A sports editor for CBSChicago.com and 670TheScore.com, Cody Westerlund also covers the Bulls. Prior to coming on board in January 2014, he previously had covered college and high school sports in the Champaign, Ill., and Ames, Iowa areas. Westerlund graduated from the University of Illinois in 2010 and lives in the Lake View area now.
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Chicago continues to struggle at home against ordinary competition.
In a rout of the defending champions, Chicago reminded that its goals are still attainable.
Gasol is averaging 18.7 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.
“He’s not going to lose any team,” Popovich says of Thibodeau.
“We know what we have to do, but we can’t keep talking about it,” Jimmy Butler says.
Washington’s personnel and scheme largely negate Chicago’s strengths.
“We just got to have that dog mentality again,” Taj Gibson says.
Gasol scored a career-high 46 points and added 18 rebounds in Chicago’s win Saturday.
“I’m always concerned,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says.
Offensively and defensively, Rose hasn’t consistently been engaged lately.
Chicago closed on Monday with a frontcourt that stood 7-foot, 6-foot-11 and 6-foot-10.
“I’m having fun,” Pau Gasol says.
Butler is out on bereavement leave, while Dunleavy has a right ankle injury.
“It puts enormous pressure on a defense,” Tom Thibodeau says.
Stuck in a slump, Rose scored 13 of his 17 points in the final eight minutes of Thursday’s win.
Twice in the past three games, Nikola Mirotic has seen playing time at small forward.
Rose is last among qualified NBA players in 3-point percentage but shooting a bevy of them.
“The guys around this locker room, all we worry about is winning,” Jimmy Butler says.
“When you look at the Chicago Bulls, the green arrow’s up right now,” Joakim Noah says.
“It’s not an accident,” Bryant says of Butler’s emergence.