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Where Are They Now: The last Chicago Bulls team to lose on TNT

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With the news of Rajon Rondo's injury, the Chicago Bulls are looking for things on which to cling.

Enter the TNT Bulls.

The Bulls have won 18 consecutive games on TNT Thursdays, one of the weirdest streaks you will find from a mediocre team.

That won't come into play in this series, but the Bulls clearly have a way of stepping up for large audiences.

It could be a factor as Chicago tries to keep the momentum going against the Boston Celtics, who trail Chicago 2-0 in their Eastern Conference first round series.

Dwyane Wade was part of the last team to beat the Bulls on TNT as a member of the Miami Heat.

That team was led by LeBron James and Wade, who had 17 points in an 86-67 victory over the Bulls on February 21, 2013.

That was a long time ago and the Bulls have changed the roster almost completely since then, as Jimmy Butler is the only Bulls player who remains with the team.

Here's a look at the starting 5 the last time the TNT Bulls were beaten:

BASKET-US-KNICKS

JOAKIM NOAH

The crowd-favorite is in New York, along with the other former crowd-favorite in former MVP Derrick Rose.

Both have disappointed in the Big Apple.

Noah came over in free agency, inking a $74-million deal with Phil Jackson in the Knicks for four years.

In New York, he has scored 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games (all starts), but was recently benched 20 games by the NBA for being caught taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Detroit Pistons v Chicago Bulls

CARLOS BOOZER

As a 29-year old in 2010-11, Boozer was starting to run out of gas that season, three years removed from back-to-back All-Star seasons in Utah.

Boozer played three more seasons in Chicago but was waived in the summer 2014.

He was quickly picked up by the Los Angeles Lakers and played his final NBA season there. Boozer didn't go quietly, notching 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game at age 33.

After a season away, he played this year with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China.

According to basketball.asia-basket.com, Boozer leads the team with 10.5 rebounds per game.

Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

LUOL DENG

The scoring forward played another season in Chicago after 2013, but eventually traded to Cleveland in 2014.

In a strange twist of fate, Deng joined the Miami Heat that summer in the same period when LeBron James went the other way from the Heat to the Cavaliers.

After two years in South Beach, Deng is now with the Los Angeles Lakers.

At 31 years old, Deng had career-lows in points with 7.6 per game, the first season out of 12 in the single-digits. He is under contract for the next three seasons at an average of about $18 million per year.

Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Five

NATE ROBINSON

The little man had some big moments for the Bulls, including an amazing run in the 2013 playoffs, a few months after that last TNT loss.

Robinson would finish his career with stints with the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans.

For his career, he would average 17.7 points per game - more than his Chicago backcourt mate Hamilton.

Robinson also played in Israel and is currently playing in the Venezuelan league.

Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks

RICHARD HAMILTON

Hamilton's 2013 season was his final year in the league.

He wrapped up a strong career which started with the Washington Wizards and blossomed with the Detroit Pistons. He then wrapped with two seasons for the Bulls.

Hamilton, always a reliable jump-shooter, scored 17.1 points per game in his career.

This year, he had his No. 32 raised to the rafters at the Palace of Auburn Hills as Detroit spent its last season there.

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Chicago Bulls
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Luol Deng
Miami Heat
Southeast Division
Jimmy Butler
Dwyane Wade
Derrick Rose
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