-season minutes down, but they may be forced to play him a lot if they're going to get home court in a first-round playoff series . . . The Knicks will try to develop JEREMY TYLER into a useful No. 2 center.|
|CHICAGO: GUARDS: After playing it very safe and sitting out all of last spring, DERRICK ROSE should pretty much be his old self. Of course, he'll have to knock some rust off early in the year . . . JIMMY BUTLER was an iron man during last year's playoffs, and his role will only grow this season. His defense and energy, as well as ability to get to the line, could make Luol Deng expendable . . . MIKE DUNLEAVY is in line for the sixth man role, primarily as a long-range threat . . . With Rose's return, KIRK HINRICH slides back to the bench. His playing time will be especially limited with Dunleavy taking up minutes at the two . . . MARQUIS TEAGUE will continue to be used only in garbage time unless Hinrich ends up getting hurt or traded. FORWARDS: LUOL DENG is back on the trading block, as the Bulls learned life isn't so bad without him now that Jimmy Butler has emerged. His offensive role could be slightly reduced . . . CARLOS BOOZER will likely be amnestied next summer, so for all intents and purposes this is a contract year. He's likely to still be a disaster defensively, which means he's a part-time player under defensive-minded head coach Tom Thibodeau . . . TAJ GIBSON will finish games and likely take over Boozer's spot a year from now. He's a superior defender and, while he doesn't have Boozer's range, he's a capable finisher around the rim . . . Rookie TONY SNELL is a Thibodeau kind of player, a long-armed, athletic perimeter defender. He's unlikely to ever do much on offense though. CENTERS: JOAKIM NOAH may be consistently banged up, but he's capable of playing through the pain. Depending on the Bulls' playoff position, he might sit some games late in the year, but Thibodeau isn't shy about playing him 35 minutes per night . . . NAZR MOHAMMED is back as a designated screener on offense and hacker on defense..|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (NEW YORK-CHICAGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Knicks-Bulls Preview* ======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
New York (0-0) at Chicago (0-1), 8:00 p.m. EDT
Derrick Rose's return didn't go as well as he hoped, both personally and for the Chicago Bulls.
If his recent performances against the New York Knicks are any indication, Rose's first meaningful game at home since coming back from injury could have a better outcome.
Rose looks to bounce back from a tough season opener as Chicago seeks a sixth straight victory over New York on Thursday night.
After sitting out all of last season rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered late in Game 1 of a 2012 first-round playoff series against Philadelphia, Rose scored 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting as the Bulls fell 107-95 to defending champion Miami on Tuesday.
"If anything, I'm disappointed in the loss," said Rose, who committed five turnovers. "My performance, I can easily change that by making shots and turning down the turnovers. It's not the end of the world. We can fix things. We did not show what we were capable of."
Rose insisted his layoff had nothing to do with the sub-par performance.
"I don't think it was any rust," Rose said. "If anything, I have amnesia about it and we play in two nights."
The Bulls likely haven't forgotten how great he's been against the Knicks. Rose has averaged 27.8 points over his last nine versus New York, and his career average of 24.7 is his second-best against any team.
Chicago has been solid against New York even without Rose, winning all four meetings last season. It has taken eight of the last nine overall and 20 of the last 23 at home.
The Knicks blew a 25-point lead in their opener Wednesday, but Carmelo Anthony was solid down the stretch and finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds in a 90-83 win over Milwaukee.
"It was a test for us to see what type of team we are when it comes down to situations like that," Anthony said.
Tyson Chandler, who spent his first five seasons with the Bulls, had 10 points and five blocks.
"We want to put teams away, especially, you know, you're going into a back-to-back, so you have an opportunity to rest," Chandler said. "But like I say, at the end of the day, learning experience, and I'd rather learn with a win than a loss."
New York played without reigning Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith, who is suspended for the first five games for violating the league's anti-drug policy. Amare Stoudemire, who is coming off knee surgery, dressed but did not play to rest for this contest.
Raymond Felton scored 18 points and suffered a minor hamstring injury, but he doesn't think it will keep him out Thursday.
Anthony has averaged 35.2 points in his last five against the Bulls, who haven't lost at home to New York since a 120-112 defeat on Nov. 10, 2010 - one season before Anthony was acquired from Denver.
Joakim Noah, who had 11 rebounds but just two points in the opener, knows Chicago has to get solid contributions from everyone moving forward. Carlos Boozer had 31 points and Jimmy Butler, whose fourth-year contract option was picked up by the team Wednesday, finished with 20.
"I really believe in this team more than ever," Noah said. "I'm going to play better; our offense is going to get better. We feel like we're capable of playing a lot better."
New York last beat Chicago on April 8, 2012. Anthony, who scored 43 points, hit a tying 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in regulation before nailing a 3 with eight seconds remaining in overtime to give the Knicks a 100-99 victory.
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