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Bulls announce 2014 preseason schedule

With Team USA duty appearing imminent, the Bulls may elect to preserve Rose during the preseason
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The Chicago Bulls will get their first look at the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 20 at Ohio State University's Schottenstein Center during the next-to-last game of the preseason.

Most importantly for the Bulls, who announced their preseason schedule on Monday, will be how they handle Derrick Rose's second comeback attempt with the the point guard seeming to be a lock to make Team USA's 12-man roster that will travel to Spain for the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Rose averaged 20.7 points per game on 46.7 percent shooting and 44 percent shooting from 3-pt range during last preseason. He also got to the line 10 or more times in five of his seven preseason games played. In total, he got to the line 66 times, converting 53 of his attempts.

This was a far contrast to how he look when the regular season started as he struggled to shoot 30 percent from both the field and 3-pt range and struggled to finish around the rim, while not getting to the line with the frequency he did during the preseason.

The Bulls will get a rematch of last postseason's first-round series against the Washington Wizards to begin their preseason schedule at home on Oct. 6. They will then travel to Detroit to face former Bull D.J. Augustin and the Pistons on Oct. 7.

Other notable games on the schedule is an Oct. 11 tip-off against Jabari Parker and the Milwaukee Bucks. There's also a home contest against Lance Stephenson and the Charlotte Hornets Oct. 19. The Bulls will conclude their preseason schedule against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO.

Monday, October 6 -- Washington Wizards -- 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 7 -- at Detroit Pistons -- 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 11-- at Milwaukee Bucks -- 7:30 p.m.

Monday, October 13 -- Denver Nuggets -- 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 16 -- Atlanta Hawks -- 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 19 -- Charlotte Hornets -- 7:00 p.m.

Monday, October 20 -- at Cleveland Cavaliers -- 6:00 p.m.

Friday, October 24 -- Minnesota Timberwolves# -- 7:00 p.m.

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