Five Things to Watch: Bulls continue playoff push against Knicks tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls continue playoff push against Knicks tonight on CSN

Watch as the Bulls take on the New York Knicks tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

1. The playoff push continues...and looks good. Incredibly, the Bulls are still sitting as the No. 7 seed in the East. Seeing as they hold tiebreakers between the Pacers and Heat, it's a pretty good bet that the Bulls will be playing in the postseason. But a win here would probably solidify things with just five games to go.

2. Jimmy Butler can't be stopped. He won't be in the MVP discussion, but Jimmy Butler has certainly played like one of late. In his last seven games Butler has averaged 29.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 8.7 rebounds. He's shooting 55 percent on more than 18 FGA per game. That's absurd, and now he's facing a Knicks defense that should only increase those averages.

3. Kristaps Porzingis is must-watch. Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are out for the year, Carmelo Anthony is complaining and the rest of the Knicks aren't exciting. But any time Kristaps Porzingis takes the floor is a good chance to watch a future star in the league. The Unicorn is averaging 18.1 points on 45 percent shooting, 7.2 rebounds and is hitting 36 percent of his triples. He's the real deal.

4. Mirotic or Portis? Fred Hoiberg will have to hammer down a playoff rotation sooner than later, and whether Nikola Mirotic or Bobby Portis get the majority of the power-forward minutes is a question worth considering. Portis played well against the Pelicans while Mirotic struggled again after a superb March. One of these two need to grab the job this late in the season.

5. Rondo rolling. The Rajon Rondo resurgence continues. After a splendid March, Rondo has filled up the box score in April, too. He neared a triple-double against the Pellies, going for 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in 35 solid minutes. He should be able to mirror those stats against a Knicks team without a true point guard.

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Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Tom Thibodeau was without Derrick Rose for the first time in his head-coaching career last season, coaching the Timberwolves while Rose suited up for the New York Knicks.

But a reunion may be on the horizon. Rose is an unrestricted free agent and the Timberwolves, though they don't have a real need at point guard, are showing interest in the Chicago native. We'll have to wait until July 1, when free agency begins, to see what happens.

See what special guest Nick Friedell, Bulls beat reporter for ESPN, had to say about the topic on SportsTalk Live in the video above.

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Tom Thibodeau was without Derrick Rose for the first time in his head-coaching career last season, coaching the Timberwolves while Rose suited up for the New York Knicks.

But a reunion may be on the horizon. Rose is an unrestricted free agent and the Timberwolves, though they don't have a real need at point guard, are showing interest in the Chicago native. We'll have to wait until July 1, when free agency begins, to see what happens.

See what special guest Nick Friedell, Bulls beat reporter for ESPN, had to say about the topic on SportsTalk Live in the video above.