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Preview: Bulls at Bobcats

Two hot teams jockeying for playoff positioning square off on Wednesday when the Chicago Bulls visit the Charlotte Bobcats in the regular-season finale. Chicago has won eight of its last nine home games and can claim the third seed in the Eastern Conference if it defeats the Bobcats and Toronto loses to New York in its finale. Charlotte has won seven of eight games and would finish sixth if it wins and Washington falls to Boston in its last game.

Preview: Bulls at Cavaliers

The Chicago Bulls have done just fine since the controversial trade of leading scorer Luol Deng, winning six of eight decisions to get to the .500 mark. The Bulls try to keep things moving forward when they visit Deng and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday in the finale of four meetings this season. Chicago has won 11 of its last 15 overall after beating the Los Angeles Lakers in double overtime on Monday and the Cavaliers are 3-3 – five of which were on the road -- since Deng’s arrival.

Bulls waive Bynum, confirm that coach opposed Deng trade

U.S. Sports Desk, Jan 8 (EFE).- The Chicago Bulls waived center Andrew Bynum just hours after acquiring him from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade. The Bulls' vice president of basketball operations, John Paxson, also confirmed that head coach Tom Thibodeau opposed this week's move to send All-Star forward Luol Deng to the Cavaliers for Bynum and three draft picks. "Look, it's not realistic to ask Tom or his staff to be happy about taking a player of Lu's caliber off your team," Paxson said.

Bulls waive Bynum, confirm that coach opposed Deng trade

U.S. Sports Desk, Jan 8 (EFE).- The Chicago Bulls waived center Andrew Bynum just hours after acquiring him from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade. The Bulls' vice president of basketball operations, John Paxson, also confirmed that head coach Tom Thibodeau opposed this week's move to send All-Star forward Luol Deng to the Cavaliers for Bynum and three draft picks. "Look, it's not realistic to ask Tom or his staff to be happy about taking a player of Lu's caliber off your team," Paxson said.

NBA: Britain's Deng traded from Bulls to Cavaliers

Britain's Luol Deng, an NBA All-Star forward, was traded by the Chicago Bulls to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday in a deal for Andrew Bynum and draft picks, the teams announced. Deng, a 28-year-old playmaker born in what is now South Sudan, has averaged a career-best 19.0 points in 23 starts for the Bulls this season, also grabbing 6.9 rebounds and making 3.7 assists a game and connecting on 45.2 percent of his shots from the court.

Preview: Cavaliers at Bulls

Chicago and Cleveland are hovering just below the playoff line as the Bulls prepare to host the Cavaliers on Saturday. With the way the miserable Eastern Conference is shaking out, both teams could be stuck all year in limbo between playoff contention and a lottery pick, and head-to-head matchups like Saturday's will help decide who heads in which direction. The Cavaliers have reason for optimism, taking six of their last nine including a 114-111 overtime win over visiting Milwaukee on Friday.

NBA: Thunder roll past Bulls to remain unbeaten at home

Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook added 20 on Thursday as Oklahoma City beat Chicago 107-95 to remain the only NBA team with a perfect home record this season. The Thunder have won all 13 of their home games so far this campaign. With their eighth straight victory, and their 16th in 17 games, they improved to 21-4 overall, the best record in the NBA. Joakim Noah had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the injury-depleted Bulls, who dropped their fourth straight decision.

Bucks 78, Bulls 74

Bucks 78, Bulls 74: John Henson led the way with 25 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks as visiting Milwaukee held off shorthanded Chicago. Brandon Knight added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who have won two of three to improve to 5-16. Ersan Ilyasova contributed 10 points off the bench for Milwaukee, including the clinching free throws with four seconds left.

Preview: Heat at Bulls

A meeting between the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls generally produces some sizzle, whether or not Derrick Rose is involved. But Rose’s latest injury has sent the Bulls into a tailspin, and they will be trying to win for just the second time in eight games when they host the Heat on Thursday. Miami had a 10-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday and is opening up a four-game trip at Chicago that finishes with a stop at East-leading Indiana.

Bulls 86, Bobcats 81

Bulls 86, Bobcats 81: Luol Deng led the way with 21 points and eight rebounds as Chicago held off visiting Charlotte to pick up its fifth straight win. Carlos Boozer recorded 12 points and 17 rebounds as the Bulls built up a 54-44 advantage on the glass. Jimmy Butler added 14 points and Derrick Rose had 12 on 4-of-13 shooting as all five starters finished in double figures.
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