Bulls off on right knee. Er, foot

Maybe life without D-Rose won't be so bad after all

October 31, 2012|RedEye

So what if Derrick Rose wasn't in uniform for the Bulls on Wednesday? As any Cubs fan will tell you, season openers are all about optimism, no matter who's playing or what the long-term expectations are. Even without their best player, that first smell of sweaty 7-footers is intoxicating. Er, not so much that, we guess, but there were plenty of firsts worth mentioning as the Bulls beat Sacramento.

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FIRST QUARTER

First Luvabulls sighting

We get a glimpse of the cheerleaders as the Bulls lineups are announced. No major injuries on that squad, thank goodness.

First Carlos Boozer rainmaking jumper

It's also the Bulls' first bucket of the season. If he could do that, oh, 15 times a game, this team will be in great shape.

First "we miss D-Rose" moment

During a timeout, a fan dressed as a nun holds up a sign that reads: "Blessed thy Rose. He shall rise again." The sooner, the better.

First Bulls dunk

Joakim Noah powers one down with two hands on a nice feed by Rip Hamilton. The United Center crowd goes wild! OK, mildly wild.

First Stacey King-ism

The Bulls announcer asks "Can I get some butter with that roll!" as Luol Deng converts a layup and is fouled with 51.2 seconds left. Never gets old!

SCORE: Bulls 25, Kings 23

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SECOND QUARTER

First power move

With 9:30 remaining, Taj Gibson bumps a Kings defnder in the lane and finishes with a hook shot. Can he teach Boozer that move?

First backboard-breaking moment

Noah throws up an awkard shot with his left hand on a drive—and fails to draw iron. He needs just a little more practice. We hope.

First Thibodeau scream

Early in the through quarter, Coach Thibs can be heard helling "Go! Go! Go!" through the TV. Get that man a lozenge!

First flop alert

The Kings' James Johnson throws his head back as Carlos Boozer runs into him. Really, James? We all know Boozer's not that tough.

First Boozer scream

He vents his frustration after missing a free throw with 49 seconds left. No one to blame but yourself, Carlos.

SCORE: Bulls 44, Kings 40

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THIRD QUARTER

First Boozer gripes

First he complains about getting fouled on one end, then protests about having one called on him on the other. Stop whining!

First Noah scream

After pulling down an offensive rebound, Noah scores on a putback and gets fouled. That, Carlos Boozer, is an appropriate time to yell!

First buzzworthy sequence

Noah ignites a fast break with a block on one end, and Hamilton finishes with a smooth jumper on the other. Boom.

First gasp

Boozer hits the deck hard after getting fouled. Luckily, he just slides around 10 feet. Safe!

First injury scare

Noah writhes in pain about halfway through the quarter. He gets right up though; he's tough.

SCORE: Bulls 69, Kings 63

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FOURTH QUARTER

First "how's the wrist?" moment

Deng ends up on the floor holding his wrist after drawing an offensive foul. How much of this can he take?

First Superman moment

Nate Robinson, all 5-foot-9 of him, soars in for an athletic layup. Shade of D-Rose. [Sniff]

First Deeeeeeng!

The Bulls forward slams one home on a dish from Boozer, not longer after Deng saved a ball by flying well out of bounds. Almost there …

First eeeeew moment

While diving after a loose ball, Sacramento's Aaron Brooks smacks his chin on the floor, and loses a tooth in the process. Call a dentist, stat.

First Bulls win

One step closer to the playoffs!

SCORE: Bulls , Kings

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