In a multiplayer deal, the Bulls trade point guard Rose, to the Knicks. Bulls chairman Reinsdorf:
Knowing Derrick as I do makes this trade a hard one. Everyone knows him as the local kid who became MVP for his hometown team, but not everyone got to know him like I did. While he is a terrific basketball player, he is an even better person with a tremendous heart. I wish him the best of health for the remainder of his career, and I want to personally thank him for everything that he did on the court and in the community during his time with the Chicago Bulls.
The Cavaliers win 94-73. Dellavedova scores 19 points, James scores 15 points and Thompson scoress 13 points, 17 rebounds. Butler scores 20 points and Rose scores 14 points for the Bulls. Cleveland wins East Semifinals Series 4-2. James on Cavaliers:
These guys work their tails off every single day when you guys are not around. Yes, I’m a little bit surprised because of how we’ve handled the postseason so far. These are first-timers right here (Dellavedova and Thompson) as well as Kyrie and Kev before the injury. They want to be good, they want to be great, and every single day they prepare the right way.
I do everything for my team, do everything for my teammates. I want these guys to be able to feel this moment. That’s what I came back here for. I’ve got four guys that never made the postseason that played a huge role on this team.
Coach Thibodeau on Bulls:
Yeah. Until they tell me I’m not, I expect to be here. That’s the way I’m going to approach it.
The Cavaliers win 106-101. James scores 38 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and three assists and Irving scores 25 points. Butler scores 29 points and Dunleavy scores 19 points for the Bulls. Cleveland leads East Semifinals 3-2. Irving on James:
I commend him for putting us on his back.
James on Game 5:
Yay. No turnovers! That was the first stat I was looking at after the game. I was trying to be efficient for my teammates and I was very efficient.
Gibson on ejection:
I was surprised (to be ejected). I really just tried to release my foot because as soon as I got up off the ground, I just felt somebody tugging on my leg.
Coach Thibodeau on James:
We were slow. He was quicker.
Cavaliers win 86-84. James scores 25 points,Mozgov scores 15 points and Smith scores 13 points. Rose scores 31 points, Butler scores 19 points for the Bulls, The East Semifinals Series is tied 1-1. James on win shot:
I was supposed to take the ball out. I told Coach there was no way I’m taking the ball out unless I could shoot it over the backboard and go in. So I told him, Have somebody else take the ball out.’ The play that was drawn up, I scratched it. I just told Coach, Just give me the ball. We’re either going to go into overtime or I’m going to win it for us.
Rose on James:
There’s nothing you can do about it. He hit a great shot. He’s a hell of a player. We just have to make sure that if we’re in that position again, just make sure that we force him out a little bit more or make someone else get the ball.
I thought the last two (games) could have gone either way. They’re hard fought. They’re a great team.
The Bulls win 99-96. Rose scores 30 points, Butler scores 20 points. James scores 27 points and 14 assists for the Cavaliers. Chicago leads East Semifinals 2-1. Rose on Game 3 performance:
I’m just thankful and grateful that my teammates gave me the ball. They believed in me down the stretch. They kept getting me the ball, kept encouraging me to play the way that I usually play. And no, I did not call glass.
Butler on Game 3 win:
It was huge. We needed that. That’s what he does.
James on Game 3:
You follow the game plan, they make a shot – you live with it. It’s when you make mistakes during the game plan, those would be the ones that are hard to live with. I know it’s easy for me to say that. The shot was not made on me. The guy took a tough shot. Tip your hat to him.
On Noah hard foul:
I’m a father with three kids. It got very disrespectful. I’m OK with competing against Jo. I love the competitive nature, but we should leave it there. The disrespectful words that he said to me were uncalled for.
The Cavaliers win 106-91. James scores 33 points and Irving scores 21 points. Butler scores 18 points, Rose scores 14 points and ten assists and Gasol scores 11 points for the Bulls. The East Semifinals Series ties 1-1.
James on Game 2 comeback:
It was in my locker and I decided to give it a go. It was time for it to make a comeback.
On Cavaliers injuries:
We’re a little banged up, we’re short-handed, so I have to be aggressive. Even more aggressive than my usual self, and I was happy I was able to make a couple of plays to help our team win tonight.
Irving on James:
There wasn’t one possession where he wasn’t dominant. When he has that mindset, he’s the greatest player playing our game right now.
The Bulls win 120-66. Dunleavy scores 20 points, Gasol scores 19 points and Butler scores 16 points. Pachulia scores 8 points for the Bucks. Chicago wins series 4-2.
Dunleavy on Bucks:
They had some momentum in the series, won a couple in a row. We came out on their court and put it on them. That’s frustrating. If anybody’s been there before, that’s frustrating, and I understand that.
Coach Thibodeau on Bulls victory:
It looks a lot better when the ball goes in. The thing that you want to make sure of is, sometimes you don’t have control over when the ball goes in or doesn’t go in. If they are the right shots, you want to shoot them. You do have control over your intensity, your concentration.
It was definitely a tough battle all series. To just win like that is exactly what you needed. You go into the next series with a lot of confidence. We had to do a lot of soul searching this series.
Bucks win 92-90. Mayo scores 18 points, Dudley scores 13 points and five assists and Antetokounmpo scores ten points and eight rebounds. Butler scores 33 points, Gasol scores a double-double (16 points, ten rebounds) and Rose scores 14 points, six assists for the Bulls. Chicago leads East First Round Series 3-1.
Coach Kidd on Game 3 victory:
We thought we got better tonight. We found ourselves with a `W.
Bayless on Dudley:
I was curious. I just wanted to know, Are you going to look for this?.
Coach Thibodeau on Game 3 loss:
I’m not going to put it on that last play. There were a lot of other plays throughout the course of the game. When you turn the ball over like that you’re not going to have success.
Gasol on Bulls turnovers:
But that definitely didn’t lose us the game. Mistakes will happen – we just made too many of them throughout the game.
The Bulls win 113-106. Rose scores 34 points, Butler scores 24 points. Antetokounmpo scores 25 points and Khris Middleton scores 18 points for the Bucks. Chicago leads 3-0 the East First Round Series. Coach Thibodeau on Butler’s performance:
Jimmy set the tone for that.
Butler on Rose:
Playing with Derrick, he makes everything easier for everybody.
Middleton on Bucks loss:
We just got sloppy and stagnant.
It’s playoff basketball. I’m still trying to catch a rhythm. Sometimes I get winded. I catch a second wind and I come back good. But I can’t think about that.
The Bulls win 91-85. Brooks scores 23 points, Butler scores 21 points and Gasol scores a double-double (18 points and 13 rebounds). Schroder scores 21 points and Horford scores 14 points for the Hawks. Gasol:
We have to want it more than anybody else. The resiliency that we have, we’ve got to turn it into a determination and understand that every game in the playoffs is critical.
Millsap on the Hawk’s performance:
We feel like we can really do something. It’s up to us going out there and proving it.
When you have a lot of moving parts, it can get choppy. We have to hit the ground running. We’re here now. We’ll see.
The Bulls win 89-78. Gasol scores a double-double (16 points and 15 rebounds), Aaron Brooks scores 14 points and Rose scores 12 points. For the Heat, Whiteside scores a double-double (19 points and 16 rebounds), Dragic scores 15 points and Beasley scores 13 points. Gasol:
Once we started getting into them, getting rebounds, containing them to one shot, things turned around.
Noah on Chicago’s first half:
It was embarrassing.
We’re all frustrated. We’re all embarrassed when you’re in those situations and you can’t stop an avalanche like that.
You just keep coming back until they tell you your season is over. This team has been through a lot. A loss, a bad 24 minutes, that’s not going to deter us from coming back and doing our job.
The Magic win 105-103. Oladipo scores 23 points, Vucecic scores 22 points. For the Bulls, Butler scores 19 points and Gasol scores 16. Rose:
I felt all right, think it was about right. It’ll get better the more I play, but I’m getting better every week. It’ll take some time, but I’ll get there.
On watching the game from the bench:
Very hard. At the same time, it’s all about patience. I’m going to have my turn. Right now while I’m not playing, I’m just trying to learning a little more and seeing how they’re playing. The only thing I can do is just sit back and watch and learn.
There’s no playoff but we’re trying to treat every game like a playoff game. There’s teams that we’re playing that are playoff seeds, but we’re trying to get better too.
The Cavaliers win 99-94. James scores a triple-double (20 points, 12 assists, ten rebounds), Irving scores 27 points. Dunvealy scores 24 points and Brooks scores 17 for the Bulls. Coach Blatt:
I’ve been doing this a long time, I’ve never seen three like that in one game.
The basketball gods were on their side today.
James on Irving’s three-point shoots:
I told him to just throw it up there and see what happens, and it went in. I told him to just cast it, and it definitely was the difference in the game.
Some I thought were defended well, some weren’t. They had three heaves that went in.
The Bucks beat the Bulls 95-91. Carter-Williams scores a double-double (21 points and 10 rebounds). Paul Gasol scores 14 points and 11 rebounds, Butler scores 25 points and seven rebounds for the Bulls. Coach Kidd:
Any win, no matter at what point here or there, can help.
We didn’t win. That’s all that matters, No matter how many times you turn the ball over – yada, yada, yada – you’ve got to win the game.
You’re always concerned. You’re concerned about everything.
Butler is expected to miss three to six weeks with a sprained left elbow. The injury occurred when he collided with DeAndre Jordan in an NBA regular-season game. Butler was diagnosed with a Grade 2/3 ulnar ligament sprain and a small bone impaction injury after undergoing an MRI. He doesn’t need surgery.