The Bulls host the Miami Heat tonight in the 2nd matchup between the league's two top teams this season. Derrick Rose is a game-time decision, apparently he was involved in an automobile accident Tuesday evening and tweaked his groin. Of course the Bulls lose if Derrick can't play, it's going to be hard enough for them to win without Rip and (probably) Deng. Hopefully CJ Watson will be back tonight.
Tonight's Bulls vs Heat game notes, courtesy of NBA Media Central:
After sweeping the regular season series last year 3-0 against Miami, the Heat won the first matchup between the two teams this year on Jan. 29, a 97-93 Heat triumph.
Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 34 points, while LeBron James scored a game-high 35 points for Miami.
Miami never trailed in the game on Jan. 29 (leading by as many as 12 points).
The Heat knocked the Bulls out of the playoffs last season, winning 4-1 in the Eastern Conference Playoffs; it was Chicago’s first trip to the Conference Finals since the 1998 season.
Chicago is 28-14 all-time against the Heat in the Windy City, and 19-24 in Miami.
In three games last year, Miami averaged 90.3 ppg against the Bulls, while Chicago posted 93.0 ppg.
The two teams have gone to overtime four times, with each team winning two games apiece; the last overtime contest occurred on March 9, 2009 (130-127)
Chicago has not lost consecutive games in the regular season since Feb. 5-7, 2011, a span of 76 games (the longest such active streak in the NBA). It is also the longest streak in franchise history for most games played between losing consecutive games (STATS LLC.).
· 76 games (Feb. 9, 2011-March 12, 2012)
· 72 games (Feb. 27, 1995-Feb. 4, 1996)
· 61 games (Dec. 11, 1996-April 16, 1997)
· 58 games (Dec. 13, 1997-April 13, 1998)
· 55 games (Feb. 7, 1996-Dec. 7, 1996)
In their last game against New York on Monday, the Bulls outrebounded New York, 56 to 38. It marked the 30th time in 44 games this season that Chicago has won the battle of the boards, the highest rate for any team in the league (Elias Sports Bureau).
On the season, Chicago is 28-2 when it outnumbers its opponent on the glass.
During a season that has seen the Bulls’ opening night starting lineup play together just 10 times thus far, Chicago’s Omer Asik, Carlos Boozer (he is the only Bull to start every game this year), Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver have all proven healthy. To date, they are the only Bulls to appear in every game this season. Asik and Korver also appeared in all 82 games in 2010-11.