Rose looks to give Pacers something to remember

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Rose looks to give Pacers something to remember

The Bulls come into tonights game against the Indiana Pacers (23-12 3rd in East) with a league best record of 31-8 and also a season high six-game winning streak, but records and streaks aside, this game will have a little bit more to it.

The last time the two teams met was on Jan. 25 with the Pacers winning 95-90. It was the first time Indiana had won in the United Center since a 108-101 win on Mar. 22, 2008.

After the final buzzer, several of the Pacers joined each other in celebrating the win over their Central Division rivals. The reveling of the win spilled off the court into the visiting locker room.

The Bulls watched and heard all of it and weren't happy about it.

"I'll never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game," said Derrick Rose. "I can't wait to play them again."

While Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau stresses that no game is as important as the next one, it's clear that the stakes are even higher when the two teams match up against one another as Indiana views Chicago as a measuring stick of just how close they are to being one of the Eastern Conference elites.

Outside of having a superstar the likes of Rose, the Pacers depth, physicality and attention the defensive end mirrors the principles that Thibodeau has gotten his players to buy into to and it should a playoff-like intensity during tonight's game.

We know that we can play with these guys, said Pacers coach Frank Vogel before tip-off of the Pacers win. They got us in game five (of last year's postseason), were off to a strong start, we feel like were one of the best teams in the east and were excited to compete against these guys.

The difference between this years team and last years team is we have confidence that well score in crunch time, we will score in the fourth quarter, continued Vogel. We didnt have that last year and it cost us the series here. We believe, going into the fourth quarter, that we can get stops and that we can execute well enough to get scores to win these close games.

We were crushed that we didnt win last year, we believed that we were going to win.

Derrick Rose is really, really confident with the Knicks

Derrick Rose is really, really confident with the Knicks

Derrick Rose has never been shy about voicing his opinion. And that didn't change once he was dealt to the Knicks in late June.

He told NBA.com in late July that the Knicks, who also signed Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings, had formed a "super team" with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Rose said both the Knicks and Warriors, who won 73 games and then added this generation's greatest scorer in Kevin Durant, were the two super teams in the NBA.

Rose then doubled down on those comments earlier this month, saying every player should "believe in yourself" enough to feel as though you're playing on a super team.

That confidence didn't waver in the last week, as Rose made headlines once again for saying the Knicks have a chance to do something pretty special.

"I think (the Knicks) have a chance to win every game, and in the league, that's rare," he told Yahoo! Sports.

Now, it's important to recognize that Rose is not saying the Knicks are going to go 82-0, or even that they have a realistic shot at doing so (though Rose's other super team in the NBA, Golden State, may have a shot). It'd be even more odd to hear Rose say there were games the Knicks had no shot at winning this season, even though their 32-win season from a year ago would suggest otherwise.

What Rose's comments really show is that he hasn't lost any of the confidence that made him the league's youngest MVP. Even while battling through his myriad injuries Rose maintained that he'd get back to the level he once showed as a dominant point guard in the NBA. And with a fresh start in New York, he's hoping that becomes a reality.

The Knicks have a decent shot at getting back to the postseason for the first time since 2013. But with new head coach Jeff Hornacek and many new pieces needing to mesh, there's bound to be a few games early in the year that the Knicks have no real shot at winning (like Opening Night in Cleveland).

Bulls Talk: SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell on Olympic gold for Team USA, Jimmy Butler's role in Rio

Bulls Talk: SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell on Olympic gold for Team USA, Jimmy Butler's role in Rio

As part of a joint collaboration between CSNChicago.com and SBNation.com's Blog a Bull, Mark Strotman and Ricky O'Donnell are breaking down the latest happenings on the Bulls. Check back all season long for more video hits and features.

On the first edition of the collaboration, Mark and Ricky break down USA Basketball's road to a third consecutive gold medal in this month's Rio Olympics.

It marked the third consecutive gold for Carmelo Anthony, the first man to accomplish that feat, and head coach Mike Krzyzewski finished his career as USA Basketball head coach 88-1, including a 76-game winning streak to end things.

Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler was on that squad and provided crucial defensive work on the team's second unit. The guys break down whether or not he'll be a part of the 2020 team that heads to Tokyo looking for a four-peat.

And Butler wasn't the only member of the Bulls participating in Rio. Mark and Ricky look at Nikola Mirotic's encouraging play for the Spanish national team, as well as Cristiano Felicio getting his feet wet for the host country, Brazil.

See all of what they had to say in the video above, and be sure to check out Blog a Bull all season long for Bulls news and analysis.

Bulls teammates Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic show off Olympic medals

Bulls teammates Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic show off Olympic medals

On Friday, Jimmy Butler and Nikola Mirotic playfully jabbed at each other on Instagram ahead of USA vs. Spain with the winner advancing to the gold medal game.

Butler got the best of Mirotic as Team USA went on to win the gold for the third straight Olympics after beating Serbia, 96-66, on Sunday while Mirotic came away with some hardware as well, helping Spain capture the bronze medal with an 89-88 win over Australia.

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The pair of Bulls teammates took a photo showing off their medals Sunday:

Dwyane Wade also congratulated his new teammate Butler with a tweet of his own: