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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Rose and Noah both have two fouls. Thibs sticks with Rose for the time being after he just picked up his 2nd.

Things not going well for LeBron & Co.

Bulls backup PG Kirk Hinrich has scored 6 points in 5 minutes, which would be bad enough. But he blew past James for a banked and-1, and the Bulls are up 35-21 early in the second. Follow live

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Bulls up big on Cavs after first

Kevin Love's absence has made a bit of a difference. Cleveland scored just 15 points in the first quarter; it's the Cavs' worst opening frame of the entire season. The Bulls, meanwhile, are 5-of-7 on 3s and lead by 12. Follow live

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Interesting part is that when Hinrich checked in the Bulls thought it was for Rose. LBJ checked out -- Hinrich checked in for Butler.

Butler's rest shadows LeBron

With less than 3 minutes left in the first quarter, LeBron James has taken his first breather of the game. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau took the opportunity to give Jimmy Butler a rest, as Butler has been tasked with defending James so far. Follow live

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Iman Shumpert has taken more shots (6) than Kyrie Irving and LeBron James combined (5).

Dunleavy leading a 3-point parade

Of the first 26 points scored between the Cavs and Bulls, 18 came from downtown. The problem for Cleveland is that 5 of the 6 made 3-pointers have been by the Bulls. Mike Dunleavy leads all scorers with 11 quick points. Follow live

Early matchup intrigue for Cavs, Bulls

With Cleveland forced into a small lineup, LeBron James has started out Game 1 guarding Bulls C Joakim Noah. On the other end, James is being picked up by Jimmy Butler. Follow live

Dave McMenamin @mcten

We all knew Kevin Love wasn't playing in Game 1, but it doesn't look like he's here as a spectator either.

LeBron and the Bulls go at it again

LeBron James has eliminated Chicago from the NBA playoffs three times since 2010. With the Cavs missing J.R. Smith (suspension) and Kevin Love (shoulder), however, taking a 1-0 lead in this series could prove tough. Follow live

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Bulls go with Rose, Butler, Noah, Dunleavy and Gasol to start. Cavs go with James, Miller, Mozgov, Shumpert and Irving.

'Hack-a-Shaq' looms for Clips-Rockets

Clippers C DeAndre Jordan shot under 40% on free throws this season, while Houston's Dwight Howard and Josh Smith each shot below 53%. Will there be intentional fouls? Said Jordan: "I don't think that will happen this series; if so, the games will be five hours long." Game 1, 9:30 p.m. ET