Bulls 2012-13 schedule released

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Bulls 2012-13 schedule released

The NBA announced the complete 2012-13 season this evening. For the Bulls' complete 2012-2013 schedule, click here.
Here are the 10 most intriguing match-ups for the Bulls this season:
Sat., Nov. 3: Bulls vs. New Orleans Hornets: No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis will make his homecoming three games into his NBA career, and the new-look Hornets -- complete with Davis, Austin Rivers and a healthy Eric Gordon -- will look much different than their 21-45 record a year ago.
Wed., Nov. 21: Bulls at Houston Rockets: The biggest decision the Bulls made in free agency was not to bring back center Omer Asik. Instead, he signed a three-year deal with the Rockets and will face his old team early in the year. Both teams will be out to prove they made the right decision.
Wed., Dec. 12: Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers: The spot where their season ended three months ago, the Bulls will certainly be looking for revenge when they face the 76ers. After losing leading scorer Lou Williams, the Sixers went and brought in sharpshooters Nick Young and Dorrell Wright.
Sat., Dec. 15: Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets: It didn't take long for C.J. Watson to ruffle feathers once he signed on with the Nets. The veteran said new teammate Deron Williams, not old teammate Derrick Rose, was the league's best point guard. Whether Watson had a case or not, he should receive a loud chorus of boos as he enters the United Center.
Tues., Dec. 25: Bulls vs. Houston Rockets: Asik's homecoming, but more importantly the Bulls will play on Christmas Day for the third straight year. For the first time in that span, the game will be played in Chicago (at New York, at Los Angeles).
Mon., Jan. 14: Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks: If Watson is set to be booed in his return to the United Center, Kyle Korver should receive just as loud a cheer. Korver's 5 million player option was not picked up this off-season, and was traded to the Hawks for a trade exception. This will also be the first meeting between brothers Jeff and Marquis Teague, as well as Kirk Hinrich facing his old team.
Mon., Jan. 21: Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers: The Bulls will welcome Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant to the United Center for the first time. Perhaps the biggest off-season acquisition, the combination of Nash, Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum should make for an exciting matchup against the Bulls.
Friday, Jan. 25: Bulls vs. Golden State Warriors: The off-season rumor that the Bulls were attempting to trade Luol Deng to the Warriors in order to move up to draft Harrison Barnes never came to fruition, but the Warriors ironically ended up drafting the North Carolina sophomore. The Bulls will get their first look at what could have been with the 21-year-old Barnes.
March 27 and April 14: Bulls vs. Miami Heat: The Bulls will face the NBA Champions twice before these last two meetings (Jan. 4, Feb. 21), but these are significant because there's a chance Derrick Rose is back for them. The final meeting is the third-to-last game of the regular season, and both teams could be fighting for respective playoff position.
Sun., Feb. 24: Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder: The Bulls visit the Western Conference champion Thunder on this date in what should be one of the more challenging games of their season.dstb()

After loss to Mavs, Wade says Bulls 'keep putting (their) hand on the hot stove every day'

After loss to Mavs, Wade says Bulls 'keep putting (their) hand on the hot stove every day'

Dwyane Wade sounded every bit like a frustrated 35-year old father when talking about the repeated ills and so-called growing pains of his Bulls, as they surrendered yet another game against a sub-.500 team.

Sometimes it's the New York Knicks whom the Bulls are offering temporary refuge. Or maybe the Minnesota Timberwolves as they are all-too-generous to roll out the welcome mat for returning figures to Chicago.

Tuesday it was the Dallas Mavericks, the second-worst team in the Western Conference, who stormed into the United Center and escaped with a 99-98 win, courtesy of Wesley Matthews' triple with 11.7 seconds left followed by him locking down Jimmy Butler on the ensuing possession.

Wade was forced to take a contested 21-footer that went awry, but the Bulls' ills went far beyond the last two possessions, when the Mavericks exploited their strategy yet again.

"Either you learn the lesson or figure out," Wade said. "Keep putting your hand on the hot stove every day.

"We just gotta figure out not to put our hands on that stove. And understand when we come in the kitchen, that stove is hot, don't touch it. As I continue to say, this is a very young team and they have to play in these games and have to go through these moments. The one thing you want, whether it's this year or next year, is to not make the same mistakes."

The Bulls are apparently insistent on touching the stove and keep burning themselves, the most recent time with the confusion or the bad strategy in defending the Mavericks' final offensive possession.

Deron Williams found himself with Nikola Mirotic defending him off a switch from Jimmy Butler. Not the quickest afoot, Mirotic gave Williams an easy path to the basket and Wade was the backside help, not wanting to leave Matthews on the wing for a triple.

But with the bench commanding Wade to help, Williams easily found Matthews for an open 3 as Wade had no help for his man. With the Bulls up two, one could see how Wade didn't want to leave Matthews.

"I'll have to go back and watch, but it looks like Deron got downcourt, Wade went over to help and we didn’t rotate accordingly," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We obviously need to do a better job of staying in front of the other end."

Mirotic was supposed to be brought back slowly in his return from strep throat, but he played the entire fourth quarter and 22 minutes overall, having lost eight pounds with his illness that had him miss four games.

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Their issues were game-long and have been seasonlong as the Mavericks were supposed to absorb a shellacking from a Bulls team that felt a 25-point beatdown in Texas last month.

Instead, they would've been happy with settling for an escape when Butler rose up over his college teammate Matthews for a 20-foot wing jumper with 22.8 seconds left.

Butler nearly added a triple-double and clutch moment to his growing resume with 24 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds but was dogged by Matthews all night, the defender who wouldn't give him airspace, went chest-to-chest and even earned a technical foul when he felt Butler exaggerated some contact in the third quarter.

"He took away my space, wouldn't let me get to my spot," Butler said of Matthews. "Good for him. I should've did something different."

Wade missed 13 of his 21 shots, scoring 17 with five rebounds on his 35th birthday

With scoring at a premium, Robin Lopez had a season-high 21 points being guarded by Dirk Nowitzki — and they were necessary considering the Bulls were without Taj Gibson (ankle injury) and Doug McDermott couldn't repeat his 30-point showing from Sunday in Memphis.

Rick Carlisle has long been regarded as one of the top strategic coaches, and though he doesn't have the usual personnel from the Mavericks' salad days, he had enough tricks up his sleeve to throw the Bulls off.

Six Mavericks scored in double figures, led by Harrison Barnes' 20 points and Seth Curry's 18, as Barnes, Matthews and Curry combined for eight triples — spreading the Bulls out and picking them apart defensively.

The Mavericks started Nowitzki at center, going to an almost all-small lineup. And though Lopez scored 14 points in the first half, trying to feed him seemed to take the Bulls out of it in the second half.

The energy was tardy to the party, as they shot just 41 percent in the first half but woke up a little in the third quarter — continuing their all-too familiar trend of half-hearted efforts against lesser teams.

And it looks like the ever-optimistic Wade is dishing out some realism, probably something that comes with the perspective of turning 35.

"You can't keep getting stressed out or frustrated. We've been going through this all year. We'll get back in in the morning.

"Once you realize who you are, you're better off. I sleep better at night. Once we want to be a better team and start winning games, we will. I'm not mad, I'm not frustrated, I'm not stressed. Just taking the hits."

Bulls' Rajon Rondo oddly runs behind back of former coach Rick Carlisle

Bulls' Rajon Rondo oddly runs behind back of former coach Rick Carlisle

Is Rajon Rondo avoiding his former coach?

During Tuesday night's Bulls-Mavericks game, Rondo awkwardly ran behind Mavs coach Rick Carlisle as the third quarter was winding down.

Take a look at the play in the video above.

Rondo, who played with the Mavericks in the 2014-15 season, had a weird relationship with Carlisle. Most notably, he and Carlisle had a heated exchange during a game on Feb. 24, 2015 against the Toronto Raptors. It eventually led to Carlisle saying that Rondo was a bad fit for the Mavericks and that the team should have never traded for him.

On Tuesday, Rondo apparently shook Carlisle's hand before he checked in the game for the first time in the first quarter. 

All is well, it seems, but that was still weird.