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Pregame: Bulls (20-20) at Cavs (15-26)

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 22, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WLEC, WAKR

Injury report: Cavs: None; Bulls: Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) out; Carlos Boozer (calf) out; Derrick Rose (knee) out. 

Officials: Michael Smith, Derek Richardson, Kevin Scott

Series: Bulls lead 2-1

Cavs probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Kyrie Irving 6-3, 193 21.6 2.9 6.1
SG C.J. Miles 6-6, 231 10.2 2.2 1.1
SF Luol Deng 6-9, 220 19.0 6.2 3.4
PF Tristan Thompson 6-9, 238 12.3 9.8 0.8
C Anderson Varejao 6-11, 267 8.7 10.5 2.5

 

 

Bulls probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG D.J. Augustin 6-0, 183 8.9 1.6 4.4
SG Jimmy Butler 6-7, 220 12.3 4.4 2.1
SF Mike Dunleavy 6-9, 230 10.9 3.8 2.1
PF Taj Gibson 6-9, 225 11.7 6.5 1.0
C  Joakim Noah 6-11, 232 11.8 11.2 3.8
 

Notebook

* The Bulls are without Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich tonight, but that doesn't seem to matter. They were woefully shorthanded earlier this season when they played the Cavs and still drilled them by 16. The Cavs never seem to play well against the Bulls, regardless of personnel.

* The hope, of course, is that Luol Deng can change some of that. Deng spoke for 20 minutes this morning about his time in Chicago and the trade. I'll have more later, but his best line was the final one. Asked by a Chicago reporter if he'd consider returning this summer when he's a free agent, Deng fired a shot across the bow: "Maybe they'll offer me three years, $30 million. That might be an option to take."

* Of course, that's the last offer the Bulls made to him days before trading him to Cleveland. It also represented a significant pay cut. Deng was polite in talking about his time with the Bulls all morning, but his walkoff line was quite the zinger. 

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